The individuals and institutions that will forever be our number ones
Here at List HQ, we take our Hot 100 duties very seriously. Every entry and position is carefully considered to decipher who has made a significant impact on Scotland's art and culture scene. With this in mind, we think it would be a disservice to our talented past winners not to give them the shout-out they deserve and recognise the qualities that won them that top position. So, here's a Hot 100 hall of fame, to make it clear that these individuals and institutions will always be number one in our eyes.
Glasgow Women's Library (2018)
The Glasgow Women's Library had 'quietly been going about their business for nearly 30 years', when last year a deserved spotlight was shone on their work with an Art Fund Museum of the Year Award nomination. As the only accredited museum dedicated to women's history in the UK, the library is not just for women, but for anyone interested in heritage, culture and the spirit of inclusion. It holds a healthy archive of 20,000 books, 3000 artefacts and 400,000 donated items, while also running a diverse programme of events all year round. Sue John, GWL's enterprise development manager, summed their work up as, 'trying to be part of solutions, and not part of problems'.
404 Ink (2017)
Independent publishing house 404 Ink was 'inspired more by independent record labels than traditional publishing houses' said co-founders Laura Jones and Heather McDaid in 2016. With this spirit in mind, the punk publishers sought out new writers through social media, collecting essays about sexism, racism and other social issues. From this, initial success was found with an essay collection titled Nasty Women, which even featured a contribution by Margaret Atwood. Since then, they have continued to nurture the careers of some of the best new writing talents in the country like Chris McQueer, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Helen McClory.
Anna Meredith (2016)
Described as 'a jack of all trades and a master of many', when Anna Meredith won the Hot 100 award in 2016 it was clear that the singer-songwriter was 'not so much a rising talent as an established star'. Meredith's work crosses the boundary of classical and electronica 'to capture both atmosphere and emotion'. She made number two in the Hot 100 list in 2018 for a solid year of creative endeavours that included producing the soundtrack for Bo Burnham's film Eighth Grade. This year, her commitment and services to music were further recognised by being awarded an MBE.
Fergus Linehan and the EIF (2015)
Fergus Linehan took the reins as director of the Edinburgh International Festival in 2014 after previous tenures at Dublin Theatre Festival and Sydney Festival. The next 12 months for the institution were said to be 'transformative', thanks to his creative vision anchored in refreshing and modernising the programme. His bold perspective introduced a new contemporary music strand which he described as 'about filling out a festival across people's general tastes'. His success continues after a well-received 2019 EIF that included an inspired opening event from LA's Philharmonic at Tynecastle Park.
Peter Capaldi (2014)
From Malcolm Tucker to Doctor Who, plus numerous prestigious awards between, Peter Capaldi has been a firm fixture on our Hot 100 list over the years. The Glaswegian favourite first topped the poll in 2009 for his 'acerbic portrayal' as a government spin doctor in Armando Iannucci's The Thick of It, and then again in 2014 for his 'critically revered' turn as the Doctor. In 2014, fans were eager to 'to see where he'll venture next year and beyond' and, with the benefit of hindsight, he's continued to grace our screens. Plus, you can't forget this year's tear-jerking appearance in Lewis Capaldi's (his distant relation) music video for 'Someone You Loved'.