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Creative Scotland launches 10-year plan

Geraldine Kendall, 23.04.2014
Arts body also simplifies funding streams
Creative Scotland has published a 10-year plan outlining its vision and priorities for the country's creative and cultural sectors.

The organisation, which is the funding and development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland, faced strong criticism two years ago from leading figures in the arts community for being overly bureaucratic and out of touch with creative professionals.

Under its new chief executive Janet Archer, the organisation has since consulted extensively with arts organisations ahead of the publication of the 10-year vision.

The plan emphasises Creative Scotland’s role as a champion for artists and the creative industries, outlining five key ambitions for the coming decade:

  • excellence and experimentation across the arts, screen and creative industries is recognised and valued;
  • everyone can access and enjoy artistic and creative experiences;
  • places and quality of life are transformed through imagination, ambition and an understanding of the potential of creativity;
  • ideas are brought to life by a diverse, skilled and connected leadership and workforce;
  • Scotland is a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.

Under these headings, the plan lists several priorities that it will focus on over the next three years, including signposting career pathways to support emerging talent, strengthening access through touring and presentation of work through digital platforms, and encouraging “socially engaged practice that stimulates public engagement and value”.

The organisation has simplified its funding streams into three routes, including a regular funding programme, funding for individuals and organisations to deliver time-limited projects, and a small number of targeted programmes focused on delivering strategic goals with partners.

The £90m regular funding programme, which opens to applications on 9 May, will provide three years of stable funding to a greater number of arts and culture organisations across Scotland.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Importantly, the plan has not been developed in isolation – nearly 1,000 people and organisations from across Scotland and from across the arts, screen and creative industries contributed to its development through open consultation and dialogue.

"Alongside the plan, the launch of the regular funding programme will provide stable, three-year funding for more arts and culture organisations across Scotland, supporting a thriving and rich tapestry of cultural provision."

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