Is there ever a good time to talk about death?

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31 May 2018

Legacy giving has huge potential as a source of future funding for the arts, especially in Scotland. Richard Radcliffe offers tips for getting started.

Breaking into the museum sector

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10 May 2018

To work in a museum you need the right academic qualifications and the resources to volunteer, but new initiatives in Scotland are starting to open up the sector to young people from more diverse backgrounds, says Catherine Cartmell.

Arts funding favours the privileged, Scottish Government told

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06 Apr 2018

A public consultation to inform the Government’s upcoming Culture Strategy also criticised the lack of diversity across the arts workforce.

Support from the right places

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28 Mar 2018

Out of the Blue has weathered the storm of arts funding cuts in Scotland thanks to its social enterprise model and the support of ethical finance providers. Rob Hoon shares the story.

Safeguarding the arts in times of economic uncertainty

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22 Mar 2018

Creative Scotland may have been short-sighted to cut funding to Scottish Youth Theatre, but something needs to be done about oversubscription to our arts funding streams. Graham Main suggests some radical solutions.

Creative Scotland: ‘Our reputation has been severely damaged’

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23 Feb 2018

The national funder has announced a root and branch review of its funding processes following public outcry that led to it reversing cuts to five arts organisations.

Letter: A matter of deepest regret

15 Feb 2018

Following revelations of elitism in music education, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, says it’s time to put the arts back in the heart of primary and secondary schools.

Creative Scotland U-turns on arts funding cuts

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06 Feb 2018

£2.6m of additional funds will be used to re-admit five organisations into the core-funded portfolio until 2021, in a move described as a “victory for common sense”.

Creative Scotland limits cuts following funding boost

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26 Jan 2018

Just nine regularly funded arts organisations will receive less money from Creative Scotland in 2018-21, while 27 organisations receive an uplift and 19 join the portfolio.

Making the most of time

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03 Jan 2018

A music-making project within HMP Inverness is helping offenders develop skills for life, learning and work. Stacey Toner describes the challenges and its aims for the future.

How I solved… challenges of cross-venue arts programming

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20 Dec 2017

Ruth Bretherick explains how she overcame the challenges of programming events when an exhibition split across two arts venues: one in Edinburgh, and one in Dundee.

Scottish artists and galleries commit to addressing inequality

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19 Dec 2017

A new manifesto by the Scottish Contemporary Arts Network, Scottish Artists Union and Engage Scotland has set out the visual arts sector’s key aspirations and commitments.

Scotland surprises by boosting arts budget to offset lottery decline

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15 Dec 2017

Creative Scotland’s budget will be increased by £6.6m each year for the next three years.

Why there should be more art in prisons

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14 Dec 2017

When prisoners are actually requesting more arts activities, why are we not giving them what they want, asks Jess Thorpe.

Creative Scotland delays regular funding decision until new year

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21 Nov 2017

The contracts for Scottish arts organisations currently in receipt of regular funding will be extended until the end of May 2018 to mitigate the effects of the delay.

Scottish ministers call for Lottery recovery plan

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16 Nov 2017

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has ignored a second plea from Scotland to offset the severe decline in Lottery funding for culture and sport.

Arts projects should not deliver ‘youth work by the back door’

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03 Nov 2017

Research commissioned as part of a Creative Scotland programme for young people who have experienced additional challenges stressed participants must direct their own development.

Creative Scotland warns number of Regularly Funded Organisations will fall

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13 Oct 2017

Declining Lottery receipts will mean less cash for RFOs, although final funding decisions will be made after the national funding body hears its budget settlement in mid-December.

Arts in Scotland attracts a broader audience

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29 Sep 2017

The cultural attendance gap between those living in the most and least deprived areas is at its smallest for five years, according to the Scottish Household Survey.

A digital season

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14 Sep 2017

Scottish Ballet’s first digital season gave the company the opportunity to experiment with new technologies, but would audiences like it? Charlotte Gross tells the story.

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