Edinburgh’s festivals generate £313m for Scotland

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29 Jul 2016

A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Creative Scotland warns Brexit may limit RFO funding

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22 Jul 2016

Deputy Chief Executive Iain Munro has said that new arts funding models will have to be considered in these unprecedented times.

A space to thrive

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07 Jul 2016

To nurture and retain new artistic talent, you need affordable studio space. Audrey Carlin explains how Wasps is helping Scotland to strengthen its cultural scene. 

The Gorbals lives again

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09 Jun 2016

A 100-metre high public artwork isn’t always the answer. Peter McCaughey reflects on why he took a more dispersed approach to an art strategy for a housing project in inner Glasgow.

Scottish children to see one live theatre production every year

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03 Jun 2016

A new pilot scheme led by Imaginate and National Theatre Scotland will bring live performances to 15,000 schoolchildren this autumn.

National performing companies fear further Holyrood cuts

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11 Mar 2016

The Scottish Government has been warned of “dangerous time ahead” if it continues to cut funding to its national performing companies.

Best practice guide to support artists working in prisons

18 Feb 2016

A new publication aims to build the skills of artists delivering activities in Scottish prisons.

Support for a rural economy

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13 Jan 2016

A lack of business skills and access to equipment was holding artists in Dumfries and Galloway back. Clare Hanna explains the origins of Upland and how it supports artists.

Scotland’s culture budget to fall by over £16m

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18 Dec 2015

Capital expenditure will bear the brunt of cuts to the arts in Scotland next year under draft budget plans that see funding for culture fall from £170m to £154m. 

It’s not what you know…

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28 Oct 2015

David Stevenson deplores the way that a subjective decision to grant public money to a commercial company is being dressed up as the evidence-based decision of an objective funding system.

Heads up for match funding

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26 Oct 2015

Match funding has received some bad press recently, but Carl Watt has seen it work wonders at encouraging business sponsorship of the arts in Scotland. 

Creative industries strategy mirrors economic agenda

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23 Oct 2015

The Scottish arts sector is being consulted on a new ‘Creative Industries Strategy’ that will determine priorities for the next two years.

Edinburgh council prepares to overhaul arts funding

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22 Oct 2015

More partnership working is key for the future of local authority arts funding in Edinburgh, but delays and a budget deficit are hindering progress.

Working together with older people

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08 Oct 2015

Anne Gallacher describes the impact of an ongoing relationship between Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and Age Scotland.

The word’s the thing

28 Sep 2015

How can literature and publishing thrive in the wake of Creative Scotland's review of the cultural sector, asks Andrew Ormston.

Creative Scotland under fire at Parliamentary committee

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18 Sep 2015

The funding body is “thinking hard” about how to better support small and voluntary organisations after MSPs heard the sector’s complaints.

Deeper commitment to festivals and events in Scotland

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18 Sep 2015

A new tourism-based strategy aims to grow Scotland’s domestic and international reputation by investing in the development of the events industry.

Successful Scottish youth arts programme renewed with increased budget

18 Sep 2015

CashBack for Creativity has been funded until 2017 with an increased budget after having success at encouraging arts engagement in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities.

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