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.

Edinburgh in a wheelchair

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07 Sep 2017

Andrew Miller, a regular visitor to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, shares his shocking experiences of inaccessible venues, poor seats and the city’s precarious pavements.

Scotland pledges additional £10m for Edinburgh Festivals

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01 Sep 2017

Money for cultural content and skills development will be delivered across a five-year programme, starting in 2018.

Scottish arts sector is “far from a level playing field”

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18 Aug 2017

A country-wide snapshot shows men remain more likely to work in senior roles, and half of BME arts workers feel their ethnicity is a barrier to success.

Calls for Edinburgh Fringe to take action on ‘exploitation’

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17 Aug 2017

MP Tommy Sheppard has echoed calls by a new union-led campaign for fair wages and working conditions at the Fringe festival.

Families go free

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26 Jul 2017

A ‘pay it forward’ pilot campaign aimed to help families most in need attend dance theatre performances, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. Rhona Matheson tells the story.

Lottery arts funding plummets by £55m

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20 Jun 2017

National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.

Scotland’s perfect stage

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08 Jun 2017

Scotland’s year-round programme of cultural events attracts huge numbers of international visitors, but it takes careful strategic planning and continuous improvement, says Stuart Turner.

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