“Extremely positive” first review of Sistema Scotland

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21 May 2015

Learning from the success of the Big Noise programme will be key to the future of social interventions in Scotland, say researchers.

Scottish economy benefits from increase in museum and gallery attendance

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15 May 2015

A new report finds that growing numbers of museum and gallery attenders are contributing nearly £900m to the Scottish economy, but organisations are staffed primarily by volunteers.

Edinburgh Promise reflects desire for collective action

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13 May 2015

Cultural organisations and arts practitioners are calling on public and private sector funders and service providers to take action to support a series of ambitions for the city.

On the high and low roads

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07 May 2015

Roberta Doyle explains why Scotland’s theatre company ‘without walls’ tours the highlands and islands of Scotland.

Knocking down the barriers

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12 Mar 2015

The Scottish Government’s youth arts strategy aims to increase engagement in the arts as well as tackle inequality. Fiona Hyslop outlines how it has evolved.

Survey reveals cultural engagement in Scotland

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03 Feb 2015

Almost three-quarters of adults in Scotland attended a cultural event or place in the last year, but a quarter feel “culture and the arts are not really for people like me”.

Creative Scotland commits to long-term funding

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30 Oct 2014

The number of arts organisations in receipt of three-year funding is to more than double, as the funding body responds to the sector’s concerns.

Artists’ studios recognised as top social enterprise

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30 Oct 2014

For its role supporting artists across Scotland, Wasps Studios has been named Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year.

Touring Network campaigns for rural venues

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24 Oct 2014

Raising the profile of professional performances taking place at some of Scotland’s more remote locations is a key aim of a new marketing push.

A warm welcome

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06 Oct 2014

Suzi Simpson tells how this summer’s Refugee Week Scotland celebrated the successful integration of refugees with music, dance, films and feasts.

Children’s literature centre gets funding go-ahead

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03 Oct 2014

Restoration of the house and garden that inspired ‘Peter Pan’ will provide a new home for children’s literature in Scotland.

Scotland continues to embrace culture

18 Aug 2014

Festival-going is on the increase, though cinema and reading for pleasure are still the most popular forms of cultural engagement.

Yes or no, that is the answer

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17 Jul 2014

For readers in the rest of the UK, Christine Hamilton reflects on how the Scottish arts world has responded to the independence referendum.

Transition plans take shape in Scotland

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13 Jun 2014

New large capital awards are put on hold during 2014/15 as Creative Scotland develops its new funding model.

Fresh start at Creative Scotland

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09 Apr 2014

A ten-year plan and a new approach to funding aim to demonstrate more support for arts organisations and provide greater clarity about its role and remit.

A strategy for sustainability

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12 Mar 2014

Scotland’s museums sector has taken an innovative approach to overcoming financial challenges, according to Joanne Orr.

Digital fitness for all

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10 Feb 2014

AmbITion Scotland’s Make:IT:Happen fund aims to help Scotland’s cultural sector become digitally fitter. Ashley Smith-Hammond discusses its approach and some early results.


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