Arts and Culture
In the rush to recover economically from Scotland's pandemic, it is essential that we do not forget the crucial importance to our national wellbeing and self confidence that is our art and culture. Few sectors have suffered more over the last year and yet few sectors gave us more reason to look forward to our crisis coming to an end. Our recovery must include an arts recovery.
Arts education is in decline in schools as performance indicators for core outcomes define everything. We risk forgetting the importance of creativity, play, exploration and self-expression in schools where children experiment with art, dance, music, drama and storytelling. As we review our education as proposed above, put this ethos at the heart.
Creative Scotland is little loved by arts practitioners and was designed by bureaucrats and is past its sell-by-date. We need a national agency that doesn't only 'measure' artists but which elevates them. Commercial sponsorship strangles the creativity of the arts sector so the national agency should work to reduce the reliance on commercial sponsorship in Scotland's arts. It should also look at the Norwegian model of filmmaking to learn how Scotland can develop a thriving film industry like Norway has. And we should make sure that, as this 'arts recovery' takes place, it is never 'for some people and not others', by creating a National Festival of Scotland to make arts easy and accessible for all.
To create the future we must all be creatives.
If we lift up our artists they will lift us up in return.
Let the world see what modern Scotland is – on its cinema screens.
- Including the specific remit to build a creative, adventurous arts education into the proposed review of education.
- Abolishing Creative Scotland and replacing it with an Academy of Arts which doesn't only distribute funds but which is there to support and raise-up arts practitioners.
- Examining the Norwegian film model and developing a version for Scotland.