Tim Cornwell’s column yesterday missed some of the good news about our changing investment portfolio.
Creative Scotland is investing in Scotland’s creative future by supporting work that reaches and engages the people of Scotland. We’ve recently reviewed more than 70 organisations and they are delivering some of the highest quality work in Scotland. We have every intention of helping that to continue.
Organisations such as Glasgow International, Celtic Connections, Arika and Cryptic have excellent track records in promoting Scotland abroad. Others such as Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Transmission Gallery and Red Note Ensemble are vital parts of our work in supporting talent.
Our review is nothing to do with cuts. It is about building a sustainable infrastructure of cultural organisations across Scotland. Creative Scotland has fared better than others in our support from the Scottish Government enabling us to invest in 44 major arts organisations and 22 agencies that provide valuable services to artists and audiences.
The remaining bodies in our review will now have access to boosted National Lottery funds of £11 million. High quality organisations have nothing to fear. Many can expect extra support to maximise their international potential. Others may be invited to take on strategic national roles. We will invest with certainty and less bureaucracy.
You only have to look at a list of these organisations as a reminder of how much value – creative, social and economic – they add to Scotland. The Fringe, St Magnus Festival, Hebrides Ensemble, the list goes on. Creative Scotland is willing to invest more in many of these groups. The 500-700 artists and organisations we support each year remain an essential and recognised part of Scotland’s success as a creative nation.
We’re strengthening the infrastructure that helps the cultural sector grow. Bodies such as the Federation of Scottish Theatre, Publishing Scotland and education service Engage offer bespoke services that add value across the sectors. Not forgetting organisations such as Voluntary Arts Scotland. We will celebrate success and act as an advocate for the arts in Scotland. That is our role.
• Andrew Dixon is chief executive of Creative Scotland.