Visual Arts and Crafts Sector Reviews Open Call

Closed 11 Jun 2012

Opened 8 May 2012


Creative Scotland is committed to improving the way we invest in the arts and creative industries in Scotland, in order to effectively support a thriving creative future for Scotland.

As part of this commitment, we are undertaking a series of comprehensive reviews with the aim of:

  • Providing an overview of the cultural ecology of each sector
  • Shaping our future priorities for investment
  • Providing the basis for a more strategic approach to investment and commissioning, which may lead to the provision of new services

As part of the review process, Creative Scotland wishes to consult with a wide range of individual artists, makers, galleries, and others who contribute to the ecology of the Visual Arts and the Crafts sectors in Scotland.  We want to establish a clear picture of the challenges and opportunities faced by those working in these sectors to inform our future plans.  Your time in contributing to the review is very much appreciated.

The Visual Arts and Crafts reviews are being conducted with support from Culture Sparks (the research and innovation partnership for the cultural sector).

The consultation is structured around the objectives and cross-cutting themes identified by Creative Scotland.

1.    Talent development:

We identify, invest in and support artists and practitioners across all parts of the creative sector in Scotland in order to help them develop and thrive either as individuals, businesses or as part of larger organisations.

2.    Quality artistic production:

We invest in a broad range of organisations and individuals in order that they can present quality work to the people of Scotland.  Our investment is across theatre, film, dance, music, visual art, design, craft, literature and publishing, festivals and digital media.

3.    Public engagement (access, audiences and participation):

We invest in programmes that improve access to the arts and increase the availability of culture across Scotland.  We aim to increase the number and range of people engaging with culture from all walks of life and in all parts of the country.

4.    The Cultural economy:

We work in partnership with a broad range of organisations, including local and national government, enterprise and skills agencies to grow the cultural and creative economy in Scotland.

5.    Places and their contribution to a creative Scotland:

We work with local authorities and other partners to ensure that the arts and creativity thrive in all parts of the country, and that people across Scotland have the opportunity to participate in the widest range of activities.

Running through all these objectives are four cross-cutting themes, which are:

1.    Education:

We are committed to creating more opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience arts and culture, to learn about arts and culture and to learn creatively.

2.    International:

We are committed to promoting and celebrating Scotland’s arts and creativity on an international stage and to working with international partners.

3.    Equalities:

We put equality at the heart of our activity, aiming to acknowledge and reflect the diversity in Scotland today and we promote inclusion, particularly relating to age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or belief.

4.    Environment:

We are committed to working with the arts and creative sectors to promote sustainable behaviours and practice and operating sustainably as an organisation ourselves.

In essence, our role is to help creativity thrive in Scotland and to help Scotland thrive on creativity.


  • All Audiences


  • All Interests