What do you want the future for culture in Scotland to be like?

The strategy will set out a vision for culture in Scotland that has been shaped by everyone who has taken part in this and other culture conversations across the country and on line.  This collective vision, which will help define a wider vision for culture’s role across society, will set the future ambition and direction for culture in Scotland – it will set out what we want to achieve together.

  • If you could achieve one thing for culture in Scotland going forward, what would it be?
  • What are the main priorities you think the strategy needs to target?
  • Much of what we do culturally in Scotland is excellent.  How can we build on those successes?

Why the contribution is important

We want to:

  • Capture the ideas and ambition that people have for culture in Scotland
  • Celebrate the excellence of what is already being done culturally in Scotland
  • Identify the main priorities for action

by ScotGovCultureSarah on July 21, 2017 at 11:43AM

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  • Posted by wasi July 28, 2017 at 12:27

    Do you think it's likely that any sort of "collective vision" could emerge from a discussion that is meant to involve as many people as possible, given the diversity of views and experiences that will include?

    Why would a "collective vision" be a desirable thing (conversely, aren't diversity of opinion and alternate visions things to be celebrated and protected)?

    Is the word "culture" being used as synonym for "the arts" in this exercise or does it encompass all aspects of society, history, heritage and the creative industries too? Some clarity in the use of the term would be useful to the discussion.
  • Posted by TimCollins July 29, 2017 at 09:27

    Scotland is one of the most amazing small western democracies in the world. It is a place of incredible cultural depth, contemporary commitment to its people and learning and celebration of its place through new national parks, sustainable energy and livable cities. Arts and culture is alternately thick and meaningful at the base although it can be tentative at its pinnacle in this small northern nation. It is self critical and reflective in ways that I find inspiring.

    Most of us agree that cultural diversity (I would agree with Wasi that perhaps artistic? aesthetic? is a better term for this discussion) is important . Most of us agree that engaging the young and the old, the bold and the wise in the production of culture in Scotland is important. Yet we have singular entities distributing funds that invest in the arts and culture sectors at the national and urban/city levels. Finding ways to leverage more private funds (through foundations) would be one way of adding diversity. (I am not convinced that distributing to distributors makes any sense.) Matched funding makes sense as a means of altering the playing field. Moving towards a peer review college for arts funding might prove productive. The question is how to introduce new pathways and outcomes. Edinburgh has more culturally diverse art- institutions than Glasgow for example.

    A collective vision is a tall order consensus is an ideal; while agonistic debate is more often the reality. Having said that, I believe a generally agreed pathway and some strategic changes are possible. But first we have to get the terms of the discussion clear.

    Culture as it is being used here is not adding to the clarity of this discussion.
    We proceed from a political misunderstanding of the term.
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