Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for Scotland’s creative industries: The Scottish Government’s Culture Strategy, the screen sector and tourism

Morning, Tuesday, 11th December 2018

Central Edinburgh


This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss next steps for Scotland’s creative industries as The Scottish Government develops its culture strategy and Creative Scotland progresses with the proposed establishment of a dedicated Screen Unit.

It also follows the launch of the refreshed Production Growth Fund (PGF), with an additional £2 million increase in its budget - to support the aim of drawing film and TV productions to Scotland.

Delegates will examine the challenges facing the development of the creative industries in Scotland, including around infrastructure, skills and funding streams.

Planned sessions will focus on the future of Scotland’s screen industry, with particular reference to issues raised in the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee Inquiry into Scotland’s screen sector, such as skills, training and facilities.

Delegates will also consider how The Scottish Government’s culture strategy might further help to promote Scotland’s brand globally and attract cultural tourism to Scotland.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from The Scottish Government

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from The Scottish Government


Claire Baker MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs


Ken Hay

Chief Executive, Centre for the Moving Image and Member, Screen Sector Leadership group

David Watt

Chief Executive, Arts & Business Scotland

Iain Hamilton

Head of Creative Industries, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Joan McAlpine MSP

Convener, Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee

Shona McCarthy

Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Dr Jon Wardle

Director, The National Film and Television School

Kaye Symington

Co-Founder, Paved With Gold