Scotland Policy Conferences

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

December 2018

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the priorities for supporting Scotland’s cultural, arts, creative and tourism industries as the Scottish Government completes its Culture Strategy.

Delegates will assess the latest thinking on tackling the challenges facing the development of cultural, artistic and creative industries in Scotland, particularly around infrastructure, skills and improving leadership in the arts.

They will also discuss the future for funding arts, culture and the creative industries, including the use of alternative sources of funding, innovating fund-raising and long-term planning to support projects including The Scottish Government’s International Creative Ambition Programme which will be implemented by May 2019, announced in the Programme for Government.

Further sessions will examine how the social impact of culture can be maximised for communities in Scotland, including in tackling poverty, inequalities and deprivation, and best practice in developing collaborative networks to support arts and communities.

Attendees will consider the next steps in increasing cultural tourism - including the development and promotion of Scotland’s unique cultural identity and enhancing ‘Brand Scotland’ globally - and will examine ways in which the creative industries can work to further attract more high-spending visitors and investors.

The agenda also looks at 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, including skills, training and facilities - as well as discussing Creative Scotland’s progress with the proposed establishment of a dedicated Screen Unit.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates