The conference discussed Scotland’s forthcoming Culture Strategy as the Scottish Government reviews responses to its consultation following publication of the draft strategy.
On the day, delegates discussed developing creative industries in Scotland through promoting ethnic diversity to ensure culture is reflective of society and putting in place the infrastructure and endowing people with the skills to contribute to this growth sector.
Attendees considered the future for funding arts, culture and the creative industries, including the use of alternative sources of funding, innovation in fund-raising and priorities for long-term planning to support projects, particularly with reference to local collaborative partnerships, and also how to ensure the sector is able to reach out to individuals and groups who feel excluded in the community to make a positive contribution to their lives.
Cultural tourism was also discussed, including next steps for the development and promotion of Scotland’s unique cultural identity, enhancing ‘Brand Scotland’ globally and ways that the creative industries can work to attract more high-spending visitors and investors.
Further sessions looked 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 and the potential for growth in this sector across the country from Channel 4 Corporation’s recent decision to award Glasgow one of its two new Creative Hubs.