Creative Scotland

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Creative Scotland
Comhairle Ealain na h-Alba
Alba Chruthachail
Creative Scotland logo.png
Agency overview
Formed 2010
Preceding agencies
Type Executive non-departmental public body
Agency executives
  • Janet Archer, Chief Executive
  • Sir Richard Findlay, Chair

Creative Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba Chruthachail [al̪ˠapə xɾuhəxal]) is the development body for the arts and creative industries in Scotland. Based in Edinburgh, it is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government.

It inherited the functions of Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council on 1 July 2010, and has the additional remit of supporting the application of creative skills in the Creative Industries.[clarification needed] The Scottish Government brought it into being in 2010, and an interim company, Creative Scotland 2009, was set up to assist the transition from the existing organisations.

Since its inception, Creative Scotland has been involved in some controversies, and been challenged by key figures in the arts and film industries in the country. In 2012, 400 artists, writers, playwrights and musicians' protesting of Creative Scotland's management led to the resignation of Creative Scotland's then-chief Andrew Dixon.[1][2] In March 2011, Creative Scotland was debated in the Scottish Parliament after suspicious expenditure, such as the funding of £58,000 to finance a dance programme based on the works of Alfred Hitchcock and a trip to Tonga to study Polynesian dancing, was uncovered.[3][4] In January 2015, the organization was lambasted by filmmakers for offering less than half of the money required to a blockbuster film wishing to shoot in Scotland, which resulted in the production moving to Wales.[5][6]

Notable critics of Creative Scotland in the Scottish arts world include Liz Lochhead,[7] Don Paterson,[8] Ian Rankin, Andrea Gibb, David Greig,[9] John Byrne, Alasdair Gray and James Kelman.[10][11]

The organisation was created by the passing of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 [12]

Creative Scotland has the general functions of—

(a) identifying, supporting and developing quality and excellence in the arts and culture from those engaged in artistic and other creative endeavours,

(b) promoting understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts and culture,

(c) encouraging as many people as possible to access and participate in the arts and culture,

(d) realising, as far as reasonably practicable to do so, the value and benefits (in particular, the national and international value and benefits) of the arts and culture,

(e) encouraging and supporting artistic and other creative endeavours which contribute to an understanding of Scotland's national culture in its broad sense as a way of life,

(f) promoting and supporting industries and other commercial activity the primary focus of which is the application of creative skills.

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