Creative Scotland (Vision Statement)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 19 June 2013.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

2. To ask the Scottish Government what input it will have to Creative Scotland’s new vision statement. (S4O-02273)

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

I understand that Creative Scotland is producing a forward plan for the next three to five years to replace its initial corporate plan. All non-departmental public bodies are required to have such plans. I expect the plan to include actions to take forward the Scottish Government’s vision for culture and heritage, as set out in my recent Talbot Rice lecture and my forthcoming letter of guidance.

Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

I thank the minister for her confirmation of a quotation that was in The Scotsman last week, in which she boldly said:

“I am the culture secretary in Scotland and what I set out in the vision is what I expect from all the different bodies that receive funding from taxpayers in Scotland”.

Will the minister’s vision include abandoning the current insistence on short-term support for medium-sized and small arts companies, and instead moving back to providing two to three years funding to ensure the security and artistic freedom that they need?

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Ken Macintosh has quoted my answer to a question that was asked after my lecture, which has been very well received by the sector. I draw his attention to the statement that was made by the board of Creative Scotland on 7 December 2012, and the action plan that it published in March that addresses his concern. He might be aware that a considerable amount of work and consultation have been done during the past year, in which one of the issues has been continuity and certainty of resourcing. If he has kept abreast of developments during the past year, he will know that the board has already taken steps to change funding streams in order give some certainty and continuity, which addresses his point. We are well on the way to making improvements.

Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

Will the cabinet secretary clarify from her lecture of 5 June whether economic criteria will now play any role in arts spending for projects the length and breadth of Scotland?

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

In my lecture, I made it clear that I do not think that the culture and heritage sector has to make any new economic case for support and funding. We know the vital role that it plays in those areas and we are taking a commonsense approach in ensuring that we are ambitious for our cultural sector, which needs to have confidence in our approach. Implementation of the administration of the developments of Creative Scotland and its processes as they roll out will be addressed.

We need to be confident in our cultural sector. We have a great cultural sector in Scotland that has fantastic artists and writers who need space and confidence to be able to get on with what they are good at. It would be a strong message from Parliament if I had its support when I am taking that message out on behalf of us all.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

I regret to say that question 3, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, has been withdrawn today, for not entirely the best of reasons.