|21 December 2015|

A review of the visual arts sector in Scotland is seeking input from those involved in the sector at open sessions scheduled to take place in 2016.

Open Sessions will take place in Glasgow (2 February), Inverness (4 February) and Edinburgh (11 February), as part of the review currently being delivered by Creative Scotland.

These sessions will be an opportunity to reflect on the recent research project carried out by the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) – Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland (2015).  This work, commissioned by Creative Scotland, was designed to reveal the strengths, challenges and opportunities that exist within the sector and to help identify priorities for future development.  The mapping project gathered more than 700 responses from individuals and organisations from across the country and SCAN is working on an analysis of the survey results.

Topics that are covered by the mapping project include: people; pathways; creation and production; infrastructure; presentation and distribution, to name a few. Creative Scotland will be exploring these in more detail in a series of Open Sessions being held in early 2016.

With limited capacity available at each session people are asked to register their interest by emailing visualarts@creativescotland.com by 12 January 2016.

To enable the participation of people working as freelance/self-employed within the sector Creative Scotland will be making available up to 65 Attendance Allowances of £75.  These allowances are budget dependent and will be allocated to ensure a diversity of representation at each session.

Amanda Catto, head of Visual Arts, Creative Scotland, said: “I’d like to thank all of the organisations and individuals who have contributed so thoughtfully to the mapping project.  People have been extremely generous in sharing their ideas and experiences and we look forward to taking this work forward during the Open Sessions.   Working with SCAN we feel confident that we can build a better understanding of the people, places, resources and relationships that are so vital to the health of the visual arts in Scotland.

“These sessions provide an opportunity for people working across the sector to identify future opportunities, challenges and priorities and to explore how these can be addressed most effectively.   We would like to gather a range of opinions and perspectives and would encourage people to signup and join us at one of the sessions in February.”

Jenny Crowe, Scottish Contemporary Art Network, said: “SCAN is delighted that so many people working in the visual arts community took the time to engage with Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland.  This high level of participation illustrates the appetite of those working in the sector to contribute to these discussions, and to help to identify and shape our common goals for the future.”