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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
While I understand that policy is broad, and that it is difficult to be narrow, I would argue that the terms used are too ill-defined to be helpful. What is meant by definitions of culture? What is 'excellence'? And when it is said that: "Culture’s empowering and transformative power is experienced by everyone" How do is that actually enacted? Can we ethically empower someone else? What embedded assumptions are based within that statement? Is there any proof that culture can actually do this? When we say 'transform' do we contend that 'to make worse' is also 'transformative'?

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
"Open up the potential of culture as a transformative opportunity across society" - the subtext of this statement is that 1) society *needs* to be transformed, (and who is making that assumption about what sorts of cultures - what is embedded in that?) and that 2) that culture can *actually* do this when there is very little proof that culture can do anything more than distract? It certainly does not make a difference to 'systemic poverty' for example. Does this view actually replicate the instramentalising approach of the 'social exclusion' approach? (of which there are hundreds and hundreds of critical essays proving its problems). While I understand that such a policy needs to be forward looking and optimistic, the current language being used here is not helpful as it is uninterrogated. We really question/interrogate the notion that culture can -therefore WILL - transform cultures/peoples/societies, and that can be in any way cohesively linked to governmental or social remits. Culture can ask questions and challenges and take the world apart - but this does mean that it will have positive/optimistic outcomes. What I mean is that with this current language, there are hidden assumptions, which could lead to more of a 'social engineering' remit than a cultural one.

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I wholeheartedly agree with Aim 1. Aim 2 and 3 need further interrogation as to if - and how - culture can actually do any of this - or indeed, it SHOULD do any of this. Is its art's job to fix inequality? If not, is 'art' not included in 'culture'? Can dance really make a greener world? If not, is it also excluded from culture?

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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7. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
What are the assumptions based in "Opening up and extending culture so that it is of and for every community and everyone." Firstly, that it somehow already 'closed' and needs 'opening up': is this true? could this be somewhat patronising? Secondly, what is meant by 'extending'? Is Culture not already reaching people? What kind of culture? While I agree that culture is 'of' every particular context, it is impossible that something can be for 'everyone' - Consider what Michael Warner suggests: “A public organises itself independently … It is self-creating and self-organised, and herein lies its power, as well as its elusive strangeness… It must be organised by something other than the state [i.e., an Authority]. (Warner. M, 2002). In other words, communities are always formed in opposition, and are self-curated around a specific issue, and so is therefore also exclusionary. Thus, a community cannot be 'for everyone' - this might sound overly academic, but the fact is that we cannot simplify 'community' to mean 'everyone' because there is no such thing as a 'community' in that regards. What is the 'community' of Glasgow? or of Brora? or of The Highlands - communities are plural, and diverse and we should recognise then that something such as 'culture' cannot be 'for everyone'... certain types of cultures can be for certain kinds of people, but that doesn't mean everyone will experience the same culture: thus - something that it is "of and for every community and everyone" is impossible, and we should be wary of using such language.

8. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Aim 1 - How is 'quality' recognised in this? Aim 2 - is there an assumption that people do not do this? For example, if someone is involved in a 5-a-side game for their whole lives, is that not 'sufficient culture'? Or is the subtext to this that people should take part in SPECIFIC, ORDAINED, and ACCEPTABLE culture throughout their lives? I don't think this is what the strategy means at all, but the way that this is framed, it could be read as such. Aim 3 - while laudable, I would like to see how culture practically does this. All too often, I've seen cultural projects aim to do this, but in fact only engage those 'cultural elite' in the communities and thus further isolate/segregate other people within the communities who are not considered 'cultural'

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
good and fully supportive

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
Timespan, Mount Stuart Trust, Platform, are good examples.....but they are so contextual, it would be problematic to think of 'best practice' I can suggest to NOT based it on the Creative People Place Award in England. That this is SUCH a failure....

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
More links with academic institutions : Researchers and cultural critics have been exploring this for years - PLEASE: use our expertise more!

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
While I am broadly supportive of it, I remain ambiguous about its success....

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
This is where it might "fail" most significantly: there seems to be a language of culture and cultural life that is embedded and imbued with quite middle to upper-class assumptions of culture. I don't think this is intentional, but how many voices of the writers are from people who are CURRENTLY living in deprived areas, in material deprivation, different socio-economic backgrounds? I honestly don't feel this strategy in its current form and language will have any impact on those who are living in these conditions.

23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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About you

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Anthony Schrag

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