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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?
The document is vague and descriptive. I believe that a more critical approach is required. There is a need to ask questions such as, “What are the struggles of those who work in the arts?” and “What are the cultural needs of the people?” and if resources are limited “What should be prioritised?”

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?
There is a tension in the economy between productivity and creativity. In the economy and society there is increasing pressure to get from A to B as quickly as possible. Art and creativity like to take the scenic route or to go on a different journey altogether. Thus, I don’t think that the artist sits in the same boat as the other characters of government. Nor do I think that the boss can ask the employee to have a good idea right now. The creative mind needs a space to create apart from the deadlines and the agendas. However, there should be bridges between the two worlds. Art and culture are products of human society and would not exist without it. And society can learn from culture. We don’t need cultural leaders, but cultural ambassadors would be appreciated. Creativity is an investment of time and resource, but we don’t know how to reap the benefits. It is one thing to go to a gallery and to see a picture and admire it. It is something else to go and see a work of art and then to live differently and change society. It is the latter proposition that requires attention.

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?
One of the great gifts of culture is the ability to portray a better world. I think great art is challenging for the rich as well as for the poor. The former may not need a better life and the latter may lack the hope that it is possible. Often it is someone in the middle who opens up the vistas for everyone else. There is very little about science in this strategy; a field of human culture that does open up new possibilities. The sciences are seeking increasingly to engage with society with the arts and there is funding to do this. The arts can be a place where schoolchildren and adults of all ages reflect upon and find the shapes of things to come.

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?
I would add that culture is dynamic – it does not sit still. The traditions that are handed down generation to generation to change or they would have ceased to be. We live in a multicultural society but have barely tapped its potential. Sometimes great creative movements arise when different cultures feed each other as was the case with the birth of rock and roll. There could be new tartans, new Burns’ supper addresses and even new words in Gaelic.

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?
A skill for us all is knowing when to speak and when to listen. However, the least powerful amongst us get to speak less and get ignored more. It is the most deprived amongst us who need the stage the most. We don’t give it to them as we see the stage as a place to get for ourselves the money, the fame and the sex. Has the corporate world colonised culture? But art is not really about the shiny prizes, it is about having something to say and someone to listen.

Sustaining culture

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

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

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Cultural work requires the same public commitment for predictable and consistent funding as education and health. There needs to be full-time work available and part-time work on contracts so that the artist does not have to live day to day. There also should be more of a connection between the working artist and the amateur. One good work by the amateur can be more important to the community than the professional and should be celebrated as such.

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?
The outsider should be able to do more than fit with a programme, they should be able to set the agenda. There’s a project called ‘Shakespeare Behind Bars’, in which inmates have realised that killing is wrong! We should be able to come to culture at any age and bring our life experiences to the table – it doesn’t have to be murder!

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.
I have taken part in the science stand-up comedy programme Bright Club. This has brought art and science together and many people who come to the shows end up as performers.

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
This depends upon the details – which are currently lacking

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
I can’t. A successful strategy would produce outcomes we can’t imagine. If 10 years from now, we’re still al having the same conversations then we will have failed.

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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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
General performance indicators don’t work in industry and they won’t work in art. However, the people engaged in the cultural activities themselves will have ideas as to what success for their activity looks like and will seek to improve. They need to be able to do this on their own terms.

Other comments

17. Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.

Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.
It will often be the case that the aftershocks of culture will take place years after the event. We may be able to say that the arts took us to a better place, but not say that poem A was better than film B in getting us there.

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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19. If you have further comments on the Equality Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Equality Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
The people denied access to the arts are in some ways the privileged ones. They have wisdom and insights through their lives that the rest of us have never seen because of media bias. It is in the interests of the ‘mainstream’ to hear these voices and we should pay for that enlightenment.

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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21. If you have further comments on the Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
We should also commit to the safety and wellbeing of children when they participate in culture. We also should consider how the needs of children will change at different ages. Childhood is also evolving with society and we should consider both the risks and the benefits of the internet.

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.
Without a significant long-term financial investment the answer is ‘nothing’. It will take generations to bring in cultural change to break cultural cycles of deprivation. We should do this, but we need to be committed for the long haul.

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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24. If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
The flaw here is that there is a take it or leave it approach – publish or do nothing. Business can be very creative in devising a range of deals, we all can do better than this.

About you

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Alex Perry

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