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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?
I believe there is nothing to dislike or disagree with in this strategy or the entire document but also there is nothing that makes my heart sing. Having read it a number of times there is little that sticks out in my mind, so I see it as rather bland. It could be a strategy written by a number of countries in the recent years. There is little that makes it particularly relevant to Scotland at this time and indeed addressing the future challenges for culture. I also take exception to the question about what our organisation can do to help achieve and support the vision, ambition and aims. I feel it should better acknowledge what the strategy can do to reinforce and support the excellent cultural work and vision of those currently engaged in it. In section 1.3 where you define Creative Industries, I make strong representation on behalf of the Craft sector to be specifically listed alongside the others mentioned there.

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?
Of course culture must be central to cultural, social and economic and economic prosperity. However, we must guard against culture becoming a means to an end and just providing support for education, healthcare etc. We cannot loose sight of culture for culture's sake and the intrinsic value in it within a civilized society. There should also be attention paid to heritage crafts and skills and to intangible cultural heritage and the roles they play in providing the base on which we build.

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?
The new cultural leadership post must have significant authority within government and should be akin to a Chief Medical Officer of Chief Scientific Officer. Their position vis a vis the Cabinet Secretary and Creative Scotland must be clear. Joined up working across agencies will need a huge shift in attitudes as previous attempts such as SCIP have been wholly ineffectual

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?
Of course culture should be available for every community and everyone and extending the view of it is admirable

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?
With regard to the extended view of culture, while that is fine and good we must not look sight of the professional, trained cultural individual and their striving for excellence and innovation. We must not bring a view of culture down to the lowest common denominator but lift it up in an aspirational way.

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?
The point about excellence and innovation can also be made here because for culture to survive and be sustainable it has to be good and constantly evolving

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?
It is commendable to support freelance cultural workforce etc...and to improve their economic and social status. Many cultural workers who are employed are now protected by measures such as the minimum and living wage. In the Creative Industries the majority of practitioners are individual small business, or sole traders with many earning well under the minimum wage. This is because their skill is not valued by a disposable society that can pick up a ceramic mug made in China for £1.50 and wonder why they should have to pay £12.50 for a unique, beautifully designed and hand made one. There needs to be a societal shift in valuing these cultural and creative skills .

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

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
I refer to my comments earlier on when I stated that I hope the adoption of a cultural strategy will allow my sector to flourish. That is the vision of my organisation and the strategy should reinforce and support it. Working in partnership and having more confidence in a sustainable sector would be beneficial.

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
That over time we stop devaluing culture - we know there is a focus on STEM subjects in schools but what we have seen is a reduction in focus on the arts, culture and creativity. Teachers are pushed for time, they do not have the skills/interest/knowledge to pass on. In all the focus groups I attended regarding the strategy, appreciation of and engagement in culture starting at early years was always a key topic. I do not see this reflected sufficiently anywhere in the strategy and success for me would be to have a society with changed views as to the value of culture.

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.
I understand the need for evaluation but setting numerical targets can only be one part of the picture and good case studies and stories another. We all have examples of tying ourselves in knots trying to prove the value of what we do, much of the impact is long term. Sometimes we just need to believe in it.

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.
On page 16 it states that Culture must be free to be inspiring, disruptive and plural. This is challenging if it is at all dependent on public finding. In order to receive public funding - especially through Creative Scotland - there are many restrictions or boxes to be ticked in return. Therese are not in themselves bad things - environmental, diversity, creative learning, partnerships etc but not culture can be all these things at the same time and more flexibility, especially for small organisations should be allowed.

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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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?
Access to a range of culture through education, both formal and informal is a basic right

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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Craft Scotland