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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 feel that it is important to recognise the role that education plays here - from a young age, it is very important that our children be exposed to culture and be given every opportunity to express the artistic and cultural aspects of their personalities. There is no greater way to promote the culture of Scotland than to make it as easy to access and understand as possible to our children.

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?
I support the principles of this ambition, but I return to the role of children as my key point here, particularly in education. I feel that there is a point here that curriculum for excellence misunderstands. Culture and art are more subject to personal attributes than many things. I hope that in the pursuit of providing equal opportunities for all this doesn't translate into providing all children with exactly the same experiences in culture and art because a lot of talent will fall through the net this way. It is of much greater importance to maximise extra-curricular opportunities, and recognising the ways that these can feed into the education system. For example, in music: I know how much a child can learn from playing in groups, I was such a child myself. But you cannot get whole classes of people to play the same music (becuase not all will like it) together (because of differing ability). Individualism is key to this whole initiative. In school time and my own, I was very fortunate to have many opportunities to enhance my playing but I can see that these opportunities are decreasing for young people. The Highland Young Musicians initiative does not have nearly the same resource as it did, and it was (and probably still is) a hive of talent. These bodies and initiatives on the fringes of education are the key, I believe this with the fullest commitment.

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 would add to the actions that to get complete agreement between different government departments and these ambitions that ministers should be held to some kind of accountability to this for how they contribute to this. Clearly some departments will contribute in more ways, and some in more meaningful ways, so I think that each section of this vision should identify the involved departments, and identify broad outcomes.

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 dislike the statement "Geographic inequality is also found within the central belt itself with activity focused in cities rather than the suburban areas and smaller towns in between Glasgow and Edinburgh." There are around 50 miles between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and I would imagine that no area in the central belt exists that is more than 50 miles away from a city. Thurso is over one hundred miles from Inverness, which is itself distant from Scotland's other cities. This is an even more pronounced difference for the likes of the islands and large swathes of Sutherland. There are many debates to be had here - should we promote better access to cities, or should local culture be promoted. The answer is of course a combination of the two, but this is not nearly so much as a concern for those in the central belt. I notice in my community more and more people feel left behind by the rate of progress and opportunity in the central belt and feelings of resentment are building. It is very important to build relations with cultural groups to promote the value of visiting rural, remote communities. A great example is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who are developing an excellent relationship with local music groups here to provide opportunities for young players to attend workshops and to ensure that there is a good audience for their concerts when they visit. This kind of collaboration between a central-belt-based group and remote, rural groups is exactly the example of how to narrow the geography gap that so many people feel acutely.

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?
It is brilliant to hear such an honest fronting-up of the challenges involved here. I am slightly concerned on the point about "current approaches to funding may unfairly advantage those who are already established and have existing networks." Music tuition in the Highlands in now part of HighLife Highland, who have to make a business case for tuition. It will never make a good business case because of the cost of travel for tutors - but it is so important, and must never be seen to be such a current approach which has an unfair advantage. It is worth it for so many young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity due to the cost of private tuition. We must not be scared about initiatives that make a real difference cost more and return little in financial terms, the cultural return is well worth it.

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 used a couple of examples in my previous answers.

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
As a musician, I have the opportunity to play in a variety of groups in Edinbugh where I study, and Thurso, where I'm from. I try to attend as many concerts in these areas as I can manage. Taking part and enabling people to take part is perhaps the key aim of the strategy as I understand it, and I hope that music is as inclusive as it gets. Groups can achieve much more than the sum of their parts.

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
I think that a more even sense of feeling that access to culture is a key part from my perspective, and for the wider population to have a greater appreciation for the value of cultural subjects in education.

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 said it before, but it's important that all areas of government can have their own objectives or objectives associated with them to help support this strategy. Then it will be clear to see if the strategy needs enhancing in some areas, and this can help to build the longer term plan.

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?
This is incomplete and inconclusive. I don't know what to make of it, because it doesn't seem to actually say anything.

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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James Doherty

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