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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?
More emphasis on the benefits of technology.

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 following statement: 'The culture sector can play a major role in influencing behavioural change, providing leadership through debate and helping communities to imagine the possibilities and potential of a green future where there are reduced demands for energy, increased energy efficiency, and renewable and local energy systems are the norm.' The culture sector can also achieve this through the use of technology to reduce carbon footprint (live streaming and audiovisual streaming technology which facilitates real-time collaboration via the internet and research networks)

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?
In Action 3, I appreciate that 'other sectors' can include a variety of options, but for the culture sector to be successful in delivering programmes and projects with technology that facilitates live streaming and remote real-time collaboration in rural areas, there has to be joined-up working and support from government and telecoms companies to provide the necessary infrastructure.

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 like to see more emphasis on how technology can be used to deliver this aim, 'Recognise the importance of each community’s own local culture in generating a distinct sense of place, identity and confidence', particularly for our rural communities and areas of high deprivation.'

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?
I agree with all aims and actions under this ambition and would like to see more emphasis on how the use of technology can help facilitate the actions.

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?
As a freelance worker, I am in agreement with each one of the challenges listed on p.38 I firmly believe in the opportunities afforded by international working, particularly those that are are mediated by the use of technology that facilitates real-time collaborative working via the internet and research networks.

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?
I firmly believe in the following: Action 2: Develop programmes to support skills development, leadership and innovation to prepare for the future including digital. Action 3: Support the freelance cultural workforce and nurture skills, talent and excellence by exploring ways to improve their economic and social status and adopt a broad and long-term approach to supporting skills development from early years onwards. Action 5: Develop a longer-term and more strategic approach to supporting international ambitions and partnerships across the breadth of the culture sector.

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 been working in and researching on how digital technologies can help arts organisations extend their audience reach nationally and internationally for ten years. My interest began when working as Interactive Development Editor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Most of the education work was undertaken in the central belt and to address this, I instigated a programme of remote masterclasses with primary and secondary schools in Barra, Islay, Dumfries and Orkney via videoconference with orchestral players based in City Halls in Glasgow. The fact that videoconferencing facilities were already available in schools allowed this to take place. The aim of the masterclasses with primary school pupils was to introduce them to orchestral music and we were delighted when pupils from Bowmore Primary School in Islay travelled all the way to Glasgow to experience their first orchestral concert as a result of taking part in the sessions with players via videoconference. Since then, technology has developed to allow musicians to play in real-time remotely. I have produced remote concerts where musicians based at Edinburgh Napier University (including SCO cellist Su-a Lee and jazz trumpeter Steve Waterman) have played with remote musicians in London and Maastricht in the Netherlands. But more joined up thinking between JISC/JANET, the UK's NREN (National Research and Education Network), Higher Education Institutions, the cultural sector, the government and telecoms companies to allow this to develop further in Scotland. We are already a leader in the field of networked arts, but we lack venues that are connected the JANET network. Cities in Europe including Vienna, Oslo, Tallinn, Rome and Barcelona all have venues connected to their local NREN. If venues across Scotland were connected to the JANET network, artists would be able to collaborate in real-time with their peers at festivals and events in Europe. (and musicians from Europe would be able to participate remotely at festivals and events in Scotland). As we move nearer to Brexit, this would provide opportunities for artists who do not have the means to travel to raise their profile internationally. As Digital Producer with Hebrides Ensemble, we successfully streamed live concerts from Perth Concert Hall to remote communities in South Uist and Gairloch. We targeted these communities as we knew they had the infrastructure in place in venues to allow the local community to experience the concerts in a communal setting. This supports the following paragraph from the Vision - 'The diversity and accessibility of cultural opportunities in an area not only builds community cohesion generally but can often promote mutual understanding between and mutual respect for the cultural expression of, for example, younger and older generations and between newcomers and existing communities.' Further research has shown that more remote communities in Scotland are interested in experiencing live streamed concerts in this way and this could provide a potential revenue stream for arts organisations and local venues. Technology can also facilitate remote music tuition for young people in Scotland given that transport costs are a major barrier to engagement in both urban and rural areas. Warwick University's evaluation of Dumfries and Galloway schools' programme of videoconferenced masterclasses concluded that pupils learning brass instruments with a remote tutor were able to learn at the same rate as pupils who learned in face-to-face lessons I am passionate about the ways in which technology can support the cultural sector to extend audience reach, particularly to audiences in rural areas and internationally. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further.

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 can work with the culture sector in Scotland to advise them of the opportunities afforded by technology and help deliver the skillbase required to successfully deliver projects. I have experience in using various technologies and the required networks on which they operate. I am fully aware of associated rights management. I have spoken at many international conferences on networked arts (including Classical:NEXT and the International Society of Music Education) and can introduce arts organisations to international partners who are keen to collaborate.

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
Success for the strategy will mean that people all over Scotland have equal access to culture and that artists in Scotland have opportunities to extend their audience reach both at home and internationally.

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 reiterate that the use of technology to deliver culture, especially to those in rural areas, must be considered carefully. I hope this is reflected in the personnel involved in the Measuring Change Group.

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.
I am concerned that the people classified above are increasingly excluded from cultural activities. I hope that the strategy helps address this.

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?
I appreciate that the Strategy recognises the difficulties faced by freelance workers in the culture sector in Scotland and hope that it is successful in addressing them.

About you

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Gill Davies

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