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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?
On the whole, we feel the strategy’s vision and aims are positive. The vision is however, not ambitious enough – it doesn’t convey a sense of forward momentum, but could be seen by many to be a point we have already reached, or a description of an ‘as is’ position. It therefore does not communicate a sense of common action towards a shared vision. The difference between the current position and where we get to in the future needs to be clear to provide inspiration, motivation and excitement.

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?
The pursuit of social change through the integration of culture into the wider public sector planning agenda is an important ambition, and we welcome its prominence in the strategy.

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?
We would question whether it is realistic to place culture as a central consideration across all policy areas, or whether particular broad policy areas where culture can play a more central role should be specified to provide more targeted direction. The initial drive to embed creativity across the education sector at the inception of the Curriculum for Excellence is perhaps the best recent example of an attempt to add value to service provision through culture. However, it is notable this original ambition has been diluted by a lack of funding and the practical challenges of integrating culture into a highly structured context with clearly defined operational targets. The strategy perhaps needs to say more about how integrating culture into public services can be developed and made practical in the future. While it is welcome that on p.19-20 creativity in education is positioned as contributing to wider development of critical thinking and skills, we feel this point could be strengthened by emphasising that the world of work which young people will need to be prepared for will require adaptability, the ability to self-educate and acquire new skills, remain curious and collaborate – skills which can be learnt through creative learning. The centrality of this to ensuring Scotland is a competitive economy at a global level needs to be emphasised.

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?
We feel there are some issues around the way culture is defined and then applied throughout the document. There is a welcome distinction between ‘culture’ – as shared experience and mass media engagement – and the ‘cultural sector’, those whose livelihoods depend on the preservation, production and distribution of culture. However, the document tends to read as if the culture it refers to is that produced by the cultural sector and consumed by Scotland’s communities. There is little sense of the rich and varied grassroots cultural activity thriving across Scotland. Using the term ‘culture’ where the meaning is ‘cultural activities or interventions’ ignores the fact that many cultures co-exist in society - the shared values, behaviours, attitudes, ways of being and rituals of a group. This can create a sense of divide or a patronising ‘our culture is better than yours’.

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?
It is not clear how we can aspire to ‘extend the view of culture’ if it is already an all-encompassing, ubiquitous presence engaging almost everyone. It is particularly telling in the Access and Participation section on page 27 where the strategy suggests children living in poverty who engage in cultural activities could become “the audiences of the future.” Why not the artists, creators and heritage professionals of the future? We felt this section was written as if ‘empowering’ is an audience development tool to perpetuate the cultural sector and questioned whether that was the intention. The Sustaining Culture aim does go on to refer to the diversity within the sector. Our feeling was that this section should be about grassroots nurturing of culture and perhaps it could have defined its parameters more clearly. Engaging deprived communities in the ‘cultural product’ – as opposed to the wider definition of everyday culture – is an old challenge. If this is really what the Empowering Through Culture section is about then it needs to be clearer and more honest about it.

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?
We wholeheartedly welcomed the commitment to diversifying the sector. The emphasis on trusting and supporting creative people and a hint that legislative powers may protect culture in the long-term is encouraging. However, there is a lack of specificity and boldness. We felt there was an option here to explore what more could be done and outline how central government could pilot innovation and support risk-taking in the cultural sector.

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?
Supporting the freelance sector to nurture skills, talent and excellence, and supporting skills development from early years on are wrapped up in the same point, we would suggest that these are two distinct areas of interest

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.
We would strongly encourage a focus on the approach taken to Paisley’s UK City of Culture bid, as an example of community owned and driven, and buy in to the transformation of a place through culture.

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
Renfrewshire Leisure can support the vision, aims , ambitions and actions of the strategy by raising our ambition, working closely with communities and continuing to develop close parternship working with the Paisley Partnership Board to explore the possibilities of culture-led regeneration. We feel we can contribute to all elements of the strategy, however, we feel it would be useful to include a focus on how the whole local authority sector can work more cohesively and share learning around culture and the specific policy integration of culture in a local context. We would welcome more reference to how organisations such as Cosla, VOCAL and City Deal partnerships can contribute to the development and delivery of the strategy

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
It is difficult to disagree with the strategy’s main points. We feel the value of the strategy will lie not so much in its dissemination but in what the new culture focused government post and the national cultural partnership will be able to deliver. The development of SMART goals throughout the document would be a valuable addition to assist understanding of this.

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.
Until the specifics of this approach become clearer, it is difficult to comment, however there is obviously a huge opportunity to refresh how we understand impact and to look at what and how we measure this

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.
The appearance and wording of this document may itself be a barrier. We questioned whether the cover was a suitable image for the front-cover. It might appear alluring to cultural professionals but what about the wider community? Why not a picture of a gig or a youth theatre? There is a really important point made at the bottom of page 33 about the pitfalls of the commercialisation of the arts but its density makes it challenging to understand. We felt a summary version with infographics would provide a vital synopsis of the document’s context, to provide a quick way-in for community cultural participants and partners outside the cultural sector. The stated aims of the strategy on recognising a wider view of culture and diversifying the sector are at odds with the fact that it is still very much a government policy style document – careful consideration needs to be given to how this strategy can be owned and used by as wide a constituency of stakeholders as possible. Communicating something that is exciting, inspiring and accessible will be key to this

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 assessment refers to analysis of the arts, however this does not cover the breadth of the sectors represented by the Culture Strategy, and if a wider analysis is not available, perhaps this should be noted: ‘The EQIA has also been informed by detailed analysis of existing evidence and data (both qualitative, quantitative and by means of public engagement feedback) in order to draw out the potential impacts of the policy on the following barriers to access, progression and representation in the Arts:’

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?
It would be positive to specifically mention the UNRC rights within the strategy, to embed them at the heart of the national cultural strategy

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.
The role of local authorities and the community and voluntary sector in working with communities to support people to access culture, find their voice and express themselves is under-represented in the strategy. The reach of the strategy is dependent on these organisations being supported to develop cultural opportunities with communities.

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?
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About you

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Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd