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Scotland's Proud Cultural Heritage Benefits From Being in the UK

Scotland's Proud Cultural Heritage Benefits From Being in the UK | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
In Scotland we can be proud of not just having a great cultural heritage, and to lay claim to the likes of Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, but we can also be proud of the many modern companies that we can call our own...
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Who does Maggie Curran imagine is preventing "Scotland's creative communities" being heard on both sides of the constitutional debate? The reality is that artists and those in the creative industries are as free as anybody else to come out for or against the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status. It just happens that through groups such as National Collective there appear to be more artists and creatives coming out for independence than against. Curran may want to pretend that this is because anti-independence voices in the creative communities are being suppressed by some mysterious force, but the more likely explanation for the dearth of artists and performers coming out in support of the anti-independence campaign is the dire nature of that campaign's aptly named "Project Fear".

And who can blame them when the closest Curran can come to a positive argument in favour of the union is that Scotland gets back some of the money the people of Scotland pump into the National Lottery. By implication, at least, Curran suggests that Scotland benefits disproportionately from sending money to London to be disbursed as the cliques of the British state see fit. But, unsurprisingly, she offers no evidence of this. Perhaps because the National Lottery's accounting procedures are so labyrinthine as to make it all but impossible to determine where money comes from and where it goes to. Perhaps because, in keeping, with the abysmal standards of Better Together - the official name for the Tory/Labour/LibDem alliance for the preservation of the British state - evidence, accuracy and honesty are not a priority.

Totally in keeping with the barrel-scraping, scaremongering standards of Project Fear is Curran's threat that the rest of the UK (rUK) would somehow contrive to cut off Scotland from the cultural world. The threat that, in a fit of petty pique at the people of Scotland deciding that they want to bring their government home, those cliques of the British state would throw up barriers to exclude Scotland from the networks of cultural discourse and exchange that have been built up over centuries - not only between Scotland and the other nations of these islands, but between Scotland and the global family of nations.

It is generally accepted that Maggie Curran is not the most intellectually acute among the little group that British Labour in Scotland are pleased to regard as their "big-hitters". Some say that she is there to make Anas Sarwar look clever, while Sarwar's role is to make Johann Lamont appear smarter than your basic kitchen utensil. It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that she should be unable to think of independence as anything other than a severing of relationships rather than a redefining of them. As necessarily implying isolation rather than allowing Scotland to freely negotiate the terms on which it engages with other nations which consider this freedom their natural right.

Unfortunately, such attitudes are not confined to the shallow end of the British nationalist intellect pool where Curran and her ilk wallow. The contemptuously condescending view of Scotland evinced by Curran is a defining characteristic of British nationalist ideology.

The claim that Scotland's artistic and creative communities can only thrive under the auspices of a superior, paternalistic British state is profoundly insulting. It is patronising in a way that grates on Scottish sensibilities. While British sensibilities think it patronage that Scotland should be grateful for.

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5 Artists in Search of a Country

5 Artists in Search of a Country | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

For those of you who missed this great event at the Assembly Rooms, we asked two playwrights, a poet, a musician, an actor about the future of Scotland.

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Leading writer accuses arts bodies of being 'Scotophobic'

LEADING writer and artist ­Alasdair Gray has criticised arts boards for being
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Scottish ‘Year of...’ tourism campaigns to go on

Scottish ‘Year of...’ tourism campaigns to go on | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
THE Scottish Government has revealed that year-long themed tourism campaigns are set to continue indefinitely - as it predicted next year will be the “biggest ever” for the industry.
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The Bulletin: Arts & Culture News

The Bulletin: Arts & Culture News | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
In today's Bulletin: We recap the Xmas songs and pick a winner, Swans to curate festival, call out for film-makers for BAFTA Scotland 2013, new music by Sebastian Reynolds / Meursault and Blanck Mass, and the latest from the Creative Scotland shakeup...
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2012: Review of the year

2012: Review of the year | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland on Sunday’s writers pick the stand-out artists, events and cultural phenomena of the past 12 months.
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Andrew Eaton-Lewis: Want to kickstart the economy? Give money to artists, not banks

Andrew Eaton-Lewis: Want to kickstart the economy? Give money to artists, not banks | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
WHAT should we do about arts funding in a recession? The answer is simple – increase it. Not only that, we should stop telling artists what to do with the money and just let them get on with making whatever they want (they make better art that way).
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Siobhan to sing praises of culture - Top stories - Scotsman.com

a FOLK singer from Penicuik will tell an audience at the Scottish Parliament tomorrow that music, art and drama must be given the same priority in education as maths and literacy.
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Creative Practice/Research @ UWS: Processes, Outcomes, Pathways and Products (POPP): A Scottish Practice-as-Research Symposium

Creative Practice/Research @ UWS: Processes, Outcomes, Pathways and Products (POPP): A Scottish Practice-as-Research Symposium | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

POPP is an interdisciplinary symposium for postgraduate students and early career researchers in the Arts and Humanities who use practice-as-research methods in Scotland.

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Arts and creativity worth billions - News and features - Scotsman.com

Arts and creativity worth billions - News and features - Scotsman.com | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S arts and creative industries contribute £3.2 billion to the country’s economy and directly create 84,000 jobs, according to a new report.
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Cosgrove adds support for Dunfermline’s arts centre - Local Headlines - Fife Today

Cosgrove adds support for Dunfermline’s arts centre - Local Headlines - Fife Today | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
The plan to transform the former fire station in Dunfermline into a art venue has received support from TV chief Stuart Cosgrove, reports Gail Milne...
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Scottish Book Trust calls on Edinburgh locals to pen tributes to their favourite places

Scottish Book Trust calls on Edinburgh locals to pen tributes to their favourite places | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
New writing project opens for submissions today.

 

A new arts project launches today which aims to encourage Edinburgh residents to write about a place in Scotland that is special to them.

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The Scotsmans 'Arts' Coverage

The Scotsmans 'Arts' Coverage | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

The 5 Artists in Search of a Country event at the Assembly Rooms was an antidote to the widely recognised absence of focus on the referendum at this years festival. Theories vary about why this might be (this is pre-Mills declaration of fascination with events of 1917). They range from:


1) It’s not very interesting
2) No-one really cares
3) It doesn’t make very good drama
4) No-one’s actually from Scotland at the festival
5) It will all kick-off next year.


Whatever. Who cares? This is about an event that did happen not performances never commissioned.


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Who Carries The Carriers?

Who Carries The Carriers? | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

‘There is no place more revolutionary and no time more exciting than right here and right now in Scotland,’ writes Andrew Redmond Barr of the National Collective, a congregation of artists in favour of Scottish independence.  The finest minds of our generation, to borrow from Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, are poised to reimagine Scotland from top to bottom: politically, economically, socially and culturally. The summer of 2014 – dare we call it the Summer of Independence? – could be to Scotland what 1967 was to London and San Francisco, its artists and radicals conjuring songs, essays, poems, speeches and plays which offer fresh vistas and challenge a hideously conservative status quo.  This process was spurred at the end of 2012 with the book Unstated: Scottish Writers on Independence, edited by Scott Hames, which featured essays by 27 writers, almost all of whom are in favour of Home Rule.

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Scottish arts centre plans multimillion-pound revamp

Scottish arts centre plans multimillion-pound revamp | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
An Aberdeen venue has launched a £5 million redevelopment plan that will include a refurbishment of its children’s theatre, which has fallen into disrepair
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Alasdair Gray attacks English for ‘colonising’ arts

Alasdair Gray attacks English for ‘colonising’ arts | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
ALASDAIR GRAY, one of Scotland’s most respected ­authors, has launched an ­attack on the appointment of English “colonists” to influential and powerful positions in Scotland.
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Joyce McMillan: Arts spending a cultural necessity

Joyce McMillan: Arts spending a cultural necessity | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A thriving creative scene is essential to any country’s wellbeing, both socially and practically, writes Joyce McMillan...
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Perthshire Open Studios 2012 : Artists across Perthshire and Kinross open their doors

Perthshire Open Studios is an open studio event running from 1 to 9 September 2012. Over 180 Artists, Makers and Creators welcome you into their studios across stunning Perthshire.
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University gets creative with focus on digital technology and the arts - Arts - Scotsman.com

A CONSORTIUM including Edinburgh University is to examine the challenges posed by digital technology on the arts.
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Scotland Picks Three for 2013 Venice Biennale Pavilion

Scotland Picks Three for 2013 Venice Biennale Pavilion | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Art Review‘s website reports that Scotland will present a three-artist show at pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

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Welcome | Perth Festival of the Arts, Scotland

Welcome | Perth Festival of the Arts, Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Welcome to the 41st Perth Festival of the Arts 17th - 27th May 2012.
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Impact Arts | About Impact Arts

Impact Arts is a dynamic arts organisation. Established in 1994, we are a successful social enterprise, balancing innovation and creative approaches with excellent delivery, sound management and a strong ethos of collaboration and partnership.

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