Creative Scotland is the national organisation responsible for Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries which came into being on 1 July 1, 2010.
Part 4 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 sets out Creative Scotland's functions.
Key amongst the functions for Creative Scotland include:
- identifying, supporting and developing quality and excellence in the arts and culture from artists and creative practitioners
- promoting understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of 'art for art's sake'
- improving access to and participation in the arts and culture
- making real, and bringing to fruition, the value and benefits of the arts and culture in Scotland
- encouraging and supporting artistic and other creative endeavours which contribute to an understanding of Scotland's national culture
- advocating for and supporting the creative industries
- encouraging and supporting other organisations who perform functions similar to Creative Scotland
Further details of how the new organisation will operate are set out in Schedules 9 and 10 of the same Act.
The Explanatory Memorandum to the Act sets out the legislators' intentions in creating the new organisation.
Creative Scotland brings together the work of its two predecessor bodies, the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. The legacy these organisations is available on their websites.
Creative Scotland's website gives further information about the full range of its activities. These include:
- Creative industries
- Creative Scotland Innovation Fund
- Visual Arts
- Filming in Scotland