Creative Scotland is the national organisation responsible for Scotland's arts, culture and creative industries which came into being on 1 July, 2010. The non-departmental public body was born out of the merger of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, and has a remit to work across the arts, culture, film, TV and the creative industries. Its work sits within the broader context of cultural provision in Scotland which includes the national performing companies, agencies for our libraries, museums and galleries and the cultural investment of local authorities.
Key amongst Creative Scotland's statutory functions are:
- identifying, supporting and developing quality and excellence in the arts and culture
- promoting understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts and culture
- improving access to and participation in the arts and culture
- realising the value and benefits, nationally and internationally of Scotland's arts and culture
- 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
Creative Scotland’s website gives further information about the organisation, it's full range of its activities, and contact details.
The Scottish Government directly funds Creative Scotland and has 'an arms length' relationship with the organisation. Please refer to the funding section of the website for further information on funding allocations to Creative Scotland and other bodies.
Part 4 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 sets out Creative Scotland's functions.