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Developing a culture strategy for Scotland

We are working with artists, cultural organisations and communities across the country to develop a  culture strategy for Scotland.

The 2016-17 Programme for Government committed to A Culture Strategy for Scotland, proposing the principles of access, equity and excellence. The strategy will position culture as  having intrinsic value and contributing both directly and indirectly to the health, wealth and success of our nation, defining Scotland as a diverse and distinct society with creativity and innovation at its heart.

The culture strategy will create an overarching framework to support the long term development of culture in Scotland. 


The views and experiences of all those working across Scotland’s cultural sector, those who access cultural activity and those with an interest in developing our approach to culture, are crucial to the development of the strategy.

We will engage extensively with people across Scotland to determine the scope and shape of the strategy. Our engagement will be conducted through a range of events and online channels.

Culture Conversation at Glasgow Women’s Library – 21 June

Our engagement process got underway in June with a session at Glasgow Women’s Library, where we started the conversation with around 90 representatives from across the culture sector. Participants explored what we mean by culture today and shared their ideas about the role of and vision for culture in Scotland in the future. It was helpful to gather views from the sector at the very start of this process, as their expertise will help to refine the strategy’s principles and scope. A summary of key points made during the event will be published here once checked and validated by participants.

List of attendees

Downloadable documents:

Participant ListParticipant List [PDF, 255.0 kb: 04 Jul 2017]
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Event ScheduleEvent Schedule [PDF, 200.8 kb: 04 Jul 2017]
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What next?

The  feedback from our first event will inform our plans for extensive further engagement over the next few months. We expect this to include public and sector-specific events across the country and will confirm details of these on our website as soon as possible.

We will also invite the people of Scotland to engage in the conversation through a range of discussion channels.

Get involved:

email culturestrategy@gov.scot or contact a member of the strategy team:

  • Leonie Bell, Head of Culture Strategy: 0131 244 7965

  • Donna Stewart, Senior Policy Manager: 0131 244 7682

Alternatively, share your views on Twitter by mentioning @culturescotgov and using the hashtag #scotlandscultureconversation.