Arts, culture and heritage

A Culture Strategy for Scotland

A Culture Strategy for Scotland shows how important culture is to Scotland’s prosperity and sets the future direction for supporting culture in Scotland.

It sets out a vision which recognises the intrinsic value of culture and the power of culture to inspire, enrich and transform people’s lives, our communities and the places where we live, work and have fun.

This overview of the strategy sets out the vision, aims and guiding principles as well as the three main ambitions which support delivery of that vision:

  • strengthening culture
  • transforming through culture
  • empowering through culture


Each of the three ambitions are underpinned by a series of actions. To support the future of culture in Scotland, since February 2020 we have:

  • launched three new innovative programmes: the Creative Communities, which aims to support and empower communities to develop cultural activities; Arts Alive, creative residencies pilot in schools, education and early years settings focussing on areas of multiple deprivation across Scotland; and in February 2021, we also launched the Culture Collective, a £6m programme which supports creative practitioners, organisations and communities to work together across Scotland to help shape the future of local cultural life.
  • established a new  National Partnership for Culture (NPC) to keep the national culture conversation going and provide a voice for the sector to advise Scottish Ministers on matters affecting culture in Scotland, including considering and advising on ways of promoting the recovery and renewal of the culture sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • created a Measuring Change sub-group under the auspices of the NPC, which is developing recommendations for the Scottish Government with regard to monitoring and evaluation of the Culture Strategy.


The Strategy was published on 28 February 2020 and draws on the themes raised by individuals, artists and creative producers, organisations and communities across Scotland through our national culture conversation which began in 2017 and the public consultation of 2018.

The engagement report, which summarises the key themes and ideas which emerged from these early discussions, informed the development of a draft strategy which issued for public consultation in June 2018. The draft strategy set out a vision for culture in Scotland supported by a series of ambitions, aims and actions that will deliver the new National Outcome for culture: we are creative and our vibrant and diverse cultures are expressed and enjoyed widely.

The consultation closed in September 2018. Almost 220 responses were received which demonstrated overall support for the ambitions, aims and actions set out in the draft strategy: transforming through culture, empowering through culture, sustaining culture. Respondents included individual artists and creative practitioners, community groups, public bodies, local authorities, sector representative groups and members of the public across the length and breadth of Scotland.

The consultation analysis report, which sets out the findings of the public consultation, can be found here:


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