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Annual Review 2017/18

This report is our fourth Annual Review of Performance and refers to the financial year 2017/18.

It illustrates the wide range of work delivered by artists, creative practitioners and organisations across Scotland supported by our funding. It also explains our own ongoing organisational development work to strengthen our support for the arts, screen and creative industries.

The Review draws on data provided by the organisations and projects that we fund and provides headline analysis which we hope will be useful to everyone working in the cultural and creative industries sectors.

We produce a Review every year to accompany our Annual Report, Accounts and National Lottery Accounts for the same period.


PDF: Annual Review of Performance 2017/18

View and download the Annual Review of Performance 2017/18 in PDF format.

Annual Review of Performance 2017-18 - Text Only Version

Download our 2017/18 Annual Review as a text-only Word document.

A Gaelic version of this document will be made available in early 2019.

Project Profiles

In the Review, we present progress against the five ambitions set out in our 10-year plan, Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition. These shared ambitions frame our work and the work of the people, organisations and projects that we support.

We’ve gathered together a selection of short profiles from 2017/18 to highlight some of the key projects and activities delivered by individuals and organisations, linked to our ambitions: 

Excellence and experimentation

In 2017/18, a number of projects showed excellence and experimentation across the arts, screen and creative industries, with diverse high quality artistic and creative work produced and developed across Scotland. Here's just a few examples.

Access and enjoyment

We are committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for people of all ages to experience and learn from, the arts, screen and creative industries, wherever they are in Scotland. Here's some of the 2017/18 projects which contributed to that ambition.

Place and quality of life

In 2017/18 we worked in partnership with local authorities and others to ensure that places and quality of life are transformed through imagination, ambition and an understanding of the potential of creativity. Read about a few of these projects.

Leadership and workforce

Profiles of a few of the many 2017/18 projects that brought ideas to life by a diverse, skilled and connected leadership and workforce that is more confident, knowledgeable and connected, helping to develop more sustainable business models.


Examples of creative individuals and organisations that we supported in 2017/18, who are operating in a broader national and international context, helping to make Scotland a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.