Cultural Value

Ruth Negga in Iona (photo: Baird Entertainments)

Creativity enriches all our lives and tells the world who we are

It expresses who we are, challenges us, entertains us and makes us think.

It has the power to transform us, to take us away from the everyday and to enjoy being alive.

It can also inspire us to participate in creative endeavour, to become artists or creators ourselves.

It shapes our international reputation and how we are seen by the world.

The arts, screen and creative industries are Scotland’s international calling card telling the story of what Scotland is and can be through our creativity. They send a message to the world that Scotland is a place where creativity thrives, producing internationally renowned work, sending our home-grown talent out into the world and drawing international talent to come here.

Did you know?

  • Scotland is widely recognised as rich in cultural heritage and is also seen as an interesting and exciting place for contemporary culture. Scotland is ranked 13th in a global index of 50 nations for its contemporary culture - Nations Brand Index, GFK-Anholt, 2017
  • 90% of people in Scotland agree that Scotland is a creative nation - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2017
  • 58% of the Scottish population report that they take part in creative activity on at least a weekly basis - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2017
  • 69% agree that they are a creative person and 68% agreed that arts and culture are an important part of their life - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2017
  • 92% believe it is right that there should be public funding of arts and cultural activities in Scotland (up from 87% in 2015) - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2017
  • 84% say their local area would lose something of value if the area lost its arts and cultural activities - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2017
  • 92% engaged with culture either by attending a cultural event or place or participating in a cultural activity - Scottish Household Survey, 2016.


Scotland's rising stars awarded creative talent funding

Young Scots from across the country have been awarded funding to help pursue their creative ambitions through the Time to Shine Nurturing Talent Fund.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

Over £880,000 support for cultural activity across Scotland

Over £880,000 of National Lottery funding was awarded to 46 recipients through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund in February supporting the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland.

Published: 29 Mar 2019

100 young musicians take to the stage as Celtic Connections 2019 opens

World-leading music festival Celtic Connections starts tonight as over 100 young musicians take to the stage to officially open 18 days of music, set to bring Glasgow alive on stages across the city.

Published: 17 Jan 2019

A spotlight on Scotland’s talents at prestigious IPAY event

A delegation of Scottish artists, producers and companies are heading to the prestigious International Performing Arts for Youth showcase event in Philadelphia to promote our highly regarded children’s theatre and dance sector internationally.

Published: 14 Jan 2019

Helping creatives navigate the obstacles of today's art world

Edinburgh-based artist Sarah Calmus has curated a new interdisciplinary project aimed at bringing creative people together to navigate the obstacles and challenges of today's art world.

Published: 08 Jan 2019

New fund to strengthen links between Scottish artists and Europe

British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland are seeking proposals for bids to their £100k partnership fund to support individuals and organisations working in the Scottish arts sector to strengthen relationships with counterparts in Europe.

Published: 19 Dec 2018

Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner Prize

Charlotte Prodger has won the 2018 Turner Prize. The £25,000 prize was presented during a live broadcast at Tate Britain tonight.

Published: 04 Dec 2018

New music projects to tour thanks to PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders

PRS Foundation announce the latest organisations, music groups and composers to receive funding through co-commissioning and touring programme Beyond Borders.

Published: 02 Aug 2018

Scotland strengthens European partnerships with Creative Europe funding success

Seven awards totalling €1.4 million has been announced by Creative Europe towards collaborative European projects involving creative and cultural organisations in Scotland.

Published: 02 Aug 2018

Orkney artist completes a drawing a day - for a year!

Orkney artist Laura Drever produces work inspired by the island's unique landscape. In 2015 she successfully completed a "365 drawing challenge", creating a new sketch every single day for a year. We caught up with Laura as she prepares for her latest exhibition to find out more.

Published: 18 Jul 2018

Dance duets popping-up in public spaces around the world

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) is a series of short contemporary dance duets designed for a wide range of public spaces. Just back from appearing at Jacob's Pillow in the USA, we spoke to choreographer Janis Claxton and composer Pippa Murphy. 

Published: 27 Jun 2018

£120k support to nurture traditional music and dance talent

Eight organisations from across Scotland have received funding awards from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - Youth Talent Development Fund, administered by Creative Scotland.

Published: 08 May 2018