Young Scots to Help Shape the Future of Arts in Scotland

Published: 04 Sep 2014

National Youth Arts Advisory Group

Youth arts advisors selected from communities across the country have been appointed to guide the delivery of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine. The new National Youth Arts Advisory Group will play a crucial role in shaping the future of arts for young people in Scotland.

Time to Shine, Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy, sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and culture.

Appointed and supported by Young Scot and Creative Scotland, the group of young people aged 14-20 were selected for their enthusiasm and passion for arts and creativity. As part of their role, they will work to develop new ways for young people in their communities to access and engage in arts and creativity.

Ross Cowan, 17, from North Lanarkshire said: “I’m delighted to be selected as an ambassador for the Time To Shine strategy. I wanted to join the group because it links in to what I would like to do in the future which is helping young people. I’m looking forward to taking part in different workshops with young people to help increase their confidence and teach them about art and culture in Scotland.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said: “I am delighted that these ambassadors have been announced and wish them all the best in their important work. We have always believed that young people must be at the very heart of Time To Shine, and this panel, drawn from across the length and breadth of the country, will ensure that this is the case.

“The participants will play a crucial role in ensuring that we create and sustain the engagement required to allow Scotland’s youth to reach their potential through the arts - as creators, as professionals or as young enthusiasts.”

Colin Bradie, Youth Arts Programme Manager, said: “Placing young people at the heart of Time to Shine, Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy will help make it truly resonate with young people, with their aspirations, and recognise what now needs to be done. This is also an incredible opportunity for this group of young people to develop new skills and gain experiences which will benefit their futures in many ways.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Young people have told us that arts and culture activities play an important role in their lives and we are delighted to support this passion and give them the direct opportunity to influence the future of arts in Scotland. Being involved in the arts can give young people confidence, the opportunity to learn new skills, and gain valuable experiences which can benefit their learning, work, and life. We are looking forward to hearing how the new National Youth Arts Advisory Group can raise the profile of arts in their local communities and inspire their peers to realise their potential through creativity.”

The young ambassadors involved in the programme are:

  • Ellen Wilson, 14, Angus
  • James Kane, 15 , Argyll and Bute
  • Blair Boyle, 16, East Ayrshire
  • Hamish Hastie, 14, East Lothian
  • Aisha Hussein, 17, East Renfrewshire
  • Rebecca Lloyd, 20, Edinburgh
  • Kieran Howe, 18, Glasgow
  • Ross Cowan, 17, North Lanarkshire
  • Emma Ruse, 16, Perth and Kinross
  • Thea Sands, 16, Renfrewshire
  • Lauren Neilly, 20, Stirling
  • Lauren Ross, 18 Edinburgh
  • Daniel McCormick, 20, West Dunbartonshire



Notes to Editors

Young Scot

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship agency for Scotland, and currently has a membership of over 530,000 young people across Scotland.  Young Scot provides all young people in Scotland aged 11-26 with information, ideas and incentives to enable them to make informed decisions and choices, turn their ideas into action and take advantage of opportunities available throughout Scotland and Europe. – The national youth information portal for Scotland. - The national information portal for Scotland for young people out-of-school. - Young Scot’s corporate website.

Time to Shine

Published on 8 November 2013, Scotland's first National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine – which is centred around the three key themes of creating and sustaining engagement; nurturing potential and talent; and developing infrastructure and support - sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and creativity.

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Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

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