Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland

Published: 24 Sep 2015

Visual Arts Sector Review - Online consultation begins today until Monday 19 October

From today, organisations and individuals working in the Visual Arts in Scotland are being invited to feed into a comprehensive review of their sector. 

Artists, curators, producers, academics, galleries, arts organisations and others are being strongly encouraged to contribute their views to the Visual Arts sector review that is currently being undertaken by Creative Scotland.

Creative Scotland has commissioned the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) to undertake an initial mapping exercise of the Visual Arts in Scotland which aims to reveal the range and diversity of practice across the country. Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland will make visible the significant and important work that the sector delivers and will help to build a picture of strengths and opportunities for the future.

Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts, Creative Scotland, said:

“This work is critical in enabling Creative Scotland to build a comprehensive picture of the people, places, resources and relationships that are so vital to the health of the visual arts in Scotland.

“We are delighted to be working with SCAN on Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland and look forward to making use of their knowledge, professional connections and wide ranging expertise. For this project to succeed we need as many people as possible to contribute their thoughts, ideas and experiences. We are excited to hear their views. 

“Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland will inform a series of open sessions with those working in the visual arts. These are designed to consider the findings of the surveys and to identify priorities for future development within the sector.”

Jenny Crowe from Scottish Contemporary Art Network, said:

“As a member-led network SCAN aims to operate at the heart of the visual arts sector. Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland will help us to make visible the important work that individuals and organisations deliver across Scotland every year.

“It will help us to understand the nature of the sector in more detail and in turn how SCAN can better champion and support it in the future. I hope that as many artists, independent workers and workers in venues and organisations as possible take this opportunity to record their thoughts and experiences about the sector they work in.” 

Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland will take the form of two questionnaires; one for individuals and one for organisations. The surveys can be completed from today, and will close at 7pm on Monday 19 October 2015. Head over to the SCAN website or further information and to take part.


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Polaroids by Maripol at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Photograph by Erika Stevenson.
Polaroids by Maripol at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Photo by Erika Stevenson.

Notes to Editors

  1. This Review is part of a series of comprehensive reviews intended to provide an overview of the sector and inform and shape our future activities and priorities. Sector Reviews in Dance, Film, Literature, Music and Theatre, have already been undertaken.  The Sector Reviews will be instrumental in the development of Creative Scotland’s forthcoming Arts and Creative Industry Strategies. See further information on the sector reviews.
  1. 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. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit  Follow us @creativescots and
  1. Scottish Contemporary Art Network is a member led network committed to championing and supporting the contemporary art sector in Scotland.  Their vision is one where engagement with contemporary art plays a prominent and influential role in the social fabric of our country. For this to happen they believe that the industry professionals based and working here must be connected, effective and innovative and that the collective voice of the sector works together to be heard at all levels of policymaking. For further information about SCAN please visit Follow @sca_net and