The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Ignition, in association with Shetland Arts and Creative Scotland. (photo: National Theatre of Scotland)

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 and creative sectors in Scotland by helping others to create culture through developing great ideas and bringing them to life.


We support individuals and organisations working in the arts across all areas of practice including dance, literature, music, theatre and visual art and cross-disciplinary practice. We work in partnership with Government, Local Authorities and the wider public, private and voluntary sectors to deliver this support.


We support film and TV production and cross-platform media and we also promote international filmmaking in Scotland. We work in partnership with agencies such as the BBC and the BFI. We are developing a strategy for film development in Scotland in consultation with the film sector and with Government.

Creative Industries

Our support for the creative industries is being developed with Scotland’s Creative Industries Partnership (SCIP), which brings together Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and local authorities. The definition of the creative industries relates to sole traders, companies and organisations whose core purpose is generate income through creativity or creative intellectual property. This encompasses a wide range of commercial creative activities from music and dance to architecture, craft, design, digital innovation and gaming.