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Creative Scotland criticism

10/10/2012

Commenting on artists' criticism of Creative Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“I am taking very seriously the criticism of Creative Scotland. That is why I have asked the Board to engage directly with the sector, to address the points raised and communicate what action is already being taken. This process is already under way including a review of operations by the Board.

“The concerns raised about Creative Scotland relate to internal workings and wider relationships that need to be dealt with by the organisation.

“The Scottish Government cannot and does not interfere in Creative Scotland’s artistic decisions - as set out in legislation. Sir Sandy Crombie and I have had constructive exchanges about the concerns of the sector and I know he understands what I expect of the organisation.

“I recognise that developing new ways of cultural provision and funding alongside such a wide range of artists and other partners will inevitably bring challenges. It is now for Creative Scotland to work with the sector to address these challenges. I have made it clear it is imperative that these issues get sorted.”

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