Creative Scotland Open Sessions – Your Editor Speaks

creativescotland LOGOAfter a year which can best be described as ‘challenging’, Creative Scotland, the organisation tasked with supporting, promoting and helping Scotland’s creativity is holding a number of ‘open sessions‘ which will “encourage open debate on Creative Scotland and its place in a healthy and thriving future for the arts, screen and creative industries.”

The open sessions are being held across Scotland, but space is limited and is filling up fast.  The first session will be held in Dundee on Friday 15th of March at the DCA.  It is sadly, fully booked.

This is all the more tragic when you discover that your editor has been asked to speak at the event as one of three industry speakers invited to provide ‘perspective and provocation’.  This will be followed by an intensive Q&A with the speakers from moderator Pat Kane, then group workshops and finally feedback.

It’s a remarkably open and innovative approach from an organisation which has seen its fair share of criticism and abuse over the last year.

While I am entirely happy to stand up for 10 minutes and speak about the interactive sector and it’s increasing importance within the creative industries, I would like to make sure the whole industry gets a chance to provide input and issues which you feel are of importance.

Open-Sessions-Blog-Header-1In the last year Creative Scotland managed to miss digital media in all its forms out of the inaugural Creative Scotland awards, while the report commissioned by Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise valued the games industry at £0, with only 200 people employed and no students whatsoever.

So, comments are open, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ are all there to be used.  What exactly would YOU like to see from Creative Scotland moving forward?  What should their role be in the increasingly converged creative community here in Scotland?

Now’s our chance to be taken seriously as a significant and growing part of Scotland’s creative industries.

You have until Thursday.  Go…

You can find the whole programme of Creative Scotland Open Sessions here:

  • DCA, Dundee on 15 March (Fully Booked)
  • Dovecot, Edinburgh on 19 March (Fully Booked)
  • The Beacon, Greenock on 11 April
  • Eden Court, Inverness on 16 April
  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, on 23 April
  • Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, on 25 April
  • Platform, Glasgow, on 26 April (Fully Booked)
  • The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, on 29 April
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