Scottish Arts Council funding shift causes controversy

  • 1 May 2008

This article is from 2008

A redistribution of Scottish Arts Council funding, announced today, has readjusted the balance of financial power within the Scottish arts.

Among those to benefit under the new plans are: Arika, who run experimental music festivals Instal and Kill Your Timid Notion; Shadow Spaces, who perform site-specific theatre works around Edinburgh; and Birds of Paradise and Sense Scotland, who both work with disabled artists and audiences.

Other groups to gain cash injections are visual arts bodies The Common Guild and Glasgow International Art Festival, and dance companies Company Chordelia and David Hughes Dance Productions. Each organisation has received grants of between £50,000 and £110,000.

However, established theatre companies such as Suspect Culture, Borderline and 7:84, and arts organisations Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Out of the Blue, the Queen's Hall and Pitlochry Festival Theatre have all had their flexible funding applications turned down.


1. Peter10 May 2008, 7:21pm Report

it should not be forgotten that the SNP Government has frozen the arts council budget for the next three years - hence many of these cuts.

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