Scotland Can Unleash Our Creativity

Alison Johnstone and Zara Kitson today launched the Scottish Greens’ mini manifesto on culture: Scotland Can Unleash our Creativity.  

To highlight the policy proposals, Alison Johnstone MSP, Health, Wellbeing & Sport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, took a behind the scenes look at the RSA New Contemporaries art exhibition in Edinburgh which opens this Saturday, 5th March.

Zara Kitson, Culture spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for Glasgow, said:

"The RSA New Contemporaries is just one example of Scotland’s thriving cultural scene.  It showcases the best of the degree shows from Scotland’s art schools.  Many of these artists are at the beginning of their careers, and are some of the very people we need to see better investment in.

“The Scottish Greens’ culture manifesto is rightly bold, going further than paying lip service to protection of arts and culture as it exists. Our proposed Intermittent Work Scheme demonstrates our commitment to investment in culture as core to Scotland's economy, communities and quality of life. It is a step forward to ensuring artists have access to a means of living in a precarious working environment, and that their work is valued for its true worth and contribution to life in Scotland.

"There are currently approximately 174,000 people employed in the cultural sector and creative industries in Scotland – some 6.6% of the workforce.  Scotland can improve on this and continue to be a leader on the world stage, recognising that a thriving cultural sector is key to boosting tourism, innovation, and knowledge exchange."

Scottish Greens Mini Manifesto on culture is available on this link