Scotland Can Unleash Our Creativity

Faodaidh Alba ar Cruthachalachd a dh'Fhuasgladh

We believe that arts, culture and sport are not optional luxuries – they are a profound part of the human experience. Through the arts we can represent our experiences, explore questions of national and personal and community identity and inspire people to fulfill their potential. Through sport we can ensure we have an active population - leading to healthier, more productive and less stressed individuals.

Scotland has a rich cultural heritage and it does well in sports on the international stage. We want to have more people take advantage of this. We will work to remove the barriers – financial, physical, cultural and psychological – to accessing culture and sport.

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.

Zara Kitson

Our commitments

  • Protection For Arts Venues and Studios

    We support a change in the planning framework to protect and encourage districts which enjoy strong cultural economies.

  • Intermittent Work Scheme

    We support the introduction of a monthly compensation payment for professional artists comparable to unemployment compensation.

  • Boosting Community Sport

    Access to local venues is one of the biggest barriers to participation. Funding should be channelled into community sports to ensure they are inclusive and meet the needs of everyone.

Scotland can provide support for public-sector provision of the arts:

  • Support for community arts. When budgets are under pressure, the arts can be an easy target. We believe that cultural and heritage activities are not luxuries but intrinsically valuable to social wellbeing. We will work with all local authorities to maintain provision of community arts and culture in their region at current levels, and expand where possible.
  • Funding to increase participation and diversity. We will increase funding to Creative Scotland, Scotland’s National Performing Companies and National Collections, enabling them to provide more opportunities for participation, outreach, and to target diverse audiences.
  • Measuring performance. We will introduce a new ‘Outcome for Culture’ across all government departments, using the existing Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework,  designed to capture more than economic outcomes alone.
  • Arts education. School drama, music and art classes are important for nurturing young people’s creative talents from an early age. We will support budget increases from within the education budget for arts education in schools
  • Protection in the National Planning Framework. Cultural spaces such as studios and arts venues can come under threat from planning regulations. Scottish Greens will work to protect and encourage districts which enjoy strong cultural economies.. We support a change in the planning framework to ensure that these spaces are prioritised.  Large developments can be required to provide cultural spaces to create more opportunities for the public to enjoy the arts. We will push for measures to ensure that Noise Abatement Legislation can no longer be used to further restrict existing venues by future purchasers of nearby property.  The proposed Scottish Film Studio will also be prioritised within the National Planning Framework.

Scotland can support innovation in the arts and protect creators’ output:

  • More spaces for culture and performance. We will encourage the use of publicly-owned empty space for cultural activity, and support ‘right of first occupancy’ and ‘community right-to-buy’ legislation to protect formal and informal venues for cultural activity and live performance across Scotland.
  • Legislative protection for artists not corporations. The Scottish Greens will support UK-wide lobbying for the evidence-based reform of intellectual property and copyright legislation to promote the remuneration of artists rather than multinational corporations.
  • Gender equality in the media. Portrayal of women in the media has a profoundly negative impact on gender equality. In 2013, men held 95% of editorial positions and 100% of political editorial positions in the UK’s daily newspapers. This is reflected in widespread stereotyping of women in the print and broadcast media, and lack of gender balance on screen Our MSPs will push for the creation of a Scottish ‘Women in Media’ watchdog to monitor and challenge the underrepresentation, gender stereotyping and sexualisation of women and girls.
  • Intermittent Work Scheme. We will encourage diversity across the culture sector, with the introduction of the ‘Intermittent Work Scheme’ which ensures that people from a range of backgrounds are able to access employment and stay in the Creative Industries. Raising funds locally through an Overnight Visitor Levy can provide additional resources to fund cultural activity across Scotland, ensuring that talent and cultural hubs can flourish in ares outside of the central belt.
  • Overnight Visitor Levy. Raising funds locally through an Overnight Visitor Levy would provide additional resources to fund cultural activity across Scotland, ensuring that talent and cultural hubs can flourish in areas outside of the central belt.
  • Scottish representation. We value the importance of culture and artists as the beating heart of our national identity, and recognise that Scotland is a leader on the world stage and a thriving cultural sector is a key part of a thriving tourism, innovation, and knowledge exchange. Our culture renews us and demonstrates that Scotland as a wonderful place to live, work and visit. Green MSPs support collaboration with Scottish and UK-wide Broadcasters to ensure they reflect, enable and present all of Scotland’s people and all of Scotland’s creativity.
  • Support cultural diversity. We believe the encouragement of cultural diversity is a prerequisite for cultural democracy. We will encourage gender balance and a diversity acrossof: cultural creators, producers, distributors, distribution channels and audiences; artistic and other cultural content; individuals responsible for governance and decision-making. We support cultural ventures in all the languages of Scotland, including measures to encourage the use of Gaelic and the Scots tongue and by people from minority ethnic backgrounds .

Scotland can be a sporting nation:

  • Physical education. Greens MSPs will work with local authorities to provide quality sport and physical activity throughout the curriculum. The majority of children should leave school able to run, jump, throw, catch and swim, with teachers supported to deliver a physical education open to young people of all physical abilities. Evidence indicates few young women continue sport after school. Schools should offer a variety of sports to suit the needs of their pupils and girls should also have the option of gender-segregated classes and a range of sports kit.
  • Community sport. Scotland has 13,000 sports clubs, 900,000 members and almost 200,000 people dedicated to volunteering in sport. As well as fun and enjoyment, sports clubs bring great benefits to people and society. Green MSPs support the expansion of Scotland’s sports clubs through support for volunteering, accessible facilities and funding to enable more women, minority ethnic communities, the BME community and disabled people to participate.
  • Ending sectarianism. There is no place for sectarianism in Scottish football, however Scottish Greens believe that the Offensive Behaviour in Football Act (2012) unnecessarily restricts freedom of expression and is not the most effective means of addressing these concerns. We support the repeal of the Act and instead would support fans to take action against sectarianism in their own clubs through fan ownership.
  • Tackling discrimination. Further action should also be taken to address discrimination and inequality affecting LGBTI+ people in sport in the light of ongoing discrimination including homophobia and transphobia in sporting communities.
  • Places for sport. Good quality, accessible, well-staffed and well-maintained health and leisure centres should be available to all and outdoor playing fields should be protected by law. Spaces for physical activity should be accessible to those who don’t want to participate in competitive sport. Green MSPs will continue to champion the value of accessible sports facilities and open space for everyone’s wellbeing.
  • Investment. The Scottish Government’s budget has cut sport funding from £71.8m last year to £45.8m in 2016-17. We commit to campaigning for a steady level of investment into sportscotland to facilitate long-term planning and support of high-performance sport. We will explore conditional funding for national sporting bodies to incentivise increased diversity of the athlete talent pool.

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