Artists' Open Space
Friday, 26 October 2012 from 10:00 to 19:00 (BST)
The recent controversy surrounding Creative Scotland has made it clear that there's a problem with communication between Scottish artists and our main funding body. There have been calls for greater transparency and better communication - but why wait for these changes to come from Creative Scotland itself? These are changes that we, the artists, can start to make for ourselves.
This is an open space meeting. There's no chair, no agenda, no criteria for taking part. Anyone can call a discussion on an issue that matters to them. Discussions are written up as reports that are then made available online, so the conversation can continue even after the event itself is over.
If, as I hope, this is the start of a series of roving open space meetings that will go all over Scotland, then we can create an artist-generated, constantly updated pool of information about the arts in this country. A very useful resource for the policy makers whose decisions affect our livelihoods, yes - but more importantly, an invaluable tool for artists and a way of making contact across disciplines and regions.
This event is not specific to any one art form. Whether you're in theatre, music, dance, visual arts, storytelling, film, something else entirely or several disciplines at once, this event if for you. If you feel you are affected by what's happening within Creative Scotland, it's for you. If you're not affected by it but you care anyway, it's for you. Please come. Bring your friends, colleagues and collaborators.
NB: This is an artist-led event on Creative Scotland premises. It's a response to Andrew Dixon's request that we talk to Creative Scotland rather than just to the press and each other on Twitter. I am grateful that Creative Scotland has lent us this space, but in the interests of clarity I'll specify that the meeting is not being run by any organisation - just by an artist who wants people to talk.