We are working with partners to amplify the immediate concerns of the sector and our membership.

We collated questions from members for Creative Scotland who are delivering the Cultural Organisation and Venue Recovery Fund. See the questions put forward, alongside responses.

On 28th August 2020, we wrote to Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture Fiona Hyslop MSP,  to express grave concern around the £15m Cultural Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund. Read our letter in full.

In August, we joined forces with leading artists join calls for dedicated emergency funding for visual arts in Scotland as Scottish Contemporary Art Network launch our digital #KeepArtInAction campaign. Read the press release here.

In November 2020 Joan McAlpine MSP, Chair of the CTEEA Committee quoted from SCAN’s advocacy letter during the parliamentary debate on arts funding which took place on 3rd November 2020.

We published our manifesto asks for the 2021 Scottish elections asking politicians to Nurture, Support and Invest in the people and places that make our culture, placing them at the heart of the national recovery and the wellbeing economy.

In December 2020 we met with the Scottish government to share our members concerns about Brexit

We shared our elections asks, meeting with the political parties as they prepared their election manifestos.

Member support and programming

Members can continue to share concerns by email, [email protected]

With ever-increasing pressures through work and home, there are times when we all need some extra support to balance the demands of everyday life. SCAN have joined the PAM Assist Employee Wellbeing scheme to allow our staff and members to access to free online and phone support for wellbeing, mental health, legal and financial advice. The confidential support is available 24/7 for the next 12 months and you can view their website here Log in details have been emailed to all SCAN members.

We’re running regular member meetings via Zoom on a range of topics, from funding and impact needs to digital working and the role of visual arts in creating a civic space. Keep an eye on our socials for details or join the SCAN Members Facebook Group.

We will continue to post further updates on Covid-19 and news of any work we are carrying out to support members on this page.

Useful links and guidance

Guidance for local protection levels was updated on the Scottish Government website on the 4th January 2020 and you can access it here.

On 5th January, the Scottish Government published additional guidance for the community learning and development sector on how to deliver learning and development services (such as workshops) safely. You can find the updated guidance on their website here.

On 11th January, Scottish Government updated the Tier 4 guidance to clarify that studios can be open for production and manufacturing activity with suitable mitigations in place to reduce the risk of the virus. Full guidance for creative studios & shared workspaces here

Funds are still available in the Creative Scotland Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers. There is no deadline for this programme and it will only stay open whilst funds are still available. Applicant can expect a decision within 6 weeks of receipt of submission. Find out more here.