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SCAN and Scotland's Workshops respond to Cultural Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

SCAN and Scotland’s Workshops have expressed concern for the future of contemporary art in Scotland as the guidance for new emergency cultural funding is announced today, Thursday 10 September.

10 September, 2020

This year's Art in Action visits begin at Collective, Edinburgh

Sarah Boyack MSP visited Collective, Edinburgh as part of the Art In Action campaign marking the first of a series of visits by MSPs to see first hand the value and importance of art in Scottish life.

3 September, 2020

Stories of Art in Action

During the isolating months of lockdown, art has been a lifeline for many. Our stories of Art in Action demonstrate the important roles that artists and arts organisations play in our communities and our lives, and also the huge commitment that they have for their audiences.

1 September, 2020

Scottish Government announces further funding for culture to tackle Covid-19 impacts

Today the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a further £59m for the cultural sector as part of the £97m received as consequentials from the UK Government in July.

28 August, 2020

SCAN backs UK-wide calls for extension of Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief

We’re backing our equivalent organisation in England, CVAN, in calls to extend the vital Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief Scheme.

20 August, 2020

Leading artists join calls for dedicated emergency funding for visual arts in Scotland as Scottish Contemporary Art Network launch new digital campaign #KeepArtInAction

“Scotland was once of the best places for contemporary artists to live and work and now without urgent support, it’s world-famous art scene is teetering on the brink,” says Clare Harris, Director of Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) as it launched the digital campaign #KeepArtInAction.

17 August, 2020

Veronique AA Lapeyre appointed as new Chair of SCAN

We are delighted to announce Veronique AA Lapeyre’s appointment as the new chair of SCAN.

31 July, 2020

SCAN Platform - Our Proposals for a Visual Art Emergency Stimulus

As the Scottish Government makes further announcements of emergency funding to the culture sector, we have been working hard to get the voice of contemporary visual art heard.

28 July, 2020

New guidance for galleries on Test and Protect

In the latest set of guidance from the Scottish Government, museums and galleries will be required to gather contact details from visitors from 15 July, as part of the government’s Test and Protect scheme.

15 July, 2020

SCAN and MGS work in partnership to deliver Knowledge Exchange, Re-opening Museums and Galleries

In partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland, SCAN is pleased to host an informal Knowledge Exchange seminar encouraging and supporting Scotland’s museums and galleries to look ahead at re-opening and share concerns and opportunities.

14 July, 2020

SCAN Covid-19 Impact Survey July Update

We know many of you continue to struggle due to the impact of Covid-19, as was revealed in our previous Sector Impact Survey (April 2020). As lockdown eases we would like to hear your immediate needs and challenges so that we can lobby Government and funders around future funding decisions.

12 July, 2020

Our statement on recent funding announcements

It’s been a big weekend for arts funding. On Friday 3rd July, the Scottish Government announced a £10m Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, and on 5th July the UK Government released news of its £1.57bn support package for the arts, of which £97m is earmarked for Scotland.

7 July, 2020

Coronavirus - Updates and Advice

(Updated 15 July 2020)

9 June, 2020

SCAN Covid Impact Survey hits the headlines

As you may be aware, we recently surveyed the visual arts community to find out the impact that Covid-19 is having on you. We gathered evidence on the impacts felt of an immediate loss of work, loss of income, closures and cancellations, in an especially precarious time.

27 May, 2020

SCAN submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Culture Committee on the impacts of Covid-19

We have submitted evidence to the ongoing inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Committee on Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs (CTEEA) into the impacts of Covid-19 on the culture sector.

20 May, 2020

Our Statement: Covid Impact Survey and what we're doing next

To add to this information, in the last two weeks of April we undertook a survey to collate information on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic from the wider visual arts community, to inform advocacy with government and funders. Read the full press release here.

12 May, 2020

Scottish Government's Culture Strategy is published

On Friday 28 February the Scottish Government published its Culture Strategy for Scotland. The strategy is the result of a ‘national conversation for culture’, which kicked off in 2017, and of a draft strategy which was published in 2018. SCAN responded to the draft in September 2018 – you can read that here .

2 March, 2020

Brexit: Useful links on funding, immigration and more

The UK leaves the European Union (EU) at 23:00 on Friday 31st January 2020.

31 January, 2020

Curatorial Studio hosts curatorial duo Le Peuple Qui Manque

SCAN is excited to be hosting La Peuple Qui Manque (Aliocha Imhoff and Kantuta Quirós) for two events in February as part of our Curatorial Studio. The Paris-based curators will be in Glasgow to hold a free public talk on February 7 at the Alliance Française at 6pm. For more information about the event and to book tickets, please follow the link below.

21 January, 2020

Curatorial Studio Seed Fund Recipients 2019-20

From a group of teenage girls in Glasgow’s Govanhill, to an artist-led project in an Aberdeen flat, SCAN’s Curatorial Seed funding will support contemporary art in communities across Scotland. Four early career curators from Oban, Glasgow and Aberdeen will receive awards of £250 each and the projects are as follows:

14 January, 2020


2019 has been an amazing year for SCAN.

18 December, 2019

SCAN responds to the Culture Committee report on Arts Funding, 'Putting Artists in the Picture'

The Scottish Parliament’s Culture Committee called yesterday for an urgent overhaul of Scotland’s arts funding system.

11 December, 2019

Art in Action key asks to be debated in Holyrood

As part of our ongoing work to raise awareness of the impact of contemporary visual art in Scotland among policymakers, we’ve secured a motion for debate in Holyrood for Thursday, December 5th.

27 November, 2019

Art in Action Campaign goes to Parliament!

On Tuesday 1st October 2019, we held successful a Parliamentary reception for our summer long Art in Action campaign.

3 October, 2019

SCAN statement on prorogation of Parliament and No Deal Brexit

Boris Johnson’s move to suspend the UK Parliament has brought the prospect of a No Deal Brexit closer.

29 August, 2019

Scanning Brexit Survey Update: Your views needed!

Back in October 2018 we researched the impact of Brexit on the arts sector in Scotland. We found that more than a quarter of artists and art workers were considering leaving Scotland because of Brexit.

14 August, 2019

Art in Action: Campaign Update

Contemporary art is an intrinsic part of our communities, and as such sparks a wide range of economic activity, from feeding the ideas of the wider creative industries, to attracting tourists, to successfully informing strategies for social change in communities across Scotland. That is why we believe it is essential that we engage decision makers with the work that our sector does.

7 August, 2019

Art in Action: Summer Week 1

Our summer of Art in Action visits got off to a great start last week with the first visits taking place in Inverness and Dumfries and Galloway.

10 July, 2019

Helen Moore joins SCAN's staff team

SCAN are delighted to announce we have appointed Helen Moore as our new Communications and Engagement Co-ordinator.

21 June, 2019

Travel bursaries available for Creative Scotland public workshops

SCAN has made funding available to assist with travel costs for members who’d like to attend one of Creative Scotland’s public workshops this summer.

22 May, 2019

Tom Arthur MSP lodges motion in support of Art in Action

Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South, has lodged a motion this week in Parliament to mark the launch of the Art in Action campaign.

21 May, 2019

Art in Action campaign launches

SCAN launches the Art in Action campaign this week to champion the valuable role visual art plays within communities across Scotland – and to call for stronger recognition of this value when it comes to decision-making.

19 May, 2019

Curatorial Studio returns for 2019

SCAN is delighted to announce two events with Grant Watson, co-curator of the bauhaus imaginista project currently showing at HKW in Berlin, which explores the potential and international reach of the famous art and design school. These events mark the return of Curatorial Studio, our ongoing project about, for, and by, contemporary art curators devised by Kirsteen Macdonald and developed by SCAN and partners across Scotland.

30 April, 2019

SCAN’s submission to the Scottish Parliament’s arts funding inquiry

SCAN has submitted its response to the call for evidence from the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs (CTEEA) Committee Arts Funding Inquiry.

23 April, 2019

SCAN prepares submission for parliamentary arts funding inquiry

SCAN is currently preparing a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee (CTEEA) on the future funding for the arts in Scotland.

29 March, 2019

SCAN Summit 2019: Unsettled Status - Brexit, Borders and the Hostile Environment

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm on March 29. The Brexit referendum and the Article 50 process take place in the wider context of the “hostile environment” and of government policy towards migration. As the Brexit deadline approaches, with little certainty about outcomes, we want to talk through the current state of play. Where we are now? How did we get here? And what should we do?

21 March, 2019

SCAN is pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Harris as Director.

Sarah Munro, Chair of SCAN said: “We are excited to announce the appointment of Clare as our new Director. At a time of real challenge and change it is vital that we build on our manifesto commitments and support artistic practice and production in a wider societal framework. The knowledge and experience of our membership should more strongly inform necessary policy developments and help build the wider alliances that the sector needs to flourish. Claire comes with a wealth of experience in communications, building third sector partnerships and has a deep and developed understanding of the importance of art. We are delighted to welcome her to the SCAN network.”

22 January, 2019

SCAN Members' Forums in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dumfries, Aberdeen

SCAN Members’ Forums are a chance for the SCAN network to come together and discuss shared challenges and opportunities within the visual arts.

28 September, 2018

Curatorial Studio Publication For Sale Online from Good Press

Curatorial Studio is an innovative project exploring curatorial practice led by Kirsteen Macdonald and shaped by the early career curators who participate each year. This year’s publication comes in the the form of a neat little instruction manual designed by Matthew Walkerdine of Good Press. Edited by Kirsteen and participant Ben Callaghan, from Edinburgh’s Rhubaba, it reflects the group’s themes and activities. But with suggestions for activities and shared experiences ranging from how to talk to trees, imaginative writing exercises, and dancing together, it also serves as a wider toolkit for anyone teeing to start or maintain ways of working together.

14 August, 2018

Artists in the Gig Economy - Call for Participants

How does the Gig Economy shape the Creative Economy in Edinburgh? From Airbnb’d spares rooms to second shifts working for Deliveroo, to what extent are artists and other creative producers implicated in this precarious new economy?

11 July, 2018

Marseille/ Glasgow Programme

As part of Printemps de l’art Contemporain Festival in Marseille, a programme of Scottish exhibitions and events with Scottish artists and curators titled ‘Love Letters’ will take place from 9 to 26 May.

1 May, 2018

Updated Statement: RFO

Yesterday’s U-turn on the Regular Funded Organisations (RFO) funding decisions are good news for the small number of companies granted a reprieve, and continued disappointment for many others including Transmission Gallery. 

7 February, 2018

RFO announcements: 25 Jan

The 23 visual arts organisations in the updated RFO Portfolio remain broadly unchanged. Stills Gallery and SCAN are new additions. It appears that Transmission Gallery has not been successful this time. Artist led organisations are a vital part of the visual arts scene as the Visual Arts Review evidenced very clearly and this will be a major blow for the many artists involved in the organisation either as committee members, members and supporters. Fife Contemporary Arts and Crafts is now part of the Craft Portfolio having previously been listed under Visual Arts. SCAN member Dovecot based in Edinburgh also appears to have been unsuccessful.

25 January, 2018

Visual Arts Manifesto Launched

Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), Scottish Artists Union and Engage Scotland launched a new Visual Arts Manifesto on 11 December 2017, which is directly informed and compiled from data, surveys and members’ consultations.

13 December, 2017

Announcement: Curatorial Leadership in Collections museum partners

SCAN and Outset Scotland are delighted to announce the museum partners of Curatorial Leadership in Collections (CLiC), a new advocacy and development programme. CLiC brings together curators and directors from eight key Scottish collecting institutions from across the sector. The programme aims to strengthen a curator’s leadership role in activating public collections for contemporary audiences and building imaginative public, commercial and philanthropic partnerships.

20 June, 2017

Curatorial Studio 2017 Participant announcement

SCAN is delighted to announce the participants of Curatorial Studio 2017, a unique peer-led programme for curators in the early stages of their practice, working in varied contexts across Scotland. Curatorial studio is devised by Kirsteen Macdonald together with some of the curators from last year’s programme.

25 April, 2017

Call for Participants: Curatorial Leadership in Collections

SCAN and Outset Scotland are looking for four institutions with contemporary art collections in Scotland to join four existing museum partners in a new development and advocacy programme, Curatorial Leadership in Collections (CLiC). The programme aims to empower curatorial ambition and institutional support for contemporary art in collections.

9 March, 2017

Visual Artist & Craft Maker Awards: Claire Heminsley

Based in Ladybank, Fife, Claire Heminsley is a craft artist who works predominately with textiles. Receiving a VAMCA grant of £750 towards skills training and development, Claire has been creating new work on theme of ‘Objects of Celebration’ for an exhibition in September at House for an Art Lover; art gallery and studio space just outside Glasgow. The project is all about celebratory objects, the stories behind them and then making new celebratory objects.

6 March, 2017

Visual Artists & Craft Maker Awards: Geoff Stear

Geoff Stear is an artist working primarily in painting and drawing based in the Western Isles who sites landscape as a massive influence on his work. Receiving a Visual Arts & Craft Maker Award of £711, Geoff is producing further work for a second exhibition at An Lanntair, Stornoway, in May 2017. The grant has also enabled the artist to finish work on giclee prints connected with a residency in Kalvåg Bremanger, Norway. Visit Geoff’s website to learn more about his practice.

22 February, 2017

Visual Artists & Craft Maker Awards: Jill Skulina

Jill Skulina is a visual artist who works across a range of media with a particular focus on textiles. Based in Newport-on-Tay, Jill received a development bursary of £1,500 to support and develop her practise, with up to £1,500 for additional mentoring. Speaking of her current work that artist notes, “I create process based, figurative work that surrounds forms, either in wearable art, costume or crocheting cocoons around dolls.”

21 February, 2017

Call for Participation: Curatorial Studio 2017

SCAN is delighted to announce a call for participation in Curatorial Studio 2017.

17 February, 2017

Visual Artists & Craft Maker Awards: Trevor Gordon

Over the next few weeks SCAN will be sharing stories of recipients of Visual Artists & Craft Maker Awards (VAMCA), a programme of small grants schemes awarded by Creative Scotland with a range of local authorities across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers. Dundee based artist Trevor Gordon received £715 from VACMA to develop his sculpture practice. Gordon explores childhood memory in his work and his method of producing sculpture is akin to a stream of consciousness. Describing his current project which the grant will go towards the artist notes, “I want to take inspiration from my family history of pattern weaving, bee-keeping, blacksmithing and railway engineering. Disparate fields that feed into my interest in butting random materials together in my own sculptural work. I am drawn to the notion of ‘clever hands’ and the potential artists who were perhaps stymied by the societal constraints of the time.” Gordon is based at Wasps Studios Dundee.

15 February, 2017

Scottish Contemporary Art Network appoints Sarah Munro as new Chair amid uncertain and challenging times for the contemporary visual arts sector in Scotland

Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) announced today that Sarah Munro, currently Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead has been appointed Chair of their Board. The contemporary art sector in Scotland faces mounting financial challenges and is still reeling from the devastating loss of two highly regarded exhibition spaces – Inverleith House and Glasgow Sculpture Studios.

16 November, 2016

News: Mapping the Visual Arts goes live

Creative Scotland have today published their full Visual Arts Sector Review. You can read the full document and appendixes on Creative Scotland’s website now.

19 October, 2016

Membership is now open for the 2016/17 period.

We would be delighted to welcome new members to our growing network of committed professionals across the contemporary art sector in Scotland.

16 February, 2016

Curatorial Studio - 2016 Programme

The international public programme of Curatorial Studio continues with talks at CCA Glasgow by curators Nikolett Erőss and Mihnea Mircan, both making their first visits to Scotland. These events are free, but ticketed.

14 February, 2016

Culture Counts - Update

SCAN is a member of the Culture Counts campaign which is working to raise the volume of debate about the value of culture in Scotland.

14 February, 2016


SCAN is pleased to invite all members to the 2015/16 Forum and AGM.

11 January, 2016

Curatorial Studio - 2016 group named.

With our partners, SCAN invited applications from Scotland’s early-stage curators to take part in Curatorial Studio, an opportunity for emerging curators to take part in a supportive peer-learning group, be mentored by curatorial development programme Framework and contribute to an international event and talks programme.

17 December, 2015

Call for contributions to Not Evenly Distributed: a public program of the 20th Biennale of Sydney

2016 sees the 20th edition of the Biennale of Sydney curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London. As part of next year’s event (18 March–5 June 2016), the Biennale are calling for contributions to a unique public program initiative that offers international responses to one of the key themes being explored in the exhibition.

16 December, 2015

SCAN helps to launch Curatorial Studio, the first project of its kind in Scotland.

Responding to the needs of students graduating from curatorial courses and their peers working in a variety of organisational contexts across Scotland, the aim of Curatorial Studio is to create a supportive peer-learning environment for curators in the early stages of their career.

6 October, 2015

Culture Action Europe's appeal for the European Elections 2014

Europe is a cultural peace project, not just a form of government!

29 January, 2014

Our Future.

How can SCAN help support the capabilities and capacities of our members and the wider visual arts sector?

1 October, 2013

SCANs first AGM

SCAN will hold its first AGM for members at the end of September.

4 September, 2013

Seonaid Daly appointed as SCAN coordinator

Seonaid Daly joins SCAN from Glasgow Film Festival where she is currently Producer.

25 July, 2013

SCAN update

Over the next few months we will be taking SCAN through a period of organisational review and re engagement with the sector and our members.

25 July, 2013