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Art in Action: Campaign Update
Over summer recess, MSPs are being invited to see for themselves the positive impact of visual art in their constituencies. Tom Arthur MSP (Renfrewshire South) lodged the motion in support of the campaign in May.
Our members have done a brilliant job of engaging with their constituency and regional MSP’s, telling them about the important work that they do and reminding them that Scotland is recognised as a global centre of excellence for contemporary art.
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.
Across July and August, the following Art in Action visits have happened/been arranged:
2nd July 2019: Rhoda Grant MSP (Highlands and Islands) visited CIRCUS Artspace and Inverness Creative Academy
3rd July 2019: Colin Smyth MSP (South Scotland) visited MERZ in Sanquhar and Cample Line in Thornhill, both in Dumfries and Galloway.
23rd July 2019: Liam McArthur MSP (Orkney) visited Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
29th July 2019: Clare Adamson MSP (Motherwell and Wishaw) visited Motherwell Concert Hall, a Culture NL venue
29th July 2019: Patrick Harvie MSP (Glasgow Kelvin) visited Platform, Glasgow
30th July 2019: SCAN member John McDougall visited Tom Arthur MSP (South Renfrewshire) in his constituency office in Johnstone
1st August 2019: Sandra White MSP (Glasgow Kelvin) visited Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow
5th August 2019: Finlay Carson MSP (Dumfries and Galloway) visited Wasps Studios, Kirkcudbright
8th August 2019: Joan McAlpine MSP (South Scotland) will visit MERZ, Sanquhar
19th August 2019: Stuart McMillan MSP (Greenock and Inverclyde) will visit Rig Arts, Greenock
21st August 2019: Claire Baker MSP (Mid-Scotland and Fife) will visit 201 Telephone Box Gallery in Strathkinness, Fife
There are still some visits being arranged in Edinburgh, Shetland, Orkney and Perth and we will keep you updated via the art in Action blog and our social media channels. And… there’s still time to be involved! Do you have an exhibition, event or activity you’d like to invite your local MSP along to? Check out the Art in Action site for tips on sending an invite to your local MSP.