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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.

The two reports from SCAN’s Mapping the Visual Arts surveys are also now available as Appendixes to the review, and a shorter summary of the headline data is available here. The survey data paints a comprehensive picture of the sector including information on earnings, working conditions, practice and the financial position of organisations.

The data shows us that whilst those who work in the sector are highly qualified, levels of pay across the board are very low; the data points towards a big disparity in earnings between men and women even when part time hours have been excluded; the majority of respondents were white and only a very small percentage reported being in receipt of disability allowances; most organisations are very small in scale, with small numbers of staff, but they invest the majority of their budgets in their artistic and creative programme. Despite these challenges there was still a sense of optimism from respondents. Most people cited the high levels of artistic excellence and innovation, strong peer to peer networks and support of other artists and colleagues as being some of the best things about working in Scotland today.

The surveys garnered a huge response from 680 individuals and 87 organisations. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to fill them out, helping to make this project a success. The vast majority of respondents left detailed responses in the open ended comment areas which has also been analyzed and shared with Creative Scotland. This detailed information gives us such a great insight into the different experiences of artists, curators and other cultural workers right across Scotland. This information will help shape SCAN’s activities over the coming years.

We are also pleased the share our new Art Map which plots all the organisations that we identified as working within the contemporary art field. We hope this will be a useful tool for artists, curators, researchers and writers, and that it will help create connections and increase the visibility of the amazing activity that is happening across Scotland today.

SCAN has released a statement and first take analysis on the Visual Arts Sector Review for Members here.

Date: 13 October 2016

News: Mapping the Visual Arts goes live