Promise of Continued Funding for Dumfries Arts

Generous levels of funding for Dumfries and Galloway arts will continue despite a change in management, reassures the head of the Scottish Government arts agency Creative Scotland.

Artists from Dumfries and Galloway wrote a public letter to the press last December pointing out that Creative Scotland had shifted its focus from the central belt to areas like Dumfries and Galloway.

They were concerned that a change in management after protests by artists might result in money once again being concentrated in urban areas.

When Janet Archer was asked to address concerns that arts funding might once again become concentrated in the central belt at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee, Ms Archer said it will not happen.

“I absolutely believe that everybody, no matter who they are or where they come from, has the right to have access to arts and culture,” Ms Archer said.

“We are paying very strong attention to how we will be able to achieve that better in the future”.


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