Arts agency Creative Scotland has been asked to clarify its role in commissioning the arts and urged to “work constructively” with the sector in a letter from Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop.
Portions of a recent letter to Creative Scotland chairman Sandy Crombie were leaked to the Herald newspaper and seen by The Stage, as the agency continues to sustain criticism from across the spectrum of Scottish culture.
While supporting the agency’s role in strategic commissioning, Hyslop wrote: “It may be that the use of the term ‘commissioning’ is causing confusion, since it has such a broad definition â€“ this is something you may wish to review and clarify in your updated corporate plan.”
She added: “We both know it is crucial that Creative Scotland is seen to be knowledgeable about, listening and responsive to the concerns of the creative sector.”
Referring to the heads of the agencies representing the interests of the various cultural sectors, Hyslop said: “I have asked the sector leads to contact Creative Scotland directly regarding any outstanding concerns and I hope that they will work constructively with your staff to suggest solutions and achieve the best possible outcomes for artists, creative practitioners and for the people of Scotland.”