Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
As Scottish Greens launch their mini manifesto on culture, the reality of the impact of local government funding cuts to arts venues has hit one of the Highlands’ best loved and most diversely-programmed venues, Eden Court in Inverness.
Highlands & Islands List Candidate and Scottish Greens Education spokesperson, Isla O’Reilly said:
“It is hugely frustrating to see a vibrant and successful venue face cuts of this magnitude. Eden Court delivers a hugely varied artistic programme, and its impact on the local economy is in the region of £6 million annually.
“Crucially it also offers the largest arts education programme of any theatre anywhere in the UK, and delivers this right across the Highlands.
“We know cultural and creative learning in schools helps foster innovative thinking across the curriculum, including in science, maths and engineering, and in a wider context, through the arts we can represent our experiences, explore questions of national, personal, and community identity and inspire people to fulfil their potential.”
Key proposals in the Scottish Greens’ Mini Manifesto on Culture include:
Protection for arts venues and studios: Supporting a change in the planning framework to protect and encourage districts which enjoy strong cultural economies.
Intermittent Work Scheme: Supporting the introduction of a monthly compensation payment for professional artists comparable to unemployment compensation. Scottish Greens FULL Mini Manifesto on Culture https://greens.scot/scotland-can/unleash-our-creativity
Eden Court Campaign – http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e04f33802dbe4826aa2c820dc&id=44cd343ab0