Creative Scotland has published details of a series of open session events across Scotland as part of its focus on organisational openness and transparency. The arts funding body says the events are ‘to encourage open debate on Creative Scotland and its place in a healthy and thriving future for the arts, screen and creative industries.’ And although it is yet to announce an event in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, it has stated via Twitter (#CSopen) that additional sessions will be announced soon.

The sessions will feature guest speakers, group discussions and open debate around themes such as: what kind of future people working in the arts, screen and creative industries want to see, how Creative Scotland can support this, and the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector. Each session will run for four hours (with an hour for networking) and refreshments will be provided. There will be 100 places at each event.

The musician and journalist Pat Kane will act as an informal Chair for the events and will also blog about the key ideas being raised. The output from the sessions is intended to go towards future policy decisions by the organisation, as it begins the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive, following the resignation of Andrew Dixon last December.

Details of the sessions so far announced are as follows, and places can be booked by clicking on the Eventbrite link:

DCA, Dundee on 15 March
Dovecot, Edinburgh on 19 March
The Beacon, Greenock on 11 April
Eden Court, Inverness on 16 April
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, on 23 April
Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, on 25 April NEW
Platform, Glasgow, on 26 April New
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, on 29 April NEW

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