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Browse through the different categories of information we provide. There are short introductions to the types of information in each category.

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General information

Key corporate information about the Scottish Arts Council and its activities.


Our bi-monthly newsletter packed with news about the arts in Scotland. Browse through back issues too.

Council contacts

Useful contact sheets detailing Scottish Arts Council committees, Council members, Specialist Advisors, core funded organisations and a staff structure list.

Annual reports and plans

Scottish Arts Council Corporate Plans and Annual Reports (including back issues).


The latest issues of key Scottish Arts Council newsletters.


Information on Scottish Arts Council funding and other sources of arts funding. It includes Scottish Arts Council budget information and guidance on acknowledgement of Scottish Arts Council funding.


Scottish Arts Council strategies for the development and promotion of the whole of the Arts in Scotland.


A variety of research reports produced for and by the Scottish Arts Council.


Information on arts and disability and cultural diversity issues.

Arts and culture

General information and guidelines about the arts in Scotland including case studies and contact sheets.

Audience development

Information and key guides to marketing your arts organisation and building audiences.


Information about crafts in Scotland including advice, briefing sheets, contact lists, research reports and strategy documents.


Information about dance in Scotland including advice, briefing sheets, contact list, research reports and strategy documents.


Information about drama in Scotland including briefing sheets, contact list, research reports, reviews and strategy documents.


Information about the Gaelic language in Scotland including briefing sheets, contact lists and policy documents.


Information about music in Scotland including briefing sheets, policies, research reports and strategy documents.

Education and lifelong learning

Information about education, lifelong learning and the arts in Scotland including advice, key contacts, briefing sheet and strategy documents.


Information about the arts infrastructure in Scotland including a briefing sheet, contact list and research reports.


Information about international working in promoting the arts abroad. It includes a briefing sheet, contact list and strategy documents.  


Information about Literature in Scotland including briefing sheets, contact lists, research and strategy documents.


Information about the Scots language and the arts in Scotland including briefing sheets and general information.

Visual arts

Information about the visual arts in Scotland including advice, briefing sheet, contact lists, research reports and strategy documents.

Professional Guidance

Contacts and guidelines for arts professionals running a business in the arts in Scotland.

Policies and procedures

Useful information about Scottish Arts Council policies and procedures.

Quick Guides

Aimed at artists, arts organisations, partners and other policy makers, the Quick Guides give a brief snapshot of the current context in each artform and in the areas of audience development and education, where specialist teams work across the organisation. The Quick Guides highlight priorities in crafts, dance, drama, literature, music, visual arts, audience development and arts education. They describe the steps we will take in each area of the arts to ensure we meet our goal.

WASPS Studios prop; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Backstage lighting and props; Photo: Alan McAteer
Sighthill Carnival 2004 Glasgow. Photo: Douglas Robertson
Age of Creativity painter; Photo: Graham McIver
Eastgate Arts Centre in Peebles. Photo: Michael Wolchover
Belinda Guidi Exhibition at CCA. Photo: Alan McAteer
Lighting gantry; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Edinburgh Mela 2003. Photo: Pascal Saez
Fruitmarket bookshop exterior; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Age of Creativity painting; Photo: Graham McIver
Woman stepping forwards
Age of Creativity dancer; Photo: Graham McIver
Woman posing looking through fingers
Cables; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Dancebase in Edinburgh. Photo: Michael Wolchover
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