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Key successes for International working

  • Scotland’s artists continue to be welcomed internationally and we aim to ensure that high quality Scottish work is available to overseas audiences.
  • Over one million people enjoyed Scotland’s traditional arts at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in 2003.
  • Scotland’s visual artists were critically acclaimed when presented at the 2003 Venice Biennale and returned to Venice in 2005. 
  • Scottish theatre companies showcased at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in collaboration with Queen Margaret University College.
  • Translations of Scottish books are in greater demand than ever before, particularly in Serbia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Croatia.
  • Sixteen young Scottish bands were supported to appear at the South by Southwest Music  Festival in Austin, Texas. Without Scottish Arts Council support, the musicians would have been  unable to attend this prestigious showcase.
  • The Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE), has significantly reduced truancy levels in schools. A pilot programme on the CAPE model will operate for a three-year period in six local authorities in Scotland. A director of the CAPE projects will act as trainer for the Scottish scheme.
  • Scottish Arts Council staff have been invited to conferences, seminars and study visits in Denmark, USA, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Greece and Ireland – international recognition of our expertise.

Claire Barclay, Low Scenic 2003, Venice Biennale
washington monument; Photo: Graham Berry
Sporran maker Marcus Eagleton at Smithsonian Folklife festival
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