Art In Action: The Value of Visual Art to Communities

Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) has launched 'Art in Action'. This campaign champions the valuable role visual art plays within communities across Scotland. Supporters are calling for stronger recognition of this value in decision-making.


This summer, MSPs will be invited to see for themselves the positive impact of visual art in their constituencies. MSPs can share their experience using #ArtInAction. And will be encouraged to make a public commitment to support artists and art in their communities.

Through the Art in Action campaign SCAN will showcase work from across Scotland. The work shows how artists play an integral role in their communities, create shared experiences, enhances wellbeing and our understanding of our world.


Culture & Creativity Are Not an Add-On

SCAN director, Clare Harris, said: “Culture and creativity are not an add-on; they are part and parcel of how we live our lives. Art facilitates new ways of seeing in a way that’s positive for all of us.

‘As part of the fabric of our diverse and multi-faceted society, contemporary visual art can feed long-term change within our communities. As such artists should play an integral role in planning for a future vibrant Scotland. We challenge decision-makers to think differently about art –and to recognise its potential by investing in it.

’But the proportion of the Scottish Government budget that goes to the arms-length funding body Creative Scotland is just 0.2% –and diminishing levels of investment and funding at both local and national level have left the arts infrastructure in a fragile state with artists’ livelihoods precarious.”


Follow Art In Action

Follow the cmapgin on #ArtInAction or read more on the SCAN Website.

NewsAndy Robertson