Creative Scotland given green light to establish main base in Edinburgh

Plans to establish a main base in Edinburgh for Creative Scotland, the new national cultural agency expected to come into existence later this year, have moved forward today.

Members of the City of Edinburgh Council's Policy & Strategy Committee approved the recommended accommodation arrangements, under which Creative Scotland, once established, will take up its main residence in Edinburgh, while retaining a presence in Glasgow.

Under the plans, Creative Scotland's staff will vacate their current offices in Manor Place for their new base, while Council staff and other organisations currently based in the former Royal High School, will move into Manor Place.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Convenor of the Culture & Leisure Committee for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I am very pleased with this outcome, which will see Creative Scotland placed at the heart of Scotland's capital. Having their main office here in Edinburgh will afford the new agency access to key decision-makers influencing our nation's cultural and economic direction. We and our partners are very much looking forward to building strong working relationships with Creative Scotland in the years ahead."

Ewan Brown, Chair of Creative Scotland 2009 Ltd, the body set up to oversee the establishment of the new national agency, said: "The new organisation needs to move to more flexible accommodation which suits the Creative Scotland Business Model. We will retain the Scottish Screen offices in Glasgow and Creative Scotland is committed to operating across both cities and to having a truly national presence.

"In addition to retaining the Glasgow office, Creative Scotland will establish a network of hot-desks with partner organisations across Scotland."

Following on from today's meeting, the Council's Director of City Development, in consultation with the Director of Corporate Services and the Convener of the Finance and Resources Committee, has been authorised to agree the final lease transfer arrangements for the property at 10-14 Manor Place. A formal report will be presented thereafter to the Finance and Resources Committee on 1 June 2010.

Creative Scotland is expected to be formally established as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) in the summer. Its role will be to:

  • identify, support and develop quality and excellence in the arts and culture
  • promote understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts and culture
  • encourage as many people as possible to access and participate in the arts and culture
  • realise the value and benefits of the arts and culture
  • encourage and support creative endeavours that contribute to an understanding of Scotland's national culture
  • promote and support commercial activity focused on the application of creative skills.

The arrangements to establish Creative Scotland as an NDPB will undergo further Parliamentary scrutiny later this week, when the Stage 3 Debate on the Public Services Reform Bill takes place on Thursday.

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