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The first Creative Scotland Open Sessions were held in March & April 2013 at eight venues throughout Scotland. Browse content from the Sessions below.

15/03/13 – Dundee Open Session @ DCA

19/03/13 – Edinburgh Open Session @ Dovecot

11/04/13 – Greenock Open Session @ The Beacon

16/04/13 – Inverness Open Session @ Eden Court

23/04/13 Skye Open Session @ Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

25/04/13 – Dumfries Open Session @ Easterbrook Hall

26/04/13 – Glasgow Open Session @ Platform

29/04/13 – Aberdeen Open Session @ The Lemon Tree

Pat Kane’s Open Sessions Blog

Kenneth Fowler’s Open Sessions Blog

Why did we hold these Open Sessions?

A collaborative and respectful relationship between Creative Scotland and those we are here to serve is a necessity in order to ensure that the arts, screen and creative industries continue to thrive.

It was clear that, in the first two years of Creative Scotland’s existence, this has not been successfully achieved across all sectors we work with.

To rectify this, we have embarked on a programme of change, the key themes of which were announced in the Board statement of 7 December 2012.

A vital part of this process is listening. We want to hear directly from those we are here to support.

What was the format of the March and April sessions?

The sessions were modeled on Creative Scotland’s Insights and Ideas format, combining a small number of speakers, moderated debate, group working and open floor discussion.

The key themes from each session were then captured and presented online for further discussion and contributions – including blogs from both cultural commentator Pat Kane and Creative Scotland’s Head of Communications Kenneth Fowler, as well as debate on Twitter using #csopen.

What do we hope to get out of the Open Sessions?

We hope that the sessions will generate insight, ideas, and, ultimately, a sense of shared direction.

By creating a platform for dialogue, we hope to enable the people that we are here to serve to help shape the future operational and strategic direction of Creative Scotland and its role in a thriving sector.

We want to involve people from the full range of sectors that we serve and from all parts of the country.

We also want to stimulate discussion and generate ideas on a vision for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland – and where Creative Scotland fits within that vision.