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Scottish Arts Council

Scottish Arts Council
Comhairle Ealain na h-Alba
Scots Airt Cooncil
Agency overview
Formed 1994
Preceding agency
Dissolved 2010
Superseding agency
Headquarters 12 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7DD, United Kingdom
Annual budget £61.06 million (2009/10)
(not maintained after July 1, 2010)

The Scottish Arts Council (Scottish Gaelic: Comhairle Ealain na h-Alba, Scots: Scots Airts Cooncil) was a Scottish public body responsible for the funding, development and promotion of the arts in Scotland. The Council primarily distributed funding from the Scottish Government as well as National Lottery funds received via the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Scottish Arts Council was formed in 1994 following a restructuring of the Arts Council of Great Britain, but had existed as an autonomous body since a royal charter of 1967. In 2010 it merged with Scottish Screen to form Creative Scotland.


  • Activities 1
  • Replacement of the Scottish Arts Council 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Council funded all the major areas of the arts, seeking to maintain balance between the many diverse communities of Scotland. In addition, it funded cultural groups and events affiliated with immigrant communities and minorities in Scotland. It sponsored two book awards:

Replacement of the Scottish Arts Council

In January 2006, it was announced that the Scottish Government would assume direct responsibility for the main national arts companies (Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra) and that the Arts Council was to be replaced by a new body.[1] This change was made in response to the report issued by the Cultural Commission chaired by James Boyle.[2] The Scottish Arts Council was replaced by Creative Scotland on 1 July 2010.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "£20m revamp for Scots cultural life". The Scotsman. 20 January 2006. 
  2. ^ "Cultural Commission". Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Creative Scotland". Scottish Government. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 

External links

  • Scottish Arts Council (archive website)
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