SCAN Circular, October 27, 2022

SCAN briefs MSPs on the Costs Crisis and writes to Cabinet Secretary Angus Robertson to protect the culture budget. Plus, book your place at SCAN Summit 2022, and our director looks back on #ArtUnlocks 2022.

Moira Jeffrey, Director of the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), marks the launch of SCAN’s #ArtUnlocks campaign at the exhibition Human Threads, at Tramway, Glasgow. June 2022. Photograph: Julie Howden.

SCAN Stands Up for Contemporary Arts in the Costs Crisis

With the Costs Crisis biting this winter, we're making the case for artists and arts organisations at the highest level. We’ve been working since the spring to alert policy-makers and funders, meeting and surveying members and briefing on the crisis.

Earlier this week we met with building-based arts organisations to hear the latest on rising costs and energy and utilities bills. On October 26SCAN director Moira Jeffrey met with Neil Gray MSP, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, where they discussed the challenges as well as new approaches to support.

On October 12, our director Moira also attended a roundtable on the crisis for the cultural sector hosted by Sarah Boyack MSP, providing information that has been raised at Holyrood.

You can read our Costs Crisis briefing paper below.

Read our briefing on the Costs Crisis

Angus Robertson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture.

SCAN Urges Cabinet Secretary Angus Robertson to Protect Culture Budget 

In November the Scottish Government will publish an Emergency Budget Review in response to the current fast-moving economic crisis. As part of this process the government is looking at budget cuts. We wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture on October 18, asking him to protect the culture budget. It remains SCAN’s position that our sector needs emergency support and sustainable long-term funding.
Read our letter to Angus Robertson

Image from Mykola Ridyni, "Hi! Hi! Hi! (No! No! No!)," (2017), c. the artist.

Book Your Place at SCAN Summit

SCAN Summit 2022 will take place at Glasgow's CCA on November 16. Tickets cost £10 including a vegan lunch, and you can book your spot using the link below.

At this year's summit we'll explore how arts and culture can speak clearly, positively, and compassionately at times of political upheaval. Across a day-long programme of presentations, talks, exercises, and screenings, we’ll hear from a range of guests about using art to amplify marginalised voices, as a currency for sharing beyond borders, and as a tool for making power visible.

We're thrilled to announce our guest speakers and contributors for this year's summit: 

  • Filmmakers and Indigenous grassroots activists Karrabing Film Collective
  • Amal Khalaf, Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London
  • Curator and artist Lara Khaldi, a member of the artistic team of documenta fifteen
  • Anna McLauchlan, an interdisciplinary artist and specialist in somatic practices and yoga
  • Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Language and the Arts
  • Mykola Ridyni (born in Kharkiv, Ukraine) a filmmaker and founding member of SOSka group
  • Tawona Sitholé, a poet, playwright, educator, and mbira musician.

For more information visit the below link.

Sign up for SCAN Summit 2022

A visitor enjoys the exhibition Human Threads at Glasgow’s Tramway. The exhibition was created by Artlink artists and service users with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities at Cherry Road Learning Centre. Photograph: Julie Howden.

Looking Back on #ArtUnlocks 2022

In a new #ArtUnlocks article, our director Moira Jeffrey reflects on this year's campaign as we reach the end of our season of summer visits. With a difficult winter ahead for all of us, it's a moment to look back on lessons learned about the value of contemporary art in times of crisis, and to make the case afresh for a supported, sustainable arts sector in Scotland. 

Read the full article

George Finlay Ramsay, still from Family Fugue. C. the artist.

Member Picks

Here are some highlights from the SCAN community:

Family Fugue, from SCAN Member George Finlay Ramsay and collaborators, takes the viewer on a journey through the mythology of the artist's family tree, exploring how our ancestors haunt us and how we haunt them. At Generator Projects Dundee until November 6. Find out more here.

Yelena Popova's Made Ground, at Cample Line in Dumfries until December 11, includes paintings made with soil and rock collected locally to Cample. These works extend the artist's series of "post-petrochemical paintings," which explore the particularities of place through soil, stone, pigment, gesture and colour. Find out more here.

Why not buy some unique Christmas gifts for friends and family at one of the many upcoming arts and crafts fairs happening around Scotland over the next couple of months? Like the Upland Winter Art and Craft Fair, at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, November 5-6. Find out more here.

Hayley Tompkin's Far, at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket until January 29, is the largest UK selection to date of the Glasgow-based artist's work. It includes her well-known alterations of everyday objects through colourful, abstract layers of paint. Find out more here.

Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price brings a new show, Underfoot, to the Hunterian in Glasgow, using never-before-seen archival material to explore the history of textile manufacturing in Scotland through a new moving-image work and a new textile piece. Opening November 11. Find out more here.

St Andrews Botanic Garden, site of Fife Contemporary's Bioscope Artist Residency

Jobs and Opportunities

Below are some listings of jobs and opportunities available within the contemporary art community. You can also follow us on our
 SCAN Radar Jobs and Opportunities page on Facebook for daily updates:

CHARTS Argyll and Isles: Island Culture Officer, deadline October 30
Creative Scotland: Climate Emergency and Sustainability Lead, deadline October 30
Engage Scotland: Engage Scotland Coordinator, deadline October 31
Govanhill Baths: Finance Officer, deadline October 30
Govanhill Baths: People’s Pantry Development Worker, deadline October 30
National Galleries Scotland: Paolozzi Project Archivist/Curator, deadline October 30
Surge: Digital Arts Practitioner and Coordinator, deadline October 30
Garvald Edinburgh: Relief Workers (craft workshops), deadline October 31
Glasgow Ceramic Studio: Living Wage Graduate Internship, deadline November 4
Aberdeen Archives, Gallery and Museum: Performance and Events Officer, deadline November 6
Shetland Arts Development Agency: Venue Technician, deadline November 6
An Tobar and Mull Theatre: Fundraiser, deadline November 7
The Crafty Hen: Craft Workshop Assistants, deadline November 7
Dovecot: Events Venue Manager, deadline November 7
Out of the Blue: Creative Programme Development Manager, deadline November 14
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: UKVI Compliance and International Student Manager, deadline November 20

University of the West of Scotland: Lecturer in Creative Art Practice, deadline November 20 
Society of Scottish Artists: Nominations for President, deadline October 30
Edinburgh Women’s Aid: 50th Anniversary Artwork Competition, deadline October 31
OuterSpaces: studio and project space in Falkirk, deadline October 31
Unlimited: UK & International Partner Awards, deadline October 31
Fife Contemporary: VACMA Awards Fife advice session, November 1
Lux Scotland and partners: Margaret Tait Award Nominations, deadline November 7
Lux Scotland and partners: Margaret Tait Residency, deadline November 7
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust: Emerging Artists Micro-Commissions, deadline November 10
Edinburgh Printmakers: Archive Doctoral Internship, deadline November 14
Fife Contemporary: Bioscope Artist Residency, deadline November 21
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Reach Scotland Residencies, deadline November 27
Creative Strathaven CIC: Call for Artists for Strathaven Mural Trail, deadline November 30
Engage: Extend Leadership Programme Cohort 2, deadline November 28
Cove Park: Subsidised Winter Residencies, rolling deadlines up to March 6



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