Artists Running: 50 Years of Scottish Cultural Devolution

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It is just over 50 years since the Arts Council of Great Britain devolved the governance and subsidy of Scotland’s arts from London to Edinburgh. Dan Brown, Deborah Jackson and Neil Mulholland discuss how artists, curators, arts administrators and the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) learned to co-habit. They examine the tensions between the SAC’s Keynesian values, Scotland’s emerging artist-run organisational culture and its long established Unionist-nationalist arts institutions. What changes and challenges did the cultural devolution of the late 1960s precipitate in Scotland’s contemporary art and how did this impact upon the political devolution that followed in 1999?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-167
JournalVisual Culture in Britain
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2018
EventThe Scottish Society for Art History’s Study Day 2018 : Art Organisations and Institutions in Scotland - Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Feb 201810 Feb 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Scotland
  • Contemporary Art
  • Devolution
  • Nationalism
  • Unionism
  • Artist-run
  • Artist-led
  • Workshops
  • Galleries
  • Scottish Arts Council
  • Arts Council of Great Britain
  • CEMA
  • Creative Scotland


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  • Artist-Run Archive

    Mulholland, N.


    Project: University Awarded Project Funding

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