Shining the spotlight on Scotland’s creative cities
Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, Andrew Dixon was previously head of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative. Over the past 12 years he was responsible for the development and implementation of The Case for Capital, a £250 million cultural regeneration programme which included projects such as the Sage Gateshead, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Angel of the North, Antony Gormley’s iconic sculpture erected in Gateshead in 1998. These initiatives helped transform North East England. In NewcastleGateshead he learnt that ‘artists and arts organisations are at the heart of everything’, and he knows how to package and promote arts and culture for the social and economic benefits of all. Now at Creative Scotland, he is shining a spotlight on Scotland’s rich cultural sector.
In straitened times, cities may feel that spending on culture is something they can cut but culture and creativity are what make cities unique.
What can Scotland’s cities learn from the NewcastleGateshead experience and indeed, how can they learn to shout about themselves?