Purpose of the group

  • another forum to discuss cultural matters and ideas (meeting quarterly)
  • something different from other CPGs, by making use of the talent in the sector to put on engaging performances and guest speakers
  • an opportunity for stimulating discussion about ideas as well as processes/art forms
  • a platform for further and wider learning (making use of social media and podcasting)
  • a showcase for the arts in Parliament

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting: 08 October 2019

The meeting will take place at 5:30pm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This meeting will contain the AGM.



Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Adam Behr

Siyi Chen 

Alison Cresswell

Miles Harrison

Dr Jane Humphries

Wendy Law

Isobel MacRae

Sarah Masson

Jen McGregor

Jacqueline Whymark


Culture Counts - secretary

Active Events

Arts and Business Scotland

Beacon Arts Centre

Catalyst Productions


Chapman Publishing Ltd

Craft Scotland

Craft Town Scotland

Creative Scotland

Cultural Benefits

Culture Republic 

Dogstar Theatre

Dundee Contemporary Arts

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh MELA


Federation of Scottish Theatre

Grid Iron

Hands up for Trad

Into Film

Licketyspit Theatre

Live Music Now

Luath Press Ltd


Making Music


Museums Galleries Scotland

The Musicians’ Union

Queen Margaret University

National Theatre of Scotland

National Trust for Scotland 

Royal Society for the Arts

Scotland Contemporary Art Network

Scottish Music Industry Association

Scottish Poetry Library

Scottish Refugee Council

Scottish Youth Theatre

Sense Scotland Arts

Skills Development Scotland


Traditional Music and Song Association

Traditional Music Forum

University of Aberdeen

University of Glasgow

Voluntary Arts Scotland

Writers’ Guild of Great Britain


Youth Juice Creative Ltd

Get involved

Next meeting:
08 October 2019


[email protected]



Joan McAlpine MSP

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

0131 348 6885


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