Cultural strategy to grow heritage, arts and Gaelic life in Argyll and Bute

An action plan for culture, heritage and arts to define their development and sustainability in Argyll and Bute has been produced from an independent assessment.

An action plan for culture, heritage and arts to define their development and sustainability in Argyll and Bute has been produced from an independent assessment.

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Argyll and Bute Council want to find ways to build on the area’s rich cultural, heritage, arts and Gaelic assets.

An independent assessment was commissioned which produced an action plan for culture, heritage and arts to define their development and sustainability.

The action plan shows there are 844 people working in the arts and creative industries in Argyll and Bute, almost 2 percent of the economically active population. They, in turn, employ a further 924 people, and involve 2,741 volunteers. The industries collectively have an annual turnover of in excess of £63 million.

The creative and arts sector creates opportunities for self-expression, cooperation and collaboration in rural and remote areas, the report concludes, contributing to the well being and vibrancy of our communities.

Many local people contributed to the research for the action plan and the results will be discussed at a meeting which will take place at a Cultural Assembly in Dunoon’s Queen’s Hall on Thursday, June 18, from 11am until 3pm.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please email aileen.maclennan@argyll-bute.gov.uk by Thursday 5 June. Alternatively you can telephone 01586 559068.