New cultural hub comes to Rothesay

The Argyll and Bute Cultural Assembly aims to bring together representatives of the local cultural and arts sector.
The Argyll and Bute Cultural Assembly aims to bring together representatives of the local cultural and arts sector.

A new ‘cultural assembly’ for Argyll and Bute will receive its Bute launch at an event in Rothesay next month.

The new co-operative for culture, heritage and the arts is aimed at promoting Argyll and Bute on the national and international stage, thereby attracting more visitors to the area.

The Rothesay launch event - one of a series of open meetings throughout the area this month and next - takes place at the Pavilion on Thursday, April 23 from 7.30-9.30pm, and anyone working in the sector, or interested in moving it forward, is encouraged to attend to find out how to get involved.

A spokesperson for the Cultural Assembly Steering Group said: “We believe strongly that everyone who works in the culture, heritage and arts sectors – as a volunteer, employee or artist – will benefit from being part of an independent co-operative with its own voice.

“This is a great opportunity for us all to work together to showcase the wealth of activity in this area and to promote Argyll as a creative destination.”

The Cultural Assembly, a partnership between Argyll and Bute Council, Creative Scotland’s Place Partnership Awards and the local cultural and creative sector, has been set up in the wake of a study by Business Tourism Solutions Ltd, commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in March 2014.

Funding is also available to develop strategic initiatives and to act as a catalyst for change in the cultural sector in the area.