Cultural community asked for views on arts in Argyll and Bute

Are you part of the cultural, heritage or artistic scene on Bute? Then Argyll and Bute Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise wants to know your views on how to use the area’s cultural and artistic assets to increase the number of visitors to the region.

The two organisations want to develop the area’s cultural, heritage, arts and Gaelic assets to contribute further to community life and encourage more visitors, and are asking artists and craft makers, voluntary organisations and businesses in the culture, heritage and arts community to tell them what their needs are and how they can increase the number of people who visit.

Everyone in the culture, heritage and arts sector in Argyll and Bute can contribute their views through an electronic survey which can be found at

The council’s policy lead for community and culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “Our culture, heritage and arts are fundamental to Argyll and Bute’s identity. They tell the story of the area’s character in ways which enrich our lives and delight our visitors.

“We hope as many people as possible take time to complete the survey. It would mean so much to the future development of the arts and culture of the area as well as increasing our potential to attract visitors.”

As a thank you for contributing to the survey, the name of everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw for £100 of vouchers of the winner’s choice.

Everyone with a Facebook or Twitter page is also being asked to add the link to publicise the project, broaden the debate and ensure its inclusiveness.

The survey will be followed by workshops in late November and early December to refine the plan. The one most local to Bute is at Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park in Colintraive on Thursday, November 28, with others at the Templar Art and Leisure Centre in Tarbert, Kintyre on Friday, November 29, and at the Scottish Association for Marine Science centre in Oban on Thursday, December 5.