South of Scotland Enterprise commissioned the specialist consultancy EKOS to examine the current status of the creative and cultural industries in South of Scotland and look for the challenges and opportunities for future development of the sector.
The report makes a series of headline recommendations for future priorities and opportunities. This includes creative Placemaking (and regional identity), the role of the sector in achieving net zero targets through community engagement and empowerment, arts in health and wellbeing, and growing collaboration between Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders.
The findings will be used to inform any current and future work to support the sector.
’This is an incredibly useful report for our sector that provides a foundation of evidence for the economic, social and environmental impact of creative and cultural enterprise in our region. Headline figure such as the employment of over 4500 people and income of £161M demonstrate the importance of the sector as part of the way the South of Scotland builds its future. We were particularly pleased and encouraged to see Creative Placemaking feature so prominently as an area of strength and a priority for further development in shaping the identity of the South of Scotland and empowering our communities.’Stove Orchestrator Matt Baker