Another Blow To Disabled Artists
A little over a year since the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) announced its plan to consolidate and develop Disability Arts in Scotland with its excellent "Ignite" one off funding programme, yet before the programme has actually finished we learn that the SAC Equalities Department is being dissolved and that the Arts and Disability Post (Robert Gale's job) is to be lost.read more...
We all suspected that as a result of recent financial turmoil equality would take a hit, but this is nothing short of nuclear.
This decision by SAC, made without consultation, to close this department and let Robert go, sends on a big clear signal to arts and cultural organisations in Scotland and beyond.
It's going to be difficult for the Council to make an influential argument for inclusion, disability arts and equality in general, if it's seen to be turning its back on these issues.
And it's going to be easier for those arts organisations that deny how important being equal and inclusive is, to argue that they have neither the capacity nor the resources to become so.
We just hope that disabled people and disabled artists won't miss out because of this step, and that it won't leave a gaping hole in Scottish culture where there could and should have been a mountain.