Lost in location: arts development and policy in rural Scotland

Lu, Yu Tonia (2015) Lost in location: arts development and policy in rural Scotland. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis examines arts development and policy in rural Scotland in recent years. In this formerly unexplored field, it looks at the relationship between arts policy and arts development practice in rural Scotland and the impacts and (dis)connections that the nationwide arts policy has had on arts in rural Scotland, particularly during a period of major change in Scottish arts policy between 2010 and 2013. Nine rural regions with a population density of under 30 people per kilometre2 as of 2009 were selected as the key geographic regions in this research: Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Argyll and Bute, Highland, Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Moray and Aberdeenshire. Examples and data on particular regions, arts organisations and events were drawn from the said regions to investigate the role of the arts in rural development and the role of local communities, local authorities and national agencies in shaping the arts in rural Scotland. This thesis will articulate and discuss the relationships between the arts and local communities and the economy in rural Scotland and further demonstrate how the arts in rural Scotland have been surviving. The thesis concludes with presenting the advantages and issues caused by common approaches in arts development for rural Scotland, advocating what is needed for the arts in rural Scotland today with suggestions for future top-level policy development.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Schlesinger, Professor Philip and Boyle, Professor Raymond
Date of Award: 2015
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email y.lu.1@research.gla.ac.uk
Unique ID: glathesis:2015-5899
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 08:13
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2015 15:01
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/5899

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