Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, visited Pier Arts Centre this week as part of the nationwide Art in Action campaign being spearheaded by Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN).
SCAN, the member-led body for contemporary visual art in Scotland, launched the Art in Action campaign to champion the valuable role visual art plays within communities across Scotland – and to call for stronger recognition of this value when it comes to decision-making.
Mr McArthur commented:
“I was delighted to go along to the annual pavement artist competition, as part of Stromness Shopping Week, to see the Art in Action campaign for myself.
“The competition was a great example of how visual art allows friends and families to come together and interact with our communities in different ways. Over 100 participants were energised and inspired to try their hand at the pavement art, and some impressive artwork was produced.
“While this inevitably led to some headaches for the judging team, the real success lay in the memories and enjoyment that this popular event created.
“Orkney is fortunate to have a vibrant artistic community that is well supported by the Pier Arts Centre, and I hope that the partnership with SCAN will lead to even more creative visual art events coming about in the future”.
Over the summer recess MSPs are being invited to see for themselves the positive impact of visual art in their constituencies and are sharing their experience via social media using #ArtInAction. They have been asked to make a public commitment to support artists and art in their communities.
Through the Art in Action campaign SCAN will showcase work from across Scotland that shows how artists play an integral role in their communities, creating a shared experience that enhances wellbeing and furthers our understanding of our world.
SCAN director, Clare Harris, said:
‘Culture and creativity are not an add-on; they are part and parcel of how we live our lives. Art facilitates new ways of seeing in a way that’s positive for all of us. ‘As part of the fabric of our diverse and multi-faceted society, contemporary visual art can feed long-term change within our communities. As such artists should play an integral role in planning for a future vibrant Scotland. We challenge decision-makers to think differently about art – and to recognise its potential by investing in it.’