Introducing Culture Perth and Kinross

April 1, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

To support delivery of the vision detailed in the Perth and Kinross Council’s ‘Priorities for Culture: Creative Perth and Kinross 2016-2021’, published in January 2016, and to maximise the opportunities of the area’s rich cultural asset base, Perth and Kinross Council has set up a dynamic new trust, Culture Perth and Kinross.

Museums, Galleries, Libraries, Archive and Local History services throughout Perth & Kinross, previously under the umbrella of Perth and Kinross Council, will transfer to Culture Perth and Kinross from today, 1st April 2016.

Perth and Kinross is the fourth largest geographical area in Scotland, in the heart of Scotland. Since prehistoric times it has been a place of cultural, social, political and economic encounters and crossing points, and as a result has one of the richest stories of Place to tell.  In addition, Perth Museum and Art Gallery has collections of National Recognition Status and is part of the UK Artists Rooms network supported by The Art Fund, National Galleries of Scotland and Tate.

The focus of Culture Perth and Kinross (CPK) is to advance the visual and applied arts, heritage and culture. To this end the first programme from Perth and Kinross’s dynamic new culture trust is detailed in the recently published ‘CPK What’s On’ guide revealing a season of fun, games, history and art celebrating the very best that the area has to offer. There are a number of collaborations, including with the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Abertay University, the Royal Scottish Academy and Stills gallery which showcase the best of local and national heritage and culture and a look to what the future may bring.

A recent event at Perth Museum & Art Gallery saw the launch of the new Trust and it’s first programme and also officially introduced the new Culture Perth and Kinross Board. The Board consists of key personalities on the local and national arts scene, who are keen to see Perth and Kinross deliver on its potential as a major cultural destination.  Amongst the guests was Perth and Kinross Provost Liz Grant, who welcomed the look ahead to the initial months of the Trust.  Provost Grant said: “The Perth City Plan places a clear focus on the opportunities to develop Perth’s cultural offering and the proposal to bid for UK City of Culture in 2021, the role of Culture Perth and Kinross is a key one for the development of the city and surrounding region.  This programme gives a promising start to an exciting cultural future for Perth and Kinross.”

Chair of the Board, Charles Kinnoull, said: “The creation of the new Trust not only helps to preserve and maintain Perth and Kinross’s key cultural attractions, but it is also an opportunity to further build on the vibrancy and diversity of the creative and cultural sector within the area. I am looking forward to working alongside my fellow board members, staff, the City Development Board, the Council and other partners working towards a brighter future for Perth.”