Arts Are More Than “Targets,” “Benchmarks” and “Outcomes”

Where is Scotland’s vision for the arts that is creative? As far as the government goes, “the dead hand of Treasury control has fallen on the arts, subjecting it to the same criteria that it applies to every other branch of public spending. A presumption has grown up that culture can answer to ‘targets’ and ‘benchmarks’ in the same way as hospitals and schools, that unless creativity can be measured against ‘outcomes’ and ‘deliveries’ then it does not deserve to be funded.”