Malcolm highlights the success and future potential of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Question on Creative Scotland & Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given by it and Creative Scotland to the future of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. (S3O-11725)

The Minister for Culture and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop):
First, I offer my congratulations to the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop for winning the arts funding prize for Edinburgh. Its ambitious project will create a centre of excellence for visual arts for Scotland with a local, national and international impact. We have supported the now fully funded phase 1 of the redevelopment through our partners Creative Scotland with lottery funding and recent grant in aid, and I understand that work is due to begin on this exciting development in early 2011.

Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
I thank the minister for her answer and her congratulations to the workshop. I also thank her for the helpful letter that she sent me when I wrote to her about the matter some weeks ago. I join her in congratulating the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop - which, as it happens, is based in my constituency - first because this week it won the prestigious arts funding prize for Edinburgh, as the minister said, and secondly because it has almost completed the long process of fundraising that will enable it to build a new sculpture workshop to replace the existing one on the same site.

Does the minister agree that the new centre, enhanced by the creative laboratories to be funded by the arts funding prize, will make the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop an international destination for culture?

The Minister for Culture and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop):
Indeed. I think that it will do that, which is why I mentioned in my first answer that it will have an international perspective. I recognise Malcolm Chisholm's support for the project. I am looking forward to visiting it to see the work as it progresses.

When times are difficult for many other areas, it is important that we celebrate and note our successes. The establishment of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop's new premises and its winning of the arts funding prize are things that we should celebrate. We should give recognition to all those who have had a perhaps long and difficult journey in trying to establish the new project and we should support those who are supporting it.
October 28th 2010 (Column 29771-2)