Local MSP hosts event to get Inverclyde’s creative juices flowing

On Wednesday 10 April, Stuart McMillan MSP welcomed Creative Scotland to the Tontine Hotel for an event bringing together local stakeholders from the creative sector.

Creative Scotland’s Executive Director, Screen Isabel Davis, and Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer, Karen Dick, gave a presentation before taking questions from the audience, which consisted of over 40 local creatives.

The Greenock and Inverclyde SNP MSP has previously hosted two similar events focused on tourism and regeneration, with VisitScotland’s Chief Executive and V&A Dundee’s Director visiting in the area to share their expertise and ideas with the people of Inverclyde.

L-R: Stuart McMillan MSP, Isabel Davis and Karen Dick

Commenting after the event, Mr McMillan said:

“Inverclyde is bursting with creativity and it’s important we capitalise on the resources we have locally to maximise our potential as a creative hub in the West of Scotland.

“George Wyllie was a creative force who lived in Inverclyde and I’m delighted that his legacy will be immortalised at a museum in the new Greenock Ocean Terminal.

“However, while it’s important to remember our creative past, we must focus on our creative future, which is why I wanted to bring Creative Scotland to the area.

“Last year I began the push for a TV & Film Studio to be located in Inverclyde as more and more programmes and films are being shot here, indicating that it’s clearly a prime location for Scotland’s screen sector.

“The aspiration for a local TV & Film Studio has spurred on many local creatives so it’s crucial that our hopes and efforts don’t fizzle out, hence the reason for this event.”

“I was delighted with the contribution from Creative Scotland and the audience. I’m very grateful to Isabel and Karen for agreeing to the event.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said:

“It was excellent to meet the creative community of Inverclyde, learn about local projects that are building the cultural and creative scene, and discuss ways that Creative Scotland can support, including joining the dots with other activities and potential sources of advice and funding.”

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