PRESS RELEASE April 12 2011

by Scottish National Party (

Tuesday 12 th April 2011 – for immediate release

McLeod & Hyslop visit Galloway artists

SNP candidate for Galloway & west Dumfries Dr Aileen McLeod was joined yesterday by Minister for Culture, Fiona Hyslop, for a tour of some of the region’s art galleries, meeting a number of local artists along the way.

Ms Hyslop confirmed that a re-elected SNP Government would expand the highly successful Expo Fund and Made in Scotland scheme for the next Parliament. The Expo fund and Made in Scotland showcase the best of Scottish performing talent.

The Galloway and West Dumfries constituency also includes Wigtown, home of the internationally renowned book festival. Ms Hyslop confirmed that a re-elected SNP Government would establish a National Book Week from 2012 and back 200 artists residencies with Creative Scotland.

Commenting, Ms Hyslop said:

“Over the past four years, the SNP Government has invested in the potential of Scotland’s artists. We’ve helped home-grown talent perform in Edinburgh with a £6 million Expo Fund for the Edinburgh festivals and we’ve established Creative Scotland as a single, national body to maximize support for the arts, culture and creative industries.

“A re-elected SNP Government will continue the Expo Fund through the next Parliament. We will establish a National Book Week from 2012 as part of our commitment to literature and to enhancing literacy and we will seek to expand the massively successful Made in Scotland showcase which puts Scottish performers front and centre in the Edinburgh festivals.

“The next five years are years of great potential for Scotland’s artists with real opportunities to put the spotlight on Scottish culture. With 200 artists residences we can support rising talent, give artists in all genres new opportunities and continue to support arts and culture across Scotland.

Aileen McLeod added:

“I was delighted to have Fiona visit the region and meet some of our fantastic artists. Galloway & West Dumfries has a huge range of outstanding artistic talent.

“I want to be part of developing and supporting that talent and ensuring it reaches the global audience it so richly deserves.

“Exciting new ventures such as the Nail Factory in Dalbeattie are wonderful additions to the cultural landscape of this region, complimenting the established artistic and literary centres of Kirkcudbright and Wigtown.

“Not only is all of this work intrinsically valuable for its beauty, it has a real contribution to make to the vibrancy of our communities and to the local economy as an attraction for visitors.

“The SNP pledges to support our rising talent across Scotland. If elected MSP in May I will give my total support to this policy and ensure it is fully reflected right across Galloway & West Dumfries.”


Contact Aileen McLeod on: 07874 052 949


McLeod Hyslop Visit         McLeod Hyslop Visit
L to R: Aileen McLeod, Rupinder Dulay, Fiona Hyslop

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