Literature doesn't need more cheerleaders
- Published: Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:57
Rosemary Goring's take on the Creative Scotland debate from the Herald Saturday arts section September 22, 2012
“There is no such thing as art. There are only artists,” said E H Gombrich in The Story of Art. It’s a dictum that the architects of Creative Scotland should have noted. Much of the firestorm that has engulfed that beleaguered institution of late might have been averted if its apparatchiks had had the wisdom and humility to appreciate that the state’s function in funding the arts is solely to disburse money to artists in the most effective and simple manner possible.