‘Shot­gun wed­ding’ of Mull cre­ative groups

The Oban Times - - 10 Letters -

Sir, Res­i­dents on Mull were rightly an­gry at the in­sen­si­tive re­dun­dancy no­tices is­sued to two of the is­lands most tal­ented and in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous artists, Gor­don Ma­clean and Alas­dair McCrone, both of whom had many years’ ser­vice be­hind them.

Your ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle head­lined ‘Sack the board and give us back our cul­ture’ about the public meet­ing to protest against the dis­missals re­flected the mood ex­actly.

Two very in­ter­est­ing points came out at the meet­ing.

First it was re­vealed that Cre­ative Scot­land had forced the ‘ shot­gun wed­ding’ of Mull Lit­tle Theatre and arts group, An To­bar, into the new group Co­mar, by threat­en­ing to with­draw all fund­ing if they did not merge.

Sec­ond, Cre­ative Scot­land asked Co­mar to draw up a busi­ness plan, which Cre­ative Scot­land ac­cepted, then re­duced Co­mar’s fund­ing by one third. So Co­mar was stuck with a busi­ness plan and only two thirds of the bud­get to pay for it and it was this that led to the re­dun­dancy no­tices be­ing is­sued.

In the light of this, it seems to me that Cre­ative Scot­land should be re­named De­struc­tive Scot­land, hav­ing de­stroyed two ex­cel­lent or­gan­i­sa­tions and re­placed them with some­thing dys­func­tional.

How­ever, the meet­ing left the board of Co­mar and its fund­ing bod­ies, in no doubt about the mis­takes that had been made and they all ap­peared to take on board that some ma­jor cor­rec­tions were needed.

Let us hope they do so speed­ily.

David Pol­lard, Salen, Isle of Mull.

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