Creative Scotswomen

The Creative Scotland Gala Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday 13th December 2012, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, from 6.30pm til late. All the judges are men.

Creative Scotland’s response on Twitter when asked why this should be: A broad range of arts & culture professionals were invited to form part of the judging panel. Female judges were selected but were unable to take part.

A discussion on Facebook includes Creative Scotland responses:

  • A broad range of arts, culture and media professionals were invited to form part of the judging panel. Invites were extended to those with specialist areas of knowledge across the cultural & media sector. Creative Scotland is committed to putting equality at the heart of its activity.
  • The majority of the seats will be allocated on a complementary basis to the finalists. The awards – a partnership between The Daily Record and Creative Scotland – are planned to offer an opportunity to celebrate a wide variety of cultural success stories during 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland. A limited number of seats are being made available to private sector organisations at a cost of £100 per head, which will go towards covering the cost of the event.
  • In response to a question by Mark Fisher Hi Mark, over a dozen female judges were approached to sit on the panel. Three were eventually confirmed but were unable to complete the process.

One of the judges, Sanjeev Kohli (‏@govindajeggy) said on Twitter: More seriously, I had to vote online in absentia & didn’t even notice the lack of females. Will bring it up. For clarity… as far as I’m aware the rest of the jury did deliberate in person. I couldn’t make it on the day.

This is an initial list that it would be great to expand on. Tagged #CreativeScotsWomen on Twitter, or add as a comment here. (The Women’s Room UK is doing a similar and much more broadly-scoped project to list women experts for the BBC and other media.)

If Creative Scotland asked even half of the women on this list and they were all unable to take part on that Thursday evening, I want to know what party they’re all invited to, because that would be the best evening out ever.

Update, 11am Friday 9th November

Question: If in about 24 hours, a handful of people on Twitter and Facebook could put together this kind of list (86 names so far), why did Creative Scotland only ask a dozen women and then give up, leaving their panel of judges men only?


  • Venu Dhupa, Director of Creative Development
  • Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development

TV, Radio, Theatre and Film, Dance

Journalists, reviewers, critics

Scottish writers, poets, playwrights, comedians, actors, painters and other artists:

Further education

At the University of Dundee

At Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

At Edinburgh University

At Royal Conservatoire Scotland:

  • Professor Maggie Kinloch FRSA FHEA, Vice Principal
  • Professor Celia Duffy, Director of Academic Development
  • Heather Nicoll, Head of Woodwind
  • Joyce Deans, Associate Head of Performance
  • Deborah Richardson-Webb, Head of Performance Pedagogy and Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Ros Maddison, Head of Production
  • Professor Ros Steen, Head of Research and the centre for Voice in Performance
  • Patricia Hay
  • Nadine George, International Fellow in Voice
  • Jane Eaglen, McGlashan International Fellow in Singing
  • Lorna McGhee, International Fellow in Flute


Filed under Equality, In The Media, Women

4 responses to “Creative Scotswomen

  1. Also, of course, Venu Dhupa and Caroline Parkinson.
    Who they? Two of three Directors of Creative Development at Creative Scotland.
    Their colleague and fellow Director of Creative Development Iain Munro is on the panel.

  2. susan

    a few more critics: Fiona Shepard (Scotsman), Moira Jeffrey (Scotland on Sunday) Alison Rowatt (Herald), Siobhan Synnot (Scotland on Sunday)

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