About the Group

Cross-Party Groups (CPGs) provide an opportunity for Members of all parties, outside organisations and members of the public to meet and discuss a shared interest in a particular cause or subject.


The Cross-Party Group on Culture will be chaired by Jean Urquhart (Highlands and Islands) (Ind) and Joan McAlpine (South Scotland) (SNP), and will seek to provide:

  • another forum to discuss cultural matters and ideas (meeting quarterly)
  • something different from other CPGs, by making use of the talent in the sector to put on engaging performances and guest speakers
  • an opportunity for stimulating discussion about ideas as well as processes/artforms
  • a platform for further and wider learning (making use of social media and podcasting)
  • a showcase for the arts in Parliament

Key Personnel / MSPs

Chair, Joan McAlpine (South Scotland) (SNP)

Co-Chair, Joan McAlpine (South Scotland) (SNP)
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