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Scotland: the land of creativity

Our June theme focuses on the creative industries and all that Scotland has to offer.

Published: 07/06/2018

Scotland is world-renowned as a creative location inspired by its surroundings, with inspiring scenery seemingly perfectly sculpted to make you catch your breath. Think romantic, cobbled streets of Edinburgh, iconic Greek Thomson buildings in Glasgow, majestic seaside and golf courses galore in St. Andrews…. There’s something to strike a chord with everyone.

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It’s been home to many distinguished writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, JK Rowling and Ian Rankin to name just a few. The characters created by these authors such as Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes have become national treasures in their own right, much loved by generations of children and adults alike. These worlds of wizards, private detectives and pirates have been dreamt up and created by authors influenced by the lives they led living in Scotland.

Screenwriting and films are a major part of Scotland’s creative industries too. Irvine Welsh’s novels have been turned into hugely successful films, Trainspotting and it’s follow up T2. The American author Diana Gabaldon set her historical time travel series Outlander in Scotland resulting in a massive boom for Scotland’s film and tourism industries. And speaking of using Scotland’s rugged landscape as a set location, we can’t forget the popular HBO series Game of Thrones which chose to set scenes in Scotland’s dramatic landscape.

Art schools including Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, produce hundreds of talented young graduates every year with bold visions and plans to make their artistic mark.

Some of Scotland’s most famous designers include North Lanarkshire born Christopher Kane, who has been named Scottish Designer of the Year not once, but twice. Not to mention Glasgow native Jonathan Saunders whose list of accolades are endless and include recognition from the British Fashion Council and Vogue Fashion Fund, among others.

Scotland’s artistic heritage is rich – with Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s firm stamp left across the city of Glasgow – seen in the Willow Tea Rooms, The Lighthouse and Glasgow School of Art to name just a few iconic buildings designed by the hugely talented and creative architect.

Our music scene is unrivalled with many bands and singers starting life in Scotland including Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, KT Tunstall and Amy MacDonald.

And all of these different creative industries can be found at XpoNorth when they come together once a year for the two day festival held in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.

XpoNorth is Scotland’s leading creative industries festival and takes place across the 27th and 28th June 2018. It’s a hot-bed of creative activity covering crafts, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music.

During each day, there’s a packed programme of seminars and workshops and at night, the festival comes alive with its new music showcase, its specially curated film programme and a range of networking events and parties.

It’s the perfect time to get involved and ScotGrad has a range of opportunities in the creative industries with placements advertised throughout the year. For more information about how graduates have supported business growth across Scotland take a look at our success stories. Never miss an update by registering with us.