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Creative Scotland

Outspoken Arts Scotland is funded by Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. It’s our job to help Scotland’s creativity shine at home and abroad. We invest in talented people and exciting ideas. We develop the creative industries and champion everything that’s good about Scottish creativity. Scotland boasts an incredible range of talent, from award-winning directors and writers to widely recognised actors and internationally renowned musicians, visual artists, architects and digital companies. As a result of the wealth of indigenous talent, Scotland produces a huge volume of home-grown productions and products each year. http://www.creativescotland.org.uk

 

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Terms & Conditions

These ‘Terms & Conditions’ may vary from time to time. Please make sure you review them regularly as you will be deemed to have accepted a variation if you continue to use this website after any variation has been posted.

General

About the Company:

  • This website is operated and managed by Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd.
  • Registered charity number SCO 23620
  • Registered office Unit 33, Sir James Clark Building, Abbeymill Business Centre, Paisley PA1 1TJ
  • VAT number 797 3863 59
  • ® Glasgay! is a registered trademark registration no. UK00003044157.  Use of the term”Glasgay” is protected by law and is an identified mark of our our legal entity.  We will actively pursue anyone who uses this term infringing our copyright and intellectual property.  For guidance see http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/tm/t-about.htm

Using this website

By using this website you agree to be bound by these ‘Terms & Conditions’ other than in relation to those conditions listed under ‘Ticketing’ below, which will become applicable when you buy a ticket.

Disclaimer

Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd gives no warranty to the accuracy of the information accessed through the website and accepts no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience that may be caused in the event that inaccurate information appears on it. Every attempt has been made to present up-to-date, accurate information. Information may be changed or updated without notice. The material on this website may be out of date at any given time, and Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd. is under no obligation to update such material. Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd will not be liable if for any reason this website is unavailable in whole or in part at any time or for any period. Materials posted on this website are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by you or any third party. If the need arises, access to this website may be suspended or terminated indefinitely.

Copyright

The text and images on this website are the property of Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd or its licensors and are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. You can print or download any part of the text and images for personal use only, and any copies must retain the copyright or other intellectual property notices contained in the original material. Any other use is prohibited and shall automatically terminate your permission to use this website. No part of this website may be reproduced by any process without written permission from Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd. The trade marks and logos displayed on this website are the property ofOutspoken Arts Scotland Ltd. You are not permitted to use such trade marks and logos without the prior written consent of Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd.

Privacy

Data Protection
Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd 
conforms to the terms of the 1998 Data Protection Act. The personal information that you enter on the website will be held securely and will not be used for any other purpose than for us to contact you about Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd activities, unless you’ve given us permission to send you information from other arts organisations.

Personal Data
We’re committed to protecting your privacy. We’ll only use the information that we collect about you lawfully, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The type of information we’ll collect includes your name, address, phone number and email address. The personal information which we hold will be held securely.

Direct Marketing
If you’ve opted to receive information from us, we’ll use your details for this purpose. We do not disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes without your consent. We will give you the chance to refuse any marketing e-mails from us in the future.

Links
This website contains links to other websites. We’re not responsible for the privacy practises of these websites and you should read their own privacy policies. The privacy policy described here, applies only to personal data collected by Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd.

Security
Unfortunately, data transmission over the internet is not guaranteed to be 100% secure, but we do take appropriate steps to protect the security of your personal data.

Inaccuracies and Corrections
We make every effort to keep your personal data accurate and up-to-date. If you become aware of errors or inaccuracies, please contact@outspokenarts.org

Ticketing

Direct booking links on this website lead to the venue websites. Please refer to the individual venue ticketing policies for more information.

Admissions

  • We reserve the right to alter the programme without prior notice if necessary.
  • We reserve the right to refuse admission to and/or eject any person appearing to be intoxicated, under the influence of drugs, or otherwise behaving dangerously or inappropriately. No refunds will be given under these circumstances.
  • We reserve the right to ask customers who cause unreasonable disturbance inside venues during events to leave. Unreasonable disturbance is determined by the venue’s Front of House team and is dependent on events. Please show consideration for your fellow audience members and our artists.
  • With the exception of events specifically aimed at younger people, under 14s coming to see a show are not allowed into the venues without a ticket-holding adult. Age limits for children’s shows are determined on an event-by-event basis.
  • Babes in arms (children under the age of 2 years) are welcome at all events (except those stated 18+) however parents are asked to select seats that allow easy exit from the venue should your baby become restless. Babies are covered by the general ‘unreasonable disturbance’ policy above. Your baby does not require a ticket.
  • Loud noise can cause permanent hearing damage. Complimentary hearing protection is available from any member of staff. We do not recommend bringing children to music events without bringing specific hearing protection designed for children with you.
  • Latecomers will only be admitted at suitable breaks in the performance. Not all performances contain suitable breaks.
  • For some performances a ‘no readmission to the auditorium’ policy will operate throughout, please check on arrival at the venue.
  • By purchasing a ticket, you consent to being photographed or filmed as a member of the audience, and you consent to resulting materials being used for commercial distribution, publication and communications, without payment or copyright.
  • You must produce a valid ticket to gain entry to ticketed events at venues and upon request for inspection at any time, as failure to produce your ticket may result in you being asked to leave the venue.
  • To ensure safety, we may conduct security searches of clothing, bags and all other items on entry and reserve the right to confiscate items which may cause danger or disruption to the event or others.
  • Photography, audio and video recording is not permitted in the venues. You will be asked to stop and may have your equipment confiscated and data deleted at the artists’ request. If you would like to request a photography pass please contact info@glasgay.com
  • You are responsible for your belongings when attending the venue. We accept no responsibility for any personal property brought to the venue, including items which are left in the cloakrooms.
  • Food and drink purchased elsewhere may not be consumed in venues.
  • Smoking is not permitted indoors at any public venue.
  • Mobile phones must be silenced before entering the performance areas.
  • Events may be age restricted and it is the responsibility of the ticket holder to check before purchasing.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in our venues. Please advise individual Ticket Offices in advance so we can ensure your needs are met. However no other animals are allowed without prior permission.

Other

Limitation of Liability
Nothing in these ‘Terms & Conditions’ is intended to exclude or to limit in any way any liability which Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd may have for death or personal injury to any person caused by their negligence, for fraud, misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter or any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law. Under no circumstance will Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd. be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense, which was not reasonably foreseeable at the time the ticket was purchased or which was not directly attributable to any act or omission of Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd.  We shall not be liable for any loss of enjoyment or any wasted expenditure in excess of the face value of the ticket. Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd shall not be liable for any indirect, punitive or consequential loss or damages or any loss of income or profits.

Invalidity
The invalidity or partial invalidity of any provision of these ‘Terms & Conditions’ shall not prejudice or affect the remainder of these ‘Terms & Conditions’, which shall continue in full force and effect.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These ‘Terms & Conditions’ and any dispute or claim arising from, or related to, a visit to this website, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Scotland. The Scottish courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any such dispute or claim, although Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd retains the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these ‘Terms & Conditions’ in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

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Steven Thomson, Creative Director

Steven Thomson, Creative Director/CEO, 2004-present

Steven Thomson is now the Creative Director & CEO for Outspoken Arts Scotland. He was initially appointed as Producer of the former Glasgay! Festival In Feb 2004. During his tenure he successfully grew the Glasgay! into a large month long celebration at nearly 20 venues, attracting up to 35,000 visitors and contributing upwards of £0.5m to the national economy. He successfully repositioned the festival as Scotland’s annual celebration of LGBT culture, grew public funding, increased private sponsorship, and diversified the income base.  The festival won the recognition of the former Scottish Arts Council in 2007 becoming one of a raft of new flexibly funded organisations.

In 2005 Steven was awarded a Pride Award by Phace Scotland and The List Magazine. In 2009 he was listed 22nd place in the List Magazine’s Top 100 cultural movers and shakers of the year. In September 2005 he opened the Q! Gallery, Scotland’s first gallery dedicated to queer art and artists. The festival has been officially listed in Fodders and Frommers world travel guides, awarded Top 4th Gay Destination by USA’s Gay.com and won the prestigious Top Gay Event of the Year (List Magazine 2007). The Festival was awarded “Cultural event of the year” by the Equality Network in September 2015.

He began his career in 1983 as an actor and assistant director of a young, community touring theatre company, Arc Theatre Company. He toured “The Game’s A Bogey” by the late and well-known writer John McGrath (founder Artistic Director of 7:84 Theatre Scotland). The show transferred to Mayfest 1984.

From 1983 to 1987 he worked as Box Office Manager at the Tron Theatre. Following that he was appointed as Theatre Manager with programming responsibilities at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The RSAMD (now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) had just opened a fine new public facility with four large performance spaces and he helped foster a significant growth in the profile of the venue, curating a busy programme of professional theatre, music and conferences. In 1992, after five successful years producing high quality public events, he took up a new promoted post as Senior Marketing Officer.

From 1987 to 1993 Steven also maintained his work as a Director and Producer. In 1987 he along with Pene Herman-Smith and Lorenzo Mele (formerly 7:84 Theatre Co.) founded Made In Glasgow, a professional student theatre ensemble at the RSAMD. The company staged the first Scottish Student Drama Festival at the RSAMD, and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe. In 1991 he produced Dunoon jazz singer and Billie Holiday look-alike Suzanne Bonnar (River City) in “I Cover The Waterfront – the Billie Holiday” story by Troy Fairclough which played at Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and RSAMD. He made his directorial debut in 1992 for the Scottish première of Nice by Mustapha Matura which starred afro-caribbean actor Desmond McLean.

In late 1993 Steven left the RSAMD to go freelance and carried off a successful short-term marketing contract with New Moves – Scotland’s international contemporary dance festival. He followed that with a short stint as Press Officer for touring company Winged Horse’s Production of Tom McGrath’s The Android Circuit starring Michelle Gomez (The Green Wing). Mid 1994 he was appointed General Manager for Promenade Productions producers of The Big Picnic at the Harland & Wolff Engine Shed former Shipyard. This epic 1st World War production written and directed by Bill Bryden (former Head of Drama at BBC Scotland and Associate Director of England’s Royal National Theatre). He worked principally under the Producer, Nicholas Newton (founder of London’s the Bush Theatre and son of 1950’s Hollywood film actor Robert Newton). The production was staged to great acclaim to over 50,000 people and recorded for Broadcast on Armistice Day by BBC Television.

Between 1995 and 1996 he worked for Glasgow City Council as a citywide Theatre Manager at The King’s, Mitchell and Tramway Theatres. Mid 1996 he also organised the ticketing operation for the World League of American Football’s Scottish Claymores successful World Bowl Championship at Murrayfield Stadium attended by 38,000 people.

In July 1997 Steven relocated to London to again take up the post of General Manager with Promenade Productions who had been commissioned by Channel 4 to make a new six-part drama entitled SOHO. This was to have been a £6m serial drama filmed at Pinewood Studios. Unfortunately the production was cancelled by Channel 4. Over the last decade Steven has continued to work in an associate capacity with Bill Bryden and Producer, Nicholas Newton. He has worked on a string of BBC Radio Recordings and the production Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams at the Albery Theatre in London’s West End in June 2000. During his year in London he returned to work for the World League of American Football, this time at its NFL Europe London Headquarters managing, the stadium and ticketing operation for its two main teams the England Monarchs and Scottish Claymores.

In May 1998 Steven returned to Glasgow and New Moves International in a new role as Administrative Director. During his tenure he was successful in securing an increase in the Company’s annual funding by moving the company from project to core revenue funding as well as managing many successful medium scale lottery bids. He also organised a major review by the Scottish Arts Council which culminated in the creation of new posts to further develop audience and contextual programming and took the average annual turnover of the Company from £100k to circa £350k. He found continuing funding support from the British Council, Visiting Arts and from time to time the Arts Council of England. In a bold move in October 1999 he successfully persuaded the Artistic Director and Board that a merger between the National Review of Live Art and the New Moves festival would aid long term survival for the Company and give live art a significant annual platform. The Company launched its new five-week festival New Territories in Feb 2002.

 

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Equalities policy

Introduction

As part of the commitment made by Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd (the Employer) to Equality of Opportunity it has adopted a Policy statement covering its employment practices, programme of activities, partnerships and procedures.

General Statement of Policy
It is the Employer’s policy that no employee or prospective employee will receive less favourable treatment or is disadvantaged by any circumstances, conditions or requirements that cannot be justified.

The Policy Statement
The Management of Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd guarantees that people must not be discriminated against and will make every effort to ensure they will not unreasonably exclude any individual from access to any activities, goods, facilities or services, or any employment opportunities, that they offer.

As an employer committed to equal opportunities in all its practices the Employer recognises that groups and individuals must not be discriminated against on the basis of age, gender, ethnic origin, race, nationality, colour of skin, sexuality, impairment (physical, sensory or learning), physical appearance, marital or other life status, religious or political belief and other differences that cannot be justified.

We have adopted:
a) The Equality Act 2010

b) Disability Discrimination Act 1995 Code of Practice for the elimination of discrimination in the field of employment against disabled persons or people who have had a disability.

What we Expect from our Employees, Host Venues and Programme Partners

Whilst the responsibility for creating and monitoring a culture of equality rests with each individual employer, host venue or programme partner its success relies on employees playing their part. Employees have a number of responsibilities; many of which are directly related to their jobs, but the following are general instructions that apply to everyone:

a) every employee shall comply with measures that are introduced to ensure equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. Training and information appropriate to each employee’s role should be provided.

b) no employee shall induce, or attempt to induce other persons, employees or trade unions or management to discriminate.

d) no employee shall victimise an individual on the grounds that they have made complaints or provided information about discrimination or harassment.

e) no employee shall harass, abuse or intimidate another peson on any grounds.

 

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Staff

Steven Thomson, Creative Director/CEO & Company Secretary
steventhomson@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 552 7575
M: +44(0)776 272 2460

Steven has worked in the professional performing arts since 1983. He has worked at Glasgow’s Tron, Tramway, King’s and Mitchell theatres as well as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He followed that with a large scale project, The Big Picnic, with Bill Bryden and Promenade Productions. He worked subsequently for the Scottish Claymores and from 1998-2003 he was Administrative Director for New Moves International Ltd, producers of the New Territories festival. He ran the Glasgay! festival from 2004-2014 and subsequently transition the company into Outspoken Arts Scotland. He has also consulted, as a Creative Producer, for Renfrewshire Council supporting its Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid and an Event Legacy plan 2018-2022.

Alphonso Harrison, Engagement Manager
alphonsoharrison@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 847 1122 | F: +44(0)759 891 1026

Alphonso joined the Company as initially our Administrator in April 2007. He was previously Ticketing Director for NFL Europe League’s Scottish Claymores and England Monarch’s American football teams. He was also Box Office Manager for Promenade Production’s The Big Picnic at Harland & Wolff Engine Shed. Alphonso most recently worked for US military defence contractor Northrop Grumman. in his newly reformed post Alphonso will look after most aspects of artists, communities and participants engagement activities as well as programme and event management.

Lisa Watt, PR & Marketing Manager

Lisa re-joins the Company after a spell of working on major events such as the Mackintosh Festival and other work with Glasgow’s Merchant Square.  She is also from Paisley and lives in the area.  Lisa brings a wealth of experience in public relations, advertising, publishing and press campaigning.  Lisa will be in post from Sep 2018.

Social Media Officer – Graduate Internship

A new post created in June 2018 to support of creative engagement plans and to master the art of our multiple online channels. Post commences 15 Aug 2018.

 

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About Us

Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd is the new name for Gala Scotland Ltd producer’s of Glasgay! ®, Scotland’s only professional LGBT multi-arts festival. Founded in 1993 by Cordelia Ditton and Dominic D’Angelo, the festival’s operating company GALA Scotland Ltd was then incorporated in 1995.  The company changed its name in August 2015 to reflect a new year round purpose and extended programme of work. The Company is funded by Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council. The Company also receives commercial sponsorship and occasional grants from trusts and foundations.

Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd
It is a Charitable Company Registered in Scotland No SC 157153
Charity No. SCO 23620 | VAT No. 797 3863 59
Glasgay! ® is a registered trademark UK00003044157

Unit 33, Sir James Clark Building,
Abbeymill Business Centre,
Paisley PA1 1TJ
Tel 0141 552 7575 / 0141 847 1122
mailto:contact@outspokenarts.org

 

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