Who we are

Our website address is: http://outspokenarts.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics and Jetpack to monitor visits and traffic on our website.

Who we share your data with

We do no share this data with anyone other than members of our company.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

if you have concerns about your data or this policy mailto:contact@outspokenarts.org

Social Media

We operate across a number of channels and have a current reach of over 150,000 followers

The Director’s personal channel with over 574 industry contacts. https://www.facebook.com/steventhomsonPA2
The organisations public events channel with over 1660 followers https://www.facebook.com/outspokenartsSC

The organisations main news channel where we stream live equality news updates. Followed by nearly 3,000 followers https://twitter.com/outspokenartsSC


Scribd – our main archive of press cuttings, past print and programme materials

Mailchimp – our maling list – e-flyer news channel with over 15,000 subscribers, past bookers & attenders. register here

Flickr – our main photo archive 1993-present

Our Audience

The Company has over ten years of audience research data.  It surveys its audience by questionnaire and aggregated box office sales data each year.  This is an extract of some useful measures.

16-24  …..    7%
25-34  …..  29%
35-44  …..  26%
45-54  …..  21%
55-65  …..  10%
65+     …..    6%

Male  …..  47%
Female  …..  51%
Transgender  …..  2%

Bisexual  …..  9%
Gay  …..  25%
Lesbian  …..  15%
Heterosexual  …..  45%
Prefer not to say  …..  6%

Black  …..  1%
Indian  …..  1%
Mixed  …..  3%
White – other  …..  23%
White – British  …..  3%
White- Scottish  …..  71%

Our Values


Outspoken Arts Scotland features year round and seasonal work by artists and communities with the protected characteristics.  As a diverse community of arts activists we are currently interested in work which references cutting edge social issues such as creative learning for young and vulnerable people, stories of migration and asylum, issues affecting LGBT people, disability, ethnicity, creative ageing and social health and well-being. We focus on the development of new voices and emergent talent and explores stereotypes in the contemporary arts.  We create genuine professional opportunities for the work of our artists and communities to be enjoyed by wider audiences across Scotland.

“the achievement and celebration of equality through the arts with a particular emphasis on the lives, work, and experiences of people with the protected characteristics.  We wish to engage, advocate, and work with people from diverse communities and we will do this by promoting, presenting, and producing social, cultural and educational activities.”

Who it is for

We represent diverse communities and recognise that equality, equal and human rights are now very much the focus of mainstream society, civic and organisational culture and our shifting sense of identity plays an increasingly influential role in this. Yet we also recognise that people with the protected characteristics have sometimes come from the margins of society where they have felt less than accepted, sometimes abused and neglected. That often informs their work, their attitudes and their interests.

Our Strategy

  • to bridge the gaps between the different tribes, behaviours and create intersections between the places of creative activity and interest.

How we will do this

  • We work with an informal collective of programmers and curators.
  • We are interested in radical, independent, activist, counter-cultural voices.
  • We aim to embody practice that engages and encourages reflection on what unites people.
  • We want our organisation to be a reflection of the work artists wish to make matched alongside the needs of partners’ organisations and wider audiences.
  • We want to be seen as multi-generational.
  • We wish to curate programmes which create art, develop community, and build a sense of identity and solidarity.
  • We wish to support emergent artists at the start of their career, established artists who have made new work, and afford opportunities to foreground new trends, new scenes and new movements.

This is an extract of our mission, vision and programme aims.  For further information please refer enquiries to our office.  contact@outspokenarts.org


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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of OUTSPOKEN ARTS SCOTLAND LIMITED is a voluntary membership group of non-executive company directors. The Board meets four or five times per year as well as officiating at a few key public events. Board members are entirely voluntary/unpaid and cannot enter into production or service contracts or be employed or remunerated by the Charity.

The role of Board members is to provide governance and support to the small staff team in the development and delivery of its programme of activities, policies and practices. The Charity is regulated by OSCR and the role of board members/trustees is governed by the following guidance http://www.oscr.org.uk/managing-your-charity/trustee-duties/ 

The organisation is seeking a number of new Board members to bring additional marketing, finance and fundraising skills and as well as gender balance.
Interested individuals willing to be considered as potential Board members should email a CV to

Steven Thomson, Company Secretary

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: as at August 2019

Vicky Gunn, Chair
Professor Vicky Gunn is the Head of Learning and Teaching at Glasgow School of Art. She has a research and teaching profile in tertiary learning and teaching in the Arts and Humanities.  Bio

Lisa Charlwood-Green, Vice-Chair
Lisa, Founder and Director of The WOW Network, has actively championed for LGBT equality and diversity for over 17 years, starting with her work at LGBT Switchboard as a trained counselor, through to volunteering with LGBT Youth, LGBT Health and Wellbeing and LEAP Sports.

Lynn Sheridan
Lynn Sheridan has worked in social work for several years before taking up a teaching role in 2004 at Glasgow Caledonian Univesity. Bio

Michael McEwan bio 
Michael McEwan is a champion for people with disabilities. He is a broadcaster, journalist, public speaker and presenter. He has a varied experience in media, as a presenter of Rock Sport Radio a weekly magazine show, dedicated entirely to disability sports news, events and interviews. He was Chair or East Renfrewshire Disability Action. He is a regular contributor to the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS). 

Gail Hunter BSc (Hons) is Collections Management Officer at Paisley Museum.  A trained conservator, Gail has over twenty-five years’ experience of working large scale projects, including moving the Royal Armouries collection from the Tower of London to the purpose-built museum in Leeds; setting up a new conservation workshop to conserve arms and armour for the redisplay of the White Tower, London; Collections Manager for Gosport Borough Council, helping deliver the brand-new Naval Armament Museum; and Glasgow City Council working on the HLF-funded Kelvingrove New Century Project. 

Eleanor Collier is the General Manager of Kiloh Konstructions Ltd. She is an experienced project manager is for all aspects of the operation and business development of a construction and maintenance company working primarily in the licensed trade in the West of Scotland.  Eleanor has had a long career in the licensing trade, hospitality and leisure sector, and was also a Business Development Leader in strategic asset planning for Glasgow Housing Association.

* Note: the charity changed its name in August 2015.
It was formerly known as Gala Scotland Ltd and traded as the Glasgay! festival.

Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd is a Company Ltd by Guarantee SC157153, a Scottish Charity SC023620 and registered for VAT 797 3863 59


Staff 1993-2014

Cordelia Ditton & Dominic D’Angelo – Joint Artistic Directors
Natalie Wilson – Administration
Lucinda Broadbent – Film
Kate Mooney – Visual Arts
Toni Davidson & Ellen Galford – Literature
Christopher Reece-Bowen – Press & Marketing
Barbara Lynch – Sponsorship
Jonnie Swift – Volunteer

Cordelia Ditton – Artistic Director
Lorna Ferguson & Diane Hutchison – Joint Co-ordinators
Toni Davidson – Literature
Jayne Dohelsky – Music
Andy Lindsay – Visual Arts
Camilia O’Neill – Production
Jan Sutherland – Samhain Co-ordinator
John Blue – Sponsorship
Wonder Arts – Marketing & Advertising

The festival was managed by its board of directors in this year.
Dominic D’Angelo
Judith Stewart
Rory Donaldson
David Ritchie Peutherer
Andrew Lindsay
James Martin Whannel

Gillian Garrity – Administrator

Lindsay Mitchell – Festival Producer
Robert Thomson – Programme Co-ordinator
Alice Angus – Exhibitions Curator

Lindsay Mitchell – Festival Producer
Paul Fitzpatrick – Programme
Dearbhla Murphy – Press & Marketing
Alice Angus – Exhibitions Curator

Lindsay Mitchell – Festival Producer
Paul Fitzpatrick – Programme
Dearbhla Murphy – Press & Marketing

David Leddy – Festival Producer
Di Robson – Development Consultant
Sandra Marron – Press
Niall Walker – Design

David Leddy – Festival Producer
Sandra Marron – Press
Niall Walker – Design

Steven Thomson – Producer
Niall Walker – Design
Alan Miller – Press
Gemma Swallow – Production
Jean Cameron – Associate Curator
Selina Robertson – Film

Steven Thomson – Producer
Sandra Marron – Press
Niall Walker – Design
Gemma Swallow – Production

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alan Miller – Press
Marketing – Richard Bryson
Niall Walker – Design

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alphonso Harrison – Administrator
Alan Miller – Press
Eloise Roser – Marketing
Niall Walker – Design

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alphonso Harrison – Administrator
Alan Miller – Press
Sophie McCready – Marketing
Niall Walker – Design

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alphonso Harrison – Administrator
Alan Miller – Press
Niall Walker – Design
Kara Szifris – Marketing
Roxanne Claxton – Outreach

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alphonso Harrison – Administrator
Alan Miller – Press
Niall Walker – Design
Lisa Watt – Marketing

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alphonso Harrison – Administrator
Alan Miller – Press
Niall Walker – Design
Lisa Watt – Marketing

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alphonso Harrison – Administrator
Alan Miller – Press
Ash Paterson – Design
Leo Glaister – Marketing

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alphonso Harrison – Administrator
Alan Miller – Press
Roisin Anne Hughes – Marketing

Steven Thomson – Producer
Alphonso Harrison – Administrator
Alan Miller – Press
Laura McIntyre – Marketing

Steven Thomson, Producer
Alphonso Harrison, Administrator


Steven Thomson, Creative Director

Alphonso Harrison, Engagement Manager

Lisa Watt, Marketing Manager

Gillian Lochhead, Social Media Officer

Glasgow City Council

Outspoken Arts Scotland is regularly funded by Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow, with a population of around 600,000, is Scotland’s largest city and is the commercial capital of Scotland. It is the UK’s largest retail centre after London.

Situated in the Central Belt of Scotland on the west coast it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

Glasgow is one of Europe’s top 20 financial centres and is home to many of Scotland’s leading businesses.

The city houses many wonderful municipal art galleries and museums, first class sports and leisure facilities; excellent theatres; an array of restaurants, pubs and clubs; and beautiful parks. Spectacular countryside and coastal views are within easy reach and the city is only 42 miles from Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh.

The city is administered by Glasgow City Council with the municipal headquarters, the City Chambers, situated in George Square, at the heart of the city.

The City Council works with partner agencies including Scottish Enterprise, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board, Greater Glasgow Health Board, public sector organisations, educational institutions and the private and voluntary sectors to raise the profile of the city and make it an attractive place to live in, study in, work in, or visit.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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


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


  • 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.


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.

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.