Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 12 January 2017
The National Galleries receives £12.9m per annum from the Scottish Government in support of its operating costs. While none of this is ring-fenced for touring programmes, I expect the Galleries, and all of the national bodies in receipt of public funding, to provide access to art and culture right across Scotland. The Galleries have an excellent track record of this, particularly through GENERATION which exhibited in over 60 venues across Scotland and Artists Rooms which has exhibited over 24 venues. Local venues taking part in touring programmes need to have adequate environmental and security conditions to house works of art.