Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

It's the RFACS that is holding Scotland back

  • Comment

Heaven help us if, as Gordon Davies believes, the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland has been given a brief to be more 'proactive in promoting good design' (AJ 3.10.02). Seems to me it is the commission's lack of understanding of what constitutes good modern design and contemporary urban thinking that will continue to hold Scotland back as a country whose architects can once again have a European, or even national, influence.

Moreover, to respond to Charles Prosser's most recent off-the-cuff remark, I'll tell you what makes my toes 'curl with shame', the 'To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty May it Please Your Majesty' that prefaces every Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland Report. The documents, which also define the commission, read like some 14th-century parchment.

It is time this organisation was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century and opened up to a more democratic process and one more representative of a devolved Scotland.

The Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland obviously feels that a project or competition lacks any legitimacy, unless approved or commented upon positively by its commissioners.

Yet no one knows how a commissioner is appointed. They also lack any commercial representation, are aloof and often inexperienced, and their views are representative of 20-yearold thinking.

Alan Dunlop, Glasgow

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.