Aims & objectives

Mission Statement:
To develop and sustain a centre of excellence for the promotion of South Asian and culturally diverse arts by organising high quality, innovative and enduring outreach community projects, arts education, training and programming in partnership with other agencies.


  • To provide a programme of education and events which strengthens SAAA’s presence in the Scottish cultural arena and promotes the organisation’s ability to play a strategic role in nurturing and supporting new aesthetic ideas, concepts and styles within the context of cultural diversity.
  • To develop and maintain partnerships and joint initiatives between mainstream and emergent organisations for specific cultural diversity arts based projects which facilitate integration.
  • To provide a platform for the new artists from Scotland, providing quality touring opportunities, for Asian and non-white artists, and quality programmes to art agencies and venues throughout Scotland.
  • To assist in the development of an infrastructure for the advancement of Asian, Intercultural, Multicultural Fusion and BME arts in Scotland.
  • To programme quality performances by local, national and international artists.
  • To deliver a programme which develops core skills, builds social and cultural confidence and self-esteem and allow participants from socially excluded and disadvantaged communities to experience new art forms, to broaden their horizons and improve quality of life through education and outreach work in particular with women and young people.
  • To facilitate participation in the arts by marginalized groups and also to increase the number and broaden the range of people accessing and participating in culturally diverse BME and South Asian art forms.
  • To provide training opportunities and professional development opportunities in South Asian and culturally diverse BME art forms to all of Scotland’s cultural communities including individuals from non-white immigrant backgrounds
  • To establish a building-based service provision.
  • To work in partnership with various agencies to develop access, increase participation and secure resources for the Asian and culturally diverse Arts in Scotland.

Activities include the following:

  • Regular education classes in South Asian art forms, and also arts in education, including in-service training
  • An extensive outreach programme involving many different South Asian art forms, and also visual art, video, and drama
  • The organisation of Visiting Artists tours throughout Scotland
  • Provision of performances, tutors, artists, in various art forms
  • Organisation of large and small scale classical, contemporary, and fusion events and concerts, including the Glasgow Mela festival


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