LUX Scotland was established in 2014 as an agency dedicated to supporting and promoting artists working with the moving image in Scotland. LUX Scotland is a part of LUX, which is a registered charity and not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, operating UK-wide with offices in London (‘LUX’) and Glasgow (‘LUX Scotland’).
LUX was originally established in London in 2002 to build on the work of its predecessor organisations, the London Filmmakers’ Co-operative, London Video Arts and the Lux Centre, with a history dating back to the 1960s. The organisation has received revenue support from Arts Council England since its inception and is perceived to play a strategic national role in the support of artists’ moving image practices.
Due to limitations of funding, constitution and proximity, LUX was limited in its ability to support the distinctive and dynamic culture of artists’ moving image practice in Scotland. Following a period of consultation (2009–13) to understand the specific needs of the sector, LUX Scotland was founded in May 2014 by LUX Director Benjamin Cook (London) and former LUX Scotland Project Director Mason Leaver-Yap (Glasgow). LUX Scotland now operates from offices based in Glasgow and is the only organisation of its kind in Scotland.
In relation to its peers, LUX Scotland represents a unique combination of resources and activities, positioned strategically at the intersection of the visual arts and film contexts, and with direct access to the established resources and international networks of LUX, with over 50 years of experience in supporting artists’ moving image practices in the UK. It continues to strengthen, develop and build capacity within the Scottish artists’ moving image sector through a responsive programme of professional development and artist support, public exhibition and sector advocacy, delivered through a growing network of partnerships and networks across the country and internationally.