The Hot 100 2018: 20–11

Eclair Fifi, Cora Bissett and Siobhan Wilson are among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Without a doubt, 2018 has been a year of incredible female activism and empowerment. From #MeToo and Time's Up to the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote, the various events of this year have renewed and reinvigorated the fight for gender equality. With this in mind, this year's Hot 100 is all about celebrating the women in Scotland that are making a sizeable splash with their many accomplishments, innovations and creative endeavours across arts and culture. In the words of Beyoncé, 'who run the world?'…

20 Shona McCarthy

The Hot 100 2018: 20–11

The Fringe continues to go from strength to strength thanks in great part to the Fringe Society's chief executive. This year Shona McCarthy launched a five-year manifesto featuring ambitious and far-ranging goals, as the world's largest arts festival rails against the politics of division. (MR)

19 Eclair Fifi

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Bookings in Australia, India, North America and across Europe (including Denis Sulta's Sulta Selects show in Manchester) continued to reinforce Clair Stirling's already solid reputation as one of Scotland's finest DJs. Plus she delivered a Scotland-centric soundtrack to the lightshow which opened Dundee's V&A. (DP)

18 Ela Orleans

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In March, the Scottish Album of the Year Award nominee presented Martyrs, Angels & Villains, an audio-visual companion / response to the Calton area at Glasgow International. In May, Ela Orleans took her score to Guy Maddin's Cowards Bend the Knee to Hawick's Alchemy film festival. (SS)

17 BHP Comics

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The Glasgow-based comic book publisher launched a veritable library of new titles including anthologies Full Colour, edited by Nyla Ahmad, which champions work from young BAME people in Scotland, and We Shall Fight Until We Win, which celebrates the achievements of women throughout history. (MR)

16 Charlotte Prodger

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The stars aligned in 2018 for Glasgow-based video artist Charlotte Prodger. Nominated for the Turner Prize, she was also chosen to represent Scotland in the Venice Biennale, with a work which she says will reflect themes of 'queer wildness'. She also showed new work in Amsterdam. (DP)

15 Cora Bissett

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Cora Bissett's energetic and passionate directorial style, her versatility as a performer, and imagination as a writer make her one of the most forceful and explicitly feminist voices in contemporary theatre, with the Fringe success of What Girls Are Made Of marking her as a national presence. (GKV)

14 Carla J Easton

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Her most recent record Impossible Stuff was a gorgeously fluent example of Carla Easton's indie-pop songwriting, while her curation of Since Yesterday: The Unsung Women Pioneers of Scottish Pop at Edinburgh International Festival (based on a documentary she's currently making) shone a light on generations of undervalued talent. (DP)

13 Take One Action

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This socially minded film festival had its most ambitious year yet, with 45 events and an emphasis on women's empowerment. Of its 2018 programme, 60% featured films directed by women, and its Sisters strand showcased films recognising sexism's intersections with other forms of systemic oppression. (DC)

12 Siobhan Wilson

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Classically trained singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson weaves magic with her enchanting compositions and utterly captivating vocals. As well as touring with Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert and the Proclaimers, her stunning debut There Are No Saints was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year award this year. (AQ)

11 Eve Mutso

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A former principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, Eve Mutso is now dipping her pointe shoes into a host of interesting projects, from her captivating solo Loop, and guest spot in Scottish Opera's Eugene Onegin to choreographing a new piece for Estonian National Ballet. (KA)

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