Creative Scotland to advertise for new chief executive

Scottish theatre
Image caption The arts funding body Creative Scotland was established in 2010

Arts funding body Creative Scotland is to advertise for a new chief executive after its previous chief stood down following a protest by artists.

Interviews to head up the organisation will be held before the end of April.

Andrew Dixon resigned in December, after the funding row with artists unhappy over what they called the agency's "ongoing crisis".

Creative Scotland said the new process would stick to a commitment to be inclusive of the communities it serves.

Former national theatre boss Vicky Featherstone and author Janice Galloway will be part of the selection panel.

There will also be a series of open sessions to canvas local opinion.

In October last year, 100 leading artists launched an attack on the management and running of the organisation.

Crime author Ian Rankin and national poet Liz Lochhead were among those putting their names to an open letter condemning Creative Scotland's decision-making and saying it was in an "ongoing crisis".

A funding shake-up had seen 49 groups - including the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and the Edinburgh Mela - told by letter that their regular funding would end in spring 2013.

Creative Scotland was established through a merger of the Scottish Arts Council with Scottish Screen and has an annual budget of more that £75m from Scottish government and Lottery funding.

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