Magazine article Screen International

Creative Scotland Boss Andrew Dixon Quits

Magazine article Screen International

Creative Scotland Boss Andrew Dixon Quits

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The head of Scotland's arts funding body is stepping down following a critical attack on the organisation.

Andrew Dixon will step down as Creative Scotland's chief executive at the end of January, following a handover period.

The board will now begin the process of finding a new chief executive. In the interim, the senior management team will report directly to board chairman Sir Sandy Crombie.

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In a statement, Dixon said it had been a "privilege" to have worked for Creative Scotland but that a "change of direction" was needed for both him and the funding body (see below for full statement).

It follows an attack on the management and running of the organisation by 100 artists in October.

An open letter slammed the decision-making at Creative Scotland and crime author Ian Rankin, Turner prize winner Douglas Gordon and national poet Liz Lochhead were among those who put their name to it.

Crombie said: "As a new organisation with an extensive remit, there have been inevitable challenges during this period and Andrew has consistently led the organisation with energy, passion and enthusiasm.

"He has also taken every opportunity to be a vociferous champion and advocate for Scottish arts and culture."

Dixon was appointed in February 2010 as acting Director of Creative Scotland and oversaw the merger, from May 2010, of Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council.

The board of Creative Scotland will meet tomorrow (Dec 5), at which two sub-groups are due to report on the organisation's future structure and director. …

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