THREE new board members have been appointed to Creative Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop, the culture secretary, has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Partyka, David Strachan and Ewan Angus as members of the funding body's board.

All three new members have a screen and broadcasting background.

They will sit on the main Creative Scotland Board and form part of the new Screen Committee, which will oversee the new Screen Unit.

Robert Wilson, chairman of Creative Scotland, said: "They bring impressive knowledge, expertise and extensive experience of broadcasting, television and film which will be hugely beneficial in helping drive further growth for Scotland's film and TV sector as set out in the plans for the Screen Unit.

"This is the first wave of appointments that will further enhance the current board, with a second round of recruitment planned for later this year.

"As we go through a period of organisational development, these two rounds of Board appointments are part of helping to clarify and strengthen Creative Scotland’s role in support of the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here."

Ms Partyka has had a broadcasting career working with commercial radio, BBC Scotland, Granada TV, Buena Vista and most recently STV. In May 2015 she received the RTS Scotland Award for her services to television.

Mr Strachan was founding managing director of Tern Television in 1988 and saw the growth of the company from staff of four to more than fifty in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Belfast until he stepped down from that role in June 2018.

Mr Angus worked for the BBC for 32 years, more than half that time as commissioning editor for television at BBC Scotland. He has extensive experience of TV and Film production and co-production within the UK and internationally.

A SERIES of Fringe performers are to perform at the festival to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.

Felicity Ward, Tony Slattery, Yana Alana, Adele Anderson of Fascinating Aida, Laura Lexx and Matt Price will perform at the Glada for Mental Health.

The show is now in its fourth year.

This year’s line-up – its biggest to date - includes Australian cabaret diva Yana Alana, whose show Between

the Cracks sees her exploring her own mental health struggles; Adele Anderson of Fascinating Aida, whose new solo show consists of “songs for disappointment, depression and death”; and comedians Laura Lexx and Matt Price, whose shows this year "both conjure inspired comedy from difficult and very personal life experiences."

The Mental Health Foundation said it is delighted that this year’s Gala will include an improvised set by Tony Slattery, whose candid description of living with bipolar disorder was featured in Stephen Fry’s documentary on the subject, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.

Slattery is making a full Fringe comeback this year with his own show, after some guest slots in 2017.

The evening is hosted by Felicity Ward, whose last two Fringe shows, What If There Is No Toilet and 50%

More Likely To Die.

A Gala For Mental Health is at the Pleasance King Dome on 20 August.

ARRAN's annual celebration of visual art is returning for the 7th year.

This year willl 40 artists and studios participating, and the return of the Biscuit Tin Initiative, and welcomes for the first time a complimentary exhibition from COAST, involving many of the Open Studio artists.

From 10 to 13 August, the Arran Open Studios features many local artists who work with painting, drawing, etching, sculpture, pottery, needlework, jewellery and furniture.

The Biscuit Tin Initiative involves tins, scattered in various locations on the island, in which you can put your own art or poems.

A group of galleries and institutions are taking part this year, including the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine; House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston; Coburg House Art Studios, Leith; SCAN andGlasgow Print Studio, Trongate 103; Maclaurin Art Gallery and the Rozelle Estate in Ayr.

More than 50 Arran artists have also provided work for an exhibition on the theme Something of the Sea, for a show in conjunction with marine conservation charity Coast, at the Old Pavilion at Lamlash.