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Funding body to be based in capital

Scotland’s new arts funding body, Creative Scotland, is to be largely based in Edinburgh.

Most of the staff for the organisation, an effective merger of the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) and Scottish Screen, will be housed in modern offices in the capital.

This will involve the relocation of staff from the SAC’s current premises at Manor Place, Edinburgh.

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The lease for the building is likely to be taken over by City of Edinburgh Council.

The Scottish Government has given permission for the new body – which will have around £60 million a year to spend on arts and creative industry groups – to move out of the SAC’s traditional home.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Screen office in central Glasgow will still be used by Creative Scotland.

The new chief executive, Andrew Dixon, has said he will be living in Edinburgh when he moves north from Newcastle.

Mr Dixon added: “I am very excited by the prospect of our new Edinburgh base and I hope we can involve artists to make it somewhere special for Scotland’s creative community.

“This is a great start for the new organisation, it would have been so difficult to operate our new business model out of Manor Place.”

Ewan Brown, chair of Creative Scotland 2009 Ltd, said: “The new organisation needs this move to more flexible accommodation which suits the Creative Scotland business model.

“We will retain the Scottish Screen offices in Glasgow and Creative Scotland is committed to operating across both cities and to having a truly national presence.”

A report detailing accommodation requirements for Creative Scotland will be considered at a meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council’s policy and strategy committee on Tuesday.

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