I have been arts correspondent for The Herald since 2002 and have covered nearly every funding crisis, personality clash, controversy and triumph in Scottish cultural life ever since. I started my career at the Glaswegian before stints as arts correspondent for the Scotsman and the Sunday Times. As arts correspondent, I endeavour to report the latest in breaking arts and cultural news, but I also write features, the odd column, magazine pieces and reviews. I won arts writer of the year at the Scottish Press Awards 2010, and was runner-up this year.
Writers and artists including Ian Rankin, Alasdair Gray, and Turner Prize winners Richard Wright and Martin Boyce attack Creative Scotland's "ill-conceived decision-making; unclear language, lack of empathy and regard for Scottish culture".
In the letter, leading arts figures say that trust between artists and the funder, which spends Government and lottery money, is "low and receding daily".
The events will be the first organised and regular “open space” rallies of artists from all genres who want their voices to be heard.
Criticism of the funding body’s actions was sparked in May following the removal of Flexible Funding – fixed-term funding – from more than 40 organisations, and its replacement by Lottery-backed project funding.
Based on the 1994 biography by Laing's son Adrian, the biopic of the Glasgow-born psychotherapist – who became a counter-cultural guru in the 1960s and whose techniques and theories remain hugely controversial – is scheduled for shooting in Glasgow and London next year.
Written by Glasgow screenwriter Tony MacDonald, the film will be produced by the Ettinger Brothers, who are currently looking for £3.5 million to complete the budget.