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.
In the week in which Glasgow-based sculptor Martin Boyce won the Turner Prize, the scrapping of Flexible Funding by Creative Scotland, the national arts funding body, is generating substantial concern in the Scottish arts community.
Sixty of the nation’s key arts organisations are supported through the fixed-term funding scheme, which is to be closed in March 2013.