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.
The Marquess of Bute, also known as Johnny Dumfries, and his family have agreed to lend the National Galleries of Scotland masterpieces from their ancestral home of Mount Stuart for at least three years, with further loans or co-operation likely in the future.
From May 18, the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh will display 19 of the family's Old Masters collection, particularly its Dutch and Flemish pieces, including works by Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch and Jacob Jordaens.