But to Creative Scotland first:
The two-sub committees of its board have now begun their work investigating and gathering evidence before major changes are wrought at the funding body. Let’s hope their reports are not shelved or ignored.
The committees will both provide reports to the full board before Christmas. The inquiries were, I understand, actually planned before the letter signed by 100 artists was sent to chairman Sir Sandy Crombie last week. But the impetus behind them is now even more urgent.
We in the media are quick to say any item of news (especially our own) is unprecedented, devastating or a turning point, but this week’s letter signed by 100 of Scotland’s leading artists and sent to Creative Scotland, asking for a “fresh start”, is certainly one of them.
The letter was signed by some of the best known, most respected, most talented and honoured artists in and from Scotland.
“This is a game changer, this is the big one,” a weary voice at Creative Scotland said on Monday night. And they were right.
Why was it depressing? Because I said that I didn't think there was any organised campaign to express the disquiet over Creative Scotland and its policies, funding, strategy and so on.
"It was dispiriting to read that," one person said. I felt it was true. Yes, there are lots of dissenting voices, and many opinions on Creative Scotland, but no cohesive voice, and certainly no defined campaign, counter-weight or plan.
Sometimes it seems that the cloud of controversy surrounding our national arts funding body is the only story in town. It has been the subject of so many of my conversations, email exchanges, and texting marathons in the last year.
Many artists and arts companies I speak to do not want to be quoted by name. Others just want to gossip. Others are trying to conspire to initiate change.
But one thing has bothered me in recent weeks. Where does all this controversy end? Is there an endgame? Resignations? More turmoil? Everyone agreeing to get along?