CREATIVE SCOTLAND, the national arts funder, has a new director of communications.

Ken Miller has taken the role on an interim basis, as Kenneth Fowler has been seconded to the Scottish Government for 12 months, as its head of communications.

Mr Miller led the communications work of the national healthcare improvement body, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and the national agency for sport, Sportscotland.

Iain Munro, acting chief executive of Creative Scotland said: "I’m extremely pleased to welcome Ken to his new role as Interim Director of Communications. Ken brings with him a wealth of experience that will be hugely beneficial to Creative Scotland.

"Over the course of the next 12 months Ken will provide strategic leadership and direction to the Communications’ team, fostering collaborative working, connected planning and knowledge-sharing across the organisation.

"I look forward to working closely with Ken and I know he will make a positive contribution during his time at Creative Scotland.”

Mr Miller said: "I am delighted to be joining Creative Scotland at what is an exciting time for the organisation and for the arts, screen and creative industries more generally.

"Crucial to the organisation’s work is effective communications and engagement and I am really looking forward to building on the some of the great work that is already being done."

THE SYMPHONY Orchestra of India is to play at Edinburgh's Usher Hall this month.

The concert will be on 24 February.

The orchestra was founded in 2006, is based in Mumbai and is India's first professional orchestra.

Its co-founder and music director, Kazakh-born violinist Marat Bisengaliev, will play Bruch’s First Violin Concerto.

British conductor Martyn Brabbins – Music Director of English National Opera – will conduct Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

The concert will open with Weber’s Oberon Overture.

There will also be a pre concert talk, about life in Mumbai with the Symphony Orchestra of India hosted by Edward Smith, former Chief Executive of City of Birmingham, Toronto and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras, with Zane Dalal and two musicians from the orchestra.

A NEW show at the Glasgow Print Studio highlights the work of Rosalind Lawless and Hetty Haxworth.

It runs until 31 March.

Lawless creates mixed media abstract compositions "concerned with the concept of space."

Born in Glasgow in 1978 she studied Fine Art Printmaking at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1999 to 2002.

She graduated with a Masters of Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London in 2004.

In 2002 she won the Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Award culminating in a three month scholarship to Florence, among other awards.

She has been a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts since 2013.

The changing colours and shapes of the Aberdeenshire landscape is the inspiration for Haxworth’s latest series of works.

Haxworth said: “I like the vibrancy of the oil-based ink, building up texture and often adjusting colours by overprinting extra tones to make the hues vibrate against each other. Usually, only at the end, when it is all printed, does the effect reveal itself. For me the simplicity of the work comes from a direct feeling, a response to a moment.”

Haxworth studied at the Glasgow School of Art and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad.