Let the speculation commence

At last we know who the CEO of Creative Scotland will be – Andrew Dixon, currently head of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative.  Expect much pondering over what this appointment means for the arts and creative industries, will the appointment of an ‘outsider’ (to Scotland) bring a breath of fresh air, does he represent the triumph of economic development over arts for arts sake, etc.  There will be yay sayers and nay sayers and no doubt a few who manage to be both but in reality not much of anything will happen for some time yet as both new CEO and new organisation tiptoe forward into an embrace which must of necessity encompass a lot of baggage (its) and getting to know each other (both) and the Scottish scene (him).  ‘The sectors’ frustration at the time CS has taken to resolve its shape and leadership will be temporarily abated but perhaps not for that long.    Meantime there’s the question of who will be sticking with the new body and the new CEO and who will be departing for pastures new.

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