Creative Scotland’s Archer resigns

Creative Scotland chief executive Janet Archer, is leaving after five years in the role.

The surprise move was announced by the arts body’s chair, Robert Wilson and comes after a controversial year for Creative Scotland.

It has been embroiled in a series of rows after it decided to cut funding for a a number of long-standing arts organisations, including NVA Arts, audience development agency Culture Republic and several well known theatre companies. A number of board members resigned in the wake of the decisions and the Scottish Parliament demanded that it reform its funding processes.

Robert Wilson, said Archer had made an “important contribution to the arts, screen and creative industries.”

Archer said: “It has been an honour to work closely with, and to serve Scotland’s artists and creative communities over the past five years in my role as Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, and to help many thousands of people produce and share work.

She added: “I’m pleased that in a difficult public financial context, Creative Scotland managed to work closely with the Scottish Government to secure an additional £19.8m funding for 2018-21 for Regularly Funded Organisations to replace the unexpected steep downturn in National Lottery Funding, as well as an additional £10m annual support for Screen.

“I would particularly like to thank the Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop for her support over my tenure and her committed and steadfast determination to position culture at the heart of Government policy.”

Iain Munro, currently deputy chief executive, will take over as acting chief executive.

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