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Robert Wilson appointed chair of Creative Scotland

Robert Wilson, chair of Creative Scotland. Photo: Anna Kunst

Robert Wilson has been named chair of the Creative Scotland board.

He replaces Ben Thomson, who has been interim chair since July 2017, when Richard Findlay stepped down.

Wilson, who co-founded the Jupiter Artland sculpture park in Edinburgh, will serve on the board until February 2022.

He said: “Creativity has the power to touch all aspects of a nation, and the Scottish people have long embraced culture with a passion. To be appointed chair of Creative Scotland is an enormous honour and one I am extremely proud to accept. I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues from across all aspects of the sector to celebrate and champion the vibrant cultural scene that belongs to Scotland”

His appointment comes at a turbulent time for the board, after two prominent members resigned last month over funding decisions taken by Creative Scotland.

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Creative Scotland chief executive Janet Archer, said she was looking forward to working with Wilson over the next period.

“Robert has a long history of supporting the arts and creative sectors and a deep knowledge of the visual arts,” she added.