Equalities Specialist Advisors
Lisa Kapur has extensive experience of working in the arts sector in Scotland and the UK. She has worked with public sector organisations, including the Scottish Arts Council, the National Galleries of Scotland, The National Theatre of Scotland, the British Council and Oldham Borough Council, amongst others. Lisa’s work has spanned the areas of music, drama and the visual arts and she has previously acted as a specialist advisor to the Visual Arts department. Lisa has managed a number of high profile projects including the setting up of the National Theatre of Scotland, the Tune Up music touring programme and the inaugural Edinburgh Art Festival.
Equality and diversity issues have featured strongly in her work, including the launch of Oldham’s Asian community theatre company, Peshkar Productions and co-ordination of the European Mela Network. At the Scottish Arts Council, Lisa’s role as Combined Arts Officer (1997-2001) gave her lead responsibility for a range of cross-artform activity, including festivals, arts centres and promoters. The role also had a strong policy bias, with developmental responsibility in areas such as arts and disability, arts and cultural diversity and arts and social inclusion. Later, as Head of Equalities (2008-2010), Lisa led a team which championed diversity and equality in the arts as well as arts and health. She was founding Chair of Ankur Productions and has served on a number of other Boards.
Biography is available on the Drama specialist advisor webpage
Phyllis Steel has been working in both visual and performing arts in Scotland since the mid-1970s. Her main work, however, has been in theatre as an artistic director or producer of a range of drama, dance, multi-media performances for touring companies, festivals and one-off special events. She ran the Drama Centre, Glasgow (1975-1980); worked with a variety of touring companies (1980-1990); Mayfest (1983-1987); guest programmer at Third Eye Centre (1985-1989); worked on Peter Brook’s Mahabharata and Carmen at Tramway (1988-1989) and founded Giant Productions (1989).
As Artistic Director of Giant (1989-2004) she developed the idea of ‘inclusive arts’ – arts for all children – with a small artistic team of performers, musicians, dancers and visual artists in Scotland, using a multi-sensory approach to making theatre and visual arts events more open, flexible and accessible. For Giant she commissioned 12 new shows, 5 dance pieces and 6 large-scale, multi-sensory indoor installations, as well as programming annual festivals of children’s work.
Phyllis mentors individual artists and facilitates artistic developments with arts organisations, as well as being on a number of boards and advisory committees.
Phyllis graduated in Theatre Studies/Drama from University of Strathclyde (1975) and has attended courses over the years in creative movement, working with children with Autism, hearing and visual impairments, MAKATON Communication Skills, Mellow Parenting, mentoring, facilitation, fund-raising, board development and marketing.
Rachel Thibbotumunuwe works at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow coordinating the Street Level New Audiences Programme (SNAP) and GLOW Co-Create project. Recent work prior to this appointment has focussed on arts education initiatives, interpretation programmes and accessibility of cultural venues.
Graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1998, Rachel worked at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen until 2004. During this time, she established Peacock’s photography production facility, published Peacock’s first photographic portfolio and after taking up the role of exhibitions coordinator, worked with Johnny Jensen to bring his exhibition ‘Meeting Place’ to Aberdeen in 2003. Rachel also developed and delivered visual arts education projects including ‘360lab’ an experimental creative lab for young people and ‘Citadel’, a collaborative photographic and digital book project for adult learners.
In 2004, Rachel joined Peacock’s neighbouring multi-arts venue, The Lemon Tree, to work on a pilot intercultural arts development programme. In 2005, after relocating to Glasgow, Rachel coordinated Stills’ ‘Ricochet’, a creative project aimed at increasing visible representation of minority ethnic artists and communities in the arts sector.
Throughout her career, Rachel has worked as an artist, curator, educator and manager initiating and delivering a diverse array of arts projects with artist collective groups, local authorities, arts organisations, communities and individuals.