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Scotland: Creative Nation, Cultural Summit

Impact | Innovation | Participation

Day 3 – Engagement and Participation

Chair - Sheena McDonald
journalist and broadcaster


Provocateur - Gerry Hassan
Associate of Demos

 

Cultural Summit Day 3 - Photo: Richard Campbell

Programme for Day 3 (doc) | Cultural Summit downloads
(Provocateur's blog)

Morning

Opening Address
‘The Rhetorics of Creativity; Who Engages Whom and Why?’
Dr Julian Sefton-Green
Independent Consultant
http://www.creative-partnerships.com/

Keynote
‘Assessing the Intrinsic Impacts of a Live Performance’
Alan Brown
Principal
WolfBrown

Performance
Tom Bancroft and Kidsamonium

Breakouts:

Keynote Up Close
Alan Brown

Creative Conversations
Miles Harrison

Seminars

 ‘ What If...
Fiona Miller
Artistic Director
Tricky Hat Productions
Gregor Henderson 

 ‘ Youth, Music, Language: TakingPart
 'Òigridh, Ceòl, Cànan ­ a' Gabhail Pàirt
Arthur Cormack
CEO
Fèisean nan Gàidheal:

 ‘Living the Brand
Jane Wentworth
Director
Jane Wentworth Associates
    and
Eleanor Appleby
Communications Manager
V&A
Creative Partnerships Impact and Effect
Dr Julian Sefton-Green‘
Volunteering and Cultural Dversity; Bringing People Together'
Fiona Campbell
Executive Officer
Voluntary Arts Scotland 
      and
Fiona Rogan
Scottish Community Drama Association

On the Ground

 ‘Beyond the Glass Case: Engaging New Audiences in Museums
Stephen Allen
Head of Learning & Programmes
National Museums Scotland

Knowing Your Audiences Inside Out: Psychographic Segmentation
Andrew McIntyre
Director
Morris Hargreaves McIntrye

Beyond the Happy Sheet 
Fiona Sturgeon
Head of Audience Development
     and
Joan Parr
Head of Education
Scottish Arts Council

Participative Arts Workshops

Diddley Bop, Flim, Flam Schwee - Taking Music Creativity into the mainstream
Tom Bancroft
ABC Creative Music

Wave Forms play readings and playmaking
Wave Theatre

Afternoon

Breakouts

Keynote Up Close
Alan Brown

notes (doc)

Provocateur Mystery Tour: Gerry Hassan has Left the Building
Gerry Hassan

Other breakouts sessions are repeated as the morning

Keynote Debate

‘The Transformational Power of the Arts’
Sheena McDonald
(chair)

Richard Holloway
Chair of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen

Gregor Henderson
National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing, Scottish Government

Feargal Sharkey
Chair of Live Music Forum
and
CEO of British Music Rights

Ruth Wishart
Journalist and Broadcaster

Closing Session - The Verdict
Gerry Hassan
Sheena McDonald
Richard Holloway

Session outlines

Creative Conversations
Miles Harrison

On each day of the Summit Miles Harrison will be facilitating ‘Creative Conversations’.  These will be opportunities for delegates to be creative, subversive, counter intuitive, provocative and to have their say on the theme of the day:

  • Highlight and discuss ‘what’s not on the agenda’ - but should be!
  • Discuss the issues you feel a creative nation should be addressing
  • Use Creative Conversations to test and develop your ideas

Miles will be using a variety of facilitation techniques
 
Delegates wishing to have their voice heard in a Creative Conversation
can email their thoughts in advance to Cultural summit - tell us what you really think!

'What If...
Fiona Miller
Gregor Henderson

People’s lives are full of those ‘What if…’ moments. Sometimes planned, but more often by chance or a twist of fate, those decisive moments can change the pattern and course of a life forever...
 
This session will start with a half hour performance of 'What If……' an Artfull exemplar project.  This will provide the catalyst for presentation and discussion about the work of the company and the greater issues associated with arts and mental health and well being.

Youth, Music, Language ­ Taking Part
Òigridh, Ceòl, Cànan ­ a' Gabhail Pàirt
Arthur Cormack

Using 25 years of the Fèisean as a backdrop, but also looking at other examples, Arthur will lead a varied session looking at the involvement of young people in traditional music and the Gaelic language.

Through a vibrant mix of presentation and performance by Fèis participants, delegates will explore the opportunities for young people in terms of training, work in schools through the Scottish Arts Council Youth Music Initiative, volunteering, career and skills development.

Living the Brand
Jane Wentworth
Eleanor Appleby

Brand is about more than a logo and a set of identity guidelines. Successful brands have a powerful idea at their heart; an idea that expresses what makes them unique; an idea that both staff and consumers can engage with emotionally. Only when the brand idea is embedded within the organisation will the outside world understand what the organisation stands for, what makes it special and what makes it different.

Using the V&A and other cultural clients as case studies, this session will demonstrate how to create a powerful brand idea, how to ensure that employees understand and engage with the  brand and how to put the visitor experience at the heart of everything.

Creative Partnerships; Impact and Effect
Dr Julian Sefton-Green

Creative Partnerships (CP) is one of the largest and most complex art-education initiatives ever implemented, Now in its 6th year, the programme has cost around £150M and reaches into 36 areas of socio-economic disadvantage across England reaching nearly 4000 schools crossing all ages. The programme brokers and imagines forms of arts partnership to stimulate creative learning.

This session will present research into the programme critically exploring its impact and effect on learning, schooling and cultural activity. It will describe how CP developed a research and evaluation programme to meet a range of policy objectives and reflect on some of the difficulties involved in designing indicators for this work.

Volunteering and Cultural Diversity; Bringing People Together
Fiona Campbell
Fiona Rogan

The beauty of voluntary arts and crafts practice is that it allows people to participate in and organise a wide range of cultural activities at local, national and international levels. It is also one of the main ways that heritage and traditions of different communities have been preserved and handed down to different generations for their own exploration and discovery. This session from Voluntary Arts Scotland looks at how cultural volunteering underpins diversity in Scotland – both in the newer and indigneous communities – and how it can bring people together. It will also present examples from elsewhere in the UK, such as the Up for Arts Programme in England, which promotes participation in arts and crafts activity from disadvantaged and minority groups.

Beyond the Glass Case: Engaging New Audiences in Museums
Stephen Allen
Janice Lane
Helen Watson

Museums and galleries are exploring a myriad of exciting new ways to engage existing audiences and attract new ones to their extensive collections.  Presentation and discussion will focus on what the challenges are in this competitive sector,  and how museums can be most relevant to communities in the 21st century.

Knowing Your Audiences Inside Out: Psychographic Segmentation
Andrew McIntyre

This session will be highly interactive, exploring delegates’ knowledge, perceptions and assumptions about audience motivations, needs, behaviour and responses.  Andrew will examine different approaches to segmenting the audience, and the implications not just for communications, but for how we programme, present our work.  Andrew suggests that no preparation is required, ‘just bring your brain’.

'Beyond the Happy Sheet: understanding the quality of the experience
Challenges and opportunities for deepening public engagement with the arts'
Fiona Sturgeon
Joan Parr

"It is hard for us to explain our feelings about unfamiliar things" from Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.

Artists and arts organisations have long held the ambition not only to engage with the public for economic or social reasons, but to meet the much deeper personal needs and motivations of their audiences or participants. 
 
The Scottish Arts Council recognises this and, through its Quality Framework, encourages funded organisations to assess the quality of the public’s engagement with their work.
 
Joan Parr and Fiona Sturgeon of the Scottish Arts Council will lead a discussion around the challenges and opportunities to undertaking this complex task, illustrated with some practical and novel examples of this kind of evaluation.

Diddley Bop, Flim Flam, Schwee - Taking Music Creativity into the Mainstream

In this energetic session, delegates will be talking about ideas around creativity, singing, moving, laughing, playing percussion, composing, improvising using ABC techinques and discussing how it all feels.

Wave Forms; play readings and play making
Annie George
Dharmesh Patel
Avin Shah

Wave Theatre read from recent work ‘Coast’, a partly devised play that draws influences from the ‘road movie’ genre.  Then using a similar process, participants are 'participants are supported through a similar process to devise a scene from scratch themselves'.

Provocateur Mystery Tour: Gerry Hassan has Left the Building
Gerry Hassan

Put yourself in Gerry's hands for an hour and a half of exploring the city as well as the Cultural Summit and its themes.   In a one to one/intimate group, this is an opportunity to tell him what you really think - what more could a delegate ask for...?

Biographies

Sheena McDonald
Richard Holloway
Gerry Hassan
Alan Brown
Miles Harrison
Jane Wentworth
Eleanor Appleby
Arthur Cormack
Fiona Miller
Ruth Wishart

Feargal Sharkey
Dr Julian Sefton-Green
Fiona Campbell
Fiona Rogan
Stephen Allen
Janice Lane
Helen Watson
Andrew McIntyre
Annie George
Gregor Henderson

Dr. Julian Sefton-Green

Dr Julian Sefton-Green

Julian is an independent consultant and researcher working in Education and the Cultural and Creative Industries. He is currently an Associate Research Professor at the University of South Australia, where is developing a city-wide initiative to develop new kinds of spaces for learning.

He has been the Head of Media Arts and Education at WAC Performing Arts and Media College - a centre for informal training and education - where he directed a range of digital media activities for young people and co-ordinated training for media artists and teachers. He worked as Media Studies teacher in an inner city comprehensive and in higher education teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, leading teacher training degree in media education.

He has researched and written widely on many aspects of media education, new technologies and informal learning, including

  • Cultural Studies Goes to School (with David Buckingham) (Taylor and Francis 1994)
  • Digital Diversions (UCL Press 1998)
  • Creativity, Young People and New Technologies (Routledge 1999) and
  • Evaluating Creativity: Making and Learning by Young People (Routledge 2000)

Sheena McDonald

Sheena McDonaldSheena McDonald received an MA Hons degree from Edinburgh University before studying film at Bristol University in 1976-77.  From her work as a researcher with the Scottish Film Council she moved to BBC Radio Scotland in 1978.  In 1981 she joined Scottish Television as a journalist where she presented a wide range of programmes.

In 1989 she became the presenter of Channel 4's flagship foreign affairs programme ‘The World This Week’.  Sheena frequently chaired debates for Channel 4 on various subjects including the world's first deliberative poll in March 1994 under the title’ Power and the People’.  A second such poll was broadcast in June 1995 and became a regular feature of the Channel 4 schedule.  Other work with Channel 4 includes presenting the European Film Awards; ‘Right to Reply’; a series on the world of business and finance –‘Serious Money; The Vision Thing’ - a series of interviews with politicians, scientists and artists; ‘House to House’ - the Channel's parliament programme; C4 News, ‘Scot of the Arms’, ‘Antics’; and ‘Maclibel’.  She has also hosted television coverage of ‘The Turner Prize’ and ‘Glyndebourne’ for Channel 4.

Sheena served as Chairman of the Board of Management of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh from 1988-94, and is a member of the Edinburgh Festival Council.  She has been a member of the Scottish Committee of Arts & Business and has served on the boards of Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Scottish Film Council and the Scottish Youth Theatre.

In 1999 a traumatic accident in London saw Sheena knocked over by a speeding police car. Following this Sheena took part in a BBC documentary production entitled ‘Who am I Now’ where she explored her experiences following major surgery and subsequent rehabilitation. Sheena has recovered with a clean bill of health and went on to host ‘The Operation Live’’ for Channel Five, the first medical operation nationally televised. In 2001 she wrote ‘Five Steps to Tyrannny’ a TV documentary examining how some people are capable of committing terrible acts of atrocity.

Sheena is currently fronting a weekly news programme and fly-on-the wall programmes for Teachers TV, she played an important role in the introduction of this innovative channel and continues to guest present a plethora of Radio 4 Current Affairs shows.

Feargal Sharkey

Feargal SharkeyFeargal was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in August 1958, the second youngest of seven children.

Shortly after leaving school, a promising career delivering televisions for Radio Rentals was rudely interrupted by a request from the BBC for “The Undertones” to perform their first single, “Teenage Kicks”, live on “Top of the Pops”. Never one to shirk difficult decisions he informed his superiors that he was just popping out for lunch; they still keenly await his return.

There followed a hectic period of some twelve years, world tours, hit albums, late nights and bad food in transport cafes spanning most of the UK’s motorway network. All of this activity culminated in becoming part of John Peel's favourite band and then a successful solo career and the release of “A Good Heart”, a world-wide number 1.

The early Nineties brought a new beginning and a post-match transfer to the administration side of the industry, initially as A&R Manager for Polydor Records, more late nights in transport cafes, and then as Managing  Director of EXP Ltd.

Feargal has also served as a Member of the Radio Authority and in 2004 was appointed Chair of the Live Music Forum, an advisory committee established by Government to monitor and evaluate the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on the performance of live music.

In January 2008 Feargal was appointed Chief Executive of British Music Rights, an umbrella organisation representing the interests of composers, songwriters, music publishers and their collecting societies

Richard Holloway

Richard HollowayRichard is a writer and broadcaster.  He is the author of twenty six books, including Godless Morality, Doubts & Loves, and Looking in the Distance.  He was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus (Archbishop) of the Scottish Episcopal Church until he stood down in 2000.

Richard was Gresham Professor of Divinity in the City of London 1997-2001. He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from its inception in 1990 until 1997, and chaired its ethics committee.  He was a member of the Broadcasting Standards Commission from 2000-2003. 

He became Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council in 2005.  A frequent broadcaster, he has presented a number of television series, including Holloway’s Road and The Sword and the Cross and also BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship book programme, Cover Stories.  He is in constant demand as a lecturer and after-dinner speaker.

Gerry Hassan - Provocateur

Gerry HassanGerry Hassan is a writer, researcher, policy analyst and commentator, who has worked on a range of Scottish, UK and international subjects. He has worked on many books about Scottish and UK politics, including

        • 'The Dreaming City: Glasgow 2020'
        • 'Power of Mass Imagination' (2007)
        • 'Scotland 2020: Hopeful Stories for a Northern Nation' (2005)
        • The Political Guide to Modern Scotland (2004)
        • 'The Scottish Labour Party: History, Institutions and Ideas' (2004)
        • 'After Blair: Politics after the New Labour Decade' (2006)

Forthcoming publications by Gerry will be looking at the nature of the contemporary SNP in government, the state of Scottish Labour, the changing character of the UK and in a break from the above an exploration of post-war Scotland, working class culture and the meaning of football. Recent research by Gerry has included

  • the next twenty years of the United Kingdom
  • the emerging thinking and track record of Gordon Brown
  • Britishness and how this informs government policy

Gerry is also commissioning and editing a special issue of the ideas journal Renewal on arts and culture, covering such subjects as how do we speak about the arts, the meaning of creativity and innovation, a critique of Richard Florida, and the rise and fall of cultural Britishness.

Gerry has headed up two aclaimed Demos programmes - Scotland 2020 and Glasgow 2020. Glasgow 2020 was a 'mass imagination' project - which used the idea of the stories people tell to examine different futures – and what was also a ‘futures literacy’ project – addressing how we can democratise the future and involve as many people as possible in shaping and deciding the future.

Gerry works with a range of artists and cultural practioners on ideas of how the arts can inform policy. Recently he worked with Suspect Culture on their revue ‘Futurology’ and has been a key contributor to numerous bodies including the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being and the Scottish Parliament’s Futures Forum. Gerry has commissioned and supported a range of authors – notably;

  • 'The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence' by Carol Craig
  • a new edition of 'The Break-Up of Britain' by Tom Nairn
  • a critique of the knowledge economy by Paul Thompson.

He is a regular commentator in the Scottish and UK media, speaker at events in Scotland, UK and internationally, an Associate Editor of the journal Renewal and an Honorary Research Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Gregor Henderson

Gregor HendersonGregor has been the Director of the Scottish Government’s National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing since April 2003. Gregor works for the Scottish Government as an Adviser on mental health improvement.

The National Programme is a public mental health programme and its role is to help transform attitudes, behaviour and actions in the promotion of mental wellbeing for people living in Scotland, the prevention of mental health problems, mental illness and suicide and for supporting improvements in the quality of life, social inclusion, equalities, rights and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

The National Programme forms part of the Scottish Government’s work on public health, health improvement, mental health policy and social justice and is located in the Government’s Directorate of Health and Wellbeing.  Gregor is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Alan Brown

Alan Brown Photo: Jim Cox, curtesy of WolfbrownAlan Brown, Principal of WolfBrown, is a leading researcher and management consultant in the nonprofit arts industry.  He has studied audiences, visitors and patterns of cultural participation in almost every major market in the U.S.  His work focuses on understanding consumer demand for cultural experiences and on helping cultural institutions, foundations and agencies to see new opportunities, make informed decisions and respond to changing conditions.  He has authored numerous articles and reports on audience behaviors, trends in cultural participation, engagement practices and the value system surrounding arts activities, and speaks frequently at national and international conferences.

As a principal of WolfBrown, his work focuses on understanding consumer demand for cultural experiences and assisting cultural institutions, foundations and agencies and in gaining the insight and perspectives they need to fulfill their promise.

Ruth Wishart

Journalist and Broadcaster
Ruth Wishart is a journalist and broadcaster who writes a weekly column for the Herald and presents programmes on contemporary ethics for Radio Scotland.  She is a trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland and Chair of the Dewar Arts Awards.  Previously she has chaired Theatre Cryptic, the CCA, and Glasgow Common Purpose. She has also been a governor of the Glasgow School of Art, and a member of the Scottish Advisory Committee of the British Council.

Joan Parr

Head of Education - Scottish Arts Council
Joan graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA honours degree in history which included art history. She worked in London, then abroad for 10 years and her jobs included posts in embassies in West Africa and the Middle East as well as a year in Mumbai and the Punjab.

On her return to Scotland with 3 young children she passed her PGCE (primary) at Northern College, Dundee and is a member of the GTC. She has worked as education officer at the National Galleries of Scotland, was the first education officer at Edinburgh Castle and then education officer for heritage, visual and performing arts at Falkirk Council. She joined the Scottish Arts Council as education officer until taking up her current post in January 2005.

Fiona Sturgeon

Fiona Sturgeon - Head of Audience & Organisational Development - Scottish Arts Council

After completing an English Studies degree, specialising in Political Drama at Stirling University, Fiona began work as Marketing Assistant at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in 1991.  Her next job as Marketing and Press Officer for Cambridge Theatre Company took her first to Cambridge and then to London. 

Following three years as Press and Marketing Manager at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, she returned to Scotland to take up a post as Marketing Manager at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh for five years and subsequently spent two years as Marketing Manager at the Citizens’ Theatre in Glasgow.  Before joining the Scottish Arts Council, Fiona was employed as Communications Manager for Healthy Respect, a Scottish Executive – supported national health demonstration project on young people’s sexual health based at NHS Lothian.

Fiona Miller

This session will start with a half hour performance of 'What If……' an Artfull exemplar project.  This will provide the catalyst for presentation and discussion about the work of the company and the greater issues associated with arts and mental health and well being.

Fiona is a freelance Director and Theatre Practitioner and is Artistic Director of Tricky Hat Productions. She has been working in community theatre for over twenty years. She has created performances with people of all ages and abilities from 2 handed professional tours to large-scale community productions involving a casts of over 500. In addition to establishing projects, running workshop and devised activities with professional theatre companies, Fiona has also taught students in further and higher education and established specific training projects for social and health workers to introduce drama techniques into their work. All of her work involves collaborations between different art forms.  She is Associate Artist with Cumbernauld Theatre and a Creative Partner for NTS Exchange.

Miles Harrison

Miles is an independent meeting facilitator and organisation development consultant.  He has particular expertise and experience in the cultural sector in managing change, board development, leadership and governance.

He previously worked for the leadership development organisation Common Purpose as Programme Director between 2002 and 2006 where he opened and developed the new Mid Scotland office. He moved to Scotland in the summer of 1998 and began work for the Scottish Arts Council as Senior Development Officer (National Lottery).  In April 2000 he became the manager of the SAC Lottery funded Advancement Programme - a scheme to help organisations achieve lasting positive change. 

Previously Miles was Head of Arts Business Services at Yorkshire Arts Board where his work included all areas of management and marketing development for those who work in the arts. Other positions have include working with a commercial tour operator, business advisor in Liverpool for 4 years, a Marketing Manager for the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff & Theatre Clwyd in Mold and Director of the Arts Business Centre at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.  Miles has run many training courses in business planning, management and marketing.  

He is currently the Vice Chair of the Macrobert Arts Centre Committee.

Jane Wentworth

Jane is a strategic branding consultant with over 20 years’ experience of working on a wide range of international projects. In 2003, after more than 15 years with the brand consultancy Wolff Olins, she set up Jane Wentworth Associates to provide specialist brand consultancy to the cultural sector. Working with a small team of consultants and in partnership with designers and web specialists, Jane Wentworth Associates has developed brand strategies and identity programmes for clients including the V&A, the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Scottish Opera and  National Museums Scotland.

Jane is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins School of Art, where she is currently visiting Professor of Communication Design. She is on the board of trustees of the Liverpool Biennial and Create King Cross and is a regular commentator in the media on brand related issues.

Eleanor Appleby

Eleanor is one of the senior members of the V&A’s Marketing Department. Her role includes delivering marketing campaigns for major exhibitions, overseeing onsite visitor communications, market research and brand management. She is also responsible for the V&A’s internal communications and this includes running the V&A’s key employee engagement project in collaboration with Jane Wentworth Associates.  Eleanor is a graduate of Bristol University and Wimbledon School of Art. Before moving into the museums sector she was a professional costume designer working in theatre, television and film.

Arthur Cormack

Arthur Cormack was born and brought up in Skye.  He began singing at the age of 8, and won the National Mod Gold Medal at the age of 18, the youngest ever male Gold Medallist.

He has appeared frequently on radio and television over the years, and recorded several albums; two solo albums, ‘Nuair bha mi òg’ and ‘Ruith an gaoith’ with Temple Records, and ‘Mairidh gaol is ceòl’ with Gaelic band Mac-talla, as well as ‘Skye; the Island’, with other Skye artists. 

Since 1997, Arthur has been a member of Gaelic band Cliar, who have released four albums and have been involved in touring all over Scotland, and in England, Ireland, Spain, the USA and Slovenia.

Arthur is Chief Executive of Fèisean nan Gàidheal, an organisation of one employee in 1992, now a support organisation with 13 staff, serving 45 Fèisean, which in turn offer tuition to around 13,000 individual young people annually.

He is one of four founders of Macmeanmna; a well-established and respected Gaelic music production company.

In 1991, he joined with three others to form Aros Ltd, and built the Skye Heritage Centre.  In 1998, a new purpose-built theatre - Talla Shomhairle - was added to Aros, which is also a part-time cinema, a recording studio and training facility.  He was Chairman of the company from 1992 until 2006.

Arthur is a former member of the Board of HI~Arts, the Board of Governors of Eden Court Theatre, the Scottish Arts Council Music Committee and the Youth Music Initiative Reference Group.  From April 2004, until the creation of a joint Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen Board in January 2007, he was a member of the Scottish Arts Council.

Arthur was appointed by Scottish Ministers to the newly-formed Bòrd na Gàidhlig in January 2003, then appointed to the new statutory board in 2006.  He has recently been re-appointed to serve for another 3 years.

Fiona Miller

Fiona is a freelance Director and Theatre Practitioner and is Artistic Director of Tricky Hat Productions. She has been working in community theatre for over twenty years. She has created performances with people of all ages and abilities from 2 handed professional tours to large-scale community productions involving a casts of over 500.

In addition to establishing projects, running workshop and devised activities with professional theatre companies, Fiona has also taught students in further and higher education and established specific training projects for social and health workers to introduce drama techniques into their work. All of her work involves collaborations between different art forms.  She is Associate Artist with Cumbernauld Theatre and a Creative Partner for NTS Exchange.

Fiona Campbell

Fiona Campbell is Executive Officer for Voluntary Arts Scotland. Fiona has been involved in the arts and crafts for a number of years in Scotland and New Zealand (where she hails from) in both paid and many unpaid roles. She is a voluntary board member of the Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) of Scotland, Scottish Education & Action for Development (SEAD) and Neo Productions.

Fiona has been the Press and Marketing Officer for the National Association of Youth Orchestras (NAYO) and her last post was as Project Administrator for Scottish Education & Action for Development. She has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural Policy & Management. Fiona teaches Scottish traditional dance and has performed at folk dance festivals in Belgium, Slovenia, Germany and Finland. She has also performed in and produced musical theatre productions and sung in a number of choirs.

Fiona Rogan

Fiona has been involved in the Arts for over 30 years. As a high school teacher in the 1970’s, Fiona encouraged collaborations with professional artists, writing teacher’s packs for companies in return for workshops and performances at her school.

In the 1980’s Fiona co-founded a Children’s Theatre and Puppet Company with friends who shared her passion for good quality, affordable theatre for children.  The semi-professional Pandemonium Inc toured children’s playschemes and youth projects  for many years.

Fiona spent the 90’s working as an arts development officer with Strathclyde Region and Glasgow City Council.  Her research into the needs of writers and writing groups for Glasgow City Council led to the creation of Scotland's first Literature Development Worker post.   She also served as a volunteer advisor to companies such as Fablevision, TAG, Birds of Paradise and Sounds of Progress. 

After five years with the National Lottery Charities Board, now Big Lottery Fund, Fiona decided to return to arts work, and is currently employed by the Scottish Community Drama Association as their National Arts Development Manager.

Stephen Allen

Stephen Allen joined National Museums Scotland (NMS) in February 2005. Stephen was previously Head of Learning & Access at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and was Head of Museum Archive & Arts for the London Borough of Brent. He is a past Chair of the Group for Education in Museums, a board member of engage, the national association for gallery education, and is currently on the Council of the Museums Association. Prior to working in museums Stephen was a secondary history teacher.

Janice Lane

Janice Lane is Head of Learning & Access in Glasgow Museums, the largest civic museums service in the UK.  She joined Glasgow in 2002 to establish a new Learning & Access team of 48 staff. The Learning & Access team lead on learning, access, interpretation and audience development for Glasgow’s 11 museums and galleries, operates the Open Museum community outreach service and the volunteers and placement programme for the entire museum service. 

Janice was previously Museum Education Manager at Brighton & Hove: Royal Pavilion, museums and galleries.   She co-authored the 2007 Scottish Museum Council/Glasgow Museums publication: Hands On: Learning from objects and paintings. A Teachers Guide for early years educators and primary teachers

Helen Watson

Helen joined the National Galleries of Scotland as an Outreach Officer in 2001 and became Deputy Head of Education in June 2007.  Previous positions held include Curator of Art at Scarborough Art Gallery and Exhibitions Curator at The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Helen has also worked as a freelancer for a number of galleries. Helen sits on the Board of engage and is a member of the engage Scotland Development Group. In 2006 she became as Associate of the Museums Association. She has a MA in Museum Studies from Leicester University.

Andrew McIntrye

Andrew works with both performing and visual arts organisations to give them a deeper understanding of their audiences. His work explores and models visitors’ motives, needs, perceptions, attitudes, behaviour and responses.

This insight drives organisational change, helping the arts to become more audience focused, allowing them to be unequivocally driven by their artistic and curatorial objectives but completely focused on delivering audience outcomes.

Morris Hargreaves McIntyre’s research goes beyond visitor profiling: for the first time it gives arts organisations meaningful measures of visitor outcomes and robust evidence of the value they add.

Andrew is a popular speaker and trainer, giving arts professionals a real insight into the minds of the audience, a toolkit of skills and techniques and the inspiration and confidence to try them out. He has served as Chair of the Visitor Studies Group UK and teaches and lectures widely.  His recent international work includes Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia and the United States.

Annie George

Annie is the Artistic Director of Edinburgh based Wave Theatre, which combines devised work, new writing, with culturally diverse casts.  Trained in directing for theatre on Live and Direct at Contact Theatre Manchester and directing radio drama at the BBC.  Recent work includes: as Writer/Director 'Incendiary', 'Coast', 'The Wave Project' and 'The Dark Prince' which have been produced or performed as readings at Oval House Theatre London, Contact Theatre Manchester, Traverse Theatre and Citizens;

Annie was Assistant Director on 'I Was a Beautiful Day' (Traverse Theatre Company); and Actor/Producer for CAT. A, a theatre company touring politically inspired theatre in the nineties.  She was an actor in 'Daddy’s Girl' (Cannes Film Festival Prix de Jury Special 2001) and produced and directed the short film 'Curry and Irn-Bru' (Reel to Real Award at Glasgow International Short Film Festival) which screened at film festivals on four continents.

Dharmesh Patel

Trained at Hope St Ltd. Physical Theatre School, Dharmesh Patel's recent work includes: 'Beauty and the Beast (Told by An Idiot), 'Satyagraha' (Improbable Theatre and ENO), 'Slowtime' (National Theatre) as well as productions for Unity Theatre Liverpool, Leicester Haymarket, , Red Ladder, Bolton Octagon and Rasa Productions. TV credits include 'Casualty' and 'England Expects' (BBC). 

Avin Shah

Avin's previous theatre includes: 'Office' (Edinburgh Royal Lyceum & Soho Theatre), 'Romeo & Juliet' (Royal Exchange Theatre), as well as productions for RSC Stratford, Tara Arts and the New Vic, Stoke.  TV includes 'Casualty', 'Life As We Know It', 'Hope & Glory', 'Panaroma', 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates', 'Doctors' (all BBC) and 'The Bill' (Thames).  Film includes 'Brothers In Trouble' (Renegade/BBC), 'Land of the Blind', 'Dead Meat' (Channel 4). Recent radio includes Paul Whitehouse's 'Down the Line' (Radio 4)

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