David McDonald, Arts Development Director
David is a freelance Creative Consultant with over 25 years’ experience of working in the cultural sector, including previous roles as senior manager at Creative Scotland, Arts Development Officer at Stirling Council, lecturer in art and design, workshop facilitator and arts practitioner.
One of his current contracts is Arts Development Director for DG Unlimited.
He has a diverse portfolio of cultural management expertise at both national and local level, coupled with a deep working knowledge of Scotland’s cultural ecology from a range of vantage points. He has long-standing relationships and working partnerships with musicians, artists, educators, venues, arts organisations, funders, third sector organisations and local government across Scotland.
Clare Hanna, Development Officer: East
Clare originally trained in jewellery and textiles, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Design Techonolgy/Art, and completed a jewellery residency at Bishopsland Educational Trust in 1996. She has worked in both the private and public sector in the arts.
She moved to Scotland in 2002 when she became the Crafts Development Officer with Dumfries & Galloway Council. Having enjoyed an extremely rewarding couple of years working across the region supporting artists and makers she spent the following decade working in the Crafts department for The Scottish Arts Council and since its inception in 2010 Creative Scotland as part of their creative industries team.
2015 saw her return for a unique opportunity to work back in Dumfries & Galloway leading the newly established Upland Arts Development, whose flagship event is the Spring Fling Open studios. Having reconnected at grass roots with many artists and arts organisations during this time, she is looking forward to working as part of DG Unlimited to be able to further develop her understanding and support for the regions creative sector. With its wider scope for supporting the arts and creativity in the region and the opportunity for her to meet more amazingly talented and creative people she is looking forward to her journey with DG Unlimited.
Cate Ross, Development Officer: West
Cate has two decades of professional community arts development practice under her belt. She believes that creativity is a viable career choice, a powerful social tool and a fulfilling pastime.
In addition, Cate believes that creativity is a key aspect of culture and heritage making; she is a peer support specialist, working to connect creative people for the benefit of future generations. Her community arts development work includes all ages and abilities.
Cate is also a professional visual and performance artist who regularly exhibits 2D works and creates immersive, provocative multi-media installations including her imagery, music, projected moving images, aerial dance trapeze and bespoke costumes. Cate’s work has been selected for exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts at The Mitchell Glasgow, Kawashima Textile School Kyoto, Japan and The Georgia Museum of Art, USA to name a few.
Cate supports other people’s creativity through her person-centred development approach – from funding advice, network support, education outreach to studio practice Cate can help put you in touch with opportunities and professional development experiences to enhance your creative practice.
Her favourite quote is ‘Creativity = Capital’- Joseph Beuys.
Rebecca Giblin, Administration and Communications Coordinator
Rebecca is a freelance consultant with a strong background in marketing, events management and fundraising gained in the arts, charity and university sectors. She has worked with a number of arts organisations in the region, including Wigtown Festival Company, The Stove and Spring Fling (now Upland).
She gained her degree in marketing from the University of Strathclyde and her experience includes devising strategy, managing relationships and audience development. This is coupled with experience in proofreading, writing for publication and project management.
Rebecca is passionate about the arts in Dumfries and Galloway and is looking forward to working with the DGU team.