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.
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.
Cate Ross, Development Officer: West
DGU is delighted to welcome Cate Ross to the team.
Lyndsay Walker, Administration and Communications Co-ordinator
Lyndsay moved to Dumfries and Galloway in 2012 from Stourbridge in the West Midlands. After studying History and Heritage Management at the University of Chester, she began a working for English Heritage, a role which saw her working in visitor services at Kenilworth Castle and latterly behind the scenes in the English Heritage Photographic Archive in Wiltshire where she was part of a very small team conserving a large collection of Victorian and Edwardian glass plate negatives. During this time, Lyndsay studied part-time for her Postgraduate Diploma in Museums Practice and Management.
October 2012 saw the big move ‘up-North’ and Lyndsay now work for Dumfries and Galloway Council, looking after the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries as well as holding the part-time commission as Administration and Communications Co-ordinator for DG Unlimited.
Lyndsay is moving onto pastures new – for more information on the Administration and Communications commission click here.