August 08, 2018
Thanks to support from the Scottish Union Learning Fund we are able to expand our opportunities in the Highlands & Islands as well as introduce Kirsten Body as the region's new Learning Organiser. Kirsten has 16 years experience working in the visual arts sector and returned to the Highlands in 2011, after working in Edinburgh. She is passionate about supporting artists and enabling new connections to be formed. Currently Kirsten co-ordinates contemporary exhibitions across four Highland galleries and is part of the steering group for the new Wasps' creative hub in Inverness.
“The geography of the Highlands & Islands means many artists are working in relatively remote areas and often feel isolated from the contemporary visual arts sector. There’s definitely a desire to feel part of a wider creative community and I believe the Scottish Artists Union can be the meeting place we need; supporting the wealth of creative talent from our region through learning, as well as enabling that collective voice to emerge.
Having attended the In Common training in Skye earlier this year, I got to meet other Union members and understand how valuable these connections are. I'm delighted to be coordinating more events over the coming months from North Uist to Orkney and would love to hear from members about their training needs. Finally I urge all local members to attend the AGM in Inverness - help keep us quorate and make future events like these possible in our area!
Please leave you comments below, thanks Kirsten"