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Shetland Arts appoints new general manager

Graeme Howell, new general manager with Shetland Arts

SHETLAND’S arts agency has announced the appointment of an experienced concert hall manager and arts co-ordinator from England to become its general manager.

Graeme Howell is currently based in Birmingham co-ordinating the nine Access to Music centres which offer a wide range of highly-rated courses for music students, and has responsibility for 140 staff.  

He also managed Bristol’s world famous Colston Hall for seven years during which it went through a £20 million building redevelopment programme.

Shetland Arts Development Agency chairman Danus Skene said he was delighted with the appointment, adding: “Graeme has wide and successful experience as a venue manager.

“His arrival will signal the start of a new phase in the stabilisation and development of SADA and its venues Mareel, Bonhoga and the Garrison.”

Shetland Arts and Howell are still negotiating when he will start work in Shetland, though Skene said it would be “as soon as possible” within the next three months.

Howell is stepping in following the departure of Shetland Arts director Gwilym Gibbons last month after eight years during which he oversaw the construction of the £14 million Mareel cinema and music venue.

The organisation is still looking for an artistic director to replace head of operations Holly Burford who has left Shetland after 18 months in the post.