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Arts / Gaada director ‘honoured’ to become trustee of Scottish art network

Amy Gear.

A DIRECTOR of local arts organisation Gaada has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN).

Amy Gear said it was an “honour” to become a trustee.

SCAN’s projects champion the contribution that art and artists make to society, and develop knowledge and skills of those who work in contemporary art.

It is run by a board of charity trustees who represent the diversity of skills and expertise in Scotland’s visual arts.

Gear joins six other art professionals whose jobs involve, amongst other things, marketing, fundraising, journalism, art education, artistic practice and curation.

“Gaada have been members of SCAN for a few years now,” she said.

“SCAN have shouted about projects and have always kept Shetland and rural places at the centre of conversations about the Scottish Art Scene.

“It’s an honour to become a trustee of SCAN, and I’m looking forward to being part of the good work they do advocating for artists and arts organisations in Scotland.”

Meanwhile Gaada has announced the recipients of its workshop bursaries this year.

The scheme will enable Andy Anderson, Jane Cockayne, Claire Davenport, Sally Huband, Christina Inkster and Thomson to access specialist facilities and one-to-one support to explore new ideas and new ways of making at the Gaada visual art workshop in Burra.

It comes in addition to a new collaboration between Glasgow based artist Cameron Morgan and Shetland artist and designer Elie Coutts through Gaada.

The arts organisation was invited by Glasgow charity Project Ability to commission a Shetland based artist to collaborate with Morgan – a “self-taught painter, muralist, ceramicist, photographer, gardener and hillwalker”.

Connecting via Zoom, the artists will share work and their interests to find common ground and adopt a theme, with the outcome left open.

The end result will be two exhibitions which will go on display in Shetland and Glasgow in the spring.

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