It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce today that Jane Morrison-Ross has accepted our invitation to join Art North magazine as Contributing Editor (Arts Regeneration). At this crucial time for the visual arts in Scotland, Art North’s focus on the importance of arts regeneration merits input from somebody truly qualified to advise on the issues of regeneration, and Jane’s extensive experience in this area will offer the magazine some important steer, taking us forward in terms of our coverage of such a vital topic and the wider issues that inform it.
Jane has a background in arts and the commercial world and has been working with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre to develop a new strategy and plan for expansion. As CEO at Taigh Chearsabhagh, she has created a new Education & Outreach programme; a new therapeutic art & digital skills programme; and also launched an important capital build project. As part of her work Jane has also been involved in the ‘Islands Deal’ consultation and the Scottish Government’s Islands Act – now the Islands (Scotland) Bill – workshops and consultations with the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art.
Her work has all been focused on regeneration, the value of the creative economy in rural communities, and the economic value that can be delivered to local communities. Jane has a celebrated track record, and is passionate about the regenerative powers of art at social, economic and community levels. She will fulfil an important role for the magazine and its readership, and I’m sure all our readers will want to welcome Jane aboard, recognising the important contribution that her addition to the Art North editorial team represents.