Arts & Business Scotland has announced that Chief Executive, Barclay Price will retire at the end of March 2013.
Barclay joined Arts & Business Scotland in 2001 as Chief Executive having been Depute Director of the Scottish Arts Council since 1997. His career has spanned employment in a bank; setting up and performing in a community-based theatre company; supporting the creation of small craft businesses; developing cultural policy; and engaging business with the arts. He is currently a Board Member of Creative Scotland and has just successfully funded his first novel through crowd-funding.
Arts & Business Scotland engineers funding and expertise for the arts and sustains and increases business support and individual giving for the cultural sector.
Barclay Price said: “After more than eleven years as Chief Executive of this great organisation, and having overseen the demerger from the UK structure in November 2011 that established Arts & Business Scotland as an independent Scottish charity, I believe that now is the right time to step down and allow a new leader to take the organisation forward. I am proud of the work I have led in helping arts organisations cultivate business and private support, and grateful to my supportive board and exceptional staff team who have ensured the organisation’s success. I know they and my successor will sustain the work of Arts & Business Scotland into the future.”
Jane Ryder, Chair of Arts & Business Scotland said: “ …..Barclay’ s contribution to the development of arts and culture in Scotland over the last 2 decades has been exceptional and Arts & Business Scotland has been truly fortunate to have him at the helm over the last 11 years . As well as the successful initiatives such as the New Arts Sponsorship Scheme, the smooth transition to an independent charity and the platform he has created for Arts & Business to develop our ambitious programme of support for the arts will be an outstanding legacy. We wish him every success in the future “