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New arts charity marks a major step forward with key appointment

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The foundation’s activities embrace everything from craft and the visual arts through to the performing arts

A vibrant young charity has appointed its first managing director and is making significant investments as part of its ambition to become a major supporter of Scotland’s arts and creativity.

The Marchmont Makers Foundation, set up in 2021 by the team which runs Marchmont House, near Greenlaw, Scottish Borders, has just taken a significant step forward by appointing Lucy Brown, previously head of Sotheby’s Scotland, to lead its development and growth.

Much of the emphasis will be on the Borders, a rural area where the creative community needs additional support and opportunities, but is building relationships with artists and organisations across the country.

The foundation’s activities embrace everything from craft and the visual arts through to the performing arts, guided by its core values of courage, inspiration and from the heart.

It is currently transforming the disused Polwarth Kirk, near Marchmont House and Duns, into a theatre and performance space that will be available to local and touring groups from 2023 and will be involved with the establishment of an original printmaking workshop as part of Marchmont Creative Spaces. 

The foundation will be increasingly active in supporting community initiatives and is backing this year’s DunsPlayFest Spotlight Award, exploring partnerships with local schools and will host the graduations for the Eyemouth-based ReTweed social enterprise, which provides women with skills and experience working with textiles).

Other initiatives will include providing residencies for artists in some of the high-quality studios and workshops that have been created by Marchmont. Successful residencies have already taken place in collaboration with WASPS Artists’ Studios, Borders Art Fair, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Visual Arts Scotland.

Lucy, who took up her post on 10 January, is a trained solicitor who has also had diverse professional and voluntary experience in many areas of the arts, said: “I have a life-long love of the arts and huge admiration for their capacity to give us new experiences and make us perceive the world in different ways.

“So it’s wonderful to have this opportunity to build and develop a fresh, young organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting creativity and the arts. Over the next few years we will invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in a variety of projects and our ambition is to become a major supporter of the arts and creativity in Scotland.”

Lucy is pictured above at Polwarth Kirk.



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peoplewithoutlables cormack
7 months ago

wonderful to see the arts growing in Scotland, pwl city project would love to be invited down to see your show get involved with your org bring city artists to the country events people without lables