a-n The Artists Information Company has appointed Jeanie Scott as its new Executive Director. Currently Head of Research & Development at Arts & Business Scotland and a 2011/12 Creative Scotland Clore Fellow, Scott succeeds Susan Jones who stands down in September after 15 years in the role.

At a time of great change in the funding environment for the arts, Scott will bring valuable new perspectives to a-n, drawn from her considerable experience of developing membership and partnership strategies within the broader cultural arena. She will take up the post in June.

a-n Chair Jayne Knight said: “The a-n Board is delighted to welcome Jeanie Scott as our Executive Director. She will be joining a thriving, hardworking, skilful team at a-n. We look forward to working with her to further our mission to stimulate and support contemporary visual arts practice and affirm the value of artists in society.”

Scott said: “This is a demanding but interesting time for the arts. Artists need relevant information and support, at the right time, to succeed in what they do and a-n provides this. Crucially, a-n also supports one of the largest UK-wide dedicated networks for connecting artists and enabling collaboration through its membership. There is no other vehicle quite of its size and diversity, which makes it a genuinely engaging and meaningful network to be part of.

“I am very pleased to be joining a-n – it is a dynamic company with a hugely experienced and dedicated team – and this role draws together my experience and my commitment to supporting art and artists, which feels good. It feels like home.”

Founded in 1980, a-n is a UK and international visual arts network and membership body, representing almost 20,000 artists, arts professionals, arts organisations and art students. Programmes continuously evolve to meet the changing practices and aspirations of visual and applied artists and the sector, combining digital platforms and face-to-face activities to support professional relationships and collaborations across the arts.

a-n’s research and advocacy aims to expose and analyse the diversity of visual arts practices, community engagement and employment, to inform arts learning and cultural policy.

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