Arts & Business Scotland has announced that David Watt, currently Director of Glasgow Sculpture Studios, is to be its new Chief Executive. He will take up the post in April, replacing Barclay Price, who is retiring.

Watt became Glasgow Sculpture Studios’ Director in 2006 and has led the organisation through a major capital development. Last year it moved to a new home in The Whisky Bond at Speirs Lock, situated to the north of Glasgow city centre.

Watt was previously Director of Edinburgh Printmakers, joining the organisation in 1999. Prior to that he was Print Studio Manager at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). He trained at Glasgow School of Art.

Jane Ryder, Chair of Arts & Business Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have appointed David Watt as our new Chief Executive. Building on the platform firmly established by our outgoing Chief Executive, Barclay Price, David is the ideal person to take Arts & Business Scotland forward.”

Watt said: “I am delighted to be moving to Arts & Business Scotland at an exciting and challenging time for the organisation. I look forward to working with the Board and staff to further cement existing, and establish new, partnerships to enable the arts in Scotland to flourish.”

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