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Creative Scotland appoints two co-producers to manage PAR+RS

Date uploaded: October 31, 2011

Creative Scotland appoints two co-producers to manage PAR+RS

Creative Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of a new team comprising Trigger (Suzy Glass and Angie Bual) and Chris Fremantle to manage Creative Scotland’s public art resource, PAR+RS: Public Art Scotland.

Established in 2008 PAR+RS is an informed and impartial resource that aims to further the visibility of public art across Scotland and provide a platform for discussion and critical debate. It is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Since its inception PAR+RS has facilitated an annual programme of public discussions, featured a wide and diverse range of projects from across Scotland and provided space to artists, writers and organisations to highlight and explore areas they feel are key to the continued development and production of public art. 

Trigger and Chris will be responsible for presenting current public art practice across Scotland both on and offline. Both join PAR+RS with a wealth of experience of arts and culture in Scotland.

Welcoming the new appointments, Anne Petrie, Development Officer of Creative Scotland said: ‘Whether it be in our car parks, shopping centres, hospitals or motorways, public art is an important part of building relations between artists and the public. It offers the public an opportunity to experience creativity in a familiar environment and provides artists with a new space for expression.’ 

On being appointed Chris Fremantle, a producer and researcher working in the visual arts, said: "I'm really excited to have the opportunity to help shape the future of PAR+RS, building on the excellent work to date, supporting all the practices and professions involved, and drawing attention to the strong story of public art in Scotland.  I think we are all, quite rightly, extremely ambitious for PAR+RS and for public art in Scotland."

Trigger Producer Suzy Glass said: "We're looking forward to exploring the increasingly cross-discipline nature of Public Art, and to developing the PAR+RS framework so it continues to evolve as the main destination for relevant news, opinions, conversations and tools."

• Trigger is a producer-led arts organisation making work where artforms, sectors and interests collide. The company works with an evolving portfolio of artists and partners, specialising in work that encourages participation and dialogue. Trigger creates frameworks that allow artists & audiences to experiment, innovate and communicate, embracing new forms across both live and digital platforms. Recent projects include Detours, commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival and PLAYER, produced with the Science Museum. Trigger was established in April 2011 by producers Suzy Glass & Angie Bual who previously produced creative social network Central Station for ISO and ground-breaking arts club Allotment for National Theatre of Scotland.  http://www.triggerstuff.co.uk

• Chris Fremantle is a producer and researcher working in public art.  He is currently working on arts and health projects with Ginkgo and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.  Last year he established ecoartscotland as a platform for research and practice, connecting into international networks.  He has a long term association with On The Edge Research, Gray's School of Art and has worked as a Research Associate on The Artist as Leader (2007-2009) and on the steering group for the Working in Public Seminars (2006-2008).  He contributes to the Art Space & Nature MA/MFA at Edinburgh College of Art and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone.  He is on the Exec of the Scottish Artists Union.  Prior to going freelance, he was Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire.  http://chris.fremantle.org or http://ecoartscotland.net

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