Thursday, 4 October 2012

A new phase...

Applied Arts has been active online over the last few years through this blog mainly and through email campaigns. AAS is now going through a new phase again. Alison Macleod, who has kept Applied Arts Scotland going over the last few years has taken on new roles in life so we thank her profoundly for all her hard work. Firstly, I would like to introduce myself as the new Chair of Applied Arts Scotland. My name is Inge Panneels and I have been an active maker for over 15 years now, working with the medium of glass, working to commission and selling through galleries. I have also been active in several organisations over the years; was a founding member of the Design-Ed makers collective in Edinburgh which ran for 10 years, and involved with the Scottish Artist Union. I am more recently involved with CABN, the Creative Business Network in the Scottish Borders and have been teaching professional practice to undergraduate students at the University of Sunderland, National Glass Centre. Upon taking over from Alison, I have started to pull together a network of people who can make the new phase of AAS happen. Our ambition is to create a conduit The last entry on this blog asked for your help in establishing what the sector needs through short survey. Thank you to all of you took part. A staggering 83.7% of respondents indicated they would like to have face to face networking opportunities. So, the new phase of AAS will try to deliver those in partnership with many of the key organisations in the sector, but more on that later! We now also have a new email address on which you can contact us; Meanwhile, please visit our newly established Facebook Page (applied arts scotland) and also find us on Twitter (appliedartsscotland), where we hope we can build on our community and expand on our collective connections to build a platform for makers, by makers!

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