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VA welcomes Kate McBain

Visiting Arts has appointed a Training Consultant to develop our training offer for the project Culture Works Connections, working in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands to build stronger, more sustainable creative businesses that are able to access world markets and develop collaborations.

With a background in visual arts and dance, Kate McBain is a freelance creative strategist and training consultant with more than 15 years experience working as a lecturer, coach, researcher and strategist for the cultural and creative industries. She has taught innovation, business, marketing, entrepreneurship and collaborative practice to creatives in professional and academic institutions across the UK and Europe: and designed qualifications frameworks for music, dance, digital arts, performance and cultural events across Scotland.

Her consultancy research work includes national and international studies investigating the skills needs, training gaps and working conditions for emergent and mid-career professionals in, among others, the music industry, dance and museum curating sectors.

As an ethnographer and doctoral researcher, her work has most recently focused on the discourse of ‘world culture’ in performing arts programming, policy and training provision internationally.

As a practitioner, Kate has worked as festival programmer, marketing direction and creative producer across music and the live arts. She established Scotland’s leading company for African-contemporary dance Descarga Dance; is long-time consultant to Havana-based youth dance company Acontratiempo; and her last Brazilian show for World Festivals Ltd. won the Spirit of the Fringe award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2014).

She is committed to embedding cultural diversity in policy, skills/training provision and arts programming for the purposes of building a strong, global creative workforce.

Culture Works Connections is supported with the financial contribution of the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States. For more information visit ACP Cultures+.

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