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Anne Bonnar


Anne Bonnar works with artists, supporters, communities and policy makers to help them in decision making which will enable the best creative experiences in particular circumstances.  She performs this role as an advisor, consultant, mentor, curator, provocateur,  coach and developer in the arts, culture and creative industries in Scotland, England and Ireland.  She specialises in working with artists and policy makers on strategic change and in designing and leading organisational change and development.

Anne’s arts management career in Scotland and in London includes periods with organisations during periods of strong artistic development, As General Manager of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, she led the transformation of Scotland’s theatre for new writing from being a membership club in a back alley to a fully public theatre in a new home.

In 1991 she co-founded Bonnar Keenlyside an internationally respected arts and cultural management consultancy and led and collaborated on major research and policy projects for public agencies and on projects with a wide range of artistic and creative enterprises at local, national and international level, public and private.

She was a trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland 2002 -2010, a founding director of the National Theatre of Scotland and a chair of the Federation of Scottish Theatre. In 2008 for the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen she was Transition Director of Creative Scotland.

Anne is an accredited coach and Honorary Research Fellow at Edinburgh’s Napier University. She blogs at  21st century culture.


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