LANGHOLM is to have a voice on a leading regional creative and cultural organisation.
Lucy MacLeod, a freelance creative practitioner, arts educator, founder and creative director of OutPost Arts, joins the board of DG Unlimited.
Being on the frontline of rural arts gives Lucy a clear perspective of the ongoing difficulties and obstacles faced by artists and arts organisations, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She is passionate about the success of artists, makers and culture/arts organisations in the region and their ability to have a positive impact on communities.
Lucy said: “I’m delighted to join the DG Unlimited board of trustees.
“I’m very much looking forward to helping steer and support the future direction of the region’s chamber of arts as we emerge from a most challenging time.
“We’re lucky to have such a vibrant creative sector and DGU’s programme of development activity and funding opportunities underpin that, creating a much-needed focal point.”
Lucy is joined by two other new members, Frank Hayes and Mandy Green.
Frank, who will be a familiar face to many Langholm folk, is a photographer, illustrator, environmentalist and the founder and managing director of For Enjoyment Community Interest Company.
He started the social enterprise four years ago after working in the arts in Dumfries and Galloway for the past decade.
Frank’s experience has given him a keen insight into the region’s arts sector.
He is committed to nurturing the artistic ability within everyone and improving mental and social health, confidence and well-being through the power of art and creativity.
Mandy is an active musician, performer, actor/producer and member of folk band Life O’Reilly.
She works for Dumfries and Galloway Council and coaches young people in guitar and performance, privately and voluntarily, with Stranraer Guitar Club.
She has always been a strong advocate for the youth and believes the region has a depth of talent.