New director at Hospitalfield

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THE HOSPITALFIELD Trust have announced their new director for Hospitalfield Centre for Art and Culture.

Lucy Byatt took up her new post last Monday, succeeding Willie Payne who retired in April 2012 after a directorship lasting 37 years.

Lucy brings a wealth of experience to the position gained in her previous roles as head of national programmes at the Contemporary Art Society (CAS).

Based in London but working nationally, she established a new acquisition scheme for collections across the UK, devised the Centenary Programme that took place in over 30 museums across the UK.

She contributed much to the strategic plan that will see the Contemporary Art Society move into new, more public facing premises later this year in London.

Prior to her role at the CAS she was director of Spike Island in Bristol where she led a £2.5 million capital development of the studio complex.

It saw Spike Island become a destination in Bristol for audiences whilst continuing to provide vital support both for artists regionally, and those coming from across the globe to participate in the residency programmes.

She is no stranger to Scotland as she completed her MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 1995 and established a number of major public realm initiatives through her leadership roles with public art organisations Visual Art Projects and The Centre, both based in Glasgow..

Ian Townsend, acting chairman of Hospitalfield Trust said: “The board very much looks forward to working with Lucy over the coming years to develop an exciting new chapter in the life of Hospitalfield.

“As a team, we are determined to ensure that Hospitalfield House and its wonderful collections are enjoyed by as wide an audience as possible whilst ensuring that the studios and their environs continue to inspire and offer encouragement to visiting artists from both near and far.”

 While Lucy added: “Hospitalfield is truly an fascinating and beautiful place; the extraordinary legacy left by the visionary artist and philanthropist Patrick Allan-Fraser and his wife Elizabeth offers great inspiration and possibility.

“There is such potential here for a contemporary institution to grow and be sustained within the valuable and outstandingly beautiful grounds and interiors.”