New director is announced

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THE HOSPITALFIELD Trust has announced its new director for the 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, and 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.

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.”