Who We Are

Glasgow Connected Arts Network CIC improves health, wellbeing and future prospects within the city by supporting a strong, capable and confident participatory arts sector.

 

Glasgow Connected Arts Network CiC is invested in encouraging and maintaining public engagement, awareness and understanding of Participatory Arts in Glasgow. We facilitate skills and resource sharing, and the exchange of ideas, offering our Members and the wider community access to invaluable training, partnership and networking opportunities.
With a Membership growing weekly; we encourage collaboration and connection between artists and communities across Glasgow, and support projects which seek to reach and engage new audiences. We aim to increase participation and learning in arts projects, to promote and advance the economic, social and cultural development of Glasgow, and reflect the diverse communities within it.

DIVERSE REPRESENTATION

We support work which celebrates and recognises our differences and promotes equality and inclusion; with the aim to increase access to the arts for marginalised communities.  We support and encourage projects which specifically involves work with groups including but not limited to: Refugees & Asylum Seekers, the LBGT+ community, young people, women’s groups, the elderly, and those with ill health or disabilities.

REACH

 

We support work which extends the reach of Artists and Organisations to communities which do not have adequate access to the arts. This may be due to isolation, geography, socio-economic status and other barriers. The projects and members we support must have a focus on participation, sharing learning with others. By working together as a creative community we will develop guidelines, share learning and reach communities where there is low provision of creative activity.

CONNECT

 

We seek to bring people together to promote and develop Participatory Arts. We will actively support Artists and Organisations to work with each other and communities through partnership initiatives. Work which have a clear plan to share learning and information are particularly encouraged.

Our regular Connect networking events and Training Programme offer opportunities for practitioners and organisations to meet with each other, share ideas and to find ways of working together to benefit communities across Glasgow.

Our Team

Graham McLaren

Interim Executive Director

Graham McLaren is a theatre maker and cultural leader. As well as leading theatre companies of different sizes, he has produced, directed and designed over seventy productions across four continents, ranging from totally improvised and devised shows to classical plays. Between 2011 and 2016 he was Associate Director for the newly established, National Theatre of Scotland. In 2021, he completed his tenure, successfully transforming the programming model and structure of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in his role as joint CEO of Ireland’s National Theatre.

graham@glasgowcan.org

Lily Garget

Youth Arts Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

Lily joined GCAN in April 2024 as our new Youth Arts Coordinator. Lily graduated with a First Class degree in Sculpture and Environmental Art from Glasgow School of Art in 2022. Her work centred around natural dyeing, textiles and metalwork. With a focus on community building and engagement with our natural surroundings, Lily has worked with multiple community groups, leading workshops, creating and commissioning artwork, before, during and since graduating.

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Cat Gilmore

Youth Arts Coordinator (on maternity leave)

Cat joined Glasgow CAN in 2020 and runs the Youth Arts Programme, which incorporates The Bold Collective, GCAN’s Youth Arts strand. Cat has worked as a Producer & Project Manager across Scotland with National Arts Companies, Arts & Literature festivals, and theatres for over 10 years. Cat is passionate about amplifying the voices of young people, championing the cross-over between creative delivery & mental well-being.

cat@glasgowcan.org

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Associate Freelancers

Sophie Minervini

Digital / Admin Assistant

Sophie Minervini is a Glasgow based visual artist specialising in ceramics and textiles, she is interested in the intersection between contemporary art and community. Sophie graduated in 2022 with a BA in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art. Sophie supports the administration of GCAN and has been a member of GCAN’s youth collective, The Bold Collective, for three years.

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Jade Sturrock

Creative Producer / Facilitator

Jade Sturrock is a Glasgow based arts professional with over 7 years experience working with creative & community organisations and graduated with a BA in Painting and Printmaking from GSA in 2016 and is currently completing an MA in Applied Arts and Social Practice at QMU. Jade has a particular interest in Arts development, promoting arts accessibility and connecting people with creative experiences. Jade facilitates our Participatory Arts Short Course and has coordinated and lead our Creative Connect Networking programme, professional development training programme, 1-2-1 mentoring sessions and creative workshops.

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Hannah Justad

Participatory Arts Short Course Leader / Creative Producer 

Hannah is a theatre facilitator, educator and arts consultant with over seventeen years’ experience of working in the participatory arts sector. Hannah graduated with a Community Arts BA in 2006 and went on to freelance as a drama and movement artist across Scotland. She has managed two arts companies, Community Arts Open Space in West Dunbartonshire from 2009-2013 and the Glasgow Connected Arts Network from 2017-2021. In 2014 she was awarded a MLitt in Theatre Practices from the University of Glasgow.

 

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Our Board

Alison Sommerville

Chair

Alison has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years. Motivated by creativity and equality she is the project manager of the mental health charity, Common Wheel. She has been a board member since 2017. In her spare time she likes to read books and write fiction.

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Jane Gordon

Jane has worked in the arts and charity sectors in Glasgow for nearly three decades as an executive director, producer and more recently in non-executive roles with Children’s Classic Concerts, Relationships Scotland Glasgow, the Bearsden Festival Association and GCAN, supporting artists, practitioners and organisations to promote creativity and wellbeing.

 

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Greer Pester

Greer Pester is a practising visual and social artist based in Glasgow, she graduated from Edinburgh College Of Art in 2010 with a degree in Drawing and Painting and has worked extensively for various organisations delivering participatory art projects in Scotland and worldwide.

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Rachel Aisling Smith

Rachel’s performing arts career spans over two decades as a performer, choreographer, director, producer, lecturer and participatory arts practitioner. In recent years she was Director of Strategy at Aerial Edge, Glasgow’s Circus School and Artistic Director of Toonspeak from 2015-2018. Rachel has been a Director of Glasgow Connected Arts Network since its inception.

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Darshan Kundi

Darshan has over 20 years experience working in Finance and Accounting, having worked across a range of industries. Darshan has been involved with GCAN since Oct 2020.

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