Anne Bonnar , MA, FRSA, Dip. Education, Dip Arts Administration, Accredited Coach
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, provacateur, 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. She has a particular interest in developing business models for the arts and creative industries in today’s environment and in advising on public policy.
Anne’s arts management career in Scotland and in London includes periods with organisations during periods of strong artistic development, including the Almeida, Young Vic, Riverside Studios, Citizens’ and Traverse Theatres. She has specific expertise in PR and Marketing, producing and touring theatre commercially, in Scotland and internationally. 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. Recent examples of major remodelling and change include Yorkshire Dance, Abbey Theatre, National Theatre of Ireland, GI Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art, Byre Theatre St Andrews, Eastgate Theatre Peebles and Dukes Theatre and Cinema.
During 2008 she led the development of the new public body for the arts and culture encompassing the creative industries, Creative Scotland, a role which included exploration and development of Creative Scotland’s role and design of its operating model and organisational structure.
A graduate of the universities of Glasgow and the City University London, Anne has maintained a life long passion for the arts and creativity.