Our website uses cookies. See our cookies page for information about them and how you can remove or block them. Click here to opt in to our cookies

Claire Byers

Interim Director, Arts and Engagement
Telephone 0131 523 0088

Areas of responsibility

As Interim Director of Arts & Engagement, Claire leads on Creative Scotland's work across the arts, dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts. This includes Creative Scotland's creative learning activity including Youth Music Initiative, Youth Arts Strategy and CashBack for Creativity. Claire is also leading on the delivery of our Arts Strategy and a Framework for Artistic and Creative Review.

Background and experience

Claire has a longstanding track record of success working in the arts in both Scotland and the rest of the UK and she brings to Creative Scotland a great breadth and depth of knowledge of both policy and practice across art forms.

Formerly Deputy Director for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Claire led on embedding a revised vision and values for the organisation, placing art and audiences at the centre of the BALTIC experience. She was also instrumental in securing the BALTIC’s status as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations and in helping to deliver the hosting of the Turner Prize in 2011.

More recently, Claire spent 14 months on the Isle of Lewis as Transition Director for An Lanntair where she worked to create a new vision for the organisation and put in place the plans to deliver that vision.

She has also held senior cultural positions at One North East, helped to establish Northern Film & Media, developed and launched cultural funding programmes and has also been a regular visitor to Dundee in support of the V&A.