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Sheila Murray (FRSA)

Sheila MurraySheila’s experience in the arts spans a career with the British Council as a manager of international cultural relations. In London, Spain, Israel and Scotland she developed country-wide strategies and programmes across all art forms, and the creative industries, by working with artists, arts organisations, major festivals and Ministries of Culture. She was awarded the Spanish Civil Order of Merit for Women for British Painting from Hogarth to Turner at Madrid’s Prado Museum and managed inaugural tours to Israel of The Royal Ballet and National Theatre.

As the British Council’s International Arts Manger for Scotland, Sheila was responsible for Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Showcase of Scottish music, and for Scotland’s first show at the Venice Biennale of Art in partnership with the Scottish Arts Council. She was a board member of the Traverse Theatre, Fruitmarket Gallery and NVA Europe. She now works freelance in the arts and curated two annual exhibitions for Edinburgh’s Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sheila was recently invited on to the selection panel of the Inches Carr Trust, which awards grants to outstanding craftspeople in Scotland. She enjoys making jewellery, which she studied at Kelvin College, Glasgow, and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Reading University and an MA in Arts, Festivals and Cultural Policy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.