As an organisation, we create, commission, produce, programme and tour work across art forms and borders, supporting every part of the process of making and distributing art.
As creators we have developed and delivered events to mark occasions such as the “Opening of the Scottish Parliament” or the launch of the “Year of the Home Coming”. As commissioners our process focuses on the relationship between the artist, their work and the public. We provide the artist with space and resources enabling them to fulfill their vision; we also try and create development opportunities for artists. Recently, these have included residencies, collaborations, hothouses and mentorships. In some circumstances we also support the touring of work.
UZ believes in the potential of individuals and communities to inspire artists and create art, and collaborating with the public is an integral part of our day-to-day work.
Internationally, as the UK representative of the IN SITU network, UZ commissions, produces and tours art in public spaces across Europe. Recent projects include Mischief Las Bas’ “The Zoo” and Sumit Sarkar’s “Engine Tuning”. We also have strong connections with Sri Lanka, where we run an arts residency centre, Sura Medura, and where our Artistic Director, Neil Butler, is Director of the Colombo Biennale.
Artistic Director - Neil Butler
Neil has worked as an artist, producer and director creating his own work but also commissioning and producing the work of others through programmes festivals and events. He was the Festival Director of Street Biz, Shine On Glasgow, Glasgow’s Hogmanay, Big in Falkirk and the Merchant City Festival. He founded the Zap Club in Brighton, UZ Events in Glasgow and the Sura Medura International Artist Residency Centre in Sri Lanka.
Finance Manager - Joyce Manning
Joyce has worked with UZ since its inception as UZ Events in 1994.
Project Manager - Eileen Wilson
Eileen started as an Office Intern in the summer of 2012. Remaining as part of the team, she has worked on all UZ projects since and is now working as Project Manager across all UZ projects.
Peter Boyden (chair) : Allan Carrick : Jo McLean : Stephen Stenning
Christophe Berthonneau : Angie Smith : Hilary Westlake : Dries Verhoeven : Bill Mitchell : Ewan Hunter : Farman Ginny : Gavin Lockhart : Graeme Gilmour
Guyan Porter : Ian Smith : Jayne Morley : Jim Sutherland : Maria McCavana : Mike Roberts : Mike Rowan : Rachel Rowan : Stompy : Peter McCaughey
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