Atlas Arts




ATLAS Arts Welcomes Ainslie Roddick as its new Artistic Director/CEO

ATLAS Arts is pleased to announce that Ainslie Roddick has been appointed the new Artistic Director/ CEO of ATLAS Arts.

Ainslie, who will take up her position at the end of November, joins ATLAS from CCA in Glasgow where she has worked as part of the open source and contemporary visual art programme for the past 7 years. A highly respected curator, she has developed a strong connection with local and international artists, such as Emilia Beatriz, Various Dance Artists, Pilvi Takala, Rehana Zaman, Shadi Habib Allah, Gregor Wright and Chto Delat . She is also the founder of The Glasgow Seed Library and co-founder of open source publishing space Publication Studio Glasgow.  

Chair of the Board Norman Gillies explained: ‘We are delighted to have secured someone of Ainslie’s calibre as ATLAS’ next Artistic Director.  She has a long-standing interest in ATLAS’ work as well as the community of Skye and Lochalsh and will bring with her extensive knowledge of artistic practices that connect meaningfully to ATLAS’ ongoing work.  She is passionate about positioning ATLAS within a strong local and international network and ensuring the company looks towards sustainable ways of working within the arts. We are very excited to see what the future will bring under her leadership.’

Commenting on her appointment, Ainslie Roddick said: Working at ATLAS has been a long-held aspiration of mine. ATLAS Arts has huge potential as a force for change, to be an international voice for sustainable models of work in contemporary art practice. It is a unique organisation with an already exemplary approach, with projects such as CLIMAVORE addressing key ecological questions of our time. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone on the island, developing Emma Nicolson’s brilliant work and an artistic programme that thinks very practically and pleasurably towards the future.

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland commented:We would like to welcome Ainslie to her new role as Artistic Director of ATLAS Arts.  From its local context in Skye, ATLAS makes a significant contribution to national and international conversations about art – and the world we live in today.   We are excited to see how the new ATLAS team, and the artists they work with, will shape and develop this contribution into the future.’

Ainslie’s programme from next Summer will be announced in early 2020. Meanwhile ATLAS has been working with curator Helen Nisbet on a new co-commission which will be presented in Spring.

This exciting appointment follows a period of research and development for ATLAS, where the organisation has taken stock to develop its future as one of the foremost contemporary arts organisations in Scotland.  During this period a new structure has been proposed, with the newly reshaped role of Artistic Director taking a greater emphasis on creative and strategic leadership. The Artistic Director will in the future be complemented by a new senior role to enhance financial sustainability and improved organisational resilience.

Published on 11 September 2019