Over the last 30 years she has worked on award-winning commissions ranging from £500,000 to over £25million for charities, private clients and the public sector. Based in Ross-shire, Karen was founding partner of architects Anderson Bell Christie and in 2016 launched ‘hirta’ with partner Bruce Brebner, a portal promoting collaboration between creative disciplines.
She said: “For 46 years Wasps has been making a vital contribution to the wealth and health of our nation by providing affordable, inspirational spaces for thousands of artists and makers. I am delighted to now be part of that evolving story and look forward to working in partnership with all our stakeholders – staff, charity trustees and artists – to spread the word about the importance of our work. We all benefit from art and creativity in our lives. Wasps works throughout Scotland to enable and support artists and those who work in the creative industries to enrich our communities. Wasps’ studios, workspaces and galleries bring life back to empty buildings, making our places more dynamic and helping our communities to thrive”.
Like all our Board trustees, Karen offers her guidance and experience on a voluntary basis for our charity.
Outgoing chair Andrew successful tenure saw the opening of Perth Creative Exchange, Inverness Creative Academy and the regeneration of Granton Station in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council.
Andrew said: “It has been a privilege to work with so many talented people. Despite all the challenges, we are still growing as a charity, making a difference to communities through the power of art. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last nine years and wish Karen well as she carries on the torch.”
Audrey Carlin Chief Executive of Wasps said: “We would like to thank Andrew for his passion and dedication and in turn welcome Karen as new chair. We are looking forward to working with Karen as we set out our vision for the future and continue to support the network of talented independent artists and creative businesses across Scotland.”
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