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North Lands Creative Appointment of new Development Manager

With support from the Aspiring Communities Fund (funded by the European Social Fund), North Lands Creative are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr Karlyn Sutherland as our Development Manager.

A practice-led researcher, Karlyn Sutherland holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh; her work is heavily influenced by her Caithness childhood and explores her first hand experience of architectural atmospheres and the link between creativity and our sense of place and identity. She began working in glass in 2009 when her research into the topic of place attachment led her home to Lybster, Caithness, and to her enrolment on a master class at North Lands Creative Glass. She has since gone on to exhibit, lecture and teach both nationally and internationally. She was an Endeavour Research Fellow in the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University in Canberra in 2016, and was recently named by the Corning Museum of Glass as the recipient of the 32nd Rakow Commission.

Formerly the Residency Development Officer at Lyth Arts Centre, Karlyn is currently a member of the Craft Scotland Advisory Group. She is represented by Bullseye Projects, Portland, Oregon.

As Development Manager, Karlyn will play a key role in seeing us launch a new, community-based social enterprise project under the working title of North Lands Collective.

North Lands Creative sees creativity as a catalyst for positive, lasting change in people's lives; through our work we want to enhance futures and enable people to flourish. Our aspiration for this project is to assemble an intergenerational, culturally diverse and inclusive group of participants who live locally but, perhaps through facing difficulties related to disability, ill health, low income or other personal circumstances, have previously felt excluded from the organisation; we want to offer such individuals the opportunity to access our facilities and to gain a combination of glass and business skills that are tailored to their personal abilities, needs and aspirations, and to assist them in exploring the potential of a community-led enterprise that, once established, could deliver strong social and financial returns both for them and the wider community.

To help establish this group and explore these possibilities Karlyn Sutherland will lead a period of community consultation which will begin in late November; the purpose of these forthcoming meetings and discussions will be to share in more detail the passion and aspirations that North Lands Creative has for this creative venture, how it could benefit the community, and, most importantly, to open the door to community-led conversations that will help to not only bring the North Lands Collective into being, but also to shape its future.

On accepting the role, Karlyn Sutherland comments:

“I'm so pleased to have joined North Lands Creative as Development Manager for this project. I grew up in Lybster, and began working in glass after taking a masterclass here in the studio in 2009; it opened all sorts of doors that I never imagined would be there, and ended up completely altering the course of my career, so that makes me really excited about the potential of North Lands Collective.”

On the future of North Lands Collective, Director Karen Phillips comments:

“I’m delighted to welcome Karlyn to the North Lands Creative team and look forward to working closely with her to enhance the relationship between the organisation and the local community through the North Lands Collective project."