Steve Slater has been appointed as the new Director of Citymoves.
Steve’s appointment is a significant achievement for Citymoves as it embarks on a new, independent future as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
Annette Murray, Chair of the Citymoves Board of Trustees, said, ‘We are delighted that Steve has elected to join us at this pivotal moment in Citymoves’ history. He brings a wealth of experience in arts management and has a proven track record in strategic development in Scotland’s cultural life, including 14 years at Glasgow’s Tramway. We are very fortunate to have attracted him to the north east – Glasgow’s loss is very much Aberdeen’s gain.’
Steve has been an active participant in driving forward Scotland’s cultural ambitions for almost 30 years, including 14 years as senior producer for live art at Tramway, Glasgow. A fine arts graduate and an artist of performance and film/installation, Steve also spent four years as a special advisor for both the Dance and Drama departments at the Scottish Arts Council and a 12 month assignment as Head of Dance post at Creative Scotland. His career has taken him up and down the UK, working on diverse and challenging projects and with some of the UK’s and Europe’s most exciting and challenging artists.
Commenting on his new role, Steve said, ‘The creative potential here is huge and I see the Director’s role as one of the few where I can make a difference, positively contributing to what has already been achieved and building on those foundations.
‘My overarching ambition is to continue to develop what is already a compelling agency for dance for the city and region. I believe Citymoves can unite, build and galvanise a varied and vital network of alliances across the arts, carried forward by a unified and committed team of talented individuals focused on the collective aims of the organisation. I relish the opportunity of leading the Citymoves team to support and develop the dance sector of which I am so much a part.’
Citymoves was previously part of and supervised by the Aberdeen City Council’s (ACC) Education and Children’s Services department. It became an independent organisation in October 2016 after a transition process managed jointly by ACC and the Board of Trustees.