About

Our Vision

To connect creativity, people and place by delivering high quality arts events and projects; nurturing and showcasing the creativity of the people of Moray and celebrating and promoting Moray as a place for outstanding art.

The Findhorn Bay area of Moray provides an inspiring backdrop of beautiful pine woodlands, miles of sandy beaches and idyllic fishing villages, and is home to many talented artists, including musicians, film-makers, dancers, performers, photographers, comedians, novelists, storytellers and poets, all of whom produce work which reflects and celebrates the landscape and culture in which it was created.

Based in the ancient market town of Forres, Findhorn Bay Arts is a non-profit organisation and company limited by guarantee, which is passionate about promoting this beautiful part of Scotland as a place for outstanding arts through the delivery of high quality arts events and projects.

Through events such as Culture Day and the biennial Findhorn Bay Festival, we aim to showcase and nurture the creativity of the area’s residents, whilst attracting high quality artists and productions to the area.

We are also proud to be part of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy “Time to Shine”. IGNITE: Moray Youth Arts Hub aims to open up a range of exciting routes for children and young people to connect with creativity and explore arts in Moray.

Who We Are

Findhorn Bay Arts succeeds due of the passion and expertise of our participating artists and the energy and enthusiasm of our partners, volunteers and the local community. We are very much a collaborative venture and proud to be so.

At the heart of this, there is a small, dedicated team whose behind the scenes work might go unnoticed if we didn’t take this opportunity to tell you about ourselves!

Kresanna Aigner CEO / Director

Kresanna provides the vision, the ideas, and the drive. More prosaically, she is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation and coordination of the team, overseeing and managing the programme of events, developing partnerships and projects, devising PR and marketing strategies and generally making sure everything happens just as it’s supposed to happen.

Liz Egan Finance

Liz creates a spreadsheet like a painter creates a piece of art – with colour and flair. It is thanks to her robust bookkeeping and nicely balanced accounts that our budgets run according to plan and that everyone gets paid on time.

Steve Gasgarth Remix Co-Ordinator

Steve is currently co-ordinator of REMIX, our digital music making project for young people in Moray. Steve started out as a DJ, music producer and events organiser before moving into working with young people and music in community arts projects. He runs a community interest company specialising in creative music & film projects for young people, and in non-formal education & training.

Charles McKerron Director

Charles McKerron, has a Masters in Science and a Post Grad Practice in Social Work and Social Work Leadership. Formerly a social work manager, Charles managed; over 700 staff, department budgets, strategic development, planning and reporting, HR and managed a team of Managers. Charles is currently employed as a Consultant Practitioner in adult social work and is a business consultant and management coach with a special interest in strategy development.

Wendy Niblock Director

Wendy is a freelance Arts Publicist/Marketer with over 25 years experience. This has involved developing and utilising a wide range of skills including fundraising, event management, general administration, implementing and managing high profile press and marketing strategies and campaigns.

Elizabeth Brooks Director

Elizabeth is the Design Director for the Digital Health & Care Institute at the Glasgow School of Art. She leads a multi-disciplinary team based in the Highlands and Glasgow and is responsible for the planning and execution of the first Experience Labs which uses design practice to create a safe environment to carry out rapid cycles of trialling new ideas in technology, services, roles and behaviour.

Brian Ó hEadhra Director

Brian Ó hEadhra is an acclaimed singer-songwriter performing traditional and contemporary music and song, he has toured the globe as a professional musician and has recorded on over twenty albums over a thirty year career.  He has worked in arts management and development over many years and is currently employed as Gaelic Arts & Culture Adviser for Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Scotland's Gaelic language board.

Rachael Forbes Arts & Community Engagement Coordinator

Rachael is a practising artist working in textiles and painting, her work explores hand-embroidery and natural dyeing. Rachael has been facilitating art with diverse groups in gallery, museum, arts charity and further education settings for years and is passionate about community engagement and inclusivity in the arts.

Gill Bird Events & Volunteer Assistant

Gill has a degree in History from the University of Exeter and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She has worked in the cultural sector - Museums, Galleries, and the Arts for over twenty years and was, most recently, the Education Officer at the Highlanders Museum in Ardersier. Gill made a welcome return to Findhorn Bay Arts this year to assist with delivering arts events in the era of Covid!

Dawn Arnold Administrator

An effective and highly efficient administrator, Dawn keeps our back office running smoothly, enabling us to deliver our projects and events. With over a decade's experience working in the UK's legal and financial sectors, she holds a number of qualifications in financial administration and planning.

Alex Williamson Marketing & Communications
Alex looks after our marketing and communications strategies, ensuring you know what we're up to and ways to get involved. He is passionate about content-driven storytelling and finding new and creative ways to engage with audiences.
Elidh Brown Programme Coordinator, Culture Collective: Combine to Create

Elidh Myrvang Brown has joined us on a sixteen month secondment from TSI Moray. Starting in early June 2021, for three days a week Elidh will work closely with Kresanna to deliver the Combine to Create programme. Elidh has a MA in Contemporary Practice: Art, Craft and Design, and is an experienced facilitator and practitioner in community development and partnership working.

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