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
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.
Samantha Fraser / Marketing & PR
Samantha supports our marketing and PR aspirations – she makes sure you all know about our events and projects. She pulls together our marketing plans and strategy, takes care of local press and media relations, deals with social media and manages our advertising and evaluation.
Steve Gasgarth / In The Mix Project Coordinator
Steve is a freelance artist, international trainer and Director of Coyote Initiatives, Community Intrest Company. Steven has over 20 years experience in project design and delivery, youth work, creative education, music production and DJing.
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.
Charles McKerron / Board
Fiona Chalmers / Board
Fiona is a dynamic thinker and brings a creative, innovative and collaborative approach to achieving agreed objectives. She is highly experienced in communication and partnership working and currently runs her own countryside management consultancy based in Moray.
Wendy Niblock / Board
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 / Board
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.