Steven Thomson, Creative Director/CEO & Company Secretary
T: +44(0)141 552 7575 / 847 1122
M: +44(0)776 272 2460
Steven has worked in the professional performing arts since 1983. He has worked at Glasgow’s Tron, Tramway, King’s and Mitchell Theatres as well as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He followed that with a large scale project, The Big Picnic, with Bill Bryden and Promenade Productions. He worked subsequently for the Scottish Claymores and from 1998-2003 he was Administrative Director for New Moves International Ltd, producers of the New Territories festival. He ran the Glasgay! festival from 2004-2014 and subsequently transition the company into Outspoken Arts Scotland. He has also consulted, as a Creative Producer, for Renfrewshire Council supporting its Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid and an Event Legacy plan 2018-2022. Steven is the Co-chair of Erskine Music & Media Studios CIC and a lay committee member of the Paisley Art Insitute.
Alphonso Harrison, Engagement Manager
T: +44(0)141 847 1122 | M: +44(0)759 891 1026
Alphonso joined the Company as initially our Administrator in April 2007. He was previously Ticketing Director for NFL Europe League’s Scottish Claymores and England Monarch’s American football teams. He was also Box Office Manager for Promenade Production’s The Big Picnic at Harland & Wolff Engine Shed. Alphonso most recently worked for US military defence contractor Northrop Grumman. in his newly reformed post Alphonso will look after most aspects of artists, communities and participants engagement activities as well as programme and event management.
Lisa Watt, PR & Marketing Manager
T: +44(0)141 847 1122
Lisa re-joins the Company after a spell of working on major events such as the Mackintosh Festival and other work with Glasgow’s Merchant Square. Lisa brings a wealth of experience in public relations, advertising, publishing and press campaigning.
Indie McCue Visual Arts Officer
Indie has joined the team recently after graduating from Gray’s School of Art. Indie has extensive experience in working with emerging artists. Indie brings with them a knowledge and contact base of emerging artists of varied backgrounds as well as experience in the community arts field – having performed themselves at GOMA with ‘Dial A for Whispers – Talk is Cheap’ and having worked with Look Again Festival, VictoriArt and Grampian Hospitals Art Trust. Indie has recently worked closely with John Walter as a chaperone for the artists’ work ‘The Fourth Wall’ with Look Again’s 2019 Festival. The narratives of people with protected characteristics are of extreme importance to Indie, specifically the narratives of queer and trans people. In their post as Visual Arts Officer, Indie will take care in developing creative programming, forming and maintaining vital relationships with communities and emerging artists.
Ilona Dynowksi, Creative Learning Officer
Ilona joined the team in September 2019 as their Creative Learner Officer, keen to deliver and develop arts programmes for a variety of community groups. Utilising past voluntary teaching and creative learning experience of working within a variety of educational settings from primary to undergraduate. Her background is primarily in Contemporary Fine Art and as a practicing artist, working with a variety of mediums and specialising in oil painting. In 2016, she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with Honours from Moray School of Art and in 2019, they achieved a Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice with The Glasgow School of Art – Painting Pathway.