David Watt - Chief Executive

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David graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a First Class (Hons) degree in Fine Art. After a year of study at The British School at Rome, he returned to Glasgow where he taught for eight years in the Department of Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art.

In 1995 he moved to Dundee to facilitate the transfer of the assets of the Seagate Gallery & Dundee Printmakers Workshop to Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), and was one of the original management team responsible for the development of DCA which opened to the public in 1999.

Later that year he moved to Edinburgh to take over as Director of Edinburgh Printmakers, where he reinvigorated its artistic strategy, inviting a number of nationally and internationally renowned artists to undertake print commissions that pushed the boundaries of contemporary printmaking processes.

In 2006 he became the first ever Director of Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS), where he again revised and extended the artistic strategy of the organisation, establishing a number of partnerships to bring international artists to the city through a series of residencies and exchanges. His greatest achievement at GSS was the recently completed capital redevelopment of The Whisky Bond as a permanent home for the organisation. This project, a unique public and private business partnership, enabled the development of a new social business model that maximises the commercial opportunities presented by the state of the art premises allied to the skills of the core staff team and the 120 artists that are affiliated to the organisation.

He has been Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland since April 2013.