LJ Findlay-Walsh / Artistic Director
LJ became Artistic Director of Take Me Somewhere festival in June 2017 having acted as Associate Programmer since September 2016. She worked as Producer and Programmer of renowned Glasgow venue The Arches from 2005 – 2015 working on festivals that included Arches Live for emergent practitioners, and international performance festival Behaviour. She has worked across Europe, including co-curator of an edition of Plateaux live art festival in Frankfurt. She is Senior Performance Curator of Glasgow contemporary arts venue Tramway, working on year-round activity that includes DIG (Dance International Glasgow). She is a Board Member of Articulation, (Scotland's advocacy organisation for physical performance) and has held various advisory roles through the Federation of Scottish Theatre, including arts mentor and panel member for their Producer's Award. She has worked on various award panels including the Fringe Brick Award and Adrian Howells Award and is an ISPA fellow (International Society for the Performing Arts).
Belinda McElhinney / Executive Producer
Belinda was Executive Producer of contemporary dance theatre company Barrowland Ballet prior to joining Take Me Somewhere. Their repertoire of work tours across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Their most recent production Playful Tiger breaks boundaries as a work created with and for children with autism who are mainly non-verbal. Belinda also runs her own company, Standing Tall Arts, which delivers a participation programme for refugee children and young people, and victims of trafficking who arrive in Scotland alone, working in partnership with the Scottish Guardianship Service. Belinda is co-chair of the Federation of Scottish Theatre and is a Scottish Fellow for the International Society of the Performing Arts.
Karl Taylor / Associate Producer
Karl is a producer for Live Art and contemporary performance. He undertook the Artsadmin producing traineeship in 2014, and has subsequently worked with artists and arts organisations around the world, including Liberty Festival of Disability Arts and the Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture. Alongside working with Take Me Somewhere, he currently works as an independent producer for Lucy McCormick, and is the director of BUZZCUT, an organisation supporting the development and presentation of radical performance in Scotland, through their annual festival and monthly performance night Double Thrills. He joined Take Me Somewhere in October 2017.
Niall Walker / Media & Marketing Manager
Niall is an award-winning marketing, media and design consultant with 18 years of experience in arts promotion in Scotland and beyond. He was The Arches Marketing & Design Manager for 12 years, before going freelance in 2014. His specialities include marketing strategy, social media, digital marketing, graphic design, press campaigns and photography. Recent clients include Raw Material, Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland, 21Common, CCA, Vanishing Point and The Work Room. He has worked extensively at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on theatre and dance tours throughout the UK and internationally, including Glasgow Girls, the biggest selling show at the 2016 Fringe. Current projects aside from Take Me Somewhere include The Dark Carnival (Vanishing Point) and What Girls Are Made Of (Raw Material/Traverse).
Grahame Gardner / Production Manager
Grahame studied at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and at the University of Rochester, New York. As former Chief Electrician for Scottish Ballet, he designed lighting for many shows including Sonata In Time, Scotch Symphony, Who Cares?, Prisoners, Cheri, Carmen, and Esprit. Other dance designs include Rite of Spring for Ulster Youth Dance; Song of Songs for Scottish Dance Theatre; One Crowded Hour, The Bright-Eyed Mariner, The Winter Room for Tabula Rasa. For Company Chordelia, Grahame has designed lighting for Cinderella Pilot Error, Les Amoureux, Cabaret Chordelia, Miranda and Dance Derby (with Scottish Opera).
Operas include The Seven Deadly Sins for Scottish Opera (with Company Chordelia), The Loving of Etain and An Turus for Paragon Ensemble, and The Magic Flute, Falstaff and Hansel & Gretel for AIYF Opera Garden. Other music theatre work includes Cryptic’s Black Over Red and Each…And Every Inch, The Musical Seminar, RITE, Glassworks and Torque for Paragon Ensemble, Private Dancer for Janice Parker, and JUMP! For National Theatre of Scotland. Grahame is also Associate Lighting Designer for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.
As Technical Director, Grahame has worked with Tabula Rasa, Company Chordelia, Claire Cunningham, and Dancebase during the Edinburgh Festival; he has also been Production Manager for Junk Ensemble’s The FallingSong and It Folds, Errol White Company’s Breathe, and Glasgow’s Take Me Somewhere festival.
Siân Baxter / Festival Co-ordinator
Siân is a Glasgow based independent producer currently working with performance artists Lucy Hutson, Amy Rosa, Rosana Cade and Nick Cassenbaum. Prior to her move to Glasgow two years ago she worked at Artsadmin in East London as their Projects and Advisory Assistant after completing her year-long Producing Traineeship with them. She has also worked with and supported a variety of artists and organisations including FK Alexander, Ultimate Dancer, BUZZCUT, The Vacuum Cleaner and SPILL Festival.
Anita Clark, Director, The Workroom
Professor Deirdre Heddon, James Arnott Chair in Drama, University of Glasgow
Gillian Garrity, Producer, Raw Material