New faces for a new creative challenge

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The ambitious and wide-ranging arts programme that won Creative Scotland’s Creative Place 2014 award for Peebles is now well under way

And to make sure it runs smoothly and reaches as many people as possible two new staff have been appointed.

Project coordinator Alex Emerson and marketing assistant Ben Trueman have hit the ground running as project partnerships build and events, festivals and competitions are already rolling out on a level never before seen in Peebles.

Alex said: “This is an exciting year for me and the Creative Place award is an amazing achievement. I am very pleased to be part of the team and coordinator for the project.

“The programme is packed full of events offering great opportunities to professional and amateur artists, in addition to an array of festivals and creative activities for the whole family.”

Alex has been working professionally in the creative arts since 2007. After completing her postgraduate certificate in Community Dance at LABAN Conservatoire for contemporary dance, Alex worked up and down the country developing dance programmes, choreographing and project managing performances and festivals, all with the aim of inspiring people to engage with the creative arts.

After several years working for the Glenkens Community Arts Trust, Ben moved to Edinburgh to study Social Anthropology and continued in the arts promoting a variety of successful events. He has worked with Val McDermid, Fred McCauley and Johnny Walker amongst many.

Ben said: “Peebles is an amazing hub of creativity and I am proud to be bringing new events to such a vibrant setting. One of the things I look forward to achieving is a heightened awareness of Peebles and what it has to offer, from massive international events like Tweedlove to intimate, community events such as the Lovely Barn house party. Since my job is about promotion and marketing, I will be expanding the use of social media to engage new audiences and help create the carnival atmosphere at the heart of Peebles Creative Place 2014.”