About Alice McGrath


Pic of me        Alice McGrath

SPOILER ALERT – there’s a fair bit of reading here, might be worth a cuppa…I’ve provided a spotify playlist for you to listen to,  its my shed play list (I work in a shed in my garden)…enjoy…

What I do
I’ve been working in the arts almost all of my life – I started early, around age 3, cleaning the tables in the third eye centre, Glasgow, when my mum ran the cafe and my dad the centre.  I’ve been very lucky over the last 17 years to have worked in some wonderful organisations and with great artists.

My previous roles have included: Creative Development Director at Imaginate (2002 – 2011), Director of Creative Development, Participation and Research at macrobert arts centre (2011 – 2015) and Executive Producer at Scottish Dance Theatre (2014-2015).

My work with individual artists includes collaborating, facilitating and producing theatre, dance and socially-engaged arts projects. My passion is arts and creative education for young audiences and socially engaged arts practice that connects across generations. I have particular strengths in nurturing early ideas and creative development of artists and educators, developed over years in my roles at Imaginate and macrobert arts centre, and in listening to my dad throughout my life. I am currently working with a range of experienced artists on a diverse range of projects in a variety of contexts – see artists pages for more details. I work collaboratively with these artists, responding to each artist and project individually and flexibly responding to their needs.

I manage, facilitate and collaborate on arts events including curated arts programmes, open space events, workshops, organisational change workshops, talks and masterclasses. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Creativity in Education and am trained as a mentor, in Critical Response Process and in Lincoln Centre Institute’s Aesthetic Education process.

I am on the boards of Magnetic North Theatre Company and Janice Parker Projects.  I am also a trustee with the Tom McGrath Trust, set up to support writers, in memory of the life and legacy of my father Tom McGrath, poet and playwright, who died in 2009.

Links to recent interviews that give more info on my work and interests: artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/283/job-ladder/alice-mcgrath

Awards for work I have supported and collaborated on:

  • 2015 Nominated for CATS Awards for Best Productions for Children and Young People for The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me and Tales of a Grandson
  • 2015 Winner – Victor Award for Best show at the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase for Titus.
  • 2013 Runner up – Scottish Theatre Fringe Award for best production in the 2013 festival for Titus.
  • 2013 Winner – Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Production for Children and Young People for Sonata for Man and Boy
  • 2012 Winner – Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Production for Children and Young People for Too Many Penguins
  • 2012 Winner – Fringe First for Educating Ronnie

My values
There’s a great deal of talk about values in business now a days – Virgin have even appointed a Chief Values Officer, he is their conscience…they claim (I kid you not).  So it is with some trepidation that I commit my idea of values and beliefs to paper / screen.  However having recently had to review my values in order to make some tricky decisions and subsequently having shared these with people i think there is some benefit in sharing.

I value my family, conversation, collaboration, honesty, taking time and drinking tea with family, friends and colleagues.  The drinking of tea is, in a way, how I live my values.

Over the last few years I have been mulling on ideas around creative nourishmentslow art, family friendly policies and radical arts practice which all link to my values.  I will write more on each of these topics on my blog.

Slow Art I believe is the only way to approach art making.  It isn’t necessarily about doing things slowly but finding the right speed to do something that values long-term benefits over short terms gains and the creative well-being of the people involved.  Watch out for blogs on this enquiry on a blog page soon.