Heather Lander
Biography and Employment History

In addition to my arts practice, I am Exhibitions Coordinator at Project Ability in Glasgow. Project Ability is an arts charity and support studio for children and adults with disabilities. I have worked there for the past two and a half years, since graduating from the MFA. I enjoy the diversity of from having my own art practice and promoting the work of others through Project Ability. 

Below is my professional cv in regards to my employment in the arts; outlining some of my past employments as well as my skills related to this area.

Professional Profile

Key Skills

Excellent knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign and PowerPoint, etc
Experience in cataloguing work within a database
Excellent communication skills via phone, email, in person
Excellent photography skills
Good web design skills
Clean UK Driver’s license with car
Excellent communication and relationship building with artists, colleagues, and service users.
Grant and report writing for artists, exhibitions and projects



2013-2015 Master’s in Fine Art with Distinction (1st),The Glasgow School of Art

1997-1999 B.A. (Hons) from the Glasgow School of Art, Painting and Drawing


Career Summary

2015 - present Exhibitions Coordinator, Project Ability.

2014 - 2017  Platform to Health, Art Factory, Art teacher and workshop facilitator. Weekly art class, inclusive for all adults.

2013 - 2017 one on one art sessions with autistic clients

2003 - present  Platform, Art Workshop Organiser and Facilitator, Saturday Art Club for children 5-11

I was employed through the Glasgow East Arts Company as a free-lance artist to organise and facilitate art workshops with children and adults of all ages and abilities. In addition to the above positions I have been contracted to work on numerous other projects through GEAC, in community centres, various types of schools, health and rehabilitation centres. I left GEAC shortly after I began work at Project Ability. I have been Exhibitions Coordinator with Project Ability for two and a half years.

Exhibitions Coordinator
Project Ability

Responsibilities include:

Liaising and working with the Project Ability team
Ensuring that aims and objectives are reached
Exhibition planning, organising and curation
Ensuring the participants have a positive experience
Regular feedback reports to the Executive Director on the progress of all projects/exhibitions
Budget management
Engaging all participants in developing and continuing an interest in the arts
Management of the gallery shop and online shop
Liaising with artists and other support studios & galleries around the Uk, Europe and other countires.


2001 - 2016

Self-Employed artist/tutor
Glasgow East Arts Company
Platform, Easterhouse

I held many roles during my time with GEAC. Working with artists and people of all ages and abilities. As a self-employed artist many of these contracts were short term. Below are the roles I held at Platform which were long term.

-Art Factory, Platform to Health:Art teacher, workshop facilitator and
exhibition coordinator. Weekly art class, inclusive for all adults.

-Weekly one on one art sessions with autistic clients. Various other contracts w/GEAC working with young people and adults of all ages and abilities; including workshops, festival, parades, after school programmes and more.

-Saturday Art Club: Weekly arts & crafts club for children 5-11.


Gallery Assistant and Curator
Scotlandart Gallery, Glasgow
Working within a busy commercial gallery I was responsible for all managerial tasks included in the upkeep of the gallery and organising exhibitions.   

Responsibilities included:

Communicating with artists and establishing a good working relationship with them
Secretarial duties including finance, administration and database cataloguing
Photography of work and exhibitions
Speaking with clients about the work, taking sales and following up reserves and arranging commissions
Dealing with online sales and emails. Packaging up of artworks to be delivered to the purchaser in a safe expeditious manner
Daily upkeep of the gallery keeping it looking clean and well hung
Daily upkeep of the website
Writing copy for advertising, catalogues, invitations and mail outs


2009 –2012
Secretary to Curator
University of Strathclyde, Collins Gallery

In this role I assisted the curator on all matters relating to researching and installation of exhibitions.  I handled finance matters as well marketing, promotion and artist correspondence.  Communication, art handling, IT skills, and experience in the arts were all crucial elements to this position.


2010- 2012
Glasgow Catalogue Coordinator
Public Catalogue Foundation in association with the BBC

As a catalogue coordinator for the PCF I handled the process of identifying public art collections within Glasgow and cataloguing them as part of the nation wide project to share public artworks with the public via a website and catalogues.  This entailed locating and approaching possible collections, explaining the project to them, and cataloguing in detail any paintings they have in their collection.  Organisation, attention to detail and communication were key aspects to this job.  I worked closely with a photographer and set up her photography sessions as well as providing a database of all paintings in the Glasgow collections to the PCF in a ‘ready for publish’ format.  My 18 month contract with the PCF was completed successfully and on time in January 2012.


Exhibition organiser and curator
Arthouse Hotel, Glasgow 

I was employed by the Arthouse Hotel to organise and curate an exhibition space within the hotel. These were bi-monthly exhibitions showing many different types of work. I had full responsibility in finding the artists and organising every aspect of the show.


Grants & awards

2016 Creative Scotland Project Fund

Bram Stoker Award for MFA Degree Show

2012 Glasgow City Life Visual Arts Grant


2013 & 2014 Hope Scott Trust Scholarship Awards


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