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Jackie Shearer appointed CEO of Greenock’s Beacon Arts Centre

Jackie Shearer. Photo: Iain McLean Jackie Shearer. Photo: Iain McLean
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Jackie Shearer has been appointed chief executive of the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.

Shearer, who previously held a similar post at Platform in Easterhouse, was appointed after six months at the Beacon as transition director.

She told The Stage that she was excited by the creative potential of the Beacon, which opened in 2013 as a replacement for the Arts Guild Theatre. However, she said there was a need to match its core business with the funding it receives from Inverclyde Council and Creative Scotland.

Acknowledging that there have been funding difficulties with the local authority, she said: “When you build a £10 million arts centre, you really need to think through what the operating costs of that are, matched with the ambition that you have got for it.

“Over the last six months the board has renegotiated a funding settlement with the council. The council have been very supportive and the funding agreement is really great, £50,000 of an annual grant has gone up to £200,000, which is more in line with what other arts centres get from their local authorities.”

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