Our extra-special Guest Workshop Leader for August was Creative Scotland’s Head of Dance and Interim Deputy Director of Arts and Engagement, Paul Burns. Paul gave us the inside scoop on the changes to Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund (OPF), including what is changing, how the new fund will support you and tips for writing your OPF applications.
Paul Burns is Head of Dance and Interim Deputy Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland. Paul has a broad range of experience in the UK arts sector having previously worked in arts policy, youth arts and in the hip-hop and grime music sectors. For the last 15 years he has worked in dance, initially as an independent producer before going onto lead the programming, producing and artist development activity of DanceXchange and International Dance Festival Birmingham for seven years. He worked in senior leadership roles at a number of other UK dance organisations including Dance4, Greenwich Dance, The Place and Yorkshire Dance, and delivered his own artist and sector development projects as a freelance coach, mentor and dramaturg before joining Creative Scotland in 2018.