Who is Robert?
When Robert was planning his future, he had no idea that he would be working in the area of arts and disability!
Having graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2004 with an MSc (Hons) in Business & Management, his career path took a dramatic twist when he was offered a one-year post as a resident actor at Theatre Workshop (Edinburgh). Robert then spent the following years working as an actor for theatre companies such as Birds of Paradise and Fittings as well as for the BBC, appearing in a number of radio dramas.
In 2005 Robert joined Birds of Paradise as their Agent for Change, which saw him shift focus to look at policy and training in the area of arts and disability. In this role Robert identified new ways to advance disability equality in the arts and worked with many organisations throughout Scotland. Three years later, following a process that saw the Scottish Arts Council re-focus their equality work, a staff team was created within their Equality department that included Robert as their newly appointed Equalities Officer (Arts and Disability). Over his two years with the Scottish Arts Council Robert initiated and developed a number of programmes and projects that enabled arts organisations to engage with disabled people and enabled disabled artists to develop their practice. Unlimited – the disability arts commission fund that has been developed by London 2012 and the four UK arts councils – was of particular significance during this time, and Robert continues to be involved with it.
At the core of Robert’s working practice is a belief that by creating key partnerships, we can develop an arts sector in Scotland that is inclusive of disabled people and that reflects the society in which we live.