Lakeland Arts Trust seeks chief executive

Patrick Steel, 17.03.2010
Vacancy follows dispute over future direction of trust
Lakeland Arts Trust is seeking a chief executive after former director Edward King left the Trust following a dispute with the trustees over the future of the Windermere Steamboat project.

“We have both agreed not to say anything further,” said Adam Naylor, the trust’s chairman. “The trust has revised the plans for the redevelopment of the Windermere Steamboat Museum and these will be published later this year.”

The new chief executive will have responsibility for leading the redevelopment of the Windermere Steamboat Museum, while also developing the trust’s other properties at Abbot Hall Art Gallery; Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House; and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry.

Applications for the position close at the end of this month, and Naylor hopes that the post will be filled by the end of the summer.

Last month, the trust appointed Adrian Stone, an expert in boat-building and restoration, to the new post of conservation workshop manager.

Stone is tasked with establishing and equipping a workshop in the Windermere Building following flood damage to the site in November. The trust is also seeking funding to allow it to appoint an assistant boat-builder to work alongside Stone.

Meanwhile, the trustees of the Armitt Collection in Ambleside decided last month to close the museum indefinitely in the face of mounting financial difficulties, after the museum was also damaged in last year’s floods.

However, following a campaign by local paper The Westmorland Gazette, several donations have been offered, including £10,000 from Blackburn College. The museum will now reopen next month.

Sue Jackson, a trustee of the Armitt Collection, said: “We need £15,000 a year to keep us sustainable and, thanks to the campaign, we have raised more than £20,000. This will allow us to open our doors again, while our fundraising committee works towards a sustainable future for the museum.”

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