It's the end of an era for Sleat-based organisation, SEALL.
Duncan MacInnes MBE will be stepping down from his role as Creative Director after almost three decades.
Duncan will pass the reins on to Marie Lewis, currently Producer and Finance Manager of SEALL, in November.
69 year-old Duncan, who began promoting performing arts in the south of the Island in the late 1980s, said: “SEALL is in a very exciting place now.
“The charity was started in 1991 with a group of like-minded volunteers running a few events each year in various south Skye venues.
“Now with the on-going and increasing support of many people on Skye, I am delighted that SEALL has become a leader in rural touring events in the UK. We have created four cultural jobs for the area and I am confident that SEALL is a strong and sustainable organisation.
“This has led to many new ideas and a grander vision for SEALL, so I am delighted to hand over a project that is in the very good hands of Marie Lewis as the new Creative Director."
Marie said: “Duncan’s decision to retire this year is a very important juncture in the history of SEALL.
“Duncan has done such a great job in bringing quality performing arts to the Sleat community for almost three decades and I am eager to carry on this good work across the Island and into an exciting new future for SEALL.
“We are already forming new partnerships and forging important new relationships with individuals and organisations at a local, national and international level and I look forward to programming some amazing events in venues across our communities for our year-round touring programme, The Skye Festival and the SEALL Festival of Small Halls.
“SEALL is very much a community-orientated organisation with an ambition to extend our reach right across the Islands of Skye and Raasay. The voice of the communities is all important to us and I should be really delighted to hear what people have to say in terms of what kind of performances they would like to see in their venues.
“We are also always on the look-out for new board members too. Anyone who is interested in the future of performing arts on Skye is asked to please get in touch and help us take SEALL forward.”
SEALL chair, Rosie MacDonald, said: “Marie is equally enthusiastic about performing arts and cut her teeth as Creative Director in 2018, having responsibility for organising and programming the SEALL Festival of Small Halls. This was a new winter festival for SEALL and was a great success.
“It is anticipated that Marie will expand on this success and take the arts further to additional venues on Skye and Raasay, thereby continuing SEALL’s tradition of providing our rural communities with some excellent entertainment.”
The handover will take place at SEALL’s 2019 annual general meeting takes place in Sèomar Chruinneachaidh, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on Tuesday 19 November at 7.30pm. All are welcome.