Leonie Bell is currently seconded into the Scottish Government as Head of Cultural Engagement and Culture Strategy. A key aspect of this role is to develop A Culture Strategy for Scotland that will set out the important role that culture has in Scotland’s future, and to enable everyone to have the opportunity to take part in or contribute to cultural life in Scotland. In addition to this Leonie leads on the Scottish Government’s work for Festivals & Cultural Relations, national cultural events including Cities of Culture, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and Youth arts.
Prior to this Leonie was Director or Arts & Engagement at Creative Scotland, where she developed the organisation’s Arts Strategy and led on work across dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts, and Creative Scotland’s creative learning activity including Youth Music Initiative, Youth Arts Strategy and CashBack for Creativity.
From 2008 to 2014 Leonie developed and delivered Scotland’s national strategic framework that positioned London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 as a significant cultural opportunity for Scotland. Before this Leonie was Programme Director at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design & the City, where she led an innovative public programme of exhibitions, events and festivals within the building, across Glasgow, Scotland and internationally. After completing postgraduate studies in the History of Decorative Arts and Design at the University of Glasgow, Leonie joined the exhibitions team as part of Glasgow 1999: UK City of Architecture & Design.