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Anne Waggot Knott

Board Director

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An artist and geographer, Anne grew up with East Lothian's rugged coasts, crisp sunshine, and bracing North Sea winds. Cultural distractions included discovering her school’s photography darkroom, grunge, happy hardcore, Tank Girl and The Face magazine.

A Geography degree from the University of St Andrews and five years in the adventure tourism sector propelled her into marketing roles with the University of Edinburgh and then the University of Glasgow in Dumfries. Here she worked to widen university participation and recruit new Scottish and international students, helping re-establish the university's presence in the region following the threat of closure in 2007.  

The University of Manchester beckoned her to the western Lake District where she managed commercial partnerships at the Dalton Nuclear Institute. Involvement in the complex, polarising world of nuclear innovation piqued her interest in the role creativity can play in research and policymaking. She took a sabbatical for a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art at Carlisle College, then Covid hit. Escaping from a college field trip on the last flight out of Spain, she locked down, left her job, and became an artist. 

A member of The PLACE Collective and a Research Fellow with the University of Cumbria’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, her practice focuses on human connections with the landscape through printmaking, digital media, sculpture, and language. She balances her own work with relevant, high quality engagement projects. She is a passionate advocate for rural contemporary arts and fair pay for creatives.

She could never stay away from the beach for long and is renovating a studio space on the Galloway coast.