Creative director change heralds new era for Skye arts

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One of Skye’s leading arts promotion charities has reached a new milestone in its 28-year history.

Marie Lewis is taking over the position as creative director at SEALL (Skye Events for All), held by Duncan MacInnes for almost three decades.

Duncan, 69, who began promoting performing arts in the south of the island in the late 1980s, has gone on to receive a number of prestigious awards during his lengthy service to the Sleat community. In July, he received his greatest honour to date with an MBE for his services to the arts.

Marie, who lives in the north of the island, will take the helm of the Sleat-based organisation in November.

She 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.’

The handover will take place during SEALL’s AGM on November 19.

Anyone interested in becoming a board member is asked to contact SEALL on 01471 844207 or email

The organisation has also just launched its Autumn 2019 programme of events. For more information visit