Introducing Kerry Lane, Artist Development Manager

We’re very excited to give you an in-depth introduction to our new Artist Development Manager, Kerry Lane. Kerry will be in charge of designing and delivering the artist development programme and ensuring our fellows get the most out of their time in the Nevis Fellowship.

Tell us about yourself:

I’m a pretty recent transplant to Scotland; my home is in the lower South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. I moved in February of 2022 with my two cats. I’ve spent the last ten years living in a UNESCO City of Literature, and chose Glasgow partly because it is a City of Music. I’m very much enjoying the city so far, and love being so close to the Scottish outdoors. I’ve got a few ongoing projects currently taking up most of my free time, including a literary salon I run out of my flat, editing a prison abolitionist journal, and a bilingual English/Scots poetry collaboration. 

What were you doing before working for Nevis? 

A lot of different things! My academic background is in genetics, psychology, and teaching. I’ve been working in learning design since 2014, in subject areas ranging from cell biology to engineering to film analysis to early childhood education. Back in Aotearoa I ran a couple of theatre companies and was involved in organising various literature festivals and events. I also edit academic journals, teach creative writing, and restore vintage clothing. After moving to Scotland, I took up a fixed-term post designing educational projects for a medical charity before finding my way to Nevis. 

What attracted you to Nevis?

I love the combined commitment to social good and excellence of craft. It’s fantastic to see so many talented musicians with a commitment to making change and rocking the boat. 

Do you play any instruments?

I’ve done a fair bit of choral singing and had brief flirtations with drums, guitar, and ocarina. I also used to play the clarinet, but had to give it up after a jaw surgery when I was 17.

What kind of music do you like?

Although my playlists tend towards vocal-driven indie and folk-influenced stuff, live music is a different matter. The most recent gig I went to was Gloryhammer, from which I still have visible bruises over a week later. My science background does not translate to respect for the physics of the mosh pit.

What are you looking forward to doing in your new role?

The formalised development side of Nevis’ work is brand new—it’s exciting to be able to build something from scratch. I’m really looking forward to working closely with our musicians to design a programme that meets the specific needs of artists in contemporary Scotland.

If you want to get in touch with Kerry about anything you can email them at kerry@nevisensemble.org