Former Director of the Institute for Creative Enterprise, Coventry University and formerly the founding Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow Prior to this she was Depute Director of the Scottish Arts Council and also worked in the areas of cultural development, policy, management and administration.
Senior executive, Researcher
Identity issues and cultural policy, Governance of culture, Social inclusion and civil society, Urban development and regeneration, Culture in rural areas
Christine Hamilton Consulting, Glasgow, United Kingdom
University, Freelance, Arts Organisation, Funding Body, Research Institute
Christine runs her own consultancy, Christine Hamilton Consulting, in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2012 she undertook a major review of theatre in Scotland for Creative Scotland and also undertook development work with the management and boards of several theatre companies.
Christine Hamilton joined Coventry University in 2007 with the remit to set up a new Institute for Creative Enterprise combining the University's postgraduate teaching and research in creative practice with its focus on the development of new businesses in the creative and cultural sector. The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) was launched in June 2008. Christine left in 2011 and is involved in cultural policy work and projects via her consultancy company, Christine Hamilton Consulting.
From 2001-2007 she was the founding director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow initially funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council with a special grant to support research infrastructure. Under her leadership the Centre undertook a range of research and consultancy projects in cultural policy. Prior to this, Christine worked for Glasgow City Council and before that was Depute Director, Scottish Arts Council where she had responsibility for policy development and research. Christine was arts officer for the Scottish TUC, a post she held for 3 years in the from 1987- 1991, and before that held a range of management and administration roles in TAG Theatre Company, Glasgow Arts Centre, Third Eye Centre, 7:84 Theatre Company and the Citizens' Theatre.
Christine Hamilton has worked at national level on policy development and implementation in the cultural sector. She has research experience on projects relating to culture and governance; culture and social inclusion; and culture in rural areas. At Glasgow University, she led a number of commissioned research projects. Clients included: the British Council; the Scottish Arts Council; the Scottish Executive; Big Step, Shetland Arts Trust and, the Visual Arts and Galleries Association.
For eleven years Christine served as a member of the Board of Governors at Glasgow School of Art. She was Vice Chair of the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and a board member of Concerto Caledonia. She is currently Chair of Untitled Projects and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Amongst her non-arts interests, she is a volunteer English language tutor for asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow and has been selected as a volunteer in the Protocol team for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She also attends a class on current affairs at the Alliance Française, Glasgow.
2007 - 2011 Director, Institute for Creative Enterprise - Coventry University (United Kingdom) - Founded new centre for development of creative businesses in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, including support for new graduate businesses and initiatives to retain graduates in the area. Focus in digital technologies and the relation to a range of creative practices including performance, design and media.
2001 - 2007 Director, Centre for Cultural Policy Research - University of Glasgow (United Kingdom) -
1997 - 2000 Depute Director, Cultural and Leisure Services - Glasgow City Council (United Kingdom) - Overall responsibility for museums and galleries, libraries, and theatres, including developing policy, resource management and programme development -- including overseeing the Council’s role as a major funder of arts organisations and activities in the city. Responsibility for major events being staged by the city.
Responsible for marketing and commercial development in the department that includes the development of new strands of funding through commercial activity.
A role in developing the service plan and budget for the department, in handling personnel and other related staff matters, and for taking the lead in ensuring a consistency in customer care across the whole department (which also delivers sports and leisure activities).
Post involved reporting to elected members and dealing with national agencies such as the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Museums Council and the Scottish Executive.
1991 - 1996 Depute Director, Director of Planning and Development - Scottish Arts Council (United Kingdom) - Responsible for planning and development including policy development- the creation and monitoring of the Council’s Four Year Plan; liaison with the (then) Scottish Office; and working closely with other national agencies and local government. Also responsible for the development of education policies for SAC, overseeing and developing its research role and for its external relations.
1987 - 1991 Arts Officer - Scottish Trades Union Congress (United Kingdom) - A new post -- role was to develop the involvement and awareness of the trades union movement in the arts - from participation to funding. This included managing projects, raising funding, representing the trades union movement on cultural matters and liasing with national and local funding bodies. It also involved taking a leading role in the development of cultural policy for the trades union movement- in particularly broadcasting which was, at that time, subject to new legislation and a franchise round.
1976 - 1987 Various - Various (United Kingdom) - Employment during this period included house manager at Citizens’ Theatre 1976 until 1980 and then administrator for 7:84 Theatre Company (Scotland) for three years. This was followed by administration posts at both Third Eye Centre and then Glasgow Arts Centre and then three years as administrator of TAG Theatre Company – concentrating mainly on taking theatre to schools across Scotland
1976 Diploma Arts Admin - CIty University, London (United Kingdom)
1975 MA Drama and English - University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Hamilton, Christine with Susan Galloway, Floris Langen, Angela Cran, Colin MacPherson, Ewan Snedden (10/2008) Evaluation Report: Scotland's Year of Highland Culture 2007, A report into the qualitative and quantitative outcomes of Scotland's Year of Highland Culture 2007- a year long celebration of Highland culture., Highland 2007 (Scottish Government, Highland Council, Higlands and Islands Enterprise)
Hamilton, Christine and Susan Galloway (6/2005) Briefing on Edinburgh Theatres, examining the contribution that these managements/venues make to the city of Edinburgh today, Festival City Theatres Trust, Lyceum Theatre,Traverse Theatre
Hamilton, Christine (6/2005) Culture-led regeneration, producing learning profiles for examples of best practice in arts/culture-led regeneration and designing, coordinating and delivering two Connector Learning Events., Arts and Communities Scotland for Communities Scotland
Hamilton, Christine (7/2004) Burns An’ A’ That: comparative information, small-scale study on benchmarking information from festivals in the UK and Europe as part of a project by management consultancy, Genesis, on the Burns an' a' that festival in Ayrshire, for the public agencies that support the festival. , Genesis Consulting for public agencies in Ayrshire
Galloway, Susan and Christine Hamilton (3/2004) Briefing for the Visual Arts and Galleries Association (Scotland), research on the current condition of the visual arts in Scotland today to underpin an anticipated lobbying/influencing campaign by VAGA, in order to establish a more developed role in Scotland for the organisation in the context of devolution and recent developments in cultural policy., Visual Arts and Galleries Association (Scotland)
Hamilton, Christine and Adrienne Scullion (11/2004) Study on the impact of cultural development on Shetland, researching the current cultural activity that is taking place within the Shetland Isles and examine how it articulates with other policies of Shetland Council, the tourist board, and the economic development agency. The research will also look at how the approach taken in Shetland links with regional strategies and nationally. Given the timing of this study, it is anticipated that it will also provide a contribution to the Cultural Commission in its deliberations on cultural planning in rural areas, Shetland Arts Trust
Taylor, Peter and Christine Hamilton (1/2004) Arts in the city 2002/03: evaluation for the big step, evaluating the Arts in the City programme, which aimed to offer young people who were preparing to leave care, or had already left, experience of participation in arts activities., Big Step (Social Inclusion Partenrship)
Goodlad, Robina, Christine Hamilton and Peter Taylor (6/2002) Not just a treat: arts and social inclusion, evaluating the Scottish Arts Council’s National Lottery Arts and Social Inclusion Scheme, which distributes lottery funds to arts projects in Social Inclusion Partnerships (SIPs) in Scotland., Scottish Arts Council