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|Fellowship Participant - Belinda McElhinney|
Belinda McElhinney is the founding Creative Director of Standing Tall Arts, which focuses on delivering and creating performance arts and cultural activities with marginalised groups. Predominantly focused on working with the refugee community and artists of the highest calibre to ensure the voices of our participants are reflected throughout our work, as artists, creators and audience members. Belinda is also a doctoral researcher with Imaginate and the University of Aberdeen, researching the value and impact of theatre and dance for young audiences. In 2019 Belinda produced Take Me Somewhere, Glasgow’s newest festival of contemporary performance, prior to this she was Executive Producer for Barrowland Ballet from 2012-2018. She recently produced Playful Tiger a work made specifically for children with profound autism that toured public venues. She has also produced Tiger, Tiger Tale, Poggle, Whiteout and Little Red, which have toured extensively within Scotland and internationally. Alongside the touring productions she produced the company’s large-scale participatory inter-generational performance projects, Wolves, The River part of Culture 2014 and Bunty & Doris. Prior to Barrowland Ballet Belinda worked as Arts and Cultural Development Officer for Scottish Refugee Council, producing Refugee Festival Scotland 2010 and 2011.
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