Arts venue An Lanntair held its annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday (Monday November 20)
After remembering the contributions of Finlay Macleod and John Love, who both sadly passed this year, Chief Executive Officer Sean Paul O'Hare provided a report in which he thanked the staff who work throughout the building and noted some of the cultural highlights of the year, including its role in Metagama centenary commemorations and managing to host over 100 film screenings.
Mr O'Hare said that although executives often have to deal with dry topics, the bottom line for the venue is for people to have fun, and that smiling faces on a Saturday morning in the building were a joy to see. He added that it was an honour to be the chief executive of the organisation.
David Green, who chairs the An Lanntair board, noted in his report that An Lanntair had achieved a small financial surplus in a year in which many arts organisations had faced difficulties. The surplus was managed despite the organisation purchasing a new projector, rebuilding its lift, and paying off a long-term loan.
Mr Green commented that increasingly arts venues are judged on whether they receive funding rather than the quality of their arts programmes, but believed An Lanntair was still offering an interesting and varied selection of entertainment. Nonetheless, arts funding was not being treated as a national or local priority so all arts providers were currently in a risky area.
A financial report was provided by Andy Cummings of Mann Judd Gordon, which was then reappointed as An Lanntair's auditor for the forthcoming year.
Documents relating to the AGM will be made available shortly on the An Lanntair website.