Lecturer and Researcher in Arts Management and Cultural Policy


Alice McGrath is a Lecturer and Researcher in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, within the Media, Communication & Performing Arts Division at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Alice is a member of the Oxford Cultural Leaders Alumni Network, The Federation of Scottish Theatre and a-n The Artists Information Company.


Alice joined QMU in 2021 and currently teaches on 2 programmes: Film and Media undergraduate and the MA Arts, Festivals and Cultural Management.  

Alice is an experienced arts manager, facilitator, consultant and mentor. She works with individual artists and arts organisations on a range of collaborative projects. Her practice includes supporting and collaborating with artists; facilitating dialogue, strategy development and creative processes; and producing cultural events.

Alice is the founder and Creative Director of Red Bridge Arts a producing company that provides a supportive structure to stimulate and sustain artists’ development and practice. Throughout her career Alice has held a variety of roles in Scottish arts including Strategy Development Lead with Federation of Scottish Theatre; Executive Producer at Scottish Dance Theatre; Creative Learning Events Producer for Creative Scotland; Director of Creative Development, Participation and Research at Macrobert Arts Centre; and Creative Development Director at Imaginate. 

Research Interests

Active Research Interests

I am interested in developing research looking at sustainability for artists and in arts organisations.

Teaching and Learning

Alice currently teaches across a range of modules on under-graduate and post-graduate programmes providing insights on Creative Entrepreneurship, Evaluating Arts Projects, and Finance and Management for the Arts. She also supervises post-graduate research on a broad variety of topics related to the management of cultural organisations and festivals