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Crafts advisors

Eileen Gatt
Dr Elizabeth Goring
Elizabeth Swinburne
Hazel Hughson
Heather Lynch
Inge Panneels
Julia Hallewell
Les Mitchell
Lizzie Farey
Will Levi Marshall

Eileen Gatt

Eileen graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1997 with a master’s degree in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery. She then returned home to the Highlands and received a “Scottish Arts Council” “Setting up grant” which enabled her to set up her own workshop and base herself in the “Black Isle”

This location provides Eileen with the perfect environment in which to work as she is inspired by the mystical interaction between man and the sea. Eileen is fascinated by ancient myths and customs and uses this as a starting point when designing her Jewellery and Silverware. She produces “one-off” pieces as well as a range of batch produced Jewellery and Silverware, which she sells through various exhibitions and fairs at the high end of the giftware market.

Dr Elizabeth Goring

Dr Elizabeth Goring has postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Birmingham and London, where her research focused on ancient goldwork. She has had a longstanding interest in the social, cultural and political significance of jewellery of all periods. She worked at the National Museums of Scotland for many years, where she held several curatorial and management posts including Curator of Modern Jewellery and Deputy Project Director: Museum of Scotland Project.

Although her specialist expertise lies within jewellery and metalwork, she has a wide-ranging knowledge of, and interest in, other areas of craft. Elizabeth left NMS in 2008 and is now an independent curator, writer, lecturer and consultant, working with many organisations and individuals in the UK and internationally. She has frequently served as a juror/selector in the UK, Europe and the USA. She is a Co-Founding Director of IC: Innovative Craft, a community interest company established to explore ways of celebrating excellence and imagination in craft in Scotland and internationally.

At NMS, Elizabeth created a major collection of international jewellery dating from 1900 to the present day. Alongside it, she also established a pioneering handling collection, reflecting her interest in accessibility issues. Other interests include interpretation and communication, and collecting strategies. She has curated major exhibitions, both as sole curator and in collaboration, including ‘Jewellery Moves’ (with Amanda Game, 1998) and ‘Fired with Colour: aspects of enamelling in Britain’ (with Christine Rew, 2000), and has published extensively. She is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute for Art History at Glasgow University and Edinburgh College of Art, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

Elizabeth Swinburne

British artist, Elizabeth Swinburne currently lives and works in Edinburgh. She is a highly respected artist, educator and curator working in glass and mixed media. Her career spans 25 years with work exhibited internationally. It is represented in major international collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; Hokkaido Museum, Japan; and the Museum of Applied Arts, Prague. 

Her work was selected for the Corning Glass Museum's 'New Glass Review' in 2003 and in 2006, when it was also chosen for inclusion in the Museum's publication: '25 years of the Corning Glass Review'.  In 2005 she was awarded the Joel Philip Myers prize at the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Japan.

Alongside her own artistic career, Swinburne plays an active role in other aspects of the glass world ranging from acting as juror on International competitions to providing an international perspective on the Boards of the Glassmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark and the Board of G.A.S, the American based society of glass artists and collectors. From 1998 - 2003 she was the Artistic and Technical director of North Lands Creative Glass, a private glass school in the north of Scotland. Over the last twenty years she has held key academic posts in the Netherlands, at the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and in the UK, most notably as Senior Tutor for glass at the Royal College of Art, London.

Hazel Hughson

Hazel Hughson trained as an artist and designer at Edinburgh College of Art in the 70’s, specialising in woven tapestry and jewellery. She developed a varied career based in Shetland as a designer of contemporary knitted textiles for national and international markets. While working in her own practice and freelance for other textile companies she furthered her interests in textile research, design technology and broad applications of textile techniques, as applied art and  fine art.

During this time she was involved in local arts projects for her own creative development, and to make outward connections with artists and groups overseas, aware of the challenge to craftmakers, designers and artists, of developing creatively and professionally within the physical boundaries of island life. This was followed by six years in arts development, as Craft Officer for Shetland Arts Trust, initially focussed on developing contemporary forms of indigenous craft, then all areas of craft within general arts development for Shetland Arts.

She has created projects and cross-artform collaborations to challenge makers, applied artists and designers to extend their skills; supports the creative development of individuals and groups; builds networks and brings in new influences through national and international links with artists overseas. She works towards improving and revaluing technical skills, extending the perception and understanding of craft, particularly textiles. She values the potential of craft as applied art, fine art, performance, product, and an important part of design education. Believing it to have a negative effect on innovation she no longer uses the  word ‘traditional’ in relation to craft, design or textiles, and is interested in the various perceptions of northern culture and remoteness.

Heather Lynch

Heather Lynch is a research fellow in the Institute of Education at the University of Stirling. She is a member of the Participation, Inclusion and Equity Research network where she has engaged in both empirical and practice based research in the arts.

Her research interests include difference, identity and equity. She has collaborated with a range of communities and individuals across the world to create artworks and academic texts which explore these areas.

Inge Panneels

Inge Panneels set up and has been running IDAGOS glass studio since 1998. She has been working on major large scale architectural glass commissions for corporate and private clients alike, with clients such as BT, Pizza Express, Lloyds TSB, NHS, Dexia Bank and the Scottish Executive.

She currently also lectures part time at the glass department of Sunderland University located at the National Glass Centre.

As well as working on bespoke commissioned work, Inge also exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Notably her work has been shown at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, National Glass Centre, Hannah Peshar Sculpture Garden as well as numerous galleries throughout the country.

Inge has received various grants and awards for her work such as two Scottish Arts Council Individual Development awards and two VIZO Craft Awards.

She has work in the collection of the Flemish Government and Dexia Bank.

Julia Hallewell

Julia studied Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels and then worked as a fashion buyer before setting up her own knitwear business.  In 1984 she moved to Dundee to open a knitwear shop, with the aid of an SDA Workshop grant, where she designed, made and sold her own work as well as that of other knitwear designers.

In 1998 Julia took up the post as Shop Manager/Craft Development Officer at Dundee Contemporary Arts and during her 10 years there she was responsible for stocking the shop with high quality craft and design, programming the 10 craft focus cases a year and working with the Education team to help deliver craft workshops and events. During this time she was also involved, through the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland, in advising on ceramics and glass to be bought for the Dundee public collection held in the McManus Galleries.

Julia has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council Crafts Committee and a  Director of Applied Arts Scotland, she wrote the How to Buy Craft leaflet to promote the Own Art scheme through the Scottish Arts Council and is an enthusiastic collector of of ceramics and glass.

Les Mitchell

Professor Les Mitchell studied Interior Architecture at Liverpool School of Art and has worked in aircraft; retail, restaurant, leisure, theatre and museum environments.  He is a liveryman of the Furniture Makers Company and a Freeman of the City of London.  He was a visiting professor to the College of Fine Art, Shanghai University and is an Institutional Reviewer for the European Universities Association.

Recent professional activities include designs for museum display and design standards for signature artefact and equipment/exterior furniture for the Forestry Commission in Scotland.  These include bridges, barriers, directional and interpretative signage, shelter, tables; seating and access.  Professor Les Mitchell is currently International Academic Ambassador with Edinburgh College of Art  and supervisor to PhD students.

Professional design activities have included National Theatre Museum, Covent Garden; Glasgow and Gateshead National Garden Festivals, Museum of Dentistry; Royal & Ancient Golf Club and National Museum of Golf; Millennium Cycleway signage and furniture for the Kingdom of Fife.  He has contributed to various publications on Art & Design education, including editing a CD-ROM for the National Museum of Scotland and contributing case studies to the Scottish Consultative Committee on the Curriculum.

Lizzie Farey

Lizzie Farey started her business in sculptural willow work in 1997.  Having learnt to make traditional baskets she translated those skills into a vibrant contemporary practice that has brought her work into recognition nationally and internationally. Based in Dumfries and Galloway for the last 23 years Lizzie grows and harvests her own willow, enabling her to have control of her creations from the beginning right through to the end product.

Maintaining a high profile for a craft with lowly origins has been an ongoing goal for Lizzie.  In November 1997 she had her work on the front cover of Crafts magazine, numerous articles about her work have followed and many awards have continued the trend.

In 2001 Lizzie travelled to New York to exhibit at Sotheby’s and Browngrotta Arts who continue to represent her work at SOFA.

With the support of a Creative Development Award from the Scottish Arts Council Lizzie researched and produced a new body of work that culminated in a solo exhibition ‘Spirit of Air’ that is currently touring Britain. Lizzie brings many years of experience as a practitioner in the craft/arts to the role. 

Will Levi Marshall

I trained in ceramics (MFA Alfred USA) and established an international exhibition record in that field with my work held in many significant international public and private collections. Since I received an award from the Scottish Arts Council to develop my own larger scale work I have been commissioned for a number of site-specific permanent projects. This now forms the mainstay of my business. Although much of my work is ceramic tile based my repertoire of materials includes rubber, carpet, glass, stainless steel, stone and water.

The use of other materials where appropriate will be considered. My central artistic concerns revolve around creating interplay between line and form, the dynamic and the static, accenting and redefining a users perception of architectural space. Local history and environment history often provides a springboard and touchstone for projects.

I teach regularly at University level and often have recent graduates working for me. I enjoy collaborating and mentoring. Additionally I have extensive experience of both submitting applications for opportunities and as part of the judging panel evaluating entries, as I am currently Vice-chair of The Edward Marshall Trust*.

Consequently I have a well-rounded perspective for my role with the Scottish Arts Council.

Age of Creativity; Photo: Graham McIver
Dancebase in Edinburgh; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Eastgate theatre seating; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Fireworks; Photo: Renzo Mazzolini
Age of Creativity; Photo: Graham McIver
The WASPS studio in Glasgow; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Backstage; Photo: Alan McAteer
Sighthill Carnival 2004 Glasgow; Photo: Douglas Robertson
Hidden gardens NVA; Photo: Renzo Mazzolini
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