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Visual Arts advisors

Dan Brown
Helen Cadwallader
Susan Christie
Michelle Cotton
Mary Doyle
Patricia Ellis
Maureen Finn
Rose Frain
Arabella Harvey
Stephen Hollingsworth
Fiona Jardine
Jane Jeffrey
Caroline Kirsop
Steve McKenzie
Helen Monaghan
Elizabeth Ogilvie
Alastair Snow
Gary Thomas
Kate Tregaskis
Jason Williamson

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is the Professional Development Coordinator at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (2008- present). He also sits on ESW’s Artistic Programme Committee

He graduated with a BA (hons.) in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2000-04) and an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art (2004-6).

He is an artist who has exhibited across the U.K. and has been involved in artist run initiatives and galleries since the time he was a student.  He was a Co-Director of the Embassy an influential, grassroots artist run space (2006-08), curating a programme of temporary exhibitions, projects and events featuring a spectrum of established and emerging, national and international artists. He has also been involved in organising The Annuale, an annual, alternative Edinburgh arts festival showcasing the activities of emerging artists and artist run projects.

Helen Cadwallader

Helen Cadwallader is Executive Director of Brighton Photo Biennial which collaborates with partner venues and visual arts organisations in the South East region to show high quality, international photographic and related artwork, including recent and newly commissioned work, to the widest possible audience and showcase local talent by working closely with Brighton Photo Fringe. 

From 2000 – 2006 she was Arts Council England national lead for the strategic development of photography and media, publishing and distribution, advising and developing the implementation of its Photography and Media strategy.  At the Arts Council England she managed funding programmes and led on a range of strategic initiatives including commission editing the book, ‘New Media Art: practice and context in the UK 1994-2004' published in partnership with Cornerhouse Publications (2004) and a related conference in partnership with Tate Britain to raise the profile and awareness of new media practice.

She was the first to manage and further develop the BAA Art Programme, a strategy to commission contemporary art in the seven BAA airports including Heathrow, which operated from 1994 to 1999 and published 'Art in the Airports'.  During this time she was a board member of Public Art Forum (now ixia). Prior to this period she received an Arts Council England bursary in Video and New Media Curating based at Moviola (now
FACT) in Liverpool and worked as project support at Locus+ in Newcastle upon Tyne.

A graduate in History of Art, Design and Film in the Modern Period at University of Northumberland and a post-graduate in Film Studies at University of East Anglia she has written about contemporary practice and time-based media and is published in a wide range of books and publications including, 'Locus Solus' (Locus +), Mute, Hybrid, Women's Art Magazine and Performance.

Helen is committed to good practice, the production of new work, audience development and education in all contexts for contemporary visual arts.

Susan Christie

Trained at Edinburgh College of Art, Susan has worked in the visual arts sector as a curator, project manager, researcher and fundraiser expanding into event management over the last two years.

Having worked for a number of art agencies with highlights including overseeing the installation of Dalziel+Scullion’s The Horn and running the Travelling Gallery for many years, Susan became an independent curator/project manager nine years ago when she moved to the Black Isle.

Her professional portfolio embraces a diverse range of projects both in terms of scale & scope from the very temporary – eg. 12 hours multi-media event Imagining the Centre to the more long-term complex public realm projects that involve a range of partners and stakeholders.
Brief overview:

Inverness Old Town Art – working in partnership with lead artist, Matt Baker to undertake a bold series of public realm projects that are integral to the multi-million pound regeneration of Inverness’s old town.

Cairngorms Arts Initiative – project manager for 3 years overseeing a programme of commissions for a uniquely fragile environment working with numerous specialist interest groups & stakeholders;
Six Cities Design Festival – invited to curate an exhibition in 2007, The One Feels Just Right that drew thousands of visitors during the design festival;

Centre for Health Science – currently working with lead artist, Jackie Donachie on commissions & a lecture programme as part of a phased build & multi-user facility located adjacent to Raigmore Hospital, in Inverness. 

Michelle Cotton

Michelle Cotton is Curator at Cubitt. She was Assistant Curator at Norwich Gallery 2001–3 and Curator at S1 Artspace, Sheffield 2003–6. She has presented programmes of artist film and video at galleries and cinemas including ICA, FACT, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. As an independent curator, she has developed projects for the 10th Istanbul Biennial and most recently co-curated the exhibition Dogtooth & Tessellate for the Approach. She is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Frieze, Texte zur Kunst and Artforum.com and the author of a forthcoming book on the American, abstract filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute.

She was a Director of Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum 2003–6, a Curatorial Advisor to Open Frequency 2005–6 and part of the panel for New Acquisitions at LUX 2006–2008.

Michelle studied English Literature at Kings College London and History of Art as the Stavros S Niarchos Foundation Scholar at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Mary Doyle

Mary Doyle has worked in the visual art sector for over 20 years. She is co-founder and Co-Director of The Drawing Room, London, established in 2003 as the only public gallery dedicated to contemporary drawing practice in the UK.

As Senior Curator at the Contemporary Art Society, she managed the Special Collection Scheme, a £3.5m Arts Capital Lottery project to develop contemporary art collections in fifteen museums and galleries throughout England, from 1995-2005.  She has worked with curators on curatorial development programmes and collection schemes since 1994. Prior to this she worked at Arts Council National Touring Exhibitions, the British Council and commercial galleries in London.

Since 2005, freelance projects include consultancy and management of public art commissions; research towards development of New Contemporaries archive, 2006; curator of Out of Place, part of Parade, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, March 2007; Project Director of Arts Unwrapped, a London-wide artists’ open studios event May/June 2007.

Mary has sat on advisory and award panels including Arts Council Grants for the Arts, London; Jerwood Drawing Prize and Jerwood Drawing Steering Committee;
Durham Cathedral Artists Residency programme; Prospects drawing prize; John Jones ‘Works on paper award’ (Zoo Art Fair); Grants for Artists, British Council. She is currently a member of the Stanley Picker Gallery Steering Committee, University of Kingston and Associate Curator for Modus Operandi, London.

Patricia Ellis

Patricia Ellis is an art writer and curator. She has written catalogue texts for museums, publishing houses and commercial galleries including: The Saatchi Gallery,  the Institute of Contemporary Art,  and The Royal Academy, Museum Het Domain,  Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Gem Museum, Vanabbe Museum, Artimo Foundation, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, and Migros Foundation.

She has worked with The Saatchi Collection since 1998, providing written critical documentation of the collection for analogue and online publication purposes. Ellis has held editorial posts with Giancarlo Politi Editore (publisher of Flash Art International, Flash Art Italia, and Invervista) and MAKE, the magazine for women in the arts. She has contributed to periodicals such as Flash Art, Modern Painters, Beaux Arts, Contemporary, and Metropolis M. Ellis has written 2 books: 100: The Work That Changed British Art, published by Random House London, and Interview With Painting (co-authored by Gianni Romano), published by Postmedia Milan.

Since 1999, Ellis has curated 11 international exhibitions in the UK, Finland, Israel, and Ireland, including the British exhibitions for the Tirana Biennale  2001, ArtKliasma Moscow 2003, and the Prague Biennale 2005.

Maureen Finn

Maureen Finn works as a freelance consultant.  Much of her recent work concentrates on the mediation of visual art and language through digital technology, the context for which is mainly museum and gallery settings.  Most recent projects have been the online development of the Arts Council of England’s Art Collection and undertaking the role of Digital Media Learning Consultant to the National Maritime Museum, London.

Maureen is currently supervisor to a major Nesta funded project that works with nine museums throughout the UK and is researching and developing a Cultural Pathfinder project for Scottish Museums Council in a local authority setting.  She has also been commissioned by Scottish Executive to evaluate a three-year project run by Scottish Book Trust that will recommend national policy to inform on the ways that literature can impact on the lives of young people.

Until 2004 Maureen was Head of Education at National Galleries of Scotland.  Prior to that her positions included Education Exhibition Curator for Glasgow 1999 Festival of Architecture and Design, Head of Education at Camden Arts Centre, London and Museum Education Teacher at Glasgow Museums.

Rose Frain

Rose Frain is an independent visual artist based in Edinburgh and exhibiting nationally and internationally. Her practice is cross-disciplinary, ranging from site-responsive installations and actions, to painting and two and three dimensional objects. Recent materials include: light, audio, photography, video, oil on canvas and constructed, altered, and found objects. Commissioned installations have been made in sites ranging from a German Postal Train moving across Europe to the laundry of a UK hospital. Her overall project is This Time in History.
Recently the installation "What I brought with me" was purchased under The National Collecting Scheme for Scotland.  

In 1999-2000 she was the Scottish Arts Council resident artist at The British School at Rome.
In 2007 (for 2008) she was the recipient of a Scottish Arts Council Visual Artists' Award to fund a year of experimentation and research towards a major new project. During November 2008 she was artist in Residence at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the new library of Alexandria), Egypt.
She has served on Advisory Panels for the Scottish Arts Council and for four years was a Board Member for the National Artist's Association, working to improve conditions for artists in Scotland / the UK and Internationally. Tutorials and lectures to MA students on contemporary practice are delivered nationally and abroad.  She also has experience of curating.

Rose Frain studied at Newcastle University, Edinburgh University and the University of Leeds and has been a full time practising artist for over twenty years.

Arabella Harvey

Arabella Harvey is a curator of contemporary art exhibitions and related education programmes and is currently Director of the Peter Potter Gallery in Haddington, East Lothian. She completed an MA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh (1995 - 2000) and an MFA in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art (2000 – 2002). After graduating she pursued her own practice, showing work in the UK, Germany, Sweden and the USA.

As Visual Arts and Media Officer for East Ayrshire from 2004 – 2008, she curated visual art and education programmes at four galleries across the region from her base at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock. During this time she established and developed a special interest in contemporary art activity in regional and rural areas, and established a solid profile for the Dick Institute as a supporter of contemporary artists and audiences, and as a platform for the development and facilitation of new work.

Her curatorial practice has seen her working with established and emerging artists throughout the UK and internationally, and in partnership with other curators such as Malcolm Dickson and Kirsten Lloyd.

Arabella has sat on the Board of Directors for Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow since 2007, and was acting Chair during 2008.

Steve Hollingsworth

Steve Hollingsworth is an Artist based in Glasgow. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art in 1994. Since this time he has exhibited nationally and internationally.

He has participated in several international residencies, including the research program at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan between 1998-99 and UK@NRW Dusseldorf, Germany in 2003.

He currently teaches at Grays School of Art Aberdeen and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee.

Fiona Jardine

Fiona Jardine is an artist and writer based in Glasgow. On graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1998, she served on the management committee of Generator, Dundee for 2 years. She graduated with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2003 and ran children’s classes in the city before returning to Dundee to teach in the Departments of Textiles and Fine Art.

She was the recipient of Cove Park’s 3 month summer residency in 2006, and subsequently undertook residencies at the Pump House (2007) and Studio Voltaire  (2008) in London. Recently, she has been included in the group exhibitions “The Associates”, DCA, (2009); “repetition”, Sorcha Dallas (2008) and “Nought to Sixty”, ICA, (2008). She writes occasional reviews, essays and interpretations inspired by the practice of others, which are often interwoven with elements of graphic or illustrative design.

Her interests lie at the intersections of art, craft and design.

Jane Jeffrey

Jane Jeffrey is a visual artist, arts consultant, and since 1994 a founding director of TInCAN (The International Contemporary Arts Network), an artist led co-operative creating opportunities for collaborative international practice. She was Director of An Tuireann Arts Centre from 2004 to 2007 and was a member of the Board of the Scottish Arts Council, and Chair of its Creative Arts Committee from 2005 to 2007. She is currently a member of the Recognition Committee of Museums Galleries Scotland

From 2001 to 2004 she was a senior policy adviser to Scottish Ministers as the Head of Arts and Creative Industries Policy at the Scottish Government. Her cultural policy remit also included museums, libraries, screen production, arts in education, and broadcasting. She worked with national cultural bodies, and local authorities at a strategic level. She has substantial experience as a lead artist delivering a wide range of community based arts projects, connecting leading edge artistic practice and best practice in engaging people with the arts.

Caroline Kirsop

Caroline Kirsop is currently the Programme Manager of The Common Guild.

Caroline has organised, co-ordinated and managed numerous UK and international cultural projects in both a freelance capacity and by working in some of Scotland’s leading cultural organisations. Previously she was the Production Manager for The Modern Institute, in this role she was responsible for overseeing the production and shipping of The Modern Institute’s busy international programme. 

During the period 2002- 2005 Caroline worked in a freelance capacity as a project manager for a number of organisations: Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA),  Theatre Cryptic, The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Arts (NIFCA), and The Glasgow School of Art (MFA Dept). During this period she facilitated the delivery of some major exhibitions and associated events; such as Archiprix International 2005 at The Lighthouse and Greyscale/ CMYK a Network North exhibition initiated by NIFCA.

Before working freelance Caroline was the Production Manager at the CCA, Glasgow (1999- 2002) overseeing all technical aspects for exhibitions, education events, and performance, including live art, music, dance and theatre. Caroline was also Gallery Manager at the CCA, Glasgow (1998-1999); and a committee member at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (1996-1998).

Caroline has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art.

Steve McKenzie

After completing a degree in Fine Art from Grays School of Art, Steven worked as a visual artist in Edinburgh as well as a Gallery Assistant at Stills gallery for 2 years.

In 1999 he moved to the Isle of Skye and took the post of Gallery Technician at An Tuireann Arts Centre, and was then appointed curator in 2003. During the next 4 years Steven developed a significant expansion to the programme, introducing international artists, championing local artists and developing a series of collaborations.

2005 saw Steven secure the 5th world-wide venue for the JICPB cube gallery. Curator of this project since 2005 - present, the concept is to promote contemporary visual art in a rural location and tour the work through the other venues in France, Egypt, Japan, Denmark and Scotland. He led a trip to Japan of ‘cube artists’- cementing the links between individuals and organisations associated with the expanding network.

For 2006 he was selected as curatorial advisor for AXIS – Open frequency. The panel consisted of writers, artists and curators who collectively added recommendations of artists to the virtual database.

During all this time he has continued his own practise as an artist and has been awarded Scottish Arts Council artists award and exhibited in Europe and Canada.

Steven is currently working as a graphic designer and photographer for a multi-media company (cànan).

Helen Monaghan

Helen Monaghan was appointed Talks and Events Programmer at the National Galleries of Scotland in 2004. Prior to this, she worked at The List magazine from 1996 to 2004, taking up the role of Art Editor from 2000, where she planned, commissioned, wrote and edited previews, reviews and features on modern and contemporary art for the visual arts section of the magazine. She has also written previews on contemporary art for The Scotsman, The Herald and Map magazine.

At the National Galleries of Scotland, Helen is responsible for planning a regular programme of educational events for adults including talks, lectures, conferences, study days, workshops and performances across a range of subjects linking in with the Galleries' permanent collections and its programme of temporary exhibitions. She also manages and co-programmes Spin, a membership scheme for adults who are interested in contemporary art.

She has led several discussion sessions, taken members on a tour of the Venice Biennale (Oct 2005 & Oct 2007) and the Liverpool Biennial (Nov 2006), and has delivered public tours of the Selective Memory exhibition (Scotland's 2005 presentation at the Venice Biennale) at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Jan & Feb 2006).

Helen was also invited to select work for the Terra Nova exhibition (Jul-Sep 2002) which featured the best Degree Show work from the School of Fine Art 2002's graduating students at Glasgow School of Art.

In March 2005, she independently curated a group exhibition of work by Edinburgh-based contemporary artists at Patriothall Gallery, WASPS Studios in Stockbridge. Artists included Andrew Mackenzie, Alan Kilpatrick, David Forster, Ian Healy and Kirsty Whiten.

Elizabeth Ogilvie

Elizabeth Ogilvie is a visual artist. She was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, and maintains her association with Masters Course, ArtSpaceNature. Ogilvie received Scottish Arts Council awards including a Creative Scotland Award in which the artist transformed a derelict Forth Ports warehouse, Kirkcaldy Dock, into major installation, a Saltire Award for Art in Architecture in addition to Trust Awards and granted residencies abroad. She was President Society Scottish Artists (SSA) and has engaged with numerous committees and panels.

Key solo venues include Arnolfini, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Fruitmarket, Mead, Talbot Rice, Stephen Lacey Gallery, Odapark Netherlands, Daegu C.A.C., South Korea and in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, plus group shows worldwide. Various publications document these exhibitions. Ogilvie works on commissions, including for The Scottish Office, BT Headquarters and on interdisciplinary projects. The artist has also written consultancy documents re environment. Work was profiled in BBC and Swiss Television documentaries.

The following information, pertaining to project, Bodies of Water, is example of type of work she is capable of and most frequently pursues: Using language of our times installation and video, she fuses art, architecture, science. Water itself is main medium and research focus. ‘The success of Bodies of Water lies with Ogilvie’s commitment to audience enabling them to interact with, experience, explore one of our most precious natural resources. Through a series of installations, viewer is offered the opportunity to share in Ogilvie’s experience of sensorial engagement within an environment. The effect of the work is then to affect.’

She is presently assembling a network of professionals from diverse disciplines for an International Polar Project, selected by British Antarctic Survey, conducting own fieldwork and collaboration with anthropologist and Inuit group in Northern Greenland, while working with scientist consortium carrying out exploration in Antarctica. Outputs will include cutting edge events, publications, solo exhibition Tramway2 and C.A.S.O. Japan. Objective is to assist public interpreting nature and its natural processes, educating on environmental issues, and above all, facilitating the re-evaluation of humans’ relationship with nature.

Ogilvie has been invited to develop a related opera. She is curating an associated show of international art in Cologne where she has worked on several projects in invitation from Cologne Council Kulturamt.


Alastair Snow

Alastair Snow is the director of ASAP Alastair Snow Associates + Projects, working across the UK as an arts consultant and visual arts specialist. He is a Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council and a national advisor to the Arts Council of Wales. He worked with Bristol City Council as Senior Public Art Officer and as Director of Cleveland Arts, Teesside. He was a member of the Panel of Assessors of the Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council of England National Lottery Funds; the Public Art Review steering group with the Arts Council of Wales; and a member of the steering group to advise the ‘Creating Places’ conference held at Tate Modern to profile the role of artist studio workspace provision in regeneration.

He worked with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), Arts & Business and Public Art South West as manager of the PROJECT awards scheme across the UK. He was part of MADE’s international delegations to Berlin, Copenhagen and Malmo. He is a trustee of Arnolfini in Bristol and a director of [a-n] the artists information company.  

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is an arts consultant and co-director of Animate, which supports activities that explore the relationship between animation and contemporary visual arts practice, including commissioning work for Channel 4. He curated a touring season of British animation for the British Council in Poland (2001), and is co-editor of The animate! Book.

Recent consultancy work includes a review of Cine City Festival, Brighton, leading audience development training days on behalf for the Independent Cinema Office, and working with Tom Fleming Associates on a study of the public value of mixed-arts and media centres in the digital age, for UK Film Council.

As Artists’ Film and Video Officer at Arts Council England (from 1991), he managed funding programmes and broadcast commissioning schemes, and as Head of Moving Image (2001-6), he led on development of a Digital Distribution Action Plan for the Arts, and was a member of the DCMS Digitisation of Cultural Heritage Expert Group.

Most recently he devised the Necessary Journeys programme (in association with BFI), the Single-Shot project (with UK Film Council), and co-curated the Artsts: Film: Archive symposium at Tate Modern, as part of the Legacy and Learning initiative to develop strategies for preservation and collecting of artists’ moving image.

He is on the boards of LUX and no.w.here artists’ film lab. He studied at the Polytechnic of Central London and Chelsea School of Art. He makes work in collaboration with artist Tim Shore, including the film Cabinet (2006), awarded second prize at transmediale.07 Berlin.

Kate Tregaskis

Kate Tregaskis is a writer and freelance arts consultant. Recent projects have included co-programming the 2008 engage Scotland conference at Tramway with Maureen Finn and assisting a number of arts organisations with developing strategies for audience and organizational development.  She has been a Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council since 2007.

In 2003 Kate was guest editor (with Malcolm Dickson) for Matters Magazine (a precursor to Map). She was also on the Board of Directors for An Tuireann Arts Centre, Skye and for The Centre in Glasgow.

Prior to becoming freelance, Kate was Artistic Director at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh (between 1995-2001), steering the organization through a major Lottery funded refurbishment project. Before that she was part of a two-person team that in 1991 set up and ran the now defunct Zone Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Kate completed a Degree in Fine Art at Newcastle Polytechnic and more recently studied Creative Writing at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and at Edinburgh University.

Jason Williamson

Jason Williamson graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1993 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture).

He relocated to Canada taking up the posts of Programmer for the Art Gallery of Calgary and Travelling Exhibition Coordinator for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary, Canada. Williamson has been actively involved with various non profit artist run organisations in Calgary primarily Co-Chairing and being a studio tenant of Untitled Art Society, an artist run studio cooperative in Calgary, Canada.

Jason Williamson currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Touring Exhibition Group, Peacock Visual Arts Curatorial Committee and Board of Governors and Deveron Arts Board of Directors. He has sat on ad hoc panels for Scottish Sculpture Workshops and corsepace committees to help with selection procedures.

Since 2001 Williamson has worked as the Exhibitions Officer for Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums.

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