Afternoon Meeting Speakers 2019 -2020
Venue for the talks and demonstrations is -
Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Observatory Rd, G12 9AG
All talks and demonstrations begin at 1pm with access to the hall from 12:15
Monday 2nd September - Campbell Armour
Campbell is a graduate of St Andrews University and a well kent figure in the art world in the west of Scotland. He has 40 years experience as an auctioneer. He was one of 6 directors who relaunched Lyon and Turnbull, auctioneers (established 1826) in 1999. Now semi retired he continues in the role of consultant. He is a past chairman of the Art Fund (Strathclyde) and a trustee of Biggar Museum
Monday 7th October - AGM at 1pm prompt
Followed by June Carey
"Speaking Without Words"
June is a professional artist whose work deals with subconscious thoughts and feelings. She is unaware of what her paintings are about until they are finished. Only then can she give them a title. She expresses her thoughts and her feelings through her work.
Monday 4th November - Claudia Duncan
Illustrated talk on "Art4you Scotland - the beginnings and development over the years including contribution to communities". The talk will be supported by a power point presentation.
Monday 2nd December - Clare Hunter
"Threads of Life" - History of the World through the Eye of a Needle.
Clare has been a banner maker, community textile artist and curator for over twenty years and established Needleworks in Glasgow as part of the 1990 European City of Culture. She created the year long project Keeping Glasgow in Stitches involving over 600 people of all ages and abilities. She continues to work with communities and was the recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2017. This year she published her first book "Threads of Life" which has involved extensive research. Recently it was book of the year on Radio 4.
Monday 3rd February - Rosemary Cunningham
"Tales of a Free-Range Illustrator"
Rosemary has worked as an illustrator for the last ten years amassing a diverse range of projects, clients and products. Her claim to being a free-range illustrator is justified through her work which has included painting murals for communities, designing flags for Shetland library, creating maps and working on various theatre projects. She has developed heritage inspired ranges for the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh Museums. One of the most rewarding projects was in association with the Wellcome collection in London as part of their Beyond Bedlam exhibition about mental health.
Monday 2nd March - Robert Ferguson
Illustrated Talk - "White Gold - discovering true porcelain in the west"
Robert trained as a physicist then as an accountant working for many years in private practice. In 1998 he took on the role of property manager at Pollok House for the National Trust for Scotland. For the next 16 years he worked for the Trust ending up as Regional head for the West of Scotland. Since retiring he is Chairman of the Lorimer Society, Chairman of the Art Fund, Strathclyde, Vice - Chairman of the National Trust Members centre and Curator of the Glasgow Art Club.
Monday 6th April - Mairi Aitken
Painting Demo - "As I See It"
Mairi studied Drawing and Painting at the Glasgow School of Art then teacher training at Jordanhill followed by a spell of teaching in secondary schools in England and Scotland before retiring early and taking up painting full time. She is an artist member of P.A.I. and GSWA, a past president of the latter and has won many awards from both. Her work has been bought by public and private collections in the UK and USA.
Monday 6th April - Mairi Aitken
Talks and demonstrations 2016-17
AFTERNOON MEETING SPEAKERS 2017-18
Monday 4th September - GARETH WARDELL
“Surviving Life with a successful Painter”
Gareth is a qualified lecturer, broadcaster and film maker, who founded Scotland’s National Youth Theatre, and has written books on drama and art, the latest for London’s Royal Academy of Arts. He was a former BBC executive before returning to freelance writing and establishing his own film production company and website, winning international awards. He is married to the Academician, Dr Barbara Rae CBE, RA and lives in Edinburgh most of the year. For relaxation he likes to go to the pictures and design gardens, his latest an ancient Roman Garden.
Monday 2nd October - LINDA CLARK
“Painting in Acrylic & Oil”
Linda is an elected member of GSWA and PAI and a past Council member of the former. Drawing and painting are essential parts of her life, the greatest experience being outdoor painting. She is fascinated by the excitement of colour, enjoys doing still life and has long experience of portraiture. She has exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Cotswolds and has been awarded the Plein Air prize (PAI) and the Lauder Award for landscape (GSWA).
Monday 6th November - ELSPETH KING
“National Art in a Local Gallery”
Elspeth, as most will know, is a Museum Curator. She started in Glasgow Museums in 1973, was Curator at the People’s Palace 1974-1991, Director of Dunfermline Heritage Trust 1991-1994 (setting up the Abbot House Heritage Centre) and has been Director of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum since 1994. One of her principal interests is the history of art in relation to the society from which it comes and what curators can do to capture this. Why did the Glasgow Boys never paint Glasgow ? Why are they not known as the Cambuskenneth Boys ?
Using the collections of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum she will show how art and history are inextricably linked with the creation of local identity and the part women artists have played in creating and shaping local and national consciousness.
Monday 4th December - NANCY SMILLIE
“An Unplanned Journey”
Nancy will tell us about the journey that took her into retail. This was a varied and interesting journey that took her through many stages from the art rooms at Wishaw High to GSA and the RCA, travelling to Japan and selling pots to shops like Conran and Heals and upmarket outlets all over the world. The opening of the shop in Princes Square heralded an unplanned move into retail. Throughout the journey she has continued to work as an artist making pots, paintings and products from her sketches and watercolours.
Monday 5th February - ELSPETH LAMB
“a Japanese Experience”
For over twenty years Elspeth taught at Edinburgh College of Art latterly as Head of Printmaking. In 1999 she left the College to embark on a freelance career dividing her time between her own practice and teaching workshops. In 2000 she was selected for an international residency programme in Japan. She spent ten weeks in the area of Nagasawa, Awaji Island turning the table upon herself by becoming the pupil of master craftsmen to study moku hanga, a water based method of wood block printing that produces stunningly vivid and colourful prints. She teaches this at various venues in the UK. She plans to introduce lithography workshops at her South Block Studio in Glasgow in 2017.
Monday 5th March - JEPHSON ROBB
“People and Art”
Jephson Is a Scottish artist best known for his conceptual large-scale public works of art. His most recent works include two sculptures commissioned by the NHS to stand in the grounds of Gartnavel Royal Hospital and “Known and Unknown”, an international memorial to the victims of asbestos. He has produced several works that have toured in international exhibitions and has a piece, “Cries and Whispers” in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in New York.
Monday 2nd April - LYNN HOWARTH
“Capturing the Essence”
Lynn is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. From 1979 to 2012 she worked as a Graphic Designer for top international brands before returning to drawing and painting. Her work is mainly figurative, in particular portraiture. She teaches Stage I Drawing and Painting, Life Drawing and Ipad Art part-time at Strathclyde University for Lifelong Learning and tutors a purely pastel class at a private art class in Milngavie. She is an elected Artist member of the Glasgow Art Club and currently Secretary of the Pastel Guild of Europe.
Her work is in private collections in UK, France, Australia, Canada, Israel and USA and she has won several Awards, notably the Pastel Guild of Europe portrait and landscape prize and the WH Smith/Derwent and Jacksons Drawing prize for works in soft pastel.
JSW June 2017