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Ailsa Mackay
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Ailsa Mackay

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Ailsa Mackay is an freelance artist, textile designer and tutor. With over 20 years’ experience, her design work has been sold widely across British, German, Australian and US High Streets on fashion textiles, homeware, gift wrap and stationary and her paintings are sold privately to collectors.

She loves to take inspiration from everyday life and the natural world, is passionate about renaissance life drawing techniques and is fascinated by portraits.

Her work is predominantly created using acrylic, gouache and soft pastels working in a big and bold style to keep her brush strokes fresh and dynamic, using harmonious colour combinations.

“The physical process of painting is where I find the most joy. I delight in the journey that my work goes through on its way to becoming its own individual unique piece.”

Workshops:

  • Capturing Perspectives and Colours in Landscape: Painting in the Style of Scottish Colourist F. C. B. Cadell
  • Floral Illustration Workshop: Natural Impressions and Illustration
  • Painting Colourful Interiors – in the style of Scottish Colourist F. C. B. Cadell
Alan Bennington
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Alan Bennington
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Wheelchair Access Required
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Vegetarian

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A photographer since 1977, Alan studied photography at Teesside College of Art in Middlesbrough and after qualifying he worked for a number of commercial photographers in the North East of England, Manchester and Hereford before setting up his own operation. This Newcastle based studio grew into one of the most in demand commercial photographers in the UK with a wealth significant roster of major manufacturing companies as long term clients. Add to this the advertising and fashion markets that Alan was working with and we can recognise an all round commercial photographer operating at the top of their game. 

In the mid ‘noughties’ Alan decided on a change of direction, lifestyle and location and applied for a lecturing post at Dumfries & Galloway College. His significant background and experience became a great asset to the college and he took the lead on the HND programme at the college developing new approaches to a strong programme that benefitted many up and coming photographers in the region and beyond.

Retiring from the college in 2018, Alan continues to work on his own self-directed projects.

Alan is a member of the AMO3BA Illustration & Photography Collective.

Workshops:

  • Cyanotypes and Argyrotypes Workshop
Alan McNeish
9846845154
a.mcneish@shambellie.org
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Alan McNeish
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No Requirements needed
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Vegetarian

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Alan has been a photographer for over 25 years and gained a HND in photography from Dumfries and Galloway College.  He worked semi-professionally for a number of years covering events, before becoming a full-time professional in 2015.  Alan attended the University of Cumbria, Institute of Arts to gain a BA (Hons) in Photography.  He is experienced in studio lighting and has taught lighting techniques from basic to advanced.  His day-to-day work is often studio based including pet portraits.  Alan has a great passion for photography and enjoys teaching the basics through to advanced imaging in camera and digital editing.

Workshops:

  • Introduction to Studio Lighting
Allan Wright
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Allan Wright

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Allan’s interest in photography began while travelling and working in the oil exploration industry in North Africa, S E Asia and subsequently the North Sea. Initially dividing his time between offshore work and Galloway based landscape photography, this led to his ultimate transitioning to full time professional status. Throughout the past 30 years he has travelled extensively in Scotland, Australia and Morocco whilst building a publishing enterprise culminating in an extensive catalogue of fine art prints, books, stock images and calendars.

Allan will lead small groups on weekend retreats to guide and nurture students in an immersive experience in the creative approach to landscape, nature, abstract, and cityscape genres.

Allan has honed the ability to use basic elements such observation and simply seeing (pre-visualisation) to define the essence of place and subject. Seeking opportunities for lyricism and harmony he raises awareness of the value of fleeting light and the ability to seize decisive moment. 

Allan’s courses will endorse a relatively simplified shooting style with technical aspects often coming second to the value of developing and instinctive sense of what makes a picture really work, as distinct from simply “a nice scene”.

The course will be split, weather permitting, between 50 / 50 field activity and the digital suite. Emphases will involve enhancement and correction techniques in obtaining the best outcome from a given image file. Developing a robust approach to selective editing to define the very best material from a given shoot is also demonstrated.

The style is very informal, and time is taken to address specific challenges and areas of interest for each participant.

Workshops:

  • Creative digital landscape photography with Allan Wright - 2 day course
Andy Brooke
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Andy Brooke

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Prior to moving to Dumfries two years ago, I had a career teaching art and photography at Colchester Sixth Form College in Essex. I have taught students in all areas of art and art history and have worked as a community artist with The Stove Network in NW Dumfries for the past 18 months. I also have a home studio where I combine my interests of stained glass and photo-screen printing. I have taught glass, photography and ceramics workshops to all age groups over the years.

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Workshops:

  • Ceramics Half Day Monthly Workshops
  • From Talbot to Tiktok - A condensed history of community in photography.
  • Half Day Stained Glass Workshops (Monthly, Click for More Dates)
  • Stained Glass Workshops (Monthly, Click for More Dates)
Ann Hill
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Ann Hill

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Ann has been professionally teaching quilt making for 15 years. She has exhibited her work around the world, currently with an exhibition touring America and another about to start touring 40 countries. Ann is quilter in residence at Alzheimer Scotland and has been awarded a Point of Light and a British Empire medal for her services to Alzheimers, both through working with those living with dementia and raising awareness through quilting exhibitions.

Ann teaches beginners and experienced quilters in the fundamentals of quilting and progress through traditional, modern and contemporary quilting. She runs weekly classes in Dumfries and Galloway. Ann is Chair of Shambellie Quilters who are responsible for organising quilt festivals in autumn and May each year.

Arona Allan
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Arona Allan

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Arona is a local artist and a member of our New Abbey Art Group which meets weekly at Shambellie House to enjoy art. Having studied art Arona enjoys being creative and sharing that joy with other people.

Caroline McGonigal
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Caroline McGonigal

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About My Practice

I am a professional artist who grew up in Kirkcudbright, and have always been influenced by water and the ephemeral in nature. Painting inspiration has come from my travels to Iceland, Arctic Norway and also to Japan. I have been greatly inspired by Zen culture in recent years and this has started to show itself in my recent work.

Tools & Materials

My preferred choice of paint is oil due to the lovely thin layers that can be created and the flexibility it offers with blending even after a few days. However I also paint in watercolour and gouache as this is much simpler to use outdoors. My wind paintings are usually gouache and created by breezes and gusts of wind. Nature creates the start of a work and is then finished by my human touch. I think of this process as a conversation with nature.

Christine Eltherington
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Christine Eltherington

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Christine is an enthusiastic and passionate photographer who in her own words is constantly developing and never satisfied. A member of the Royal Photographic Society, Christine's work has been awarded distinctions, finally reaching the most prestigious award of a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. Her style shows in the way that she sees light, observing the myriad of shades and capturing that image as a recollection of tenderness leaving a feeling of joyous serenity for all to view.

Although Christine is now living in New Zealand,  she has strong links having been a trustee of Shambellie House Trust. This first Photography Festival at Shambellie House,  Celebrating Women In Photography, was an inspired idea by Christine who has supported us from afar in bringing this to fruition.    

Distinctions : LRPS November 2014 ARPS March 2016 FRPS November 2022

Member of the Royal Photographic Society 2014

Workshops:

  • Photography Exhibition 2024 - entry fee for successful exhibitors.
Elma Graham
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Elma Graham

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Elma has been a member of the Solway Quilters in Dumfries for the last 26 years. A Home Economics teacher specialising in Needlecraft she was first introduced to patchwork and quilting while living in Suffolk. As a hobby, she has explored various types of patchwork over the years taking inspiration from workshops, quilt shows and her surroundings, teaching classes locally encouraging others to enjoy the craft.

Elspeth Hart
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Elspeth Hart

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 I am a ceramic artist making both functional and sculptural work. I am influenced by the land and the ways we inhabit it. I throw and handbuild using stoneware clay and found materials. I am drawn to vessels as the starting point for my thoughts, and my work references functional pottery both ancient and contemporary. My sculptural pieces also take their forms from objects used to store, contain and sustain, in this way they are like the land which itself sustains and holds us.

Emily Tough
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Emily Tough

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Emily Tough is an illustrator and cultural worker. She is the anchor to the arts collective We Agree On Eggs; the purpose of which is to create interesting and meaningful experiences, where people feel connected to themselves and the world around them. A frequent collaborator with the food group Propagate, a worker led organisation specialising in local, community and sustainable food projects. 

Photo Credit - Jamie Thompson

Emma Watson
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Emma Watson

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This is my third year with Spring Fling, now under a new name (previously Emma Visca), I have been extremely lucky to have sold art all over the world. I have exhibited throughout Scotland and in Barcelona, which was a dream come true for me. I am currently studying my masters in mindfulness and have a real interest in art as a therapy.

About My Practice

I am an abstract expressionist painter. I normally have no idea what I will paint but mostly my work is on large canvas, sometimes two or three at a time. I let myself go and paint, then take a step back to see what has been released. It is a therapy for me but I do feel extremely lucky that people then want to purchase my art. Practicing mindfulness has taught me how unsettled my mind could be: painting provides me with a space to let go and accept who I am as a person and it helps me to be kind and compassionate with myself and others. We all go through such difficult times in life and meditation and art can be the perfect antidote.

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Mainly large canvas and acrylic paints

Frank Hayes
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Frank Hayes

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Frank Hayes is the Creative Director and Founder of “For Enjoyment CIC”. A foundation of studying at Art College started his creative path over 30 years ago. Over the last two decades Frank has worked in conservation and as a creative force and more recently as a core part of the creative movement that is For Enjoyment, as a mentor, inspirer and tutor. He’s passionate, driven and dedicated to his work. A love of travel, cycling, walking and swimming makes him an explorer of the great outdoors, with a love for natural history since a very young age which is evident through his own creative practice.

Frank’s many hats include photographer, illustrator and environmentalist. He is committed to nurturing the artistic ability within everyone and improving mental and social health, confidence and wellbeing through the power of art and creativity. Through his work with For Enjoyment he’s seen much success and recognition including becoming a two time finalist for the Culture Champion Award and the winner of Community Champion award in the Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards of 2021. He has produced artworks with many organisations across Scotland including one in partnership with Whizz-Kidz which is permanently installed in the First Minister of Scotland’s office. He supports many people from a diverse range of backgrounds into creative careers and helps them forge new paths into the wonderful world of the Arts.

Workshops:

  • Floral Illustration Workshop: Natural Impressions and Illustration
Helen Walsh
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Helen Walsh

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Helen Walsh is an Artist and Creative Practitioner specialising in drawing and textiles, in particular embroidery. She is continually fascinated by the natural world and our connection to it. She is particularly interested in birds and their feathers and uses them as symbols in her work to explore the human desire to transcend. Choosing to work predominantly with natural fibres such as silk and linen Helen finds herself consistently drawn to traditional textile skills such as embroidery, knitting and dyeing and enjoys the connections with the often forgotten makers of the past that working this way gives her. Helen is a skilled and experienced workshop leader and works on a variety of community and education based arts projects working with a diverse range of people in a variety of settings. Helen’s aim is to enable people to unlock and explore their creativity.

Workshops:

  • Carers Session Introduction to Free Motion Embroidery: Drawing with your Sewing Machine (2 of 2)
  • Carers Session Stained Glass August
  • Felting: Create your own 3D Nest or Vessel
  • Garden Birds: Hand Embroidered Bird Portraits
  • Make a Festive Robin Decoration
  • Make a Quirky Bird
  • Winter Birds: Applique and Free Motion Embroidery
Ian Biggar
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Ian Biggar
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07799372052
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I emigrated to and worked in Western and Northern Canada from 1972-74 for the Hudson's Bay Company in retail management including buying furs and selling skidoos laterally in the Arctic.
In 1975 I moved to Edmonton, Alberta and morphed an interest in Photography to selling cameras which taught me a lot about equipment. This put me in touch with a lot of people in the Photographic Industry and subsequently went to work for a studio where I learned about General Purpose Photography. One of my colleagues left there and opened his own studio and I went to work for him for 6 years learning and applying what I learned to various aspects of general photography, specialising in Audio Visuals Presentations.
From 1985-92 I worked as a Freelance Photographer mostly in Industrial and Commercial areas though still keeping close contacts with a company doing Audio Visual Presentations leading up to the Pre - 1988 Winter Olympics 21 projector slide show presented in the Calgary Tower (Alberta, Canada) viewed by over a million people.
During this time I also developed an interest in and began to teach photography workshops at the University of Alberta and began to look at passing on some of the incredible skills and talents I had learned from the largesse of my Photographic Mentors (Bruce Barnbaum, John Sexton, Cole Weston, Ray McSaveney, Huntington Witherill and the incomparable Jay Dusard) mostly in Black and White Photography as a Fine Art.
In 1992 I returned to the UK and continued to work commercially specialising in photographing paintings and architecture.
Presently I am semi-retired and photographing whatever moves me.

Workshops:

  • Medium Format Photography & Beyond - An Introduction
  • Shambellie House Darkroom Induction
Jan Beadle
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Jan Beadle

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Jan moved to Cumbria in the mid 80’s after completing her BA Hons in Textiles.

She has over 30 year’s experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textiles resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts until 2010, when she decided to concentrate fulltime on making and exhibiting her own work.

Jan is a member of the Wool Clip a cooperative in North Cumbria 

As well as selling her work in many galleries around the UK Jan runs specialist weave course for a wide range of abilities

Workshops:

  • Loom Weaving - Become A Weaver (2 Day Workshop)
  • Table Loom Weaving
Jo Gallant
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Jo Gallant

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Jo has worked professionally as a textile artist for over 30 years.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally and undertaken commissions, both public and private, across the UK, and has taught groups of all ages and levels of experience.  Her work, which uses dyeing, painting, stitching and embroidery, is very much influenced by her surroundings, the landscape and wildlife of Galloway.

Joanna Shennan
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Joanna Shennan

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Joanna is a mixed media artist inspired by all aspects of natural form.  She focuses on printing with natural materials, stencilling and stitching on both textiles and paper, resulting in 2D abstract compositions and artists books. 

Dumfries and Galloway as a region offers a wealth of inspiration and Joanna is proud to be from this part of Scotland.

Workshops:

  • Impressions from Nature - Plaster Casting with Joanna Shennan
John Stewart
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John Stewart

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John is Chair of Shambellie House Trust and a member of the Stewart family who built Shambellie House. Born and educated in Edinburgh, holidays were mostly spent in New Abbey. He has a wealth of knowledge about the Stewart Family, the History of Shambellie House and the surrounding area plus a good few anecdotes and stories to tell that have been passed through generations of the Stewart Family.

John obtained a veterinary degree from Cambridge University and was a practicing vet in Surrey and Hampshire for thirty years. For the past fifteen years he has followed his interest in horses’ feet and their problems and continues to work as an equine podiatrist.

In 2012 he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame of the American Farriers Journal and his book ‘Understanding the Horse’s Feet’ was published in 2013. In 2016, he returned ‘home’ to New Abbey from the USA and quickly became involved with the Shambellie House Trust.

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  • Shambellie House Tour & Tea
Julie Stephen
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Julie Stephen

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Julie Stephen is a freelance illustrator, fine art printmaker and art tutor. Julie worked as an art and design teacher for over 20 years but is now focussing on her own visual art business, The Artful Corner.  Julie also creates ethereal hand pulled gel prints, layering colours, shapes and textures inspired by forest walks, trips to the shore and sunlight through trees.

Keith Walker
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Keith Walker

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Keith Walker is a former Primary and Secondary Science teacher, retired Outdoor Learning Development Officer with the Education department of Dumfries and Galloway Council and current chair of a local camera club. In his role as an Outdoor Learning Development Officer, he was tasked with delivering training to both staff and students. This involved not only the development of basic outdoor skills (tool use, outdoor cooking, knot tying, shelter building etc.) but also emphasised the importance of communication and teamwork. Sessions were very much designed to be "hands on". Keith is also passionate about the use of photography to help people record and understand the world around them, and in particular the use of mobile phone photography.

Workshops:

  • Smartphone Photography - How to use your phone to get the images you want.
Kirsty Logan
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Kirsty Logan

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Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer. She is the author of three novels, three story collections, a memoir, and two chapbooks. She lives in Glasgow with her wife, baby and rescue dog. She is currently working on a short musical, a short story collection and a very long novel.  Kirsty's latest book is Now She is Witch (Harvill Secker, 2023), a queer medieval witch revenge quest. Forthcoming is The Unfamiliar (Virago, 2023), a memoir of queer pregnancy and parenthood. She is also the author of two previous novels, three story collections, two chapbooks, a 10-hour audio play for Audible, and several collaborative projects with musicians and visual artists. Her books have won the Lambda, Polari, Saboteur, Scott and Gavin Wallace awards. Her work has been optioned for TV, adapted for stage, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine.

Kirsty Turpie
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Kirsty Turpie

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Kirsty Turpie is a Community Artist based in South West Scotland specialising in mosaics, murals and nature-based art. She employs her multi-disciplinary skill set to activate, empower and support communities to be creative and to connect with themselves and nature. Her large-scale works include indoor and outdoor murals and permanent mosaic artworks created in collaboration with youth groups and community groups. More recently she has been utilising natural materials and processes in her workshops. She believes that helping communities to be more creative, imaginative and connected to nature can help them to thrive. 

Workshops:

  • Thrive Evening Club - Celtic Crafts: Celebrating Lugh, The Sun God
  • Thrive Evening Club - Celtic Crafts: Mabon Mandalas
Laura Hudson Mackay
07780672566
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Laura Hudson Mackay
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Laura Hudson Mackay is a professional photographic Artist living in Dumfries and Galloway. Laura completed an Advanced Diploma in Illustrative Photography at Glasgow Metropolitan College in 2006 and a Diploma with Distinction in Art History at London Art College in 2013. Laura is a Member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Both film and digital cameras are used and Laura explores concepts including doorways into other worlds; portals, ancient buildings or natural forms, particularly stone and wood. Still life subjects include organic forms such as flowers, feathers; found objects, employing an ever-growing library of photographic textures to create otherworldly images, which enchant and mystify.

While at home during the pandemic Lockdown in Spring 2020, Laura began spending time in her home studio, adventuring into the colourful land of food and product photography under the name Lolliography. There has proven to be significant demand for this high quality work which has lead to a growing client base and resulted in the setting up of a photographic studio on Dumfries High Street.

Laura has hosted photographic walking tours in The Marrakech Medina, Morocco to both groups and individuals. She has also given demonstrations in Still Life photography in her Spring Fling Open Studio events 2015-2019

Awards

Foodelia International Food Photography Awards
Calumet Award for Illustrative Photography

Selected Exhibitions

Hush of a Shadow - Marrakech Henna Art Cafe, Marrakech Morocco
Hudson Mackay Gallery - Glasgow Fruit Market
Hudson Mackay Gallery - Glasgow Concert Hall
Bespoke Art Gallery - House for an Art Lover
Spring Fling open Art Studios - Abbots Tower 2015 -2019
Wigtown Book Festival - Artist in Residence 2017
Galloway Photographic Collective - Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

Workshops:

  • Confluence Conversations (Click for More Dates)
  • Medium Format Photography & Beyond - An Introduction
  • Styling and Sampling Local Food - Photography Workshop with Laura Hudson Mackay
Morag Macpherson
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Morag Macpherson
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I am a Textile Artist living and working near Kirkcudbright at my house and garden studio. (originally from Glasgow).
My printed textiles are created using a combination of printing techniques and repurposing fabrics. I create my own surface patterns using original illustrations and digital design combined, which are digitally printed to create my own original fabrics. I create abstract expressionist paintings and mark-making which are photographed and digitally printed. I also experiment with sustainable methods of eco-printing with leaves and flowers and natural dyeing. I enjoy dabbling with screen and mono-print and I'm always learning new skills, most recently block printing.
I have a limited edition range of accessories which include scarves and cushions. I patchwork many different types of fabrics with various printing techniques and upcycle and repurpose fabrics. These are made into a range of artwear - unique, reversible, one size garments in simple cuts such as kimono-style robes, jackets and coats, wraparound skirts, utility kilts and dresses.
I have exhibited and sold my work internationally, such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and Istanbul and work to commission as well as selling my wares at fairs and in galleries and retailers. I am the founder of an Artists and Makers co-operative, local to Dumfries and Galloway, with three shop locations and fifty members.
I enjoy community art and I’ve worked locally with groups in community centres, one-to-one mentoring at my studio, and in schools and have mentored many young people through schemes such as Upland Emerge, Craft Council Hothouse and WASPS.
I collaborate with other artists, take on artist residencies and do artist talks and workshops. Recently I was Artist in Residence with Crichton Carbon Centre’s Peatland Connections project. This involved 9 months investigating carbon for textiles, dyeing with peatland plants and peat and creating garments, a film, writings and drawings to be exhibited at my eleventh Spring Fling in 2024.

Workshops:

  • Carers Session Design your own unique silk scarf with Morag Macpherson.
Morag Paterson
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Morag Paterson

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Morag Paterson is an award-winning, professional landscape photographic artist based both in Italy and Scotland. Her striking imagery is widely published and has been exhibited around the world.

Workshops:

  • Working with the International ICM Community - a talk and practical workshop
Nimaya Lemal
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Nimaya Lemal
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Nimaya (she/her) recently completed her MLitt in Environment, Culture, & Communication (University of Glasgow), where she wrote her dissertation on ‘play’ as an ethic for environmental communicators. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature (Middlebury College); her thesis asked how Kafka’s short stories complicate a German literary fascination with Native Americans. She is now a freelance editor and nonfiction writer with particular interest in how young people are re-writing humanness in a time of anthropogenic crisis. She has been published in the Modernist Review, Oxford Review of Books, was the recipient of this year’s Kirkpatrick Dobie prize for creative writing (University of Glasgow), and has a piece coming out in English (Oxford University Press) this spring. She is also a part of Shambellie House's Young Creatives group.

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Paula Rafferty
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Paula Rafferty

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Paula has been sewing since she was a small child, she was taught by her mum and started making clothes for her Sindy Doll.

Paula was born and grew up in Dundalk, Co. Louth before moving to study Fashion Design at Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) from 1987-1991 and after running her own business for a few years, specializing in stretch and sequined fabrics, she returned to college to train as an Art teacher  (1995-1996). After finishing college Paula worked with retirement groups, which taught her the value of lifelong learning. By accident Paula started working in Limerick Prison in 1998 and has been teaching there full time since. Paula has exhibited and presented lectures on Prison Art and Textiles many times here in Ireland and also in Mexico, Spain, Poland, The Netherlands, Scotland and Canada. 

Paula joined the Irish Patchwork Society in 2002 and has since made hundreds of quilts, both large and small. When asked Paula says that she makes two types of quilts: Art Quilts for exhibition and Therapy Quilts to keep her sane!

With her Art Quilts works in series, several at the same time, until she feels that she has exhausted the theme. Paula loves any messy techniques such as dyeing, printing, stamping, anything where she can get her hands dirty and revel in that childlike joy of playing with colour. Collage, fabric transfer and printing are other favoured techniques, anything that involves modern technology, what could be more fun than mixing ancient skills like hand embroidery with modern digitally printed images, right? 

Therapy Quilts are usually utilitarian in nature and composed of simple shapes like squares or strips, which are cut in large amounts and randomly sewn together. Paula finds the act of repetitive sewing calms and keeps her sane during wintertime or when going through emotional stress. Traditional patchwork and quilting techniques act as a gateway to our past and are an amazing meditative process and Paula adores the challenge of designing quilt blocks and patterns for students and groups. 

Paula exhibits her art quilts and teaches patchwork and quilted techniques internationally, both as a member of various international groups and as a solo artist. Paula’s work has been featured in many international patchwork and quilting magazines including; Quilting Arts, Quilt Modern, British Patchwork & Quilting and Patchwork Professional.

“Quilting has opened up the world to me, brought so many wonderful people into my life and taught me so much. I look forward to the wonderful techniques and skills that I have yet to learn.”

Groups Paula is a member of:

  • IPS Irish Patchwork Society 
  • Quilters Guild of Ireland
  • Quilters Guild of the British Isles (specialist groups contemporary and modern)   
  • SAQA Studio Art Quilt Associates
  • Voyage (an online textile group
  • 20Perspectives
Ricky Nolan
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Ricky Nolan

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A photographer since 1978, Ricky was educated at Wallace Hall Academy, Closeburn and moved to Middlebrough to study Interior Design with Fine Art & Graphic Design. While undertaking these studies he found that he enjoyed the creativity afforded by the photography components on the course and subsequently studied photography for a further four years in Newcastle and in Leeds.

On qualifying his first professional job was anything but creative, working for Cleveland Constabulary in evidential photography in their Scientific Aids Department. This did however provide a strong technical grounding in a number of specialist forms of film based photography and processes which would prove beneficial to future employment.

From this technical grounding and returning to Scotland, Ricky then worked in photographic laboratory management and training in Glasgow before taking up a Senior Photographer post with the Scottish Office working in video production, editing, multi-media and television for 4 years before being invited by Dumfries & Galloway College to deliver photography as a service to their fine art and newly established graphic design programmes. Living in Lochmaben this seemed an ideal opportunity and Ricky subsequently developed and ran a new set of photography courses to HND level that received numerous best practice evaluations by reviewers. He also retained a significant folio of private practice.

Ricky subsequently headed up George Street School of Art in Dumfries and the Creative Industries Section.

As a curriculum manager and curriculum designer he developed a host of innovative programmes for the college as he was keen to see interdisciplinary activities in the creative arts. He left in 2017 so that he could focus on his own photographic work.

Ricky is a member of the AMO3BA Illustration & Photography Collective and a Shambellie House Trustee. He will tell you that just as importantly, he is the bass player with local bands Six Hands and Eight Hands.

Workshops:

  • Cyanotypes and Argyrotypes Workshop
Rosemary Murray
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Rosemary Murray

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Rosemary learnt to sew at a young age using her grandmother’s 1910 hand turned Singer sewing machine and has been making garments ever since.

She has been teaching sewing and dressmaking in her Haberdashery shop in Dumfries for 9 years. Rosemary’s aim is to teach people the skills to enable them to create and complete a project that fits well and they will wear.

Rosi Robinson
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Rosi Robinson

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I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. When I was at school, I pushed Art aside to concentrate more on academic subjects. It was only when I was introduced to batik in 1970, whilst I was studying for a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in Bristol, U.K., that I realised that I had missed out on my artistic education.

For the first eight years of my teaching career, I was lucky to be appointed the Art specialist in a number of primary schools in Bristol, UK. I taught drawing, painting, collage, weaving, batik and pottery but it was the technique of batik that really captivated me. It has a magic that no other technique offers. So I started to exhibit my batik paintings in exhibitions and at craft fairs.

I then moved to Sussex, UK and in 1986 I joined both the Sussex Guild and Batik Guild. I'm now the Vice Chair and Overseas Representative of the Batik Guild www.batikguild.org.uk and founder of 'International Year of Batik 2024-5’ - www.batikinternational.com

From January 1986 - July 2013, I was Head of Art at Cumnor House School in Danehill, Sussex. Many of my students won art awards to their senior schools as well as awards in national competitions. I taught all kinds of Art to children aged 5 - 13, but I made a point of introducing every child to batik so they could explore the many possibilities that this wonderful technique has to offer.

Now that I am retired, I don't know how I managed to combine my own batik work with full-time teaching. Thank goodness for school holidays! I am still based in the UK, but spend the summers in Nova Scotia, Canada, (my maternal grandmother was Nova Scotian) and a few months each year in Maryland, USA.

I have been fortunate to exhibit throughout the world, including Canada, USA, China, Japan, Indonesia, Europe, and of course in the UK. I have lectured and taught workshops in Japan, China, UK, Europe, USA and Canada and my work is in private collections worldwide. I have written three books on batik, including 'Creative Batik' (Search Press, 2001/2016). Please go to my Publications page for more information about my magazine articles, books and DVD. In the last 20 years I've had four solo exhibitions in the Foyer of the Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, London, UK. During 2014 and 2015, I taught batik workshops to teachers throughout the UK for Specialist Crafts. I taught a two-day workshop at the Bath Textile Summer School in 2017, and have been invited to teach a three-day workshop at the summer school again on August 15th - 17th, 2022. 

I am now concentrating on advancing my personal batik work. I lecture, give batik demonstrations, teach workshops to adults and children and participate in exhibitions throughout the world. It's amazing how batik continues to be my passion. Retirement? What retirement?! Find me at https://rosirobinson.com/

Simon Lamb
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Simon Lamb

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Simon Lamb is a poet, performer and storyteller. With a background in teaching, he works extensively in schools to ignite and inspire young learners by sharing his passion for poetry.

He currently lives in Ayrshire, where he is the writer-in-residence at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (2022–25) and the poet-in-residence at Eglinton Country Park (2023).

His debut collection of poetry is “A Passing On of Shells”, published by Scallywag Press and illustrated by former UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. It has been nominated for The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing 2024.

Sybil Williamson
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Sybil Williamson

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Sybil, from Solway Silver is a silver clay artist.  Silver clay is a manufactured product made from tiny particles of pure silver which are suspended in an organic binder.  The piece is formed in clay then fired in a kiln.  During the firing process the binder burns off and the particles of silver sinter into a solid piece.  This piece is 99.9% pure silver.  Sybil comments that, ‘…some sort of magic goes on in the kiln, it’s like alchemy’.  Her work is inspired by the landscapes and wildlife of Dumfries and Galloway.  She has a background in education and enjoys sharing her silver clay techniques through workshops.


Workshops:

  • Carers Session Design your own unique silk scarf with Morag Macpherson.
  • Carers Session Silver Jewellery (2 of 2)
Ted Leeming
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Ted Leeming

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I am drawn to the beauty of the natural world and the interactions and consequences of human activities therein. To the tensions, harmonies and imbalances that exist between biodiversity, climate, community, society & commercial interests.  To immersive projects exploring place and the details that lie within.

Workshops:

  • Talk - Elbow Patches are the New Black - Ted Leeming
Wendy Sweetman
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Wendy Sweetman

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My name is Wendy and I am a patchwork designer and tutor. Patchwork has been my hobby since I was a teenager but became my full time occupation a few years ago after careers in science and teaching. I now work and teach in a fabric shop in Staffordshire; The Corner Patch, and release patterns under my own design studio name - Sweetpatches.  My designs include bags, cushions, table runners, quilts and even a patchwork jacket!  I aim for a relaxed, supportive and encouraging atmosphere in my workshops and love seeing that smile on people’s faces when they can’t help but be proud of their own unique, handcrafted item at the end of the day.  With new connections in Dumfries and Galloway, I'm looking forward to working in the area.

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