John is one of Scotland’s most important and prolific artists, excelling as a painter, printmaker and playwright. Born in Paisley in 1940, he attended both Glasgow and Edinburgh Schools of Art, winning many prestigious awards for painting. He spent six months in Italy and returned as a masterful and confident young artist. Much of his early work was carried out in naïve style under the pseudonym ‘Patrick’ and he collaborated with many big stars in the late 60s and early 70s.
Most of his paintings are based on portrait/self-
He is an honorary member of the RGI, an honorary fellow of the GSA and the RIAS. He has honorary doctorates from the universities of Paisley, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Strathclyde. His written works include ‘The Slab Boys’, ‘Tutti Frutti’ and ‘Your Cheating Heart’. View John’s website
Imogen Gibbon, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Imogen graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1996 with an MA (Hons) in Art History. She also holds an MSc in Archive Administration from Aberystwyth University. From 1997 until 2002 she was Curator of Historic Photographs and Ship Plans at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich. In 2002 she began her career at the National Galleries of Scotland as Senior Curator of the Reference Section at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In 2013 Imogen was appointed to her current role, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. She has curated a number of exhibitions at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – the most recent being the co-
Jennifer McRae studied painting at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen from 1987-
Siobhán became involved in photography when she met Richard in 1975. In 1977, Richard opened a studio at New Crane Wharf in Wapping. In her spare time Siobhán often assisted Richard on various photographic assignments, ranging from portraiture through still life to architectural, advertising and landscape work. Throughout the lives together, Richard and Siobhán travelled extensively and never missed an opportunity to check out photographic exhibitions in the towns, cities and villages they visited. Siobhán is currently working on archiving Richard’s extensive body of work with a view to holding an exhibition of his work and publishing a book of his portrait work, in the near future. Siobhán chairs the Richard Coward SPA Photography Panel. View Richard Coward Photography
Ben Harman is the Director of Stills, a photography gallery with production facilities that was established in 1977 and is based in the heart of Edinburgh. His curated exhibitions for Stills have included presentations of work by Anna Atkins, Margaret Watkins, kennardphillipps, Joseph McKenzie, Fred Daniels, Lewis Baltz and Jo Spence. From 2003-
Malcolm is the Director of Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, a gallery and education resource which embraces different genres of photography from photographic artists locally, nationally and internationally. He coordinates an inclusive and diverse programme and has curated many of its solo shows, as well as projects elsewhere. Recent writing includes an essay in the book ‘Growing Up in the New Age – Marjolaine Ryley’ (Daylight, USA, March 2013) and a chapter in the book ‘Rewind: British Artists’ Video in the 1970s & 1980s’ (John Libbey Publishing, Sept 2012). He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Dundee University. View Streetlevel Photoworks
Gordon Mitchell RSW RSA RGI
Gordon was born in Edinburgh in 1952. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art where he completed his postgraduate studies in fine art. In 1997 he was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). The following year he was elected member of the Scottish Academy and the Glasgow Institute. He has exhibited widely within Scotland and internationally with his most recent exhibition at the Portland Gallery in London. He.is widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary draughtsmen and imaginary painters. His work is often admired for its humour as well as its technical brilliance. Gordon is the Director of the Scottish Portrait Awards and chairs the Fine Arts Panel.
Guy Peploe, Director of The Scottish Gallery
Born into an artistic family, Guy studied History of Art at Aberdeen University. He is the owner/director of The Scottish Gallery, the most prestigious and oldest privately owned gallery in Scotland. Guy is a renowned and well-
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