Trustees

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust is directed by trustees chosen from across the Arts and Business communities.  The first trustees were selected by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Rowan James (who was the first trustee until her untimely passing in January 2005) and have managed the Trust since its first days.

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Geoffrey Bertram, Chairman

Geoffrey first met Willie in 1981 when with Aitken Dott & Son, Edinburgh, before taking up a position with Theo Waddington Galleries, Toronto.  He became her London gallery representative in 1989 when he returned to the UK to become Director of The Scottish Gallery in London, and then from 1994 to 2004 as founding Director of Art First Gallery London. After leaving Art First in 2004 he was invited to join the Trust and has been chairman since 2005. He directs the exhibition programme. 

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Iain Donald

Formerly a senior partner in the legal firm of Murray Donald Drummond Cook LLP St Andrews, Iain is actively involved with a number of local not-for-profit and charitable organisations in Scotland. 

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Lynne Green

Studied art history at Sussex University and the Courtauld Institute. An exhibition organiser at the Hayward Gallery, then Curator of Southampton City Art Gallery, she has been an independent critic and curator since 1995. Lynne writes widely on modern and contemporary art. She has served on various boards within the arts, including as a Regional Council member for Arts Council England. In addition to working with and writing about artists, she is an enthusiastic collector. The extended second edition of her W. Barns- Graham: a studio life was published in 2011.

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Tony McClellan

Has had a successful corporate career with companies including Ferranti, Carryfast Ltd and the ambulance and coach builder UVG Ltd. He is currently chairman and part owner of the Montgomery Property Group Ltd, the Swiss Property Group, and chairman of LiWood (UK), a modular architecture firm.

Among his many other roles, Tony is president of the advisory board to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (based in San Francisco); a trustee of the Rix Centre, a charitable research and development organisation based at the University of East London which explores how new-media technology can help people with learning disabilities; and Board Member of, and fundraiser for, the American Friends of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 

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Matilda Mitchell

Holds a degree in the history of art from Edinburgh University. She was in charge of the Art Collection and exhibitions at Stirling University from its inception. She subsequently ran the Art Gallery of the MacRobert Centre at the University and worked later at the Scottish Arts Council. Matilda created Paintings in Hospitals Scotland which has subsequently become Art in Healthcare. As a freelance consultant she has worked on the oeuvre of various individual artists. 

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Alice Strang

Alice is Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. She works on the national collection of mainly European modern and contemporary visual art (c.1890 to the present day) and curates loan exhibitions. Alice is responsible for the National Galleries of Scotland's Scottish Colourist Series of touring exhibitions, with books (F. C. B. Cadell 2011/12, S. J. Peploe 2012/13 and J. D. Fergusson 2014). She was previously a Specialist in the Modern and Impressionist Art department and later the Contemporary Art department of Christie’s. 

 

Photo: Suzanne Heffron

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Jenny Wilson

With a career spanning promotional activity of visual artists, theatre, music, literature and spectacle, Jenny has worked as a promoter, programmer and administrator for artform development agencies in England and Scotland. With a focus on audiences, participation and fun, she has supported experimental and developmental work around the UK including seven years as inaugural director of the Crawford Centre. 

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Martin Kemp Emeritus Trustee

Martin is Research Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University. He has written and broadcast extensively on imagery in art and science from the Renaissance to the present day. In addition to being recognised as an expert on Leonardo da Vinci, he has curated art exhibitions both in the UK and overseas. 

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Kate Downie

Kate is a Scottish landscape painter and print-maker who likes to explore the world. Her fascination with urbanisation, geology and the fabric of civil engineering in the landscape has lead her into a series of extraordinary residencies over the years, including placements in a brewery, an oil rig, on the Great Wall of China and the Bridges crossing the Forth Estuary. Her practice  includes large-scale and performative drawing and film-making. She is passionate about art education and has led several public art projects as well as visiting lecturer and workshop leader in universities and colleges in the UK, USA and China.

 

Her work is held in both public and private collections worldwide. She is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, a former president of the Society of Scottish Artists and an active member of Glasgow Print Studio.