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 the artist died in January 2004.

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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 also 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.

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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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Joanna Meacock

Jo is Curator of British Art at Glasgow Museums where she has responsibility for painting, sculpture, prints and drawings pre-1960. Her specialism lies in 19th-century and early 20th-century British art, with a particular interest in women artists, Scottish art movements, Aestheticism and religious iconography. She is passionate about art for the many, not the few, and the role of museums in enriching communities and promoting access and inclusion. Formerly the Scottish Regional Research Manager for the Public Catalogue Foundation, Jo has also worked as Data Editing Manager for the National Inventory Research Project, Research Associate for James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings: A Catalogue Raisonné and Editor for Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951.

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Jacqueline Ridge

Jack has worked with a number of major arts and educational organisations in Scotland, England and the US, with over 30  years of experience in both the private and public sector. Prior to taking up her current post  as Director of Conservation and Collections Management at the National Galleries of Scotland in 2006,  Jack  gained a degree in chemistry from King’s College, London  leading to a career path as a paintings conservator in the US working at Harvard and Worcester Art Museum and then onto the National Museums Liverpool and  Tate in London.

 

She  has a passionate interest in the philosophy of collection care as a facilitator for sharing collections, and strongly believes that the power of art and the creative process to  benefit society in the 21st century must be available to all.  The special relationship with the creative process that being a conservator brings is an ongoing fascination and has prompted publications on the  works of the Pre-Raphaelites, John Singer Sargent and Howard Hodgkin amongst others. She is a fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum  and sits on the advisory board for Art360 Scotland. With a passion for the outdoors Jack (with her fab dog George)  gets out of the city when she has the time -  heading out for the remoter parts of the countryside and indulging a growing fascination  for fly fishing.

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Selina Skipwith

Selina is an Independent Art Consultant and a member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors. She was Director and Keeper of Art of The Fleming Collection 1996-2014, over eighteen years she directed the collection firstly as a corporate collection and subsequently as a charitable foundation. In 2000 she oversaw the creation of The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, prior to the sale of Robert Fleming Holdings Ltd to Chase Manhattan the same year, and The Fleming Collection gallery in Mayfair, which opened to the public in January 2002.  She writes and lectures extensively both on corporate collections and on Scottish art, including A History of Scottish Art (Merrell, 2003). She has curated numerous exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

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Karyn Watt, Chair

Karyn has a long standing passion for the Arts. She is a Trustee of Capital Theatres (which runs the Kings and Festival Theatres), on their Campaign Board and Project Board, a Trustee of WASPS , and sits on their Board and Project Board, and is a Trustee of Napier University Campaign Board. She has sponsored young artists at the start of their careers.


In her “day job” Karyn is head of infrastructure and a partner in the corporate and commercial team at Anderson Strathern Solicitors. She has over 30 years’ construction industry experience and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Construction Law. She also heads up the International Sector of the Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group, which plays a vital role in shaping the country’s economic ambitions. In recognition of her major contribution to the industry, Karyn was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland in 2013.


Karyn is also called to the New York Bar qualified and she is a qualified mediator. In relation to work,she is on the Board, Consultative Committee and drafting team of the Scottish Building Contracts Committee and is also the Scottish Panel adviser for the Scottish Contractors Group, The National Federation of Roofing Contractors and the National Association of Shopfitters, among others.


Remarkably, Karyn finds time for many other interesting pursuits . She loves travelling and frequently visits India, from where she imports jewellery. She has also written, produced and acted [badly!] in a Bollywood movie that was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. This venture raised significant funds for Lifeline Express, an Indian charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable people with limited access to healthcare by transporting surgeons to remote parts of the country by train.

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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. 

Staff

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Rob Airey, Director

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Ross Irving, Art Collection Manager

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Fiona Smith, Bookkeeper & Administrator