About

Visual Arts Scotland is a leading platform for national and international contemporary fine and applied artists. Originally an organisation for women artists, the society since the 1980s has championed craft makers, designers and applied arts practitioners. Their relationship with contemporary fine art practice is at the heart of Visual Arts Scotland's mission today. 

Our annual exhibition offers the opportunity for emerging and established practitioners to showcase new and unseen work and engage with a wider public: to generate debate, to test out and exhibit challenging and ambitious ideas  - within the context of Scottish and international culture. 

We boast a vibrant, active and participatory membership of over 400 practising artists, for whom we provide a platform - primarily for the showing and developing new work. Members and non-members alike are welcome to submit work for selection at our prestigious annual exhibitions, to show alongside invited artists and emerging talent, at the imposing Academy building on the Mound in Edinburgh. 

Our membership categories cater for artists at all stages in their careers, whether new graduates, emerging artists or established practitioners. All are welcome to contribute to the continuing development of Visual Arts Scotland. 

WHO WE ARE

The President and Council are elected by the membership to represent the wide array of disciplines that VAS promotes.

Sir Mark Jones

Sir Mark Jones

Honorary President

From 2001 to 2011 Sir Mark Jones was Director of the V&A, where he led a ten-year programme of renewal of the museum’s buildings and displays, and established a strong programme of design-focused exhibitions, seen all around the world.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University, and was awarded a knighthood in 2010 for services to the arts.


Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie

President

Andrew MacKenzie is a painter whose work mines a territory between pure abstraction and representation. His work responds to the landscape and overtly acknowledges the constructs through which it is seen. Now based in the Borders, and trained at Edinburgh College of Art, he is represented by the Sarah Myerscough Gallery in London, and has presented several successful solo exhibitions there.

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Paul Keir

Paul Keir

Vice President

Paul has degrees from the University of Aberdeen, and Edinburgh College of Art, where he also obtained his MFA. He continued as a lecturer there, teaching painting and drawing, until 2011. His practice can utilise a range of formal strategies – painting, objects, floorworks, walldrawings. He lives and works in Edinburgh.


Becca Pollard

Becca Pollard

Administrator

Becca has been the administrator of Visual Arts Scotland since 2007. Her own art practise has seen her exhibit extensively in this country and abroad. Originally trained as a ceramicist Becca work spans many disciplines and her portfolio includes both functional and non-functional ceramics, lighting, homewares and most recently silver jewellery.

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Susie Leiper

Susie Leiper

Council Member

Susie Leiper is a calligrapher and painter who works on anything from vast walls and canvases to tiny artist books. Chinese art and the mountain are her principal inspirations. Susie lives and works in Edinburgh.

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Deirdre MacLeod

Deirdre MacLeod

Council Member

Deirdre is interested in cities.  She uses a range of fieldwork approaches and forms of drawing to explore how we see, sense and experience the urban environment. She holds degrees in Geography, Politics and Painting from the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. 

Photo Credit: John Davey

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Lindsey Lavender

Lindsey Lavender

Council Member

‘Through my paintings I examine environments seeking simple overlooked observations with a calmness which draws viewers in. I explore the juxtaposition of manmade & natural, the rhythms of light & shade on the seemingly ordinary.’ Lindsey lives and works in Edinburgh.

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Eleanor Symms

Eleanor Symms

Council Member

Eleanor Symms works in different areas of practice, from printmaking and artist’s books to textiles, installation and jewellery. She is interested in the physical world of materials and objects, as well as in the world of ideas. Her current work in jewellery design responds to 'found' and non-precious materials, combining these with precious metals and gem stones and challenging notions of preciousness and disposability.

Eleanor graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with Distinction in 2012. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. 

Photo Credit: Martin Allan Smith

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Lucilla Sim

Lucilla Sim

Council Member

Lucilla is a primarily a painter and also makes 3D constructions using found objects. Her work explores the residues of past lives and culture and is influenced by the patterns of weather, geology and archaeology in the landscape. Lucilla lives and works in Edinburgh.

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Jo Pudelko

Jo Pudelko

Council Member

Jo is a material led designer/maker and a compulsive collector of ‘stuff’. Her work consists of mixed media jewellery and small scale sculptural objects with the occasional accompanying screen print. She makes work for exhibition and sale from her caravan studio in Scotland.

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Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed

Council Member

Reed’s representation of the land comes in a diversity of forms: painting, drawing, filming, and assemblage of objects. His paintings are primarily about drawing which is also the key area of his teaching practice and if his style appears to be always changing this is because it defines itself through process and experimentation. He is constantly looking for new ways of making marks and often in an unconventional manner.

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Julie Barnes

Julie Barnes

Council Member

Julie is an expressionist, narrative painter. Her paintings often have a dream like quality and seek the recreation of experiences in the viewer through radiant colour, line and composition. She uses gold and silver leaf to enhance applied oils or acrylic to achieve a rich texture.

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Bronwen Sleigh

Bronwen Sleigh

Council Member

Bronwen Sleigh is a multi-disciplinary artist who takes inspiration from industrial architecture, unused and forgotten urban spaces, and environments at the edge of the city. She graduated with a BA from the Glasgow School of Art and MA from the Royal College of Art, and currently lives and works in Glasgow.

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Felicity Bristow

Felicity Bristow

council member

Felicity Bristow has a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art and is also an Architect, qualifying at ECA in 2001. Felicity's work is generated from site-specific research inspired by the built and natural environment in the Scottish Borders, exploring through her experimental practice the pervading spirit of place or ‘genius loci’. Felicity is engaged with making, writing, researching and exploring through installation the physical structure of books and collaborates with Chemists to reveal alternative 'truths' of a site. Felicity lives and works in the Scottish Borders.

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Jeff Zimmer

Jeff Zimmer

council member

Jeff Zimmer creates imagery on glass, exploring themes of disconnects between power and consequence, legacies of complex histories, mortality, ambiguity and mystery.  He explores the sensuality of mystery and light by layering painted sheets of glass in custom lightboxes.
 
Jeff's work is in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the European Museum for Modern Glass, the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft and the Glasmuseum Frauenau.  He has represented the UK in exhibitions in Germany and Belgium, and represented Scotland in exhibitions in the US.
 
He is represented by Dock Gallery, Rotterdam and Habatat Galleries, USA.
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Eve Hynd

Eve Hynd

council member

Eve Hynd is a design led upholsterer who works on traditional and modern upholstery projects in her Edinburgh based Studio. Under the pseudonym Native Flok Eve works with modern upholstery, using methods that are sustainable and kind to the environment to produce private commissions, visual art Installations, often in collaboration with other designers and artists. 
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