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Changes to Visual Arts Scotland in 2020

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Mar 22nd 2020

Our current president, Andrew Mackenzie, is stepping down after a wonderful three year term. Visual Arts Scotland would like to acknowledge the support and leadership of our now Past President, for his huge quantites of voluntary work and diligent stewardship of VAS. 

I would like to thank Andrew on behalf of the Council and the Membership for his unwavering commitment to Visual Arts Scotland over the past three years. Having successfully delivered three Annual Shows at the Royal Scottish Academy, two in collaboration with The Society of Scottish Artists and Cordis, and also 'ALIGHT', an award winning Annual exhibition delivered in collaboration with Craft Scotland, Andrew has certainly proved to be a wonderful asset to our society. Other highlights of Andrew’s Presidency include overseeing successful satellite shows with The Tatha Gallery and Summerhall, panel discussions covering important and prevalent arts related topics and great events such as our Marchmont House collaboration with the Scottish Gallery and Craft Scotland in 2019, as well as our most recent event this year with the Borders Art Fair

Andrew has fostered consistency in VAS, building on the work of previous Presidents, overseeing the membership grow and thrive. Where gentle leadership is, you will find Andrew. A calm and compassionate character, we as a Council have benefitted from his example of kindness and a passion for championing creatives. We shall miss Andrew’s immediate presence, though we welcome his ongoing support and advice as a Past President of VAS and we wish him every success for his future projects and practice. Pictured here is a small selection of images from exhibitions and projects Andrew has led during his term as President.

It is with great honour then that I step up from Vice Presidency to the President position. I will continue to help VAS provide supportive opportunities and grow our community of creatives.  I look forward to continuing to work with the excellent and growing Council and welcoming Nicola Whiltshire to the role of Co Vice President to work alongside Amanda Airey. We shall work hard to maintain VAS’s strengths as celebratory spaces to champion diversity in the creative arts.

I also look forward to developing our programme and building new ways to showcase our membership through collaboration with our creative community throughout Scotland and am excited to help create platforms to showcase those dedicated to innovation, craft in all its definitions, and celebrating, championing and advocating for makers, artists and our collective creative community over the next three year term. 


Sarah Calmus 

President of Visual Arts Scotland

Read more about Sarah Calmus, Nicola Wiltshire and Amanda Airey here: