At Art in Healthcare we are passionate about what we do
and the impact our work has on people across Scotland.
Vanessa works with the team and Board, to ensure that Art in Healthcare is well run and is delivering relevant and impactful services. Vanessa has worked as a consultant, manager and producer in Scotland, commissioning projects and performances, developing festivals and championing meaningful engagement opportunities across a range of art forms. Most recently she was Director of Public Programme and Facilities at Cove Park. She has also enjoyed working at Macrobert Arts Centre, the Village Storytelling Centre, the Six Cities Design Festival and Glasgow Film.
Vanessa will focus upon strategic progress, partnerships, operational development, advocacy and income generation at Art in Healthcare.
My role with Art in Healthcare enables me to contribute towards making art accessible to people in healthcare environments and at the same time care for its valuable collection of Scottish contemporary artworks
Our Collection Manager Enita Shala started her involvement with Art in Healthcare as a volunteer for a period of six months.
Enita has a varied work experience in art project management in Edinburgh and abroad, mainly in visual arts, gallery education, cultural heritage and funding art organisations.
With a degree in Art History with Humanities and MA in Arts and Cultural Management, Enita has always been interested in work that enables people to engage with art.
David Marr joined Art in Healthcare in 2012.
David studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Grays School of Art, specialising in Printmaking. He then studied Maths and Science with the Open University. David worked at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for several years, gaining experience in arts administration.
I am really excited about this role and working at Art in Healthcare. All throughout my career I have become convinced of the importance of providing engaging experiences that empower people to be creative. I firmly believe that art should be accessible to all and have seen first-hand the positive impacts art can have on health and wellbeing
Iona McCann started working for us in December 2016 as the Outreach Manager for our social prescribing project 'ROOM FOR ART' funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Previous to this she has worked in many gallery and museum settings including Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Museums, McManus; Dundee's Art Museum and Gallery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Most recently she worked as Public Engagement Co-ordinator for GENERATION (a partnerships project between Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and National Galleries Scotland).
She has a BA(hons) Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design in Dundee and an MA Art Museum and Gallery Education from Newcastle University.
Ursula is committed to working within community arts and to a socially engaged practice. She has broad professional experience as an educator and administrator and has co-ordinated projects for diverse arts organisations across central Scotland.
Ursula has a BA in Environmental Art from Glasgow School of Art and an MA in Illustration from The University of Edinburgh. She is also a practicing designer and has completed commissions for public spaces, within healthcare, the hospitality sector and book illustration.
Madeleine Kemna has extensive experience in investment banking, publishing and academia. She is the author of several books and has a passion for the visual arts. Currently, she is the chief economist for Hoofbosch Investment Fund. In addition she has a portfolio of NED roles.
Paula Shutt is a Marketing and French Graduate with 25 years' experience in Marketing and Communications across the Public, Private and Charity sectors.
Paula's roles have included heading up the Communications department at a large UK Government Agency, leading teams in the Press Office, Digital, Events, Internal Communications and Marketing. She has led product and service launches and contributed to road safety campaigns, with her project work being cited by the National Audit Office as 'best practice' and shared across the Public Sector.
Paula currently leads the Marketing function at an Edinburgh Health Charity, and enjoys an interest in art and the arts.
Until his retirement, Roddy was a Consultant Radiologist at Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, with general diagnostic imaging as his work and respiratory radiology as a special interest.
Roddy was also the curator of the art collection of the Ninewells Hospital Radiology Department. With a similar philosophy to Art in Healthcare, the collection was established to benefit patients and staff, and also to encourage young artists. Since 1998, the Radiology Art Prize has been awarded annually at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.
He is Treasurer of Ruthven Parish Festival, a local music and arts society
Dr Conor Maguire is a Consultant in Medicine for the Elderly at the Royal Victoria and Western General Hospitals, Edinburgh and a Clinical Director of Older Peoples Services at NHS Lothian. He qualified from University College Dublin and subsequently completed an MD Thesis at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the University of Bristol in 1997 as Lecturer in Care of the Elderly. He was appointed to his present position in 2000.
Dr Duncan Thomson was Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from 1982 to 1997. He is an acknowledged authority on 17th century British paintings and also on the work of Sir Henry Raeburn. He curated the great Raeburn exhibition held in Edinburgh and London in 1997/98. He has also written on 20th century artists.
Gordon Mitchell was born in 1952. He studied art at Edinburgh College of Art from 1970-1974 and subsequently pursued a career in teaching art. In 1989 Gordon Mitchell decided to become a full time professional artist and left teaching. Gordon is a prolific painter. Although often described as a surrealist artist, he describes himself as an 'abstract expressionist'. Inspiration for his paintings can be a group of words, a topical news story, but more usually it's a visual pun that his pictures develop out of. His work is thought-provoking and visually striking. Gordon Mitchell is an elected Member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour (1997), the Royal Glasgow Institute (1998) and the Royal Scottish Academy (2005). Gordon joined the Art in Healthcare Board in 2017.
Al joined TSB as a graduate trainee & then spent 23 years with the bank, mainly in commercial banking. He now works for LINC Scotland,
which is the association of business angels, the people who put equity into start-up companies. LINC's main role is to support &
encourage early stage investors in Scottish start-ups, as well as providing investment ready advice to entrepreneurs.
He also does a bit of running coaching as well as organising a JogScotland group. He has previously served on the board of Triathlon Scotland as well as being the Chairman of the Edinburgh Small Business Loan Fund. Along with his wife, Al has been interested in the world of art for a long time", albeit he has no talent in that direction whatsoever.
Laura is an Art History graduate with twenty years' experience in leading creative learning and engagement teams in the cultural sector, with a particular focus and expertise in developing creative programmes that promote health and wellbeing improvement. Throughout her career, she has been committed to ensuring the widest possible access to and enjoyment of arts and culture and has an abiding belief that creativity and the arts can contribute to a healthy society and healthy communities. She has worked with a number of cultural institutions in the UK, USA and Japan, including museums and galleries as well as with several of Scotland's National Performing Companies, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She is a mindfulness student and teacher and is currently undertaking postgraduate research into the health and wellbeing benefits of mindfulness practice within arts-based learning programmes.
Graeme McWilliams is a retired in-house lawyer and Fellow of the Law Society of Scotland. He was Convener of the Society's In-House Lawyers Committee from 2016-19, and board member of the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy from 2010-17. Graeme is chair of the Scotland Working Group of the Access to Justice Foundation, member of the judging panel for the Scottish Legal Awards, and co-chair of the Faculty of Advocates' annual World Intellectual Property Day conference.
Matilda Hall was the founder of Paintings in Hospitals Scotland which later become Art in Healthcare. She holds a degree in the History of Art from Edinburgh University and 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. Mathilda Hall continues her long association with the charity she created by serving as President of Art in Healthcare.
Bill was Exhibition Organiser at the Talbot Rice Gallery and taught art history with the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art. Since 1995 he has concentrated on teaching and curating, with a special interest in post-war Scottish art. He is now an Honorary Teaching Fellow in Scottish art history at Edinburgh University and Honorary Curator of the University's Fine Art Collection. Bill has published extensively on Scottish modern art and is the Scottish editor of Galleries magazine and author of Contemporary Painting in Scotland (1992).