Here are mini bios for some of the tutors:
Jane Richardson studied Graphic Design in Leeds and has had many teaching roles in schools and evening classes. She is specialist printmaker and has exhibited work in Aberdeen as well as supplied work to clients as personal commissions. She enjoys painting and has both prints and paintings in the Quattro Archi accommodation.
Bryan Angus is a visual artist based in Banff, north Aberdeenshire, on the Moray Firth. He's inspired by the land and sea around him and the rich history of the people who shaped this coast. Part of his own family comes from along this coast giving hima strong sense of belonging.
These days he makes art, exhibits and works on art projects with other artists. He also creates designs and artwork for commercial projects in retail, visitor centres, book illustration and for a variety of industrial applications. He used to run an art holiday centre and artist retreat, set up with wife Carla.
Born in County Durham, Martin Malone now lives in north-east Scotland. He has published three poetry collections: The Waiting Hillside (Templar, 2011), Cur (Shoestring, 2015) and The Unreturning (Shoestring 2019). Larksong Static: Selected Poems 2005-2020 was published by Hedgehog Poetry in December 2020. In addition, he has published 4 pamphlets: 17 Landscapes (Bluegate Books), Prodigals (The Black Light Engine Room), Mr. Willett’s Summertime (Poetry Salzburg), Shetland Lyrics (Hedgehog). Poems from these and his other work have been published in a wide variety of magazines & journals. He reviews for Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales and Poetry Salzburg Review. An editor at Poetry Salzburg and Honorary Research Fellow in Creative Writing at Aberdeen University, he has a PhD in poetry from Sheffield University. Currently, Martin is a Poetry Ambassador for the Scottish Poetry Library and a board member at An Tobar & Mull Theatre. Website www.martinmalonepoetry.com
Helen Bruce was born in Grantown on Spey and graduated from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen in Fine Art - Printmaking.
Helen is now based in Banchory in Deeside and works mainly in oils and acrylics. This part of Scotland offers such a rich source of inspiration within its hills and farmland and from the coastline and harbours surrounding its edge.
All Helen’s work starts outside with record books full of drawings, field notes, colour sketches and mark making exercises using objects found around where she’s working. This gathered evidence is then used to create an intuitive, expressive response to the landscape.
Helen’s paintings are exhibited in galleries around the North East of Scotland
Mike Samson studied at Dundee and Aberdeen and graduated with a BAhons in Fine Art, a Post-graduate Diploma in Art and Design and a Masters Degree in Fine Art. Over the past twenty years he has won several awards and participated in group and solo exhibitions throughout Scotland. He was a senior lecturer in art at Aberdeen College for ten years before establishing a business in community art education. His work is held in private collections across the world including several pieces in the Royal Scottish Academy of Art.
Allison Samson studied Illustration and Graphic Design in Dundee and has continued to experiment with expressive mixed media and printing techniques. She has taught art with Mike, both ‘online’ and in ‘face-to-face’ classes, as well as helping lead art and cultural trips throughout Europe and the UK.
As other course dates and details are confirmed, further tutor details will be provided.