Meet the Team

Our Team – the Committee

POS is a Community Interest Company and the Board of Directors consists of: Glenys Andrews, Sybil Galbraith, Marion Foster, Gill Hunt and Andrew Hunter.

Glenys Andrews

Chair

My professional background is in Education Administration and Training of teachers. Introducing Children’s Art from schools in Hillingon, West London, to the Civic Centre where I worked as Director of Education  had a remarkably positive effect on staff and visitors alike. I am passionate about promoting Art and the role of Artists in the community.

I joined the committee of POS in 2011 and became Chair in 2012. I have been on the committee ever since and have been Chair throughout, except for a break of a year and a half when I was in a full time caring role.

It has been a delight to see the event grow and develop into a major Art and Craft event in Perthshire and Kinross-Shire, attracting visitors from far and near, including some who now plan their annual holidays around our dates!

I am more of a collector than an artist, with my home now resembling a POS Showcase Exhibition! But I still enjoy painting and taking part in the activities of the vibrant Kinross Art Club where I am also Secretary.

Andrew Hunter

Vice Chair

I am an artist and paint places and interesting  wildlife, I love wild landscapes and the drama of the weather. I exhibit all over Scotland. Formerly a graphic designer, I have found Perthshire Open Studios fertile gound for my creative output and as an artist.

I have been on the committee for over 7 years and decided it was time as a Director  and Vice President to take a partial back seat to encourage new blood! I am continuing with my responsibilities of managing the brochure, signs and our website which are key to the success of the event.

We have a unique collection of Artists and Makers and maintaining the quality of our communications is vital to our continuing success.

Sybil Galbraith

Secretary

My interest in joining the team of POS is that it creates an opportunity for artists and makers to promote their skills and talents to a wider audience and to have their work recognised and appreciated.

I come originally from South Africa where I obtained a BA HED at Pretoria University, and then later at Art and Design College in Johannesburg as a full time student for 3 years with my main interest in Ceramics.

When I moved to Scotland I set up my own work shop restoring antiques for 25 years.

My interest in Art led me to join the Kinross and District Art Club, where I have enjoyed involvement as Secretary, Vice Chair and in the planning and hanging of our annual Art exhibition.

Marion Foster

Treasurer

My career  background includes being a radiographer and delivering healthcare business management and training.

I am now a bespoke kiltmaker with a focus on the craft of tailoring. Having recognised that the traditional and specialist craft of kilt making is disappearing, it is now even more important to record and preserve the knowledge and skill required. I am enthusiastic about raising its profile, informing and passing on my knowledge and skills through different training media.

I have been a member of POS for 5 years and as treasurer, I am looking forward to playing my part in the running of this wonderful organisation as others have before me thus enabling me to enjoy and benefit from all that POS offers.

Manus McGinty

Membership Secretary

I attended Duncan or Jordanstone College of Art graduating in Architecture in 1973. I worked as an architect in the public and private sector and from 1989 was employed as Director of Development for Hillcrest Housing Association for 21 years. During this time I also served as a committee member and chairman of Tayside Building Preservation Trust and on the Saltire Society selection panel for the annual housing design awardsIn 2010 I retired to concentrate on my golf, fishing, photography and artwork (with probably more success in the latter).

I have always been interested in art and art history and returned to painting in 2000 and have continued developing my watercolour painting ever since.

I have participated in Perthshire Open Studios every second year since 2013 from my studio in Kirkinch. I have thoroughly enjoyed this experience, especially the follow up contact and helping visitors interested in starting up their own artwork, and creating a studio for themselves.

I look forward to putting something practical back this year, working with the committee and many volunteers, assisting in creating another successful Perthshire Open Studios in 2020.

Gillian Hunt

Artist Liaison

I am a Photographic Artist – working mainly in floral macro and also doing a lot of work now with photographing Bumblebees. Dave and I moved last year and we now have our Wildgrass Studio/Gallery in Glen Lyon at the Bridge of Balgie.

I have been a member of Perthshire Open Studios since the beginning and was on the committee from year two doing the Membership Secretary’s job. In 2019 I handed the baton over to Scott Carruthers and now, in 2020, the baton has gone to Manus McGinty. Meanwhile I retain the Artists’ Liaison title.

In 2015 when POS became a CIC company I was invited to join the Board of Directors of POS and I remain on the Board of directors in the role of Artist Liaison and look forward to working with everyone in 2020.

Kathryn Kirkwoodank

Marketing and Publicity

Kathryn is an experienced freelance event producer who has spent her entire working life in marketing, PR and event production.  Kathryn launched her own business – Abbotshall Communications – in 2013, and works with clients including Aberdeen Harbour, Cycling Scotland, Paths for All and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
In addition to the full range of event management and marketing skills, she also offers rudimentary design and video editing skills.
Freelance life has allowed her to pursue her interest in painting, having participated in Perthshire Open Studios for the second time in 2019.
She is also a founder member of the Kinross Artists and Makers Collective, which stages its own events as a platform for a small group of local makers.

Gill Skene

Route Coordinators Liaison

I have been making jewellery for nine years and taking part in POS for the past four since moving to Cleish from Edinburgh. My previous working life involved many years in corporate sales in the automotive industry and also a few years in recruitment. Since getting involved in POS I have helped out in any way I could and am now happy to be joining the committee.

The Production Team

Putting together all the elements of a major event involves not only volunteers but also contracted experts. We have an excellent team of professionals employed by the committee to achieve this.

Website Technical Management: Peter Urwin, Director, Urwin Digital www.urwindigital.com

Brochure and all printed materials: Iain Lauder, Strategic Design Consultant, IL DESIGN 07880 502819

Website support and general admin: Kate Kirby

Marketing and publicity: Matthew Shelley

Social Media: Clare Bridson

Other individuals and organisations who help us:

George Bosworth and Muriel Fegan at The Bield and the team at Pitlochry Festival Theatre who are eternally flexible in helping us to achieve the best possible showcases for our artists’ work.