Renowned Ayr artist gets a new role to promote the Royal Art Collection in the historic Dumfries House

A renowned artist from Ayr will help promote Dumfries House’s prestigious art collection after being given a new role.

Sarah Margaret Gibson, 33, has been selected as an ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation, an educational charity established by Prince Charles that offers a range of training programs, including in traditional arts, architecture and design, horticulture, wellness and hospitality.

Sarah, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, now living in Ayr, will promote the charity’s work to curate and maintain the collection at its Dumfries House headquarters in Cumnock, as well as programs and projects in the field of traditional art, traditional building skills and the built environment.

Sarah is a co-founder of the Glasgow Academy of Fine Art and an alumnus of The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, boasting a wealth of knowledge and skills in the sector.

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Sarah teaches at The Glasgow Academy of Fine Art, of which she is a co-founder
Sarah teaches at The Glasgow Academy of Fine Art, of which she is a co-founder

She will work closely with Dumfries House Collection Manager Satinder Kaur to promote the paintings and artefacts that can be enjoyed on tours of the Ayrshire country house.

And she particularly appreciates the two works on either side of the Blue Drawing Room fireplace by Henry Raeburn, the Edinburgh-born former portrait painter who was active in the 18th century when Dumfries House was built.

Satinder and Sarah are currently planning a special event for later this year as part of the Curator’s Choice 2022 series.

Sarah said: “What the Prince’s Foundation is doing at Dumfries House is truly incredible, both for the local community and for students on its traditional craft and architecture training programs.

Sarah Margaret Gibson
Sarah Margaret Gibson

“I believe that the classic approach to art education is highly compatible with the history and collection of Dumfries House, and I see many opportunities for cross-pollination between my work as a teacher and the various educations that take place on the estate.

»Something that is very much lacking in modern architectural educations is an emphasis on drawing from life – and drawing exactly by it.

“One can clearly see from the design of Dumfries House that its architects all knew how to draw and looked at natural forms for inspiration.

“I see part of my role as an ambassador here to bridge this gap so that aspiring designers can take advantage of the traditional practice of weaving an organic quality into their architecture – to draw inspiration in relationships, form and form from the natural. world.”

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