Who We Are
The SSA Council is made up of the President, Vice President, Professional, Ordinary and Honorary members who all give of their time and individual skills and experience to the organisation. The Society employs a part-time Administrator, however, the Council runs entirely on a voluntary basis.
Council members take up the role for 3 years after which they stand down unless co-opted into a Project Sub Group as can often happen. Members attend meetings approximately every 4-6 weeks and orchestrate the initiation of International exchanges, curate satellite exhibitions, generate fundraising activities and of course undertake our Annual Exhibition. We are also involved in additional projects such as our programmes of satellite exhibitions and opportunities for members.
President | Sharon Quigley | SSA Page | website | email
Sharon Quigley is an award winning visual artist, whose work balances interdisciplinary collaboration with a self-directed studio practice. She has successfully delivered well received exhibitions and public artworks within galleries and non- traditional art spaces, undertaking many artistic residencies, research-driven arts projects and public art commissions. She regularly works co-creatively with a variety of artists, designers, makers, institutions and arts production companies, such as Wide Open, Atlas Arts, Project Ability, Artlink Central and the University of Stirling’s Art Collection.
Sharon studied painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee before completing an MA in European Fine Art in Barcelona. She has been the recipient of several awards including The Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award, The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts Exhibitionship, The Jeffrey Orchar Award for Painting, Edinburgh Printmakers’ Award and a Hope Scott Publication Award and Travel Award. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and has work in many collections, such as The Royal Bank of Scotland, Mastercard, Baillie Gifford and The International Centre for Cultural Development in India as well as within many private collections
Vice President | Aleksandra Kargul| SSA Page
Aleksandra Kargul is a passionate lithographer with a love for all printmaking processes and design. She began her printmaking practice in Art High School in Poland where she specialised in etching. She came to Edinburgh in 2007 to study Interior Design and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012. After graduation, she continued to develop her artistic work through lithography, often on a commissioned basis. In 2015 she joined the team of Edinburgh Printmakers as a studio assistant for 10 months and learned more about other printmaking techniques such as screenprinting, photogravure and cyanotype. adding to the techniques she had previously learned in Poland. Aleksandra was awarded the prestigious Eichstaett Lithography Prize comprising a residency and solo exhibition in Bavaria, awarded through the SSA Open Exhibition 2015. She is SSA Council Member since 2016 and SSA VP since 2018. She teaches Stone Lithography at Edinburgh Printmakers and she recently joined Home Design team at John Lewis Edinburgh as a Home Design Stylist.
Rick Ballard (co-opted)
Calum Buchanan (co-opted)
James Lumsden (co-opted) | SSA Page
Jamie McAteer (co-opted)
Administrator | Lynne Mackenzie email
Lynne is the SSA’s only employee. She manages the membership, co-ordinates the production of the Annual Exhibition, oversees the SSA website and marketing while undertaking admin duties.
After studying Art, then gaining an MA in History of Art, Lynne worked as Marketing and Sales Manager at Glasgow Print Studio, Curator at Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Communications Officer for Glasgow Museums and Curator for the George Wyllie Foundation.
Lynne joined the SSA in 2016 and is currently based on the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland.
Richard Demarco CBE
George Wylie MBE – Born 1921, Died 2012
Frank Ross The Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh
Join the Council
SSA Council is always looking to the future and how we can sustain and develop this unique and distinctive artist led institution and needs volunteers who are committed to working hard, being involved and taking on interesting projects and exchanges. Being a part of this inner organisational core is a challenging and busy business but is one that is enormously rewarding.
It is after all artists working for artists to create vibrant and stimulating exhibitions year after year with no external funding or support. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with artists from across many disciplines and to understand the importance of the SSA both historically and creatively but also how we fit into the future of the wider Scottish cultural landscape.