Who We Are

The SSA Council is made up of Co-Presidents, Vice President, Professional, Artist and Honorary Members who all give 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 6-8 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.

Co-President | Jamie McAteer | SSA Page | email

Jamie McAteer is an Edinburgh based business owner and artist working in ceramics. Jamie owns Detail Framing studio in Tollcross, Edinburgh where he works with artists and makers on a daily basis along side institutions such as the National Galleries of Scotland, Standard Life and the National Maritime Museum. Working directly with artists, he realised that he was able to support artist not only with framing, but also with exhibition advice and support. Since starting the business, Jamie has taken artists he has closely worked with to exhibit at the Edinburgh Art fair introducing them to a wider audience and is committed to supporting the arts in Scotland.

Since Graduating with a Photography and Film degree in 2009 Jamie has supported the arts outside of his business ventures, by offering awards to exhibiting societies such as the SSA and VAS. Previously to his role in the SSA Jamie was on the advisory committee for the Travelling Gallery and the Jill Todd Photographic award.

Co-President | Olivia Turner | SSA Page | email

Olivia Turner is an Edinburgh-based artist whose work focuses on manipulating spaces through two/three dimensional outcomes. In 2015 she co-founded DOK Artist Space, a grass-roots contemporary exhibition and studio space in Edinburgh, where she ran an acclaimed Exhibition programme until 2018. During this period Turner worked closely with a wide range of emerging and established artists. In 2018 she was invited to co-produce the Architecture Fringe Festival across Scotland.

Having enjoyed a string of successes after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2015, she has become a notable artist in Edinburgh’s creative scene. Turner has continued to develop her practice and exhibits worldwide. She has also been a recipient of several Awards: including RSA Latimer Award; RSA Sir William Gillies Bequest Award; Open Contemporary Young Artist Award.

Vice-President | Rhona Taylor | SSA Page | email

Rhona Taylor is an artist whose work encompasses installation, painting, printmaking and sculpture. She has exhibited in commercial and public galleries as well as non-conventional spaces, both in the UK and internationally, and has work in several collections. She has been artist-in-residence at organisations in Scotland, the USA and Iceland, where she is returning this year to work with SÍM, the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists.

In addition to her own practice, Rhona has a special interest in archiving and legacy, working on projects with other artists and collections. She is an associate of the Art360 Foundation and has worked with numerous public collections for Art UK. Before studying painting at Edinburgh College of Art, Rhona worked as an arts journalist, and still undertakes freelance writing projects. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Alastair Cook | SSA Page
Su Grierson | SSA Page
Lindsey Hamilton
Sarah Kudirka | SSA Page
Gillian McFarland  | SSA Page
Lindsay Perth | SSA Page
Jenny Pope | SSA Page
Duncan Robertson

Catherine Sargeant  | SSA Page
Gillian Spanswick | SSA Page
Christine Wylie | SSA Page
David Faithfull (co-opted)| SSA Page

Administrator | Cheryl Connell | email

Cheryl is SSA’s only employee. She manages the membership, co-ordinates the production of the Annual Exhibition, and oversees the SSA website, while undertaking admin duties for the society.

Cheryl is also Programme Manager at Stills Gallery, aswell as a freelance Producer, working with artists and curators locally and internationally to produce unique artists projects. She studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen graduating in 2005 and has been a key player in the sector since.  Cheryl joined the SSA in August 2019.

Honorary Presidents

Richard Demarco CBE
George Wylie MBE – Born 1921, Died 2012

Honorary Vice-President

Rick Ballard 

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.

Images: courtesy Chris Watt photography