Who We Are

The SSA is run by artists for artists. We have a volunteer Council, led by our President, and supported by our two Vice-Presidents.

Our Council is made up of the President, Vice Presidents, Professional, Artist, Honorary and Co-opted Graduate and Student Members who all give their time and individual skills and experience to the organisation, and together are responsible for the direction of the Society. Members join the Council for three years, or they may be co-opted for a shorter period to work on a specific project.

We also have an active network of Satellite Associates, who are based throughout Scotland, from Orkney to the Western Isles and down to the Borders. They are responsible for expanding the engagement of the Society in their local area, initiating new projects and partnerships, and ensuring that the SSA is an accessible and engaging organisation for our members based right across the country.

All of our Council Members and Satellite Associates are volunteers. We employ two part- time Administrators, who keeps the Society running smoothly on a day-to-day basis, and is the first point of contact for our members.

Interested in joining our Council or becoming a Satellite Associate? Email us at admin@s-s-a.org



Vasile Toch


Frank To



Cheryl Connell

Cheryl manages the membership, coordinates the production of the Annual Exhibition, and oversees the SSA website, while undertaking admin duties for the society.

Cheryl is a Producer and has over 15 years experience of working with artists and curators locally, and internationally to interpret and produce ambitious and unique artists projects.  

Lauren McLaughlin

Lauren works with Cheryl to undertake administrative duties for the society, manage the membership and communications, and coordinate the production of the exhibition programme.

Lauren is an artist, curator and producer who has worked with commercial galleries, not-for-profit organisations, artists and community groups over the past decade to develop and deliver a wide range of large-scale exhibitions, events and participatory projects.


Gill Walton

Rick Ballard

Joan Smith

Luke Vinnicombe

Madeline MacKay

Michael Miller

Co-opted Members

Greg Bryce

Gillian McFarland

Sharon Thomas

Vibha Pankaj

Catherine Sargeant

Satellite Associates

Fenneke Wolters-Sinke

Shaun MacDonald

Gill Walton
Scottish Borders

Denise Zygadlo
Dumfries & Galloway

Anoushka Havinden
Dunoon, Argyl & Bute

Gemma Petrie
Easter Ross

Eoghann Mac Colla

Louise Barrington

Sandra Kennedy
Isle of Lewis

Eve Watson