Artist Networking Event
UWS Ayr Campus – Tuesday 5th February, 2013

4.00​​Arrive and register

4.15​ ​Tour of Studio facilities

4.45​​Presentations (GT25)

5.30​​Networking event (Atrium café)

Ruth Carslaw
Broadcast documentary filmmaker who also works in the social sector on creative community film projects.

E.g. Channel 4, BBC, Good Shepherd Services – New York, Mzuri Women’s Co-op – Uganda, Action for Children – London, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – Alloway, Care and Share Recovery Group – Ayr.

Gordon Rogers
Visual artist and designer for feature films and television as well as project manager for large scale visual arts projects.

E.g. Glasgow International, Six Cities Design Festival, BBC, Channel 4, ITV,

We work separately in our own specialisms, but we also merge our expertise:

Together we make site specific film installation projects with a social conscience. We work with individuals whose lives are most directly affected by social and political change and whose voices are least heard.

Although devised as artistic projects we see our work as documentary – filmed for a presentation in a particular space on a particular occasion. The works are presented in a sculptural manor; they occupy space, have depth and texture. They have no frame or corners, they are an object in this space not a window to somewhere else. We work with the tiniest amount of intervention. We film in a manor that is observational, improvisational, confessional and honest.

In presentation, we seek to give these honest contributions highest visual impact, eloquence and gravity. We reference the era of magic lanterns, smoke and mirrors; the conjuring of visual phenomena that was the original drive for the development of television and video technology.

Although we make works that appear fantastical in their presentation, we work without manipulation, there is no image processing or superimposition. Everything is as the camera sees it and as the projector projects it. Our ‘effect’ comes solely from how we catch and throw light.

Our aim is to move participants and audiences to think differently and deepen our understanding of society through human stories and experiences.

E.g. Tate Britain, The National Galleries of Scotland, Roots in the Community – Govan, Burns Brightly Festival – Ayr.

‘..a tantalisingly beautiful elegy to Glasgow’s Sighthill’ – The Sunday Times

‘One of the most compelling, fascinating television programmes on screen this year.. a series that finds visual and social beauty in an area where almost no-one else would think to look’ – The List

Ayr artist Irene Walker

Open Studios Ayrshire
Ayr artist Irene Walker has been actively working with a group of artists as well as non-artists, including Alison McKenzie from Art at Croy to bring an Open Studios event to Ayrshire in March. The event will take place over 3 days 22/23/24 March and will include artists/ crafters/ photographers from Troon to Ballantrae. It is hoped to have 20- 25 artists to begin with, who will open their studios to the public. Artists who don’t have a studio are getting together to rent a suitable space for the event.
Taken from Ayr Converses Website 04.02.13

Let Donald Kay take you back to the 1200’s and show you how the town developed from two streets into the beautiful Royal Burgh you see today.

Discover where and when the charter was awarded and by whom.

Hear about Ayr’s many distinguished residents and visitors – Sir William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Maggie Osborne, John Macadam and others.

Enjoy the sights of the original fort and surrounding houses.

Admire the Covenanters and the history of the Auld Kirk of St. John the Baptist…and many more facts about the people of Auld Ayr

Not forgetting the bard himself…


2008 Voted by Tripadvisor No1 in Ayrshire to visit and 4th in Scotland to go see and do.
2009 Voted by Tripadvisor No1 in Ayrshire to visit and 4th in Scotland to go see and do.
2010 Voted by Tripadvisor No1 in Ayrshire to visit and 4th in Scotland to go see and do.

“I am writing to say thank you for coming to our Scotland day and telling us and the school the stories and poems. It was fantastic, I loved it .Thank you for dressing up as Rabbie Burns I loved it”
Courtney, Patna PS P4

Ian McNicol

Ian McNicol is a freelance artist specialising in printmaking.

Ian spent 12 years in professional practice with a Glasgow Architect before joining the Glasgow Print Studio where he is currently employed. He has over 10-years’ experience in Education and Outreach and works as In-House Tutor, publication work and Etching Technician.

David Powell

As an artist constructor David uses both natural and artificial materials to create time based performance works paintings and sculptural constructs of abstract and figurative form exploring ritual and celebration, annual cycles landscape, natural form and humanity’s mythological relationship with nature.

Come check me out on MySpace at