The Demarco Archive Trust Board
Richard Demarco CBE
"Richard Demarco is without doubt a remarkable man, an Italian Scot, a founder of the Traverse Theatre, a man who is an artist, a writer, a philosopher. He is a man who has brought contemporary visual arts to the Edinburgh Festival. He has been involved in more than 50 Edinburgh Festivals, and he's brought great artists like Joseph Beuys and Kantor to thousands of people. He has also brought the visual arts from other parts of the world, from Eastern Europe, long before other people were interested. And he's inspired us all, he's inspired us to take extraordinary journeys, journeys in the mind, journeys across Europe, journeys that he calls the road to Meikle Seggie"
- Sir Nicholas Serota, London, March 2000
Richard Demarco is not an impresario, he is not a gallery director, nor a theatre director; he is a teacher and his qualifications are that of a school teacher at primary and secondary level. Nevertheless, he has 6 Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Dundee, Stirling, Southampton Solent, Atlanta, Wroclaw and Leeds Beckett as well as Honorary Fellowships from the University of Edinburgh and the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. His most important achievement is the creation of a university of all the arts which he calls 'Edinburgh Arts'. His commitment to working in Communist controlled Europe led to his crossing the Iron Curtain over thirty times; in honour of this work, he was defined as the European Parliament Citizen of the Year in 2013. His commitment to Europe is defined by the fact that he is a Cavaliere della Repubblica d'Italia, Chevalier des Artes et Lettres de France and has received the Grand Cross Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was also awarded the Gold Medals of Poland and Romania. He was appointed Officer of the British Empire [OBE] and Commander of the British Empire [CBE]. He is also an Honorary Royal Scottish Academician [HRSA] and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland [HFRIAS]. He is Emeritus Kingston University Professor of European Cultural Studies. He was appointed an Honorary Citizen of the Polish City of Lodz and he was honoured by the City of Edinburgh with the Edinburgh Award. As an artist, he is represented in over 2000 public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. He was appointed a Trustee of Mikhail Gorbachev's Green Cross. He was appointed Commander of the Order of St Lazarus and from the United States received the Celebrating Heroes Award and, for his work in American secondary school education, he was appointed a Kentucky Colonel. He has been responsible for presenting over 10,000 visual and performing arts event since 1961.
Terry Ann Newman
Terry has been associated with the Demarco Archive since the mid-eighties and a director since 1992. Since 1999, she has lived in Scotland, working closely with Richard Demarco on the developing the Demarco Archive. During the 1970s and 80s, she and her family ran a large flock of rare breeds of sheep.
She is an artist born in England in 1944, with her work in the national galleries of Hungary and Lithuania. Most recently, she exhibited in The Burgh Hall Gallery Dunoon as part of the exhibition presented by Richard Demarco entitled ‘Homage to Joseph Beuys’, following a two-man exhibition with her daughter, Sarah Waters who is a textile artist, in the Demarco Wing of Edinburgh’s Summerhall Arts Centre. Terry Newman’s work is inspired by a combination of experiences as a farmer and gardener and from the expeditions that she made to Poland during the Cold War in the 1980s.
Annette Bruton OBE
Annette Bruton has worked in education at all levels in Scotland for over 40 years and is committed to furthering the power of creativity in all its forms in shaping peoples learning and lives. Annette has worked in school and further education throughout Scotland as well as internationally. Committed to lifelong learning she is currently undertaking a degree in printmaking and textiles. Her interest in supporting the Demarco Archive is fuelled by the remarkable and unique collection of materials it contains and the powerful role it can play in understanding 20th century art in Scotland and Europe.
Professor Noel Witts
Noel is Emeritus Professor of Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University, having advised on the setting up of performance departments in a variety of universities in the UK, beginning with one of the earliest departments of Performing Arts at the then Leicester Polytechnic in the 70s. He has been member of the Demarco Archive Trust Board for over 10 years, with an interest in the links the archive presents to the work of artists of the former Eastern Europe. Noel is an expert on the work of Tadeusz Kantor , having published the first study in English in 2010.
He has worked and travelled much in Europe, and is particularly connected with the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania, of which he is a Board Member. He has broadcast BBC documentaries on theatre in Poland, Romania, East Germany, and Russia, and has co-edited "The Twentieth Century Performance Reader", first published by Routledge, in 1996, which has evolved into "The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader", to be published in 2019. Several of Noel's students have made use of the Demarco Archive over the years, the most recent being Phd student Aletia Badenhorst, whose work was based on material found in Edinburgh.Noel has been part of several performances dedicated to Richard Demarco, and shown at Summerhall, and is at present a member of a group of performers over 70, which has been formed by Leeds Beckett University, whose work was shown at Summerhall in 2018, and which has been much acclaimed. He is at present working on a book about the Sibiu International Festival.
Dr. Marco Federici
Dr. Marco Federici is an award-winning filmmaker specialising in documentary film.
A graduate of Edinburgh Napier's Screen Academy, LAMDA and The Moscow Arts Theatre, Marco has worked extensively in theatre, film and television production.
He currently has a documentary television series and feature-film in development with the BBC and is a co-producer of The Restoration Reels - a major academic film project charting the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building. The first film debuted at SXSW 2019 as part of the Virtual-Reality Symposium.
His recent PhD thesis, reassessing the work of avant-garde filmmaker Oskar Fischinger and the artist's contribution within expanded cinema has brought Marco invitations to speak at Glasgow University, NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, London) and Richard Demarco's Art and Healing exhibition (La Scuola di San Marco, Venice 2019).
Marco has contributed photography and a series of films helping define the Demarco Archive. He hopes these will spark recognition as to the scale and diversity of this gesamkunstwerk. He believes the archive is of global cultural importance and an academic resource that must be preserved for future generations.
Douglas R R Graham LL.B.,W.S.
Retired Solicitor; Born Edinburgh, educated George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and Edinburgh University.
Writer to the Signet Apprenticeship Messrs Fyfe Ireland W.S. Edinburgh; Director of Training, Law Society of Scotland.
Partner and latterly Senior Partner Messrs Macleod & MacCallum Solicitors & Estate Agents, Inverness. Practised in Highlands & Islands in Private Client, SMEs and Charity/Not for Profit Sector including Community Land buyouts.
Founder Director and Deputy Chairman, Moray Firth Radio Ltd. Founder Director and Chairman Highland Hospice. Member, Scotland Committee and Director UK Board & Chair of Audit & Risk Committee, Big Lottery Fund ( now National Community Lottery Fund)
Presently Company Secretary, Highland Historic Buildings Trust and Trust Protector, Life Changes Trust (established by Big Lottery Fund to bring about transformational change for young people with care experience, people living with dementia and unpaid carers of people with dementia).