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.

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. 

 

His recent work includes 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 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. His feature documentary about Richard Demarco's career titled "Rico" hopes to premiere later in 2021. He believes the story of the archive is of global cultural significance 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).

Arthur Watson

 

Past President Royal Scottish Academy