MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF TRUSTEES 2020/2021 (elected 1 Dec 2020)
Rowena Comrie — Chair & Membership Officer
Caroline Gormley — Vice-Chair
Eòghann MacColl — Vice-Chair & Exhibition Convenor
Graham Maloney — Treasurer
Steven Thomson — Secretary & Communications Officer
Richard Burgess — committee member
Denise MacColl — committee member
Maureen Rocksmoore — committee member
ROWENA COMRIE – President/Chair & Membership Secretary (artist member)
Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Rowena completed a BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Reading University embracing expressionist, colour field painting with confidence and passion. She continues to develop this dramatic and emotive painting style, making works from a specific aesthetic point that expresses sublime elements of human experiences. Over many years, she has refined and developed her technique, a process that continues to challenge and intrigue. Awards include; 2017 Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces, 2016 & 2015 Paisley Art Institute, 2012 Professional Development Award from Creative Scotland, 2011 Hope Scott Trust Award, 2005 & 2000 Visual Arts Awards from Aberdeen City Council. Rowena has been an Artist Member of PAI Committee since 2016. She is a professional elected member of the Society of Scottish Artists, and served on their Council till 2019; Past President of the Scottish Artists Union (2011– 2014) & Treasurer (2014 – 2017).
CAROLINE GORMLEY, – Vice President/Vice-Chair (artist member)
Paisley born and bred Caroline has been a member of the PAI committee as an artist member since October 2017 and was elected to Vice President in 2018. In 2011 Caroline gained a first-class honours degree in visual art from North Glasgow College. In 2017, she won the PaisleyIs award for an oil painting, It’s No Game, at PAI’s 130th Annual Exhibition. Since the bid for City of Culture, she and her partner Alexander Guy have opened a High Street studio/gallery called Made In Paisley, offering people locally, nationally, and internationally access to art classes and exhibition opportunities. She continues to create her own work from the studios opposite Paisley Museum.
EOGHANN MacCOLL – Vice President/Vice-Chair (artist member)
Eòghann has been exhibiting with Paisley Art Institute since the early 1990’s when he presented for the drawing competition as a student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, gaining a first-class, honours degree, in Fine Art. He continues to exhibit today, as well as facilitating and leading art projects, predominantly in the third sector in Ayrshire where he works for Centrestage. In 2009, he was the artist in residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye; he has won the Salvesen Prize 2004. He has exhibited widely across Scotland. Since 2004, he has been a Fellow of Ballinglen Arts Foundation.
GRAHAM MALONEY Treasurer (lay member)
Graham was elected to the role of the Treasurer in 2016. He has 20 years of financial experience and currently works as an office manager/bookkeeper for an electrical contracting company. He was born in Paisley and returned to live in the town 15 years ago.
RICHARD BURGESS LLB ACA (lay member)
Richard, a previous treasurer, has recently served on the committee since 2018 and has helped out with the annual exhibitions over several years.
STEVEN THOMSON (lay member)
Steven Thomson joined PAI and its Committee in 2018. He is the Creative Director & CEO of Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd. From 2004-2014, he was Producer of the former Glasgay! Festival which was held in Glasgow each autumn, attracting up to 35,000 visitors. Glasgay! ran from 1993-2014. In 2015 he transitioned the festival into Outspoken Arts Scotland, broadening the remit and scope of the company’s work. In 2016-2017 he was seconded, as a Creative Producer for Renfrewshire Council, supporting the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid. Steven was born in Paisley, studied at Stanely Green High School, and lives in Glenburn.
MAUREEN ROCKSMOORE (artist member)
Maureen Rocksmoore is an artist who paints in oil, known for her ‘Skyscapes’ she has her studio in Glasgow’s iconic Briggait Building which is home to WASPS, the Scottish Visual Arts Organisation. Originally trained in Interior & Graphic design she graduated with merit from Glasgow College of Building & Printing in 1989.
DENISE MacCOLL (lay member)
Denise MacColl has worked in Education for over twenty years. Working in both mainstream and Gaelic Medium sectors, she believes passionately in the values of creativity within the curriculum. Denise is currently a Head teacher and understands the importance of relationships across a team and an organisation. Inclusion and equity are very important elements within her practice and approach. She loves the arts, regularly attending exhibitions, opera, ballet, theatrical and musical events. She is also an avid collector of ceramics and sculpture.