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Anne Mackenzie is Course Leader for the National Certificate in Art and Design having begun as Lecturer on the NC and BAFA courses with Lews Castle College (UHI) in 2004. She is from North Uist, returning to the island in 1997 after studying at Grays School of Art where she specialised in drawing and painting.
A Post Graduate qualification in secondary school teaching began an early career teaching in Glasgow, before embarking on a new career path out with the formal education system as Arts and Education Officer for Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust. Here she devised and facilitated many events such as combined arts residential summer schools for young people, arts engagement projects with the third age and an international artists workshop in association with The Triangle Network. Anne has extensive experience in delivering arts education workshops and events to a wide range of ages and levels of experience both in and out of formal education. She continues to develop the FE arts provision in the Uists to offer a distinctive, stimulating and ambitious programme of study.
Site Leader for the BA Fine Art course, Michelle Letowska studied Philosophy and Politics at the University of York, Fine Art at the Sculpture and Environmental Art department of the Glasgow School of Art and Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, Krakow, Poland and Drawing Practices at Leith School of Art. She has a studio practice founded on drawing as enquiry and a spatial practice working with a range of materials to explore phenomenological and social encounters in the world.
Michelle has undertaken residencies at a number of locations including Cove Park, Argyll, Scotland, Kunstverein Hildesheim and the Mostra de Artes Visuais e Sonoras, Lisbon. Her work has shown in galleries and public spaces across Europe, including Berlin, Hamburg, Edinburgh and London.
Michelle has lectured, taught and given papers at a wide range of institutions including Glasgow School of Art, the Courtauld Institute, the University of Glasgow and the University of Lancaster. She has published articles on a number of subjects from drawing and artists’ writings to the ethics of socially engaged art in publications including Tracey Contemporary Drawing Research journal, AN Magazine and PAR+RS (Public Art Resource and Research Scotland).
Michelle lives and works in North Uist and Glasgow and is a working member of the Glasgow Independent Studios and the Glasgow Print Studio. During 2013 she was commissioned for the Creative Scotland By Leaves We Live residency, part of The Year of Natural Scotland 2013. In 2014 she undertook a micro-residency at the print Studio in Taigh Chearsabagh, Lochmaddy. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in learning and teaching creative practices at the Glasgow School of Art and, as a result of her research, was invited to deliver a paper at the Q-art symposium Location and Art Education in June 2015.
Rosie Blake is a Lecturer on both the BAFA and the NC Art and Design. Rosie attended Camberwell College of Arts, London and went on to study at Glasgow School of Art, gaining a BAHons in Fine Art Photography. She began teaching just a few months after graduation, as a visiting Lecturer on the Lens Based Media module at LCC in North Uist and took up the permanent Lecturer post in November 2017.
Alongside teaching, Rosie maintains a multidisciplinary artistic practice, with work including photography, drawing, text-based work and printmaking. Her work concerns nature, language and nomenclature. She has exhibited widely across the UK, and internationally including Glasgow, London, France and South Korea.
Rosie has industry experience working in curation and studio management, with an emphasis on collaboration and development of supportive and inclusive artist spaces. She managed an artist studio complex in Glasgow for several years, developing a collaborative environment for artists and practitioners. Rosie has contributed to various publications and has work held in private collections throughout the country.