A prelude to 'Inspiring Women Artists @ Marchmont'

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A chaired online discussion with selected speakers from the 'Inspiring Women Artists @ Marchmont' event rescheduled due to Covid-19.

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Ahead of the Covid-19 rescheduled and renamed Inspiring Women Artists @ Marchmont 2022 event which will celebrate the inspiring women mural painters and artists of the late 19th Century, focusing on Phoebe Anna Traquair, Mary Seton Watts and the women artists of the Pre-Raphaelite ‘Sisterhood’ - this interim online event (delivered via Zoom) offers delegates the opportunity to hear from, and to question some of the speakers of IWA @ Marchmont 2022, as well as offering an early glimpse of some highlights of the collection at Marchmont House.

- - This event is kindly sponsored by Arts & Crafts Tours - -

Scheduled for 110 minutes, this 'celebration' with speaker contributions and panel discussion with Q&A* considers the important influence these artists had on their contemporaries and future generations and looks to inform the discussion at 'Inspiring Women Artists @ Marchmont’ event next year. Tickets £7.50+booking fee.

Please note this is a supporting event to the rescheduled 'Inspiring Women Artists @ Marchmont 2022' which will take place on 9th April 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Alice Strang (Chair) - Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Prof Elizabeth Cumming - Honorary Professor in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, Curator and Independent Scholar.

Dr Sally Anne Huxtable - Head Curator of The National Trust and formerly Principal Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design, Post 1850, National Museums of Scotland.

Dott.ssa Julia Alexandra Mee - Artist and Art Historian.

Hugo Burge - Director, Marchmont Farms Limited.

Elaine Ellis - President, Arts & Crafts Tours.

** Provisional running order**

17:00 - Welcome - Hugo Burge, Marchmont House

Introductions - Alice Strang

17:05 - Hugo Burge & Alice Strang - Marchmont House collection and Creative Spaces

17.20 - Sally-Anne Huxtable - Highlights from the Marchmont collection

17:35 - Julia Alexandra Mee - The Marchmont Mural Cycle (with the Teaser for the Making of the Marchmont Mural Cycle)

17.50 - Elizabeth Cumming - Phoebe Anna Traquair and the Mortuary Chapel Murals 

18.05 - 10 minute comfort break

18.15 - Whole panel discusion - "Preserving Legacies for Future Generations" with questions from the audience.

18:45 - Words of support from sponsor Elaine Ellis of Arts & Crafts Tours.

18:50 - ends


Alice Strang is a Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland. She was made a Saltire Society Outstanding Woman of Scotland for her leadership of the 2015 Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965 project, including exhibition and publication. She is a BBC Expert Woman and a Scottish Society for Art History committee member.




Dr. Elizabeth Cumming is an historian of Scottish art and design and an honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh which awarded her doctorate on Phoebe Anna Traquair in 1987. In the 1980s she was the first Keeper of Edinburgh’s City Art Centre, and throughout the 1990s she taught design history at Edinburgh College of Art. Her many books include studies of the Arts and Crafts movement, twentieth-century Scottish painting and modern tapestry. Her new book on Traquair is to be published by the National Galleries of Scotland in 2020.

Dr. Sally-Anne Huxtable is Head Curator of the National Trust. She was formerly Principal Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland where she curated the new permanent gallery Design for Living (1851-1951). Previously she was Lecturer in Design History at Northumbria University (2010-2013), and Research Associate at Dallas Museum of Art (2008-2010).

Dott.ssa Julia Alexandra Mee, Artist in Residence, Marchmont House is a professional ‘affreschista’ (fresco painter) and art historian specialising in traditional mural painting techniques. Following a BA Hons in History of Art & Architecture and a Masters in History of Drawing she specialised in fresco painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. In Italy she began her career as a lecturer in History of Art and Architecture and as a professional fresco painter working in the technique of buon fresco (‘true fresco’) before moving to Edinburgh in 2013 where she works from her fresco workshop employing the techniques of buon fresco and ‘variants of spirit fresco’. In 2017 she was commissioned to create and execute the Marchmont Mural Cycle in the Cupola Hall at Marchmont House, drawing on the inspiration of Phoebe Anna Traquair and her contemporaries. Julia is reviving 19th century Scottish mural painting techniques and combining them with 15th century Italian techniques to create an original mural cycle which celebrates Marchmont House as a ‘Home for Makers and Creators’. She will give a demonstration of traditional mural painting techniques during the programme of events.




Hugo Burge is Director of Marchmont Farms Ltd, leading efforts to bring Marchmont to life as a home for makers and creators, after a 7-year restoration project. With a background in digital business and an interest in the Arts and Crafts, he is keen to find a balance between these different worlds and support sustainable creativity across them. He is a Patron of the Borders Art Fair and a Trustee of Wasps_ studios, both social enterprises that support artists and makers in the Scottish Borders. Hugo has a passion for the creativity, design and technology that shape our future.



Elaine Ellis founded Arts & Crafts Tours in 1992 to examine the roots of the Arts & Crafts Movement where they began, in Britain. Her international associations have ensured that every tour – whether for an organization, group of friends, or especially planned individual travel itinerary – will be a unique, educational, and fun experience and they have earned the company high praise in this specialized field. Her own background in the arts and crafts is extensive dating back to 1981 when she conceived and produced the exhibition 'A Celebration of Quality: Gustav Stickley and The Craftsman Ideal', which contributed significantly to the re-evaluation of the work of America’s foremost Arts and Crafts designer, craftsman and philosopher. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University. She has lectured are Winterthur, the Los Angeles Conservancy, Pasadena Heritage, the Gamble House, The Center for American Culture Studies, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, and on the Queen Elizabeth II amongst others. She has been and is on the boards of the William Morris Society in the United States, the American Friends of the Arts and Crafts in Chipping Campden, and MOBIA, the Museum of Biblical Art. Elaine is an Associate Brother of the Art Workers Guild as well as a Companion of the Guild of St George.


Inspiring Women Artists @ Marchmont 2022 event has been organised by Dott.ssa Julia Alexandra Mee in partnership with Hugo Burge, as a Director of Marchmont Farms Limited.

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Inspiring Women Artists @ Marchmont 2022 will take place on 9th April 2022 at Marchmont House - please note that as this has been rechduled only a limited number of tickets are still available.

-- This event is kindly sponsored by --

Lyon & Turnbull + Arts & Crafts Tours

Lyon and Turnbull: Operating since 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are one of the longest established fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom. In the 21st century, we combine dedicated personal advice and attention with innovative, thoughtful marketing and a deep understanding of the world of art and antiques to offer an unparalleled auctioneer service.


Arts & Crafts Tours: With over 25 years of experience, we offer personalized, meticulously-crafted small-group tours of 19th- and 20th-Century art and architecture in Europe and America.


- - In partnership with Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Mansfield Traquair Trust & Women's Fund Scotland --

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