Renowned Ayr artist lands new role to promote Royal art collection at historic Dumfries House

A renowned artist from Ayr will help promote Dumfries House’s prestigious art collection after landing a new role.

Sarah Margaret Gibson, 33, has been chosen as an ambassador for the Prince’s Foundation, an educational charity set up by Prince Charles which offers a range of training programs including in traditional arts, architecture and design, l horticulture, wellness and hospitality.

Sarah, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who now lives in Ayr, will promote the charity’s work in the conservation and upkeep of the collection at its Dumfries House headquarters in Cumnock, as well as programs and projects in traditional arts, traditional building skills and building environment.

Sarah is a co-founder of the Academy of Fine Arts in Glasgow and an alumnus of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. She therefore has a wealth of knowledge and skills in the sector.

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Sarah teaches at the Glasgow Academy of Fine Art, of which she is the co-founder of
Sarah teaches at the Glasgow Academy of Fine Art, of which she is a co-founder

She will work closely with Dumfries House Collections Manager Satinder Kaur to promote the paintings and artwork that can be enjoyed on tours of the Ayrshire country house.

And she particularly appreciates the two works on either side of the fireplace in the Blue Drawing Room by Henry Raeburn, the Edinburgh-born former portrait painter active in the 18th century, when Dumfries House was built.

Satinder and Sarah are currently planning a special event for later this year as part of the 2022 Curator’s Choice series.

Sarah said: “What the Prince’s Foundation is doing at Dumfries House is truly amazing, both for the local community and for the students in its traditional crafts and architecture training programmes.

Sarah Margaret Gibson
Sarah Margaret Gibson

“I believe the classical approach to teaching art is highly compatible with the history and collection of Dumfries House, and I see many opportunities for cross-pollination between my work as a teacher and the various curricula of training that take place at the estate.

“What is sorely lacking in the teaching of modern architecture is the emphasis on drawing from life – and precise drawing at that.

“You can clearly see in the design of Dumfries House that its architects were all good at drawing and were inspired by natural forms.

“I see part of my role as an ambassador here to bridge that gap, so that aspiring designers can tap into this traditional practice of weaving an organic quality into their architecture – drawing inspiration in proportion, form and shape of the natural world.”

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