Louise Kirby TRiGGER Co-founder

Louise Kirby is a textiles and surface pattern designer based in Dundee. She captures the drama of the Scottish wilderness, with nature at the heart of all of her designs. With a playful approach to meshing succulent colours; juxtaposing scales and energetic repetitive marks; Louise’s work has a distinct rhythmic signature.  Expressive hand painted designs invite you in, and under the canopy of leaves hides a world of camouflaged creatures which cause you to stop; look closely; and reveal the true vitality of the woodlands. She graduated from DJCAD Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1999 with honours degree in Printed Textiles.  She has created hand printed collections of silk and wool scarves sold to galleries in the UK and was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts to create a batch run of scarves to compliment the Kuniyoshi print exhibition. She has sold designs to fashion houses worldwide. Louise has recently created a giant 10 meter by 4 meter artwork for Anthropologie Storefront. Louise works to commission and collaboration with other organisations and business to create bespoke surface patterns for their product or services. Louise facilitates art workshop for schools and communities and coordinated the Angus Artist in Schools network for Angus Council and is one of the co-founders of the TRiGGER network looking at how artists work in participatory settings.

Louise Ritchie TRiGGER Co-founder

Louise Ritchie is a Visual Artist and Fine Art Post Graduate of DJCAD exhibiting widely throughout the UK and Europe. Louise is President of the SSA, The Society of Scottish Artists. ,one of the oldest artist led organisations in the UK and was established in 1891. SSA has shown work by artists including Jenny Saville, Peter Howson, Douglas Gordon, winner of the 1996 Turner Prize, and Toby Paterson winner of the 2000 Becks Futures Award and regularly exhibits work drawn from overseas, including the USA, Europe and Japan. The SSA exhibits annually at the Royal Scottish Academy, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. Louise has been invited to exhibit at the Bridges Mosty 2012, Slovakia as part of SSA’s international exchange programme. Louise has collaborated in a variety of projects including installationsound & film, public art and collaborative design. Louise is a creative facilitator working with organisations such as Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Ginkgo Projects – an independent art and design consultancy specialising in improving the built and natural environment. Louise is also co-founder of TRiGGER, funded by ArtWorks Scotland / Creative Scotland / Paul Hamlyn Foundation / AHRC, a two year research project developing practice in participatory settings. Louise is an Artist in Residence with Angus Council, developing the AAIS, Angus Artists In Schools Network programme led by Pauline Meikleham, Arts & Cultural Support Officer EDS (Education Development Services). Louise has been involved in a variety of collaborative projects including performance in the installation ‘Killing Time’ created by artist Graham Fagen and Suspect Culture’s Graham Eatough, and ‘Speaking the Land’ by Dalziel & Scullion. Louise has devised and delivered engagement and co-design public art projects for schools.

Dougie Paterson TRiGGER Core Team

Dougie is an Environment artist and Horticulturalist who graduated from Dundee University in 1999 with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art and has since worked as a freelance creative facilitator devising and delivering programmes of events and projects throughout Dundee. This has been in partnership with educational, mental health and council establishments, local communities and other artists. A background in arts and horticulture has enabled him to combine the two disciplines and implement activities with a strong environmental theme and this has resulted in both temporary and permanent artworks including murals, mosaics, willow sculpture and installations as well as creating community gardens. In his personal art practise Dougie has recently been making graphic studies of contemporary dancers at work. This will form the basis for new artwork on the theme of movement in dance and in nature. Dougie is also a funded researcher working on a two year study examining Peer to Peer Visual Art Networks for artists and designers developing practice in participatory settings supported by an AHRC ArtWorks Scotland / Creative Scotland and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation project. Dougie is a member of the AAIS, Angus Artists In Schools Network programme led by Pauline Meikleham, Arts & Cultural Support Officer EDS (Education Development Services).

Paola McClure TRiGGER Core Team

Paola is a graduate of DJCAD and taught art for many years on the west coast of Scotland. Although trained as an illustrator and printmaker she turned shortly after graduating to experimenting with the use of textiles and working in three dimensions. Over the years Paola has continued to develop her own techniques of soft sculpture to create bold, expressive figures that explore symbolic representations of the female form. The work owes as much to kitsch cartoonery and pop art as it does to religious iconography and primitive cultures. She is intrigued by the potency of dolls whether as playthings or totemic charms and the ability of the imagination to invest such figures with their own personalities and projected powers. Paola’s most recent solo exhibition “Sparkle and Spin” was shown at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe and is touring the UK. She recently had work selected by Grayson Perry for the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum and will be showing work during the forthcoming Joan Miro exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Paola is a member if the TRiGGER network group which has been funded by ArtWorks Scotland and Creative Scotland to research into artistic practice in participatory settings. Paola is a member of the AAIS, Angus Artists In Schools Network programme led by Pauline Meikleham, Arts & Cultural Support Officer EDS (Education Development Services).

Astrid Leeson TRiGGER Core Team

I arrived in a bit of a hurry many years ago and, like so many others, stayed as Dundee became ‘home’.  I now live on the rural outskirts but my wanderings always lead me back to the city. Between many jobs, juggled to keep and feed my family, I assertively claim my own space and time to meander so that my work can continue to reflect my perspective of the urban environment, with its CCTV cameras and the memories and ghosts that can still be found and lost in old buildings see Since graduating in 2009 from DJCAD Duncan of Jordanstone BA(Hons) Fine Art I have worked in the local playgroup, in primary and secondary schools through the AAIS the Angus Artists In Schools Network for Angus Council and the EDS Education Development Services led by Pauline Meikleham, Arts & Cultural Support Officer and with other communities in Dundee. The focus of my recent work with primary school children has been to engage them in the exciting world of mixed media.

Andy Milligan TRiGGER Core Team

Andy is an interior researcher and design educator. He is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Interior Environmental Design atDJCAD Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy . He is a research co-investigator in the ‘SPARKS: Social Parks Urban Green-Space as a Focus for Connecting Communities’, with Abertay University, Universities of Sheffield, Aberdeen and the West of England. He is also a research co-investigator in the ‘FLEX: Flexible Dwelling for Extended Living’ exploring adaptable living for future generations of the elderly in existing housing stock with Northern Architecture and University of Northumbria. Both are Arts & Humanities Research Council projects linked to Connected Communities, Culture and Design themes. He is research co-investigator in the EPSRC, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Technology Strategy Board ‘User Centred Design and Energy Efficiency in Buildings’ research consortium working with University College London, Southampton and Leeds Universities. Industry partners include ARUP, Moixa, Vitamins and Federal Mogul. This research project aims to improve energy efficiencies and prompt behaviour change in non domestic buildings. Andy is also a member of Artworks TRiGGER research team in the ‘Developing Practice in Participatory Settings’ linked to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, AHRC and Creativity Culture & Education. Andy leads the Border Crossings international project with colleagues Dr Sandra Wilson, Chrissie Hirst (Jewellery & Metal Design) and Jane Keith (Textile Design), from DJCAD Design + Craft.

Andy has, over a 20 year period, taught art and design at creative institutions in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee and worked for the RIAS Royal Incorporation for Architects in Scotland and for NRS. His journal publications include Co-Design and IDEA and he has published widely in spatial narratives, international curriculum, e-learning, sustainable tactics, design pedagogy and domestic utopias. He has exhibited in the UK, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Finland. He has been external examiner at Domus Academy Milan, University of Lincoln, Liverpool JMU and Forth Valley College. He has been on the validation panel of University of Westminster, Leeds College of Art,  and visiting lecturer at UNT University of North Texas. Andy was a “designer in the community” mentor in the EDT, Engineering Development Trust and the Go4SET creative initiative, and Andy initiated, and is co-founder of the IFS, the Interiors Forum Scotland a national Interior research group. He is co-editor of ‘Interior Tools Interior Tactics: Debates in Interior Theory and Practice’ (2011), and ‘Thinking Inside the Box: A Reader in Interiors for the 21st Century’, (2007). He is the international GIDE Coordinator for DJCAD and in 2012 led and hosted the GIDE Dundee 2012 international “Design in Action” workshop at DJCAD and devised the “Creativity for Local Enterprises” exhibition at Dalhousie, University of Dundee.


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