SCAN is run by a Board of Charity Trustees who are also members. Representing the diversity of skills and expertise in Scotland’s visual arts, the Board consists of art professionals whose jobs involve, amongst other things, marketing, fundraising, journalism, art education, artistic practice and curating.
Other areas of experience represented include artist-run activity, leadership in the arts, supporting community action and tackling issues such as social deprivation. Collectively, the Board provides vital knowledge and guidance for the organisation.
Lecturer - University of GlasgowNikki Kane is a Lecturer in Creative Industries, based in History of Art, at the University of Glasgow. Nikki Kane She is currently researching artist-run initiatives with support from the British Art Network, and teaches courses on contemporary creative practice, cultural labour and policy, and cultural institutions. Nikki undertook an AHRC-supported PhD at the University of Edinburgh which examined the role of festivals in contemporary art careers, and prior to this she participated in CuratorLab, an international programme based at Konstfack, Stockholm and studied at Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow.She has presented projects and undertaken residencies in the UK and internationally, and also has over 10 years of experience working with arts and cultural organisations in project management, research and production roles, including in the development and delivery of large-scale public art projects, and working in the visual arts department at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, researching and writing catalogue texts for an exhibition of works from the museum’s collection.
Naoko Mabon is a freelance curator based in Oban. Originally from Japan, Naoko has been living in Scotland since the end of 2011. Since initiating her own curatorial practice WAGON in 2014, as well as international collaborators from Japan, Taiwan, Brazil among other places, Naoko has created projects or worked with institutions or individuals across Scotland including in: Orkney, Isle of Iona, Banff, Isle of Skye, Dundee, Helmsdale, Edinburgh, Isle of Mull, Glasgow and Oban.
Motivated by her own lived experience in Scotland as an ethnic minority immigrant, the principle of “understand globally and act locally” has been demonstrated in Naoko’s practice through being affective, responsive and responsible for the historically underrepresented voices and pressing issues that are specific to a focused context, locality or community.
Fiona Doring (Chairperson)
Director - Impact Arts
Fiona Doring has over 20 years experience of working in the third sector in Scotland and is Chief Executive Officer of Impact Arts, widely recognised as one of Scotland’s leading charities, which has been supporting people and communities to transform their lives through creativity and the arts since 1994.
Fiona gained an MA in Fine Art from Edinburgh University and MFA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art. She began her career working as a practicing artist alongside work in arts education. It was while doing this that she realised the power of art to engage with people and communities in a meaningful and life changing way, acting as a catalyst for social change.
She received recognition for her work by winning The Scottish Women’s Award for contribution to Arts & Culture in 2019.
Fiona is on the Board of Management of Edinburgh College and was previously a partner of Artworks Alliance, a UK wide member organisation for participatory arts.
Juliana Capes is a visual artist with a rich multidisciplinary practise. She has exhibited in various solo and group shows, recently including the Alchemy Film Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and Fruitmarket Gallery.
Juliana is also Visual Describer who specialises in Visual Art, and has trained and consulted many of Scotland’s leading art organisations. Juliana has been Lead Artist on the National Galleries of Scotland’s Visual Impairment Programme since 2002, where she rethinks access to Visual Art.
As well as 20 years of professional experience in the field of participatory practise, disability and arts accessibility, Juliana also brings lived experience of neurodiversity and disability to her role, as a dyspraxic artist and the parent carer of two children who also have dyspraxia and learning disabilities.
During 2022, Juliana is undertaking a participatory residency at Cove Park as part of the Climate Beacons Project and developing new work in film, description and sculpture.
Curator - Travelling Gallery
Claire Craig is the curator at Travelling Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in a bus, bringing exhibitions into communities throughout Scotland. Claire brings an awareness of curating and programming for diverse audiences and the Travelling Gallery exhibitions display innovative artistic practices, representative of the international art scene.
Claire has also curated exhibitions and film programmes across the UK and Europe and has an MFA in Curating Contemporary Art from Goldsmiths University, London.
Director - Gaada
Amy Gear is an artist and founding director of Gaada, a visual arts workshop and collaborative project space in Burra Isle, Shetland.
Amy contributes her multifaceted experience of the Scottish art scene which encompasses studying, lecturing, to establishing inclusive, and artist-led, community embedded practice within remote and rural contexts. Amy is also an artist in her own right, with a personal practice that explores contemporary use of Shetland dialect through printmaking, painting, drawing and writing. She has an MA from the Royal College of Art and has exhibited across the UK.
Director of Marketing and Strategy, Glasgow School of Art
Scott is currently responsible for managing an integrated strategy and marketing function which covers Strategy and Planning at Glasgow School of Art (GSA). He is a member of the GSA’s Senior Management Team, a Director of GSA Enterprises, the GSA’s commercial arm responsible for managing the heritage elements of the GSA’s brand, and a member of Universities Scotland International Committee.
Scott is a graduate of the Universities of Bristol (MSc in Strategy Change and Leadership) and Strathclyde (BA(Hons) Marketing) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Top Management Programme, and has worked in higher education since 1996.
Director - Peacock Visual Arts
Nuno Sacramento is a Mozambiquean-Portuguese curator, and the Director of Peacock Visual Arts. He has lived in Scotland for the last two decades. Nuno has a wealth of experience in curation, and organisational leadership. He is a graduate of DeAppel Foundation, Amsterdam, and has a PhD by practice in Visual Arts from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Between 2010 and 2016 he was Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden.
Nuno has expertise in the areas of research, project curation, fundraising, writing, and lecturing.
Jan-Bert van den Berg
Director - Artlink
Jan Bert van den Berg is the director at Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians, an organisation which supports and promotes the involvement of disabled people in the arts.
Through Jan Bert’s work at Artlink, he brings an awareness of how important it is to promote diversity and to encourage individuals and organisations from different backgrounds to work together. Much of his work at Artlink is focussed on establishing partnerships with artists, venues and organisations to help encourage positive change, regardless of disability.