Peer Reviewers

Following a call-out for Peer Reviewers in February 2016, 45 independent Peer Reviewers were appointed to help in the work to deliver an Artistic and Creative Review Framework. These Reviewers represent a broad range of experience and expertise across art forms, drawn from more than 280 applications that we received in response to the call out.

270 reviews of artistic and creative work have been undertaken and we are now carrying out an evaluation of the Review Framework and investigating the development of a ‘toolkit’ version which will share the principles of the Review Framework with the wider creative and cultural sector.

The Peer Reviewers were:


Bryony Windsor

Previously Assistant Director (Crafts) at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, Bryony has taken  her knowledge of the contemporary craft world in Scotland to her current role as Head of Exhibitions at The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford.  Her experience in crafts encompasses a range of  mediums including ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture, jewellery and silversmithing, and design.

Catriona Duffy

Catriona is a co-director of Panel, a curatorial practice based in Glasgow. She has 14 years of experience commissioning and managing a wide variety of pioneering multi-disciplinary cultural projects including curating and presenting innovative architecture, design and craft programmes at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. Subsequently, commissioning and curatorial work has developed in an independent capacity through Panel and freelance consultancy.  Catriona champions the work of a range of established and up-and-coming creative practitioners, offering specialist expertise in delivering cultural projects with a focus on design, craft and the making process. Panel’s research-led commissioning projects also connect artists, designers and makers with Scotland’s local collections and material history, initiating new dialogues for design rooted in our social and cultural heritage.


Deb Ashby

As Director of Dance Manchester from 1999, Deb's strategic leadership has seen the creation of  Urban Moves International Dance Festival, and the expansion of  dance for the outdoors, sited contexts, and festivals.  Deb has also overseen Dance Manchester's transition from a cost centre within the local authority to an independent organisation with charitable status.

Debbie Watson

Debbie is a freelance contemporary dancer working throughout the UK in research, education and performance settings. She engages with diverse communities across the professional and community spectrum. Debbie‘s main interest is in how creativity is understood, nurtured and facilitated; and the possibilities of human embodiment through her study of Body-Mind Centering. She is an Affiliated Member of the Centre for Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures at the University of Exeter and has recently worked as an evaluator for balletLORENT in Newcastle. Recent participatory and education work includes working with the Creative Learning Team in Aberdeen on the LIFT project and with students at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London.

Janis Claxton

Now living in Edinburgh, Janis has 16 years of experience working in the UK, primarily as Janis Claxton Dance.  She has 30 years of international expertise as a dancer, educator, choreographer, movement director across professional, community arts, outdoor sited and festivals, and creative learning. This spans eight countries including China where she   works with numerous leading arts organisations. She has a particular interest in Equalities Diversity and Inclusion, beginning with the integrated dance project Any-Bodies Dancing in Sydney, and with Lung Ha in Scotland.

Katrina McPherson

Award-winning artist Katrina is author of Making Video Dance and is at the forefront of the international field in screendance.  She regularly lectures and teaches workshops on the subject, travelling  from her home in the Highlands of Scotland to Australia, Germany, Canada, China and the US.  Katrina previously had a 15 year career as a director of factual arts programmes, including for the BBC, STV and Channel 4, as well as directing and producing documentaries that have been distributed internationally.

Rosanna Irvine

Rosanna is a choreographer, researcher and educator.  She has extensive experience in dance and inter-disciplinary arts, with specific expertise in western contemporary dance and its histories, including experimental and cross-disciplinary practices.  Throughout her career Rosanna has taught across professional, community and education contexts.


Chris Sharratt

A regular reviewer for Frieze magazine and editor of a-n News, Chris is a freelance writer and editor with over 20 years of experience working for magazines, newspapers and online. With an interest in the visual arts and digital communication, he was until recently a producer with Sync, helping to support cultural organisations in Scotland develop a progressive relationship with technology and technologists.

Wendy McMurdo

Wendy is an award-winning artist photographer who specialises in photography and digital media.  Her work, which has been published extensively both here and abroad, centres on the relationship between technology and identity.  She has produced several influential bodies of work that explore this theme from the mid 90s onwards.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a doctorate by publication (University of Westminster) for her work exploring the representation of childhood in photography.


Stella Hall

Stella Hall, FRSA, is a freelance Festival producer, working across all artforms with a particular interest in site specific and outdoor arts. She brings extensive experience of programming and producing festivals and large scale outdoor work of scale across the UK. Her interests lie particularly in sustainability, the environment and urban development. Alongside mentoring and consultancy, she is founding Festival Director of Festival of Thrift in the Tees Valley, recently awarded the Observer Ethical Award for Arts and Culture.

Literature, Languages and Publishing

Alison Lang

Alison Lang started writing articles for bilingual magazine Cothrom and TV reviews for The Scotsman before branching out into fiction.  Cainnt na Caileige Caillte, her first collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the Saltire Society's First Book of the Year Award in 2009, and her novel An Aisling was highly commended in the 2014 Donald Meek Awards.  Alison has worked as Corporate Affairs Officer for Gaelic broadcaster MG ALBA and as Literary Assistant (Gaelic) at the National Theatre of Scotland. She is currently the Gaelic Editor for Sandstone Press.

Anna Woodford 

A published, award-winning poet and a practitioner and teacher of creative writing, Anna is poet in residence at the University of York's Co-Motion research project.  She's also currently working on New Writing North's Read Regional campaign.  She has a broad range of experience facilitating workshops for literary development agencies, community groups and individuals.   She has extensive experience in participatory settings including prisons, libraries and in formal education.

Lesley McDowell

Lesley is an editor for the Writers Workshop and the Literary Consultancy as well as a literary critic for publications including The Herald and the Times Literary Supplement.  She is author of two novels - The Picnic and Unfashioned Creatures - and a work of non fiction, Between the Sheets: the Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th-Century Women Writers.

Pamela Beasant

Pamela is a published poet, playwright and non-fiction writer living and working in Orkney. She was until recently Chair of the George Mackay Brown Fellowship through which she developed a year-long project exploring creative writing and mental health issues. Pamela brings a local authority perspective through her previous role as an Arts Officer for Orkney Islands Council, and expertise in creative learning through her involvement with the National Creative Learning Network spearheaded by Education Scotland.

Peggy Hughes

Recognised in the List Magazine's ‘Hot 100’  of most influential figures both as herself and as Literary Dundee, Peggy has transformed the festival  into a key event in Scotland's literary calendar, creating a programme that brings the best writers to Dundee while also showcasing University research and student creativity.


Anna-Wendy Stevenson

Anna-Wendy is Programme Leader for the BA in Applied Music at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and a composer and performer in traditional music. At UHI she has led the development of a new curriculum for Applied Music, delivered to a wide of network of students across Scotland. Anna-Wendy has toured, performed and taught worldwide and is a founder member of the Albaastur Cultural Exchange project promoting music cultural exchange between Scotland and Spain.

Carol Main 

Carol is Director of Live Music Now Scotland and Live Music Now International Development (UK) supporting emerging artists, mainly classical and traditional musicians, working in participatory settings with the aim of widening access to high quality live music while helping build sustainable careers. She is also a freelance music journalist, including classical music editor of The List and music reviewer for the Scotsman. She is a Governor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Board Director of the Association of British Orchestras and a member of the Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation. After studying Music and English at Edinburgh University, Carol was the founding Director of the National Association of Youth Orchestras, and established its Festival of British Youth Orchestras in Edinburgh and Glasgow between 1979 and 2003. She was awarded an MBE for services to music in the 2015 New Year Honours.

Edward Smith

After 45 years working in the orchestral world of Europe, North America, China and India, Ed now shares his experience with orchestras, ensembles, opera house, concert halls, festivals and cultural foundations. As former CEO of the CBSO and the Toronto and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras, Ed helps to create environments where music and musicians can flourish and communicate with audiences old and new. He is also an Assessor for the Scottish Government for Scottish Opera.

Fiona Harvey

Fiona has worked with orchestras and in the classical music sector since 1990 and has specific expertise in creative learning. She is currently an arts management consultant working with clients including the Association of British Orchestras and the PRS for Music Foundation. Since 2010 Fiona has been an Assessor for the Scottish Government for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Connect Programme in the context of the orchestra’s artistic activity.

Gillebride MacMillan

Gillebride teaches Gaelic language and literature classes at the University of Glasgow at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is also a Gaelic writer, songwriter and translator and has edited the Gaelic content of a number of poetry anthologies  including Tip Tap Flat: A View of Glasgow and  Scottish Literature Anthology 2012 and 2013,  Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Gillebride also has wide experience of traditional music and is a regular performer of Gaelic song at festivals and concerts throughout Scotland and internationally. He has released two critically acclaimed albums, Thogainn Ort Fonn! and Air Fòrladh.

Helen Munro

Helen trained and worked as a classical musician before joining the BBC as a music producer, working across classical and traditional music. Her most recent role was as Editor, Music and Interactive at BBC Scotland where she was responsible for music content across radio, television and online and was the organisation's Jazz Champion. She was Executive Producer of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and covered events such as Celtic Connections Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.  As part of a secondment to the Scottish Government's Creative Industries Unit Helen reviewed the role of Cultural Co-ordinators within Music Education.

Jessica Cottis

Jessica is a conductor working in Scotland, the wider UK and internationally. As guest conductor, she works with a range of international orchestras and organisations, in the fields of symphonic repertoire, opera and new music. Additionally, she has conducted important projects with music colleges and youth orchestras, and has led conducting masterclasses for institutions such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Stewart Henderson

Stewart has worked in the music industry for over twenty years and is a founding director of the record label Chemikal Underground. Stewart devised and produced Chemikal Underground’s East End Social project for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, a range of events and community projects delivered in partnership with arts organisations, local authorities and urban regeneration companies. He is a serving board member of the Scottish Music Industry Association and was central to the conception and production of The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award.

Yann Seznec

Yann  is a musician, sound designer and artist whose work focuses on sound, music, physical interaction, games and instruments. Recent projects include residencies at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Floating Cinema and Timespan. He has performed at The Roundhouse London, Mutek Montreal, Melbourne Recital Hall, Liquid Rooms Tokyo, Kiln Philharmonie and more. In December 2015 he received a British Composer Award for Sonic Art for his 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival work Currents. He is founder of Lucky Frame, a company specialising in fun and intuitive digital creations.


Colm McAuliffe

Colm is currently Senior Film Programmer for the Cork Film Festival and has worked as a freelance consultant for a number of film festivals and venues across the UK and Ireland. He has a background in festival programming and commissioning film-related events, with a focus on live cinema events and working within a crossover between film, music and art. Colm regularly contributes articles, interviews, opinion pieces and reviews on film, music and literature for The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight and Sound and many more.

Jay Arnold

Jay is Film Business Manager at the National Media Museum in Bradford. He brings  senior level expertise  in film exhibition, cinema, film festivals, screen heritage, film education and community cinema.  Previous roles, including Head of Film Culture at Creative England and Senior Manager UK Wide Partnerships for the British Film Institute, equip him with a deep understanding of funding, development and sector support, and an ongoing interest in audience development.

Pasquale Iannone

Pasquale has a background in film education and arts criticism. He is Lecturer in Film and Music at the University of Edinburgh and is a critic and broadcaster, regularly contributing to BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme and BBC Radio Scotland's The Janice Forsyth Show as well as outlets such as Sight & Sound, BFI and Fandor.


Adura Onashile

Adura is a London based actor and writer.  As a performer she has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Company, St Anne's Warehouse in New York, The Young Vic, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the RSC and the national theatres in England and Scotland.  Her first written piece for theatre, HeLa, a solo performance won the Scottish Arts Club and Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, and was shortlisted for a TOTAL theatre and Amnesty Freedom of Expression award.  Expensive Shit, written and directed by Adura, will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

Angela Hogg

Now living on the Isle of Bute, Angela has extensive experience in funding and arts development. As Senior Theatre Officer with Creative Scotland's predecessor organisation, the Scottish Arts Council, her main interests lay in puppetry, touring, artist professional development, equalities and children and young people. Most recently at the Big Lottery Fund, she supported organisations through the application process for the Investing in Communities Life Transitions Programme. 

Jenny Sealey

Jenny  joined Graeae Theatre Company as Artistic Director in 1997.  In 2009 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Honours and in 2012 co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings. She won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and was named on the Time Out London and Hospital Club h.Club100 list of the most influential and creative people in the creative industries.  Jenny is fuelled by her passion to find a new theatrical voice across the 'aesthetics of access' (sign language and audio description, diverse physicality and differing voices) from the very beginning of the artistic process.

Mark Fisher

Freelance writer, editor and critic, Mark is the Scottish theatre critic for the Guardian and author of How to Write About Theatre and The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide. He is also co-convenor of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).

May  Sumbwanyambe

Recently BBC Writer on Attachment with the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Opera, May is an award-wining playwright for stage and radio.  He is currently writing new plays for stage and radio for Theatre Royal Stratford East and the BBC, and a production of his play After Independence will be staged by Papatango Theatre Company at the Arcola in London in early summer. Outwith dramatic writing, May has worked extensively as a script reader and as a freelance tutor for children and adults.  His key interests are in theatre, opera, creative learning and Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion.

Michael Begg

From his studio in East Lothian Michael is a recording musician in the explorative territory of experimental electronic music, sound art and field recording. He also provides mixing, mastering and audio repair and restoration services to the recording, film and television sector, and writes for Total Theatre Magazine, The Quietus and Sound on Sound. Michael's experience in multi artform theatre collaborations is notable in his work with Moscow's blackSKYwhite theatre company.

Mike Griffiths

Executive Producer with Brunstane Productions, Mike has many years experience in the cultural sector in Scotland, and manages a portfolio of clients across art forms.  In addition, he  works in France and China for the KT Wong Foundation, and is an International Panel Member for the Arts Council of Ireland.  While on secondment from the Traverse Theatre where he was Administrative Director, he managed the Scottish Government National Performing Companies Assessment  Programme.

Morna Young

Morna is a playwright, theatre-maker, actor and musician from Moray.  She primarily writes in Scots and is a Scots Language Ambassador for Education Scotland.  Her credits include Netting (a Play, a Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor and The Lemon Tree in 2015, and on Scotland-wide tour in 2016), Never Land (Eden Court national tour in 2014) and her debut full-length play Lost at Sea is currently in pre-production with Eden Court for a large scale tour in 2017. Morna's work often explores cross artform presentation and collaborative practices. Her outreach, education and facilitation work has taken her throughout the UK and internationally and she is committed to rural touring, audience development, equality and inclusion.

Pamela McQueen

Pamela's experience has been gained in the cultural sector in Ireland and Scotland.  In her early career she worked for the Abbey Theatre and the Dublin Fringe Festival. She has been PhD Researcher and University Teacher at York St John University since 2011.  When based in Scotland, Pamela was Tron Theatre Associate Dramaturg, where she developed the OpenStage playwriting competition for inclusivity and accessibility in commissioning new plays.  She has also worked with  Tinderbox, Playwrights Studio and Hi-Arts.

Pauline Meikleham

Pauline has a range of local authority experience.  Currently in an organisational development role with Angus Council, she previously worked in the Education Service and was instrumental in developing an infrastructure for creative learning, and  an artists network, training and mentoring programme.  Her interest and expertise in this area also underpinned the development of a professional framework for planning and evaluation including quality standards that are applied to participatory projects, public art and theatre commissions, and artists residencies.  Prior to focusing on creative learning Pauline was a writer and theatre practitioner including six years with Dundee Rep where she wrote, directed and produced several large scale productions, and 5 years with Dundee Women's Festival of Performing Arts which she established in 1999.

Visual arts

Aideen Doran

Since 2012 Aideen has balanced the demands of PhD study with a career as a  professional visual artist, working with galleries across the UK,  Ireland and Europe. She specialises in visual art and digital technology, with a particular interest in artists' moving image. Upcoming projects include work in Sydney and Belfast, and Footnoting the Archive commissioned by MAP magazine as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Anna Wilkinson

Anna is Director of Northern Print in Newcastle, and Director for International Print Biennale. As such she brings a wealth of expertise in strategic development, programming and curatorial development, and support for contemporary printmaking in the broadest sense. Anna’s experience in making-processes and collaborative working extends from print into craft and design.

Beverley Hood

Since the mid 1990s Beverley has been creating and collaborating on media art and performance works that interrogate the impact of technology on the body, relationships and the human experience.  With much experience in participative settings including hospitals, Beverley brings a deep understanding of arts and health, equalities, diversity and inclusion.

Lorna MacIntyre

Since graduating in 2007 Lorna has exhibited internationally and her practice as a visual artist spans photography, sculpture and installation. Recent solo exhibitions include Material Language Or All Truth Waits In All Things, Mary Mary, Glasgow, and Four Paper Fugues, Mount Stuart, Bute (part of GENERATION; 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland). She is currently working on a women’s health project with Art in Hospital, with women who are affected by substance misuse.

Luke Collins

Since moving to Scotland in 1998 Luke has dedicated himself to the visual arts here. Production and development roles with organisations including the Centre for Contemporary Arts, New Media Scotland and as Deputy Director for LUX Scotland equip him with an active understanding of the needs of the sector. Luke’s current freelance role sees him developing his consultancy work, and project research (including around food systems as cultural practice). Extended periods on international residencies have enhanced his understanding of the cultural ecology of Scotland within a national, European and international context.

Moyna Flannigan

Moyna's  career as a practising visual artist  is founded on a series of critically successful national and international exhibitions, establishing her as one of Scotland's leading painters. Much of her work challenges the stereotype of female representation in painting.   She has extensive experience in creative learning in Higher Education and with community groups, schools and in adult learning, and is currently Teaching Fellow in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art.

Rhona Warwick Paterson

Rhona is an artist, writer and researcher with 15 years experience publishing on the visual arts.  From feature writing for Homes and Interiors to work with the d'Offay Foundation, the Pier, V&A, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Henry Moore Institute, she brings a wide ranging and  informed perspective.  Rhona is presently establishing an art advisory business in Glasgow to provide independent advice and specialist services on all areas of the art collection process.

Tanya Raabe-Webber

Tanya  is an acclaimed disabled artist challenging the notion of identity within contemporary portraiture.  She is a winner of Ability Media International Award Visual Arts,  DaDA international Festival Visual Arts, and was recently shortlisted for The National Diversity Awards Lifetime Achievement.  Tanya has worked on many commissions including Architects Inside Out at the Tate Modern, and Art matters at Tate Britain, and has recently co-presented her collaborative research with Project Ability at the Contemporary Outsider Art in Melbourne.

Find out more about the Artistic and Creative Review Framework.