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"The driving force of Narture is the passionate father and daughter team, who are both committed to establishing a sustainable arts organisation, that provides paid employment for artists through their creative and auxiliary skills and bring arts and culture programs to the local communities of Ayr."
We have evolved out of a series of pop up events, driven by the Beuysian notion ‘everyone is an artist’, encouraging people to use their creative energies towards positive change. Our concerns of creative education and professionalising opportunities for artists. We are registered at Companies House as a Community Interest Company with a VAT registration certificate.
The project has had previous support from Awards for All; Creative Scotland; Place Partnership administered by South Ayrshire Council. Our collaborative approach seeks to be instrumental in resuscitating the health of Ayr as a pulsing vibrant creative marketplace.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Robert comes with a wealth of experience, initially trained as a chef/baker, he worked his way up to concepts development management for a national hospitality company. During his career in catering he studied yoga, natural therapies and food as medicine, finally gaining a place at Glasgow School of Art in his mid-life, where food as art was the backdrop to his fine art degree.
Gaining a place at Glasgow School of Art in his mid-life, food as art was the backdrop to Robert's fine art degree and practice. .Graduating in 2001, he returned to study on the GSA Master of Creative Practice course in 2010, and has been working with emerging and established artists since then.
Over the last five years, Robert initiated FreshAyr and Bread Arts Lab, pop-up spaces designed to develop art practices. Running these projects he developed an abundance of knowledge on successfully creating creative spaces to hold conversations, exhibitions and workshops. In 2019 he assisted the Aberdeenshire Art Organisation, Deveron Projects in developing their aspiration of fusing food into their portfolio. These previous projects have finally evolved into Narture CIC, formed with his daughter Saskia, in June 2020. Robert is an executive member of the Scottish Artist's Union.
Co-Founder & Lead Curator
Saskia graduated from Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2019 and has recently completed a short masters course, Contemporary Curating in Art and Design at her graduating university DJCAD. Throughout her-own studies, Saskia was involved with all of Robert’s projects and is an executive member of the Scottish Artists Union. In June 2020 she co-founded Narture CIC with her father, Robert.
Collaboration is integral to Saskia’s socially engaged practice, initiating a project called ‘Dain Hing’s’ whilst at DJCAD. Dain Hings hosts a number of exhibitions, workshops, residencies and events, bringing people together ‘tae dae hing’s (to do things). In 2019 Dain Hings opened up Artist Network Assembly with a circuit style workshop, focusing on the increasing necessity of artists’ communities collaborating.
Recently Saskia has been revisiting her printmaking to create edible art, using molecular gastronomy and 3D food printing. This led to her being involved with Artists Tuckshop Cook Book, exploring sensorial interactions with food. Saskia has recently worked with both Tinderbox Lab and National Galleries, creating electronics sound/art kits to send out to children. She is constantly thinking of new ways to blend, visual art, sound and food to create immersive experiences, and is currently working with V&A in Dundee to create a community workshop programme with them on accessibility in club culture
Aliye our Marketing Director has several years of experience in both sales and marketing with companies such as Cadbury and Johnson & Johnson, in both domestic and global markets. She is a dynamic and motivated leader with a proven record of generating and building relationships, leading projects from concept to completion and designing educational strategies.
Aliye re-trained as a photographer in 2008, turning her life-long passion and hobby into a new career and established her own photography business to have a better work-life balance. She’s opened up a commercial studio in England, which she ran until she and her family moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2013. She still continues to do professional photography as a freelance photographer.
Aliye is also enthusiastic about healthy eating and sustainability. She is an avid cook and likes to help friends and families learning to cook healthy meals.
Writer in Residence
Rosa Moxham is our writer in residence for the project and is a performance poet, writer and artist. Within her practice, she uses cut and paste methods interwoven with anecdotes to create relatable narratives. A large portion of her written work surrounds her experience as a bisexual woman as well as issues precarious workers collectively face within the hospitality sector.
She has performed at multiple events including a rally for John McDonnell (during the most recent general election), a poetry show case with the BBC’s “words first” last summer and
most recently STUC Annual Congress at The Stand.
She brings to the project not only her creative skills, but also her catering and café management experience across small independent businesses and large corporations.