Fiona Greer, Curator of Art at the Scottish Maritime Museum, has been recognised by the UK-wide Robert Logan Award 2017 for her outstanding contribution to the development of the Museum and improving the experience for visitors to the attraction, which is located in Irvine and Dumbarton.

 Fiona received the award, which was presented at The British Association of Friends of Museums annual conference at The London Transport Museum, for her achievements in creating a nationally significant art collection at the Museum and for establishing the multi-award winning illumination : Harbour Festival of Light, in particular.

Fiona was appointed as part of the strategic, three year art acquisitions programme, SMMart: Enriching the Imagery of Scotland's Maritime Heritage, which has been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures programme.

The collection, which has also been made possible with the assistance of Art Fund and the National Fund for Acquisitions, already includes works by artists including Ian Hamilton Finlay, Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, George Wyllie, Tom McKendrick, Muirhead Bone, Benno Schotz and Patricia Cain.

The Robert Logan Award 2017, which is open to people under 30 years of age working in the heritage sector, also recognises those whose work has enabled a Museum to attract a wider audience.

The inaugural, award-winning illumination : Harbourside Festival of Light in Irvine attracted over 15,000 visitors last year.

This year’s four day spectacular, which will begin on St Andrew’s Day (30th November), will be bigger and bolder with more performances of the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular, additions to the Light Trail and, new for this year, a Food and Craft Fair. 

The programme will also feature the popular Lantern Parade, skiff racing with Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, whisky tastings with Murray McDavid and St Andrew’s Day and closing firework displays.

 

David Mann, Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum says:

“We are thrilled to see the passion, creativity and expertise Fiona has brought to the Museum in her role as Curator of Art recognised with this UK national award.

 “Within two years, Fiona has created what is fast becoming a very exciting, national art collection which beautifully enriches our national maritime heritage collection.

 “She has also been instrumental in the creation of illumination, an extraordinary festival which not only engages new audiences with the Museum but has become an important element of our work helping drive the success of our local community of Irvine and Ayrshire as a whole.”

 

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Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by

Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine and Dumbarton

  • Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is recognised as the principal resource for material relating to Scottish Maritime history, in particular shipbuilding and marine engineering.  
  • The Scottish Maritime Museum is based on the Harbourside in Irvine, North Ayrshire, with a second display in Dumbarton.
  • The buildings and sites which the Scottish Maritime Museum occupies are part of the collection themselves: The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine is housed within the Linthouse, the A listed former Engine Shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons which was built in 1872 and salvaged and relocated from their derelict Linthouse shipyard in Govan during 1991.
  • The Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton is located on the site of the former innovative William Denny Shipyard and features the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank.