In Memory of Ray McMaster

The Board and Staff of Strathearn Arts are all deeply saddened by the recent loss of a greatly valued colleague and friend, Ray McMaster.  Ray had been a trustee of the charity for the last three years and a long-standing, committed supporter of the local arts scene, giving up so much of his time to help it thrive.

We all owe a great debt to Ray’s expertise when it came to handling a wide range of property related matters and his enthusiasm for the heritage of the building and its place in the community spilled over into so many areas.  He loved to see the auditorium filled with live music and theatre performances and supported the revival of the monthly tea dances, even taking to the floor himself on occasion.  His love of film gave rise to ‘Ray Recommends’ during Lockdown – a weekly summary of the best offerings on terrestrial TV – which was appreciated by so many who were isolated and missing the collective experience of cinema.  His enthusiasm also extended to less visible parts of the building which he helped to shape and make ready for local groups to use.

Ray’s involvement in our search for grant funding helped us to secure a major award from the Architectural Heritage Fund, which together with a substantial award from another funder allowed Strathearn Arts to take significant strides forward.  His advocacy for inclusivity brought about successful funding bids for the stair lift and the hearing loop system.  As someone who was hard of hearing himself, Ray understood the importance of enabling everyone to get the full enjoyment from performances.

Ray was always a fully committed member of the Board and we shall all miss his encouraging presence, wise counsel and wry sense of humour.  Even during the health challenges he faced in the past year, his commitment was unwavering and his decision to step down from the board of Strathearn Arts barely a month before his death was a mark of his dedication.  More than that, Ray was a friend to us all and we shall miss his presence with us.

 

ORGANISATION

 

Strathearn Artspace (known as Strathearn Arts) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO SC044319), which was entered into the Scottish Charity Register on 14th October 2013. Its broad charitable purposes are to support the arts with Strathearn through promotion, education, community engagement and the provision of a sustainable arts centre based in Crieff. We present a diverse and growing programme of artistic and cultural events and exhibitions at our main base on Comrie Street, as well as supporting events in other venues throughout Strathearn. In the past year, we have hosted concerts, theatre, ceilidhs, folk club, tea dances, comedy, visual art exhibitions, a pop-up museum, author readings/recitals and a cinema. At our heart, we are a community-based project whose aim is to support local artists and creatives in a variety of ways, and to promote Strathearn as a cultural hub within the Scottish arts context.

 

The charity has a board of trustees, who are jointly responsible for running the SCIO and managing its assets.  Our members take an active interest in and support the aims of the organisation.  

 

Its purposes are:

•  The provision of recreational facilities to create and run a sustainable arts centre for the residents of Crieff and Strathearn and the wider community to improve their conditions of life through participation and enjoyment of the creative arts.

 

•  To promote and advance the arts, culture and heritage to residents and other people who visit our community by providing opportunities to participate in artistic, cultural and creative endeavours.

 

•  To advance the education of the public through the promotion of the appreciation of and participation in the arts and through the provision of training and education in arts, heritage and culture.

 

•  To advance community development by encouraging the residents to actively participate in making decisions relating to local cultural issues.

A copy of our constitution or minutes of our AGM are available on request to admin@strathearnarts.org

 

Trustees:

Gordon Wright – Chairman

Barry Hargrave – Treasurer

Fiona Wellstood – Secretary

Helen Lewis-McPhee

Louisa Rattrie

Fiona Warrender

Kim Osborne

Megan Rawcliffe

A copy of our constitution or minutes of our AGM are available on request to admin@strathearnarts.org 

Interested in joining us?

You can apply to become a member of Strathearn Artspace SCIO (known as Strathearn Arts).  Simply email fiona@strathearnarts.org for an application form or pop into our box office at 2 Comrie Street, Mon-Fri 10am-2pm.

 

Following the appointment of three new trustees, we currently have a full complement of trustees as defined by our constitution. However, if you have an interest in supporting the Arts in Strathearn we are always looking for volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience.  

To find our how you can get involved, contact admin@strathearnarts.org 

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Strathearn Artspace SC044319 (known as Strathearn Arts)

Tel: 01764 655556 Comrie Street, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, PH7 4AX info@strathearnarts.org

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