Giles Sutherland

Current research/thesis title:

The Road to Meikle Seggie: Richard Demarco’s Pedagogical-Creative Journeys, 1972 to 1990

"The purpose of this study is to document, illuminate, analyse, comment on and explicate Richard Demarco’s pedagogical-creative journeys, between 1972 and 1990."

Richard Demarco developed the term ‘The Road to Meikle Seggie’ in 1973, as a way of describing a particular pedagogical and creative process that takes place on a journey. He linked this process of immersive observation with an inner creative response, which manifested itself in drawing, painting, photography, film, ‘happenings’ etc.

The key aims are to:

  • identify the core of Demarco’s work, in this case the creative-pedagogical journey, as encapsulated by The Road to Meikle Seggie

The project will establish:

  • the role of creativity and education in combination, in the context of Demarco’s work
  • an intellectual course of development in terms of Demarco’s didactic activities
  • an intellectual course of development in terms of Demarco’s domestic, familial and cultural experience

The project will establish and identify:

  • evolution of Demarco’s thought and philosophy, which led him from art teacher and artist, to gallery director to educator and, in the words of Lippard, “[to] arts administrator/organizer/spiritual tour guide”
  • key thinkers and mentors who were instrumental in Demarco’s intellectual development
  • nature of these intellectual relationships and to identify and establish the degree of reciprocity in intellectual exchange
  • role of drawing and painting in Demarco’s work
  • role of photography in Demarco’s work, including the newly established genre of ‘event photography’

To place Demarco’s pedagogical-creative journeys within the context of Scottish, European and North American art and by doing so suggest their scale, scope, uniqueness and importance.