Who is Mairi?
Mairi has been working in the area of arts and access since 2003, prior to establishing flip she managed a national access project for the Federation of Scottish Theatre that saw the launch of a new national theatre guide – Access Scottish Theatre.
Trained as an artist, Mairi has a BFA hons MA from Oxford University (1999) and an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone (2003), Dundee.
Mairi has experience of working with theatres, galleries and museums and with a range of audiences. Her early work experience from 2002 – 2003 included volunteering for Arts Advocacy in Dundee and Stepping Stones Mental Health Project and Contact Point drop-in both in Edinburgh. Mairi went on to run the art group at Contact Point, a front line service for vulnerable adults, for 4 years.
In 2003 she joined the Arts Access service at Artlink (Edinburgh and the Lothians) where she developed the role of Audience Development Officer and working relationships with arts venues across Edinburgh. Mairi moved to the Federation of Scottish Theatre in 2008 to manage their first national access project during which she launched Access Scottish Theatre and developed training and resources for the theatre sector. With a studio in Edinburgh Mairi continues her artistic practice, exhibiting as part of Annuale in 2009.
During the last 4 years working with Robert as flip, Mairi has lead on some of flip’s research and development projects including VI Scotland’s AHRC Knowledge Exchange research and the National Theatre of Scotland’s current NESTA project.
Mairi also works as a producer and produced If These Spasms Could Speak through 2013/4 including a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a Scottish Tour and two visits to Brazil in 13/14, initially as part of the British Council’s Sentidos Festival as part of Transform and then to Recife in January 2014 to take part in their annual mainstream theatre festival.
Mairi believes that building relationships – whether with audiences, partners or collaborators – brings about real change through increased confidence and understanding.