Louise Gibson Annand-MacFarquhar

27 May 1915 – 6 January 2012

Painter and Film-maker

Louise Gibson Annand-MacFarquhar MBE was a Scottish painter and film-maker.

Born in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Louise Gibson Annand attended the former Hamilton Academy school where her father, Walter D. Annand was English Principal. Her younger brother was Walter J D Annand, the aeronautical engineer and academic, who also attended the Hamilton Academy.

Entering the University of Glasgow as an arts student in 1933, Louise Annand graduated MA (Hons) in 1937. Subsequently attending Jordanhill Training College, she became a teacher in various schools in Glasgow until joining the Schools Museums Service in 1949 as an assistant; from 1970–80, as Museums Education Officer.

Exhibiting her paintings from 1945, Annand also produced 16 mm films including, in 1965, the first on Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Throughout her career, Annand was much involved in Arts and arts-related organizations and was Chairman of the Scottish Educational Film Association (SEFA) (Glasgow Production Group) and of the Glasgow Lady Artists Club Trust (becoming in 1975, the Glasgow Society of Women Artists of which she was twice elected President (1977–79 and 1988–91).) She was also a National Vice-Chairman, Scottish Educational Media Association (SEMA) (1979–84); twice President of the Society of Scottish Women Artists (1963–66 and 1980–85) (eventually evolving into Visual Arts Scotland) and a Member of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland (1979–86).

In addition, Annand was a Visiting Lecturer (1982) in Scottish Art to the University of Regina, Canada; Chairman of the J.D. Ferguson Foundation from 1982–2001, and twice a member of the Business Committee, General Council, University of Glasgow (1981–85 and 1988–91).

Annand was elected (1993) an Honorary Member of the Saltire Society; an Honorary Member of Visual Arts Scotland; awarded DUniv by Glasgow University in 1994; and appointed MBE.

Papers relating to her studies at the Hamilton Academy; the University of Glasgow and Jordanhill Training College (together with papers of her father from his time as an undergraduate at the University of Aberdeen) have been deposited with the University of Glasgow Archives.

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