About Us

Angus Arts was founded in 2000 by Co-Creative Directors Maria MacDonell and Virginia Aspinwall.

Maria‘s experience includes a degree in History; research for the Scots Ancestry Research Society; many years acting in film, television and theatre; historical research and script writing for visitor centres; interpretation including award winning New Lanark visitor centre and the Glenesk Folk Museum; producer for Boniface Films; journalism for Britain’s major broadsheets; Scottish Correspondent for the Museums Journal; research, writing and presenting for BBC, Scottish and Grampian television and screen-writing for film and television; installations, workshops and events for Angus Arts.  Maria has also trained as an antenatal teacher with  Scottish Birth Teachers Association and as a writer/director with Scottish Broadcast and Film Training. She is currently a part time lecturer in drama and creative arts in the Supported Education department of Dundee and Angus College.

Virginia‘s experience includes a degree in Fine Art, Painting and Drawing at Norwich School of Art; Exhibitions Assistant at The Acme Gallery, Covent Garden; community artist in London and many years as a sign writer in America and Britain, more recent work includes introductory interpretation panels, hand-painted signs, figures, mural and backdrops for the Glenesk Folk Museum; interpretation and signwork for The Burn House, Edzell.  Virginia has designed and made set and costumes for ‘The White Cat’ and ‘The Mechanical Turk’ by Jabberwocky Theatre Company; created publicity posters and flyers, backdrops and installations for plays, concerts, workshops and events with Angus Arts. Virginia enjoys travelling and experiencing the life of many cultures and countries, riding the horses of Rohan in New Zealand, searching for rhinoceroses riding on the gentle elephants of Chitwan in Nepal and exploring the maritime history of down east Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Virginia also continues to develop her own artwork, especially drawing, painting and photography.

Grants.  We are extremely grateful to the following bodies for their help with funding:  The Robertson Trust and The Gannochy Trust  (core funding), NEAT (North East Arts Touring – theatre shows and films), and EMS (Enterprise Music Scotland – concerts).  Without this help we simply could not exist!

Partners. Our palette of work depends on fruitful partnerships with a range of organisations including The National Trust for Scotland, Puppet Animation Scotland, Angus and Aberdeenshire Councils, London Goodenough Trust (The Burn Edzell), Glenesk Trust (Glenesk Folk Museum and Retreat visitor centre), Scottish Natural Heritage (St Cyrus nature reserve), Scottish Book Trust, Luminate, BBC, Cairngorms National Park, African Drum Village, to whom we are very grateful.