The Arts

David Caldwell


David Caldwell was born in Helensburgh in 1977. After leaving school he studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art (1994-98) and further completed his education by attending in 2003 - 2005 The Princes’ Drawing School: The Drawing Year where he obtained an MA level diploma.

Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy is one of the most prominent names to emerge after the ascendancy of contemporary Scottish figurative painting in the mid-1980s

He was born in Helensburgh, in 1964 and spent his formative years at Prince Albert Terrace. After leaving school, he enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art in 1982, completing his postgraduate studies there in 1987.

Norah Neilson Gray

Norah Gray

Norah Neilson Gray was born on the 16th June 1882 at Carisbrook in West King Street to George William Gray, a Glasgow shipowner and wife Norah Neilsen, the second youngest of seven children. The large family garden stimulated Norah's early love of flowers and colour. Another early influence for Norah was a the Gray's Nanny who told the girls wonderful stories of fairies and celtic legends. The effect of these stories can be clearly be seen in Norah's later works.

Norah began her artistic career at “The Studio”, a private drawing establishment at Craigendoran with her teachers Miss Park and Miss Ross.

Sir James Guthrie

Helensburgh Hero - sir james guthrie

Sir James Guthrie was born on June 10, 1859 in Greenock, Guthrie, he was the youngest child of the Rev. John Guthrie, D.D., Evangelical minister of the Evangelical Union church, by his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Orr. Guthrie originally enrolled at Glasgow University to study law, but abandoned this in favour of painting in 1877.

Gareth Hoskins, OBE, B. Arch (Hons), Dip Arch, M. Arch, RIBA, FRIAS

Gareth Hoskins - Architect & Helensburgh Hero

“The story of Gareth Hoskins Architects is an important element in the early 21st century revival of contemporary architecture in Scotland – an architectural movement that is notably original, outward-looking, and confident.” Hugh Pearman, Editor of the RIBA Journal

It is entirely appropriate that Helensburgh, world renowned for the architecture of Mackintosh, Paterson, Leiper & Wemyss, should be home to one of the fastest rising, and most influential, stars on the British Architectural scene today.