Demarco Archive Trust Ltd

Save the Demarco Archive

Richard Demarco CBE has a vast independent archive documenting over 7 decades of the Edinburgh Festival. Over 1000 images and artworks have been severely damaged in a recent flood. Help us raise funds to conserve this important educational resource.
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Professor Richard Demarco CBE has been described as "The last great titan of Scottish Art" and by Sir Nicolas Serota, former director of the Tate as "a truly remarkable man." Documenting the work of 1000s of international artists and their experiences in Scotland, the Demarco Archive is arguably the most extraordinary independent chronicle of the world's greatest arts festival: The Edinburgh Festival. However last year, his life's work was critically damaged in a flood.

Richard has worked tirelessly throughout his entire life to help artists find recognition when many other institutions failed. Global names in contemporary art such as Joseph Beuys, Tadeusz Kantor, Paul Neagu and Scotland's own Margaret Tait were all introduced to audiences throughout the United Kingdom for the first time as a result of Richard's belief in their integrity and skill as artists.

As he approaches his 90th birthday and restrained by the boundaries of the COVID-19 lockdown, Richard is unable to raise money through exhibitions, art-auctions or lectures. Demarco Archive Trust Ltd. is a registered charity and entirely dependent on these activities to operate and help pay for the restoration and digital conservation of Demarco's precious legacy. If you are able, we would ask you to please make a donation to assist the Demarco Archive in this critical time.

Please watch this video of the Demarco Archive's challenges and a personal message from Richard Demarco:

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Demarco Archive Trust Ltd

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Prof. Richard Demarco CBE is an artist, teacher and patron of the arts. Throughout seven decades, he has tirelessly promoted and pioneered the visual art world in Scotland. His archive of over 1 million images, films, audio files and artwork document the Celtic experience of many great artists.

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