The Suntrap Studio is a collective of Art and Design practitioners and educators who are committed to sharing professional knowledge and experience with learners of all ages and abilities within the fantastic setting of the Suntrap garden, one of the most beautiful private green spaces in the Lothians.  

The studio can accommodate up to 10 people for the teaching and learning of a range of creative skills (with disabled access) and offers a number of courses ranging from life drawing to tapestry, and the themes and inspiration for creative development are often derived from the extensive gardens.  


Current Course Leaders

Robert Gillan

Designer Educator

Robert was awarded a BA Hons from Glasgow School of Art and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Jordanhill College of Education. He has extensive teaching experience working with a wide range of students, from first year to MA level studying design at Edinburgh College of Art. He was formerly head of Fashion, Textiles and Costume Design, Associate Head of Design and laterally Director of Knowledge Exchange and Director of Externality at ECA. He has taught textile design, drawing and life drawing to students from Textiles, Fashion, Performance Costume, Glass and Jewellery. Under his leadership students from Fashion and Textiles received numerous awards at Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers.

He has a passion and enthusiasm for teaching which results in a broad range of events that engage audiences of all ages and abilities.


Fraser Taylor

Raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Fraser Taylor is an interdisciplinary visual artist who lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.  After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in printed textiles from Glasgow School of Art, Taylor continued his studies at the Royal College of Art in London where he earned a Master of Arts.  In 1983, upon completion of his studies, Taylor co-founded The Cloth, a creative studio focused on exploring fine art and design practices with particular application to contemporary textile design and production.  Works from The Cloth are part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Art Institute of Chicago.  The Cloth disbanded in 1987.

Concurrent with and following Taylor’s involvement with The Cloth, his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including Jill George Gallery, StART SPACE, Fine Art Consultancy, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London/ The Mackintosh Museum at Glasgow School of Art; studio Pavilion House for an Art Lover, and the Briggait Project Space, Glasgow; Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Gallery Boards, Paris; Galeria Jorge Alcolea, Madrid; Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney; Axis Gallery, Gallery Aoyama, Sigacho Bis, and SPICA Art, Tokyo; Baryshnikov Art Center, Converso, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Balloon, Threewalls, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Bucket Rider Gallery, Alfedena Gallery, mn Gallery, Queer Thoughts, and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Evanston Arts Center, Envansto; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Foster Gallery, HAAS Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin; Sybaris Gallery and Linda Ross Contemporary, Detroit; and Aurobora Press, San Francisco.

Since 1983, Taylor has lectured at leading fine art and design institutions of higher learning, including Goldsmith, University of London, the Royal College of Art, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.  In 2001 he was appointed the Visiting Artist in the Department of Fiver and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he continues to serve as Adjunct Professor.