Adele Patrick

Art School Plus: Tutors

Year: 2023


Title: Co-founder and Co-Director, Glasgow Women’s Library

Dr. Adele Patrick

Adele Patrick has been developing innovative cultural projects rooted in equalities and in academic research and community learning and teaching for over 30 years. She co-founded Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) in 1991 and is currently a Co-Director. She has had a key leadership role in GWL which has grown from a grassroots project into a Recognised Collection of National Significance the sole accredited museum dedicated to women’s history in the UK and an influential, change making organisation in the Museums, Library and wider cultural sectors. Trained as a designer at Glasgow School of Art (where she subsequently taught Gender, Art and Culture) Adele has worked collaboratively with writers, visual artists, filmmakers and performers throughout her career. She publishes widely in academic, professional and popular journals and publications and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. In 2016 she was awarded an Engage Scholarship for Excellence in Gallery Education in 2016 and became Scotswoman of the Year. In  2017 she received Honorary DLitts from both Glasgow School of Art and University of Strathclyde. After her Clore Leadership Fellowship in 2018/2019, Adele undertook Post Fellowship research on Feminist Leadership. Some of her findings are accessible here In 2022 she joined the Board of the V and A Dundee and in 2023 was awarded the Fletcher of Saltoun Award from the Saltire Society. Adele is an experienced coach working with cultural leaders and organisations across the UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Royal Society of Edinburgh.