ESAF TEAM 2014/15

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ESAF Co-Chair and Co-Founder

Former President of Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA), a Scottish registered charity, she founded ESAF with support from Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh in February of 2015.

As founder and co-chair, Briana focuses on the festival's senior management, strategic development & partnerships, funding, and creative direction for ESAF. She also sits on the Creative Edinburgh Advisory Group.

Briana works part time as Membership Engagement Officer for the YWCA Scotland - the Young Women's Movement where she is a founding member of #FeministFestival, an initiative to get young women involved in reviewing shows with great feminist content for the Fringe. 

She has an MA (Honours) Sustainable Development from the University of Edinburgh and received a Second Class, Upper Division (2:1).



ESAF Co-Founder & Co-Chair

Previously Vice President of Queen Margaret University Students’ Union, a Scottish registered charity, he was a leading representative, his remit covering events, sponsorship and the commercial arm of the organisation.  Alongside this he sat on various committees across various levels of university management, including University Court.

He has a BA (Honours) in Drama and Performance from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and received a Second Class Upper Division (2:1).  


Whilst studying his degree he specialised in contemporary performance and directing.  He has received the Chancellors Cup and DISC award twice for his services as Chairman and Vice Chairman, retrospectively,  of Cobweb Theatre Company.

As co-founder & co-chair alongside Briana, Johnny has joint responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival. He primarily focusses on sponsorship & partnerships, volunteer recruitment, and festival operations.

FRancesca street

Head of Press

Francesca works as Head of Press for the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival. Her job entails writing articles about ESAF for student and national press, writing promotional pieces to submit to newspapers, writing and sending out press releases, making contacts within the Edinburgh media and using 

social media to promote and celebrate the Festival. As a member of the Marketing sub-committee, Francesca worked with the other members of the Marketing Team to devise ESAF's general marketing strategy including ticketing, programming and physical and digital advertising.

Lorna Stubbs Davies

Market Stall Coordinator

As Market Stalls Coordinator, Lorna's job was to contact the stall holders who were chosen by the committee to participate in the market. Lorna delivered all necessary information to them via email, including forms for them to fill in, information on their requirements for running the stall, and answering any questions they may have had. 



On the day of the market event, she was there to oversee the operation.

This entailed setting up the room with required tables and chairs and directing stall holders to their designated spots. As the day went on, she remained so as to see to any issues, and to clear the hall at the end.

Amanda MacLeod

Outreach Officer

A recent Music graduate of Edinburgh University, Amanda will continue to work for ESAF and will be oversee ESAF's music and outreach programme.

ESAF 16 intends to engage local primary schools and other community groups to bring performers and students of Edinburgh together with the wider population; transferring skills and showcasing the talent of our student body. 

We also aim to engage with more student groups and societies,  

developing relationships between societies of the different higher education establishments.

Through the community engagement aspect of ESAF, we hope to build partnerships with Edinburgh's arts organisations, who like ourselves, want to provide a platform to showcase young art professionals.

Amanda is looking forward to seeing the upward development of the festival and looks forward to working with you or welcoming you to the festival next year! 

lucy wayman

Visual Arts Team Coordinator



Volunteer Coordinator

In order to gather volunteers for ESAF 2015 Lucy put out a call online and had a great response from all over Edinburgh, especially from students studying at Edinburgh University and QMU.  


All in all I organised the training and rota for over 40 fantastic volunteers who were an invaluable help in enabling the smooth running of the festival.


Head of Visual Arts Committee

As a current ECA student, she knows how rewarding it is to be able to showcase one’s work to others in the community, which is why she was so passionate to be involved in ESAF.


The personal approach we adopt when interacting with the artists emphasises the significance of our festival initiative in providing a platform for young talent to shine.


Visual Arts Committee

Connie runs the art exhibition aspect of ESAF. The committee consults each artist about their work and exhibition ideas before liaising with gallery owners about space, requirements and installation techniques. 


They then start to curate the show, mixing sculpture, painting, photography, installation, performance and science experiments in order to create a diverse exhibition across a number of galleries.


Digital Media and Marketing Coordinator

Elaine has had 8 years of working in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and having grown up in Edinburgh, she has had the fortune of seeing the city thrive in its cultural and historical reputation. 

Elaine graduated from Newcastle University in BMus with Honours in Music and has worked closely in events coordinating and marketing. 


Her role with ESAF is to build the website and maintain ESAF’s online presence through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

She is also responsible for ensuring that ESAF maintains contact with previously exhibited artists in order to support any future exhibitions or performances they may have. 

Festival Committee



Visual Arts Curation

The team scouts venues, liaises with venue managers and the large numbers of artists, found out what all the artists needs were, organised the collection of artworks, curated two exhibitions, 


installed booths the shows, organised the opening nights, organised the week of invigilation and finally took down both the shows and organised the re-collection of artworks.