Jocelyn Campbell

Jocelyn Campbell

We are very sad to report that Jocelyn Campbell passed away towards the end of July. She was a highly skilled artist, working mostly in pencil, paint and ceramics. She trained in London and Edinburgh before becoming a lecturer in art at Stirling University and colleges in Scotland.

Her speciality was botanical art; a few years ago she exhibited some of her outstanding work at the Festival to great acclaim.

She published several books, including one entitled ‘The Flowers of Swaledale’, a book of drawings of the trees of Swaledale, and another on the flora of Lebanon (Jocelyn lived there for a while and visited regularly in her capacity as a trustee of a school there).

Jocelyn lived in Arkengarthdale and was a keen member of the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG). She was a good friend of Swaledale Festival as well as being a keen volunteer steward and artists’ host. A popular and engaging lady, she’ll be greatly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to her family.

There will be a celebration of Jocelyn's life at Reeth Memorial Hall at 15:00 on Saturday 20 August to which everyone who knew Jocelyn is welcome. There will be a collection in her memory for Brummana School in her beloved Lebanon. Jocelyn was involved with this school for most of her life, and it is currently experiencing great economic hardship.

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