The Foundation is committed to developing and managing the legacy of Bernat Klein textile designer, artist, colourist, and industrialist (1922 - 2014) through the advancement of his creative and cultural heritage and supported by a Board of Trustees with the Klein Family.
Bernat Klein’s legacy is founded on his ideas and vision about design, colour and creative practice.
Living and working in the Scottish Borders from 1951 until 2014, Klein’s life-long interest in ideas and innovation is expressed through his legacy that represents his individual and substantive contribution to design and the visual arts. Klein also commissioned two of Scotland’s foremost modernist buildings – High Sunderland (1957) and the Bernat Klein Studio (1972) from architect Peter Womersley.
Alison Harley has worked in senior roles in art and design higher education in Scotland and internationally. In 2012 she interviewed Bernat Klein about his work as a designer, artist and industrialist, at his home High Sunderland. Since 2016 Alison has worked as an independent researcher and practitioner developing her particular interest in Bernat Klein, which has been shared through publication and exhibition. She is a founding trustee of the Bernat Klein Foundation.
Maggie Marr has worked in textiles and business development across Scotland’s public and private sectors. These have included initiatives with local councils for regional regeneration, as well as educational and business development in Further and Higher Education in Scotland, which includes Shetland, and The Outer Hebrides. Maggie’s specialist expertise is currently focused on business improvement for the textile industries in Scotland and Ireland. She is a founding trustee of the Bernat Klein Foundation.
Jonathan Klein (only son of Bernat and Margaret Klein) has spent his working life as an academic, and is currently an Associate Professor working in the field of Management Science at the Southampton Business School (University of Southampton). Jonathan has published extensively in academic journals, and his research focuses on particular interests in problem structuring and solving, and their role in healthcare management. He is also a keen musician and singer-songwriter.
Gillian Condon (eldest daughter of Bernat and Margaret Klein) gained a degree in Textile Design from the University of Leeds, where Bernat Klein also studied from 1945 to 1948. She moved to Leicester to work in the textile industry designing knitted fabrics, before moving into fashion retail in London. In 2002 Gillian qualified as a teacher with a particular interest in children with learning difficulties, and currently works as a Head Teacher.
Fiona Jardine practises as an artist, curator and writer whose work focuses on 20th century Scottish art, design and culture; particularly in narratives of production and promotion in the textile industries. Research on designer Bernat Klein and architect Peter Womersley has developed through Fiona’s connection with the School of Textiles and Design as a lecturer from 2014 to 2017. She holds a PhD and is currently a Lecturer in the School of Design at the Glasgow School of Art.
Torquil McFadyen is a Chartered Accountant whose career in professional practice has focused on small to medium enterprise companies across industry and commerce. During his career Torquil has developed expertise in the reporting requirements for charities, developing a portfolio of charitable organisations with whom he works to assist on accounting matters and corporate governance. Since 2009 Torquil has been a Trustee, Director and Company Secretary for the registered charity, House for an Art Lover in Glasgow.
The Rt Hon.
Lord David Steel of Aikwood
The formation of the Bernat Klein Foundation has been generously supported by The William Grant Foundation.