A Tribute to Angus Anderson

We were very sad to learn that our previous Chair Angus Anderson passed away in December 2020. Our current Chair and friend of Angus, John Tizard, reflects on his contribution to ActionSpace.


Angus, who was a great friend and champion of ActionSpace, sadly died unexpectedly at the end of 2020.

Angus was a Trustee for over sixteen years and during this period was Chair for ten years. His commitment and enthusiastic contribution to the leadership, development and promotion of ActionSpace were incredible.

Angus steered the Board to support the Directors and ActionSpace team to grow our reach, activities, and impact. There was much change and advance over these sixteen years, and especially during Angus’ term as Chair. We are all indebted to him.

He hardly ever missed ActionSpace exhibition and events. He met and supported both artists, and our staff and volunteers – always ready to stop listen, talk, and offer encouragement.

Angus chaired the Board with vigour and skill. He enabled the Board to fulfil its duties. He supported and worked very closely with the Co-Directors. He encouraged and supported Trustees to be active participants in and advocates for ActionSpace, its programmes, and its projects.

Angus was well known and loved across ActionSpace and beyond for his passionate advocacy of art opportunities for people with learning disabilities, and the importance of creativity in their, and all of our lives.

Angus was an artist in his own right producing and exhibiting some exceptional art.

Anyone who met Angus soon came to understand and appreciate his passions, his commitment, and his values based on fairness and justice, as well as his humour, patience, and determination.

Everyone at ActionSpace and many, many others mourn Angus’ death and send our condolences to his widow, Liz, and their wider family.

We have lost a good friend. We have lost a great guy.
We can only say “goodbye and thank you, Angus”.


An obituary was published in the Islington Gazette which can be read here.

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