Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie

Sir Tom Farmer OBE (1996)

About this artwork

Sir Tom Farmer left school at fifteen and swept the floor in a tyre company. But he learned quickly and his ambition led him to set up Kwik-Fit, one of the world’s largest tyre and exhaust groups. He pioneered a fresh kind of service for the motorist and his business was eventually bought out by the Ford motor group for close to £1 billion. Sir Tom supports numerous charitable organisations, including a long-standing commitment to the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. He remains a mentor to many entrepreneurs and an inspiration to many young people in Scotland today: “For me, an entrepreneur is someone who sees an opportunity and is able to reach out and grasp it for their own benefit – the benefit of their family, their business – and very importantly, for the benefit of the community.”

Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie

Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie

Scottish photographers Malley and Gillespie are collectively known as ‘Broad Daylight’, collaborating on a variety of projects alongside their individual practices. Malley’s background as a documentary photographer and Gillespie’s training as an illustrator has created a partnership that enables them to produce work ranging from commissioned portraiture and documentary photography, to advertising and creative imagery. From 1999 – 2005 they produced book jacket images for the crime novelist Ian Rankin and also worked with him on the major book project 'Rebus’s Scotland' – a publication highlighting the places that inspired the settings in Edinburgh and beyond for Rankin’s Rebus novels. 2009 saw them working on an exhibition called 'As Others See Us' – which portrayed a selection of noteworthy Scots.