The Ups and Down of Working Freelance: Malice at The Mound – 1

For a considerable period of time, I have given a great deal of thought as to whether or not I should share my experience

of the malevolent behaviour of Helen Smailes, one of the curators at the National Gallery of Scotland/ Scottish National

Gallery, The Mound,  in Edinburgh.


A person I had trusted for many years, and whom I considered to be a friend, as well as a colleague, went out of their way

to spread malicious and unfounded comments about my research and other work. I consider their actions, and their subsequent

failure to be open and honest about what they had done, not only to be a breach of trust, but also a poor reflection of the duties

of public servants.


The facts will be laid out over several entries.



George Fairfull-Smith, September 2022.