Gray’s School of Art show set to launch


The annual exhibition celebrating the talents of masters students at Gray’s School of Art returns tonight.

This is the first year-end in-person graduation exhibition on the Robert Gordon University (RGU) campus since 2019 and will create a gallery space within Gray’s School of Art.

The senior year exhibition brings together the creative work of full-time and part-time masters students, and this year features a mix of photography, painting, installation and product design projects.

The Gray’s School of Art Masters Exhibition has returned.

The collection of work is wide-ranging, but shares important common themes that focus on relationships with the environment, well-being, and connections to the body and the world around us.

Jon Pengelly, Course Director at Gray’s School of Art, said: “The virtual world has offered us so much in recent years, but art and design is a sensory experience that needs to be appreciated and felt in the real world.

“We are therefore delighted to welcome audiences back to the art school, to indulge their senses and experience the work of our future art and design practitioners face to face.

“Students have shown great resilience in adapting to the pandemic and responding creatively with the production of unique, imaginative and inspired art and design work after these challenging times.”

One of the exhibiting master students is Anne Rees, who graduated as a Master of Fine Arts. Her project consists of a series of contemporary documentary photographs depicting Aberdeen City after the pandemic.

Drawing on personal experiences and observations, her work will focus on the future of the city, examining themes of community, environment and location.

Anne said, “As a digital photographer with a wedding photography business, I made it my mission to explore several genres that I might not have had before and ultimately honed my skills.

“I am looking forward to the Graduate Show as I have never had the opportunity to show my work in an exhibition of this magnitude.

“It’s new territory and a little daunting, but I’m also excited to see other people’s reactions to my work.

“RGU’s Master of Fine Arts has enabled me to expand existing professional practices and explore genres by utilizing the university’s facilities, including its photography suites and darkrooms.

“I am very impressed with the school, the resources and the wealth of knowledge of academics who can tease out your creative self.”

The Postgraduate Showcase is free and open to the public.

A launch night will be held on Friday, August 26 from 6pm to 9pm. The exhibition runs for one week at GA03, Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee Campus, from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September from 10am to 5pm.

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