'Dressed In Grey: Emerging Creative Talents from Aberdeen' at SWG3!

After a pretty heavy week in Portugal it was fine to get back to Scotland and reach slightly cooler climes. I made a quick visit to Glasgow to see the 'Dressed In Grey' show at SWG3, a group exhibition which featured Aberdeen based artists, makers, students and musicians. The opening night featured music from  Aberdeen club night Nothing More To Say and gave the new kids a chance to flex some creative muscle in the big city.

I think its quite difficult to break down the barrier between cities, (especially coming from Aberdeen which feels like a mission to get away from) and the cultural players who inhabit them so 'Dressed In Grey' seems like a good format for not only getting work shown outside the grey city but its also a chance to open dialogue with peers and to make new connections with other artists working in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and up North.

'Dressed In Grey' also made me explore a new part of Glasgow, having often taken the train past SWG3 but never finding my way back to explore the venue and surrounding area. Its always good to get a little lost and let your feet take you somewhere. Although the show was only on for a few days you can check out some snaps of the work below and check out the manifesto for an insight into the Grey crew.

"We would like to invite you to Dressed in Grey, an event that seeks to bring a new audience to the current crop of creative talent from the worlds of art, music and design emerging from both Gray's School of Art and the wider Aberdeen creative scene.

Comprising of an exhibition of over 20 young artists working across the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, video and print; a one night club event at the Poetry Club to give a sample of the club scene developing in Aberdeen, and a series of commisioned posters by Aberdeen based designers and illustrators featured in our limited edition publication - Dressed in Grey seeks to shrug off the image of Aberdeen as a city soley of industry and provide a snaps...
hot of the dynamic work being created in Scotland's third city."

Some great work and great concept for taking art beyond the city limits, here's hoping well see a lot more pop up events in Aberdeen and beyond!

'A Tall Tale' by Laura Mullen at GHAT!

It's always a nice feeling when you get an invite to an exhibition opening and have no idea what to expect. And when that invite comes from Grampian Hospitals Art Trust you know its going to be worth checking out. 'A Tall Tale' is the latest exhibition from Scottish artist Laura Mullen and showcases a variety of paintings which use space and buildings to create a unique visual dialogue. Not knowing anything about Laura I checked out her website and was instantly drawn to her work and the world she's created.

Drone like views of large building complexes and building like shapes fill what appears to be an otherwise blank landscape. People for the most part are reduced to ant like proportions adding to the sense of scale of the buildings but not in a menacing way, the buildings for the most part seem like spaces you might pass through but not necesarily live in which gives Laura's work a transient feeling. 

'A Tall Tale' is on show til the 12th of August at the small gallery space in ARI (down the stairs at the main reception area along from the shop) and is well worth a look. You can also check out the group exhibition 'Relax & Dance' in the main gallery space, more on that later.


Grays School of Art Degree Show 2016!

Degree show 2016 is done and dusted. Safe to say its been another busy year up at Grays School of Art and I think everyone should feel proud of their work, its been a great show and I've seen a great variety of work across all areas from Communication Design to Painting and Sculpture. I always like to make a few visits to the show as sometimes you need to look a bit closer, a 10 second glance on the opening night isn't really enough to form a fair opinion, especially when you've been hitting the free vino!

And even with a few visits its kind of impossible to photograph everything or to remember everyone, especially when they've ran out of business cards. So rule 1 for next year, make sure you have enough business cards, I wonder if people lose sales because of it? Anyway, across the board students presented some fine bodies of work and produced some really beautiful pieces while some were just strange and sublime! Even with a few visits it was impossible to document everything I wanted to but I think overall its been another great year for Grays and everyone graduating should feel proud of themselves. Quite often I hear people writing off the degree show with a certain snobbish belief that previous years were superior but every year I've been I discover new artists and designers, many of whom will no doubt go on to carve successful careers in their chosen fields.

And I think that's an important point, the degree show may be a culmination of 6 months hard work, maybe even a few years but its not the end point that many assume. Instead the degree show is the beginning of something new. Graduates should feel energised and use the momentum of the degree show to propel themselves into the next project, the next body of work or even the next city that's lucky enough to have them. Anyway, that's enough rambling from me. Well done to everyone from Grays and here's to your continued adventures and success in 2016!