Weaving the Magic at Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen

Millie Farmer, Gray's School of Art
Millie Farmer, Gray's School of Art

Title:
Gray’s School of Art Degree Show

Times:
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 20:00, Sat San 10:00 - 17:00

From: 8 Jun 2024

To: 15 Jun 2024

Venue:
Gray’s School of Art
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen
Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
AB10 7QD

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Gray’s School of Art is welcoming visitors to its Degree Show, showcasing the results of four years of hard work by its students. A highlight in the North East’s cultural calendar, the display of final-year projects by students covers a variety of disciplines, including Painting, Contemporary Art Practice, Fashion and Textiles, Communication Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Photography, transforming the school into a large gallery space. Many projects address contemporary challenges including sustainability, climate emergency, landscape, health and wellbeing, gender, identity and representation.

Ruadhan Curran in the textile studio. Image Martin Parker
Ruadhan Curran in the textile studio. Image Martin Parker

Ruadhan Curran, from Fochabers in Morayshire, whose work is pictured, is studying Fashion and Textiles, and won the annual Weaver Incorporation Career Enhancement Award last November, using the financial prize to buy her first knitting machine, which she used to create her final degree show project, mirroring the glamour of 70’s music icons such as David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Brian Eno.

She says, ‘The Degree Show feels incredibly bittersweet; whilst we say goodbye to our educational journey at Gray’s, the door now opens to our exciting futures as creators within the creative field. I’m incredibly proud of how far we have all came; the degree show really highlights the talent that Gray’s has produced. My time at Gray’s has undeniably given me the capacity to learn, experiment, and flourish within my chosen specialism of knitwear. As someone who initially came onto this course with no dressmaking or knitting experience, the amount of support and kindness I’ve received over the years – from staff and peers alike – has not only made this an incredibly educational experience – but one that I’ll look back on fondly.’

As part of this year’s show, outstanding students are presented the Principal’s Design & Fine Art Awards, funded by Robert Gordon University’s Art & Heritage Collection, with selected works joining an expanding body of work that forms a visual record of the creative output of the University and the North East.

Guided tours for young people form part of the presentation, and entry to the Show is free.

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