Archive for September, 2011

Art and Heritage Collections in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library: Level 5

Friday, September 30th, 2011













Andrew Cranston

The Rape Field


This work was created by Andrew Cranston whilst studying at Gray’s School of Art.

Andrew studied Fine Art at both Manchester Polytechnic and Grays School of Art. He later completed an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 1996. He has had several Scholarships and residencies in  Austria, Norway and Germany. Andrew became a full-time Lecturer in Painting at Gray’s School of Art in 2000.

Cranston has had solo shows at the R.S.A, Edinburgh (2000) and The Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (2002). Group shows include: “In the Summertime” , Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (1999);  “Mostyn 13″ , Llandudno (2003); “Sometime Blonde”, Rockwell, London (2003); “Albatross”, Galeria Wozownia, Torun, Poland (Nov 2003).

In 2004 Andrew branched into the film medium when he was commissioned to write and direct “Lion Thief”, a promo video for the Indie group ‘The Beta Band’.



 (Detail of “From involution to evolution and back………” )


Wendy MacDonald

From involution to evolution and back……… 

photographic transparent film, steel lightbox and perspex



Wendy graduated in 2009 with a  PgDip Fine Art, and in  2008 she graduated with a BA (Hons) Sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.

In 2008 Wendy received many awards including  the RSA Stuart Prize, the SSW Graduate Residency Prize, the BP Fine Art Prize and the Robert Gordon University  Scupture Purchase Prize.



Art and Heritage Collections in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library: Level 4

Friday, September 30th, 2011

In addition to the Art and Heritage Collections level 3 exhibition space within the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library, art works from the Robert Gordon University Collection have recently been added to the library environment on levels 4 and 5.  These works have been created by Gray’s School of Art  alumni and includes work by recent  graduates and staff from the past and the present .


Library Level 4



Canna Screen

Oil on canvas


Ian McKenzie Smith trained at Gray’s School of Art and Design. He later went on to become Director of the Art Gallery in Aberdeen from 1968 to 1989. He became Aberdeen’s City Arts and Recreation Officer from 1989 to 1996.  Originally from Montrose,  the artist met the Japanese artist Kenzo Okada in Paris whilst on a travelling scholarship and developed a lifelong interest in oriental painting and zen philosophy.  His paintings show an enduring commitment to a distinctly personal style: a subtle, evocative way of painting with a calm, quiet quality that owes something to Eastern traditions, as well as to the American colour-field painters of the 1950s.

He was awarded the OBE for his services to art in 1992 and the CBE in 2009.




Barbara Balmer

Back Garden

Oil on board



This painting titled “Back Garden” is by Barbara Balmer who taught at Gray’s School of Art in the 1960s.  Many of  Barbara Balmer’s works are to be found in private and and public collections such as Leicester Museum,  the Usher Gallery in Lincolnshire and Glasgow Museums.  Further paintings by Barbara Balmer can be viewed on the new BBC Your Art website.

‘From Mies to Foster: A Conversation Through Journey’

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

An exhibition curated by Michael Agnew of Gray's School of Art

A journey through time

The Robert Gordon University Georgina Scott Sutherland Library is exhibiting a collection of objects depicting a journey through time in their Arts and Heritage Collection.

The works have been selected by Michael Agnew RSA, artist and principal lecturer in printmaking at Gray’s School of Art to mirror his time in Aberdeen.

 The library invited Michael to collaborate in an exhibition which retraces his steps during his 25 years in the Northeast. The artist embarks on an autobiographical journey, triggering memories of pivotal moments and working with fellow artists whilst simultaneously deciphering his own visual code as an artist and teacher.

 The exhibition entitled ‘From Mies to Foster: A Conversation Through Journey’ brings together diverse objects from both the university art collection and from private collections.

The exhibition features diverse objects such as a stove used in the process of creating prints and a pair of very large antiquarian books. They include a reproduction of Audubon’s ‘The Birds of America’, these objects establish links and inspiration from the past alongside contemporary works such as ‘Avignon Painting’ by Lennox Dunbar RSA who recently retired from a 30 year position within Gray’s School of Art, latterly as Head of Printmaking.

 Michael explains, “The exhibition celebrates examples of rich work and inspiring individuals who have contributed greatly to the cultural life of Aberdeen and beyond. For RGU’s Art and Heritage Collection the exhibition is an opportunity to display works by alumni, held both by the university and in private collections. 

 “The displays and featured artists are just some of the themes that inspired me when I was a student at Gray’s and I hope the exhibition will be appreciated in the same way by others.”

 Michael Agnew has recently been appointed principal lecturer in printmaking at Gray’s following two decades of success as an artist. Michael graduated from the School gaining a first class honours degree in Fine Art [Printmaking] before completing a M.A. in Printmaking from The Royal College of Art.

 Michael’s career in printmaking has seen him work with a wide range of national and international artists producing prints predominately in etching with his work being exhibited nationally and internationally for over 20 years.

 The exhibition, which is open to the public, will run until 30 October in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library at Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee campus.

Introducing ASPIRE@RGU – your resource lists online

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The library is pleased to introduce ASPIRE@RGU to all new and returning students.

ASPIRE@RGU hosts your resource lists online and provides information about all the items on the list.

A resource list on ASPIRE@RGU has all the details about each item (books, journal articles, web pages), provides links to eBooks and eJournals, tells you how many copies the library has, and gives you extra information like importance levels and notes.

To find out more about ASPIRE@RGU, get access to it, and see the guide created for students, which takes you through how to see if your list is online and how to use ASPIRE@RGU, click on the logo below to be take to the main web page.

More computers in the library

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Over the summer we have increased the number of PCs available in the library by 25% so there are more computers for you to use!

New University print & photocopy system

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the University has implemented an updated print & photocopy system, which presents some changes over the previous system and provides greater flexibility with additional features.  Further details can be found on this IT Service web page