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Welcome to the real world for Gray's School of Art degree exhibition

By Alan Beresford

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GRAY’s School of Art end of year degree show, Welcome to the Real World, opens this coming Saturday showcasing talent from across the art school.

One of the images featuring in Emma Caldow's The Anthroposcene.
One of the images featuring in Emma Caldow's The Anthroposcene.

The show celebrates an eclectic mix of final year projects across painting, contemporary art practice, fashion and textiles, communication design three-dimensional design and photography.

This is the first in-person end-of-year degree show at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in two years and will see Gray’s School of Art’s campus transformed into a large gallery space.

Dean of Gray’s School of Art, Libby Curtis, said: “I’m delighted and extremely proud to be celebrating the incredible hard work and achievements of our final year students.

“I’d like to welcome everyone back to the real world and to visit Gray’s School of Art for our first physical exhibition in two years. This is an excellent opportunity to see our student’s final year projects – in high resolution and superb definition.

“The virtual world has done so much for us in recent years but art and design is a sensory experience that should be appreciated in the real world! Gray’s School of Art has so much talent and I can’t wait to open our doors and to share the work of our future art and design leaders.”

Aberdeen's Emma Caldow is one of the artists to feature at Gray's School of Art's end-of-year show.
Aberdeen's Emma Caldow is one of the artists to feature at Gray's School of Art's end-of-year show.

As part of the degree show, Painting graduate Emma Caldow from Aberdeen, salvages material from three Scottish beaches from the West Coast of Scotland. and creates bioplastic artwork for her project entitled The Anthroposcene. She makes bioplastic from agar, or seaweed, that is entirely marine-degradable and bio-degradable and creates corresponding colour palettes which include organic or shell and inorganic or fossil-fuel plastic for each beach.

She said: “I want my audience to appreciate the natural landscapes of the Scottish West Coast and to inspire others to develop sustainable processes and to consider alternative futures that sustain a more circular economy.

“I want to highlight the need to use more sustainable materials and hope my work can generate an appreciation for the earth around us, whilst also highlighting the permanent and devastating impact of fossil-fuel plastics.

“I’ve chosen to work in this manner because I believe creating more sustainable and environmentally-conscious fine-art is essential for our planet's climate and ecosystem.”

A series of events will run during the degree show including an alumni networking event, an evening reception for those in the creative industry, a range of school workshops for secondary pupils and an online directory will be available, highlighting work from each of the students exhibiting.

Find out more about the Gray’s End of Year Show, Welcome to the Real World on Gray’s School of Art’s website at https://www.rgu.ac.uk/events

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