28 April – 29 May
9:30 – 17:30
Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ
Suitable for all ages
Come & play!
The Brutalist Playground is an installation by architectural collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill and takes its cue from the abstract, concrete play spaces that were designed into many of London’s post-war housing estates. Championed by architects and urban planners, these playgrounds were conceived during an experimental and optimistic era for social housing and were supposed to offer a safe place for children’s play, giving free reign to the imagination. However, by the early 1970s, the designs were receiving criticism from both the architectural community and child welfare campaigners. Deemed unsuitable for play, many have now been lost or redeveloped.
The Brutalist Playground was originally commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and installed in the Architecture Gallery at the RIBA Headquarters in 2015. In creating the work, Assemble and Simon Terrill used drawings and archival material from RIBA’s Collections to re-examine this overlooked aspect of architectural history. Fragments from London playgrounds are recreated here at a 1:1 scale, taken from the Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; Brown field Estate, Poplar; and a new site-specifc work for Peacock Visual Arts, derived from the Seamount Court Estate, Aberdeen. Built in reconstituted foam – a material chosen for its aggregate qualities and reference to soft-play – this surreal landscape seeks to establish a contemporary narrative for these forgotten objects and ideas. It allows for a renewed exploration of the architects’ original designs and intentions, while opening up questions around designing for play today and our attitude to risk.
With support from Arts Council England
28 April – 2 May
10.00 – 17:00
The Castlegate, Aberdeen
Suitable for all ages
After 11 designs were presented to the public and 300 votes cast, Lucy Fisher, a second year architecture student from RGU, was the winner of the 2015 Look Again Architecture Design Competition. The temporary ‘Mirrored Pavilion’ situated in Aberdeen’s Castlegate reflects the historical architecture of the area through a simple yet beautiful sculptural form. It has as dual purpose and acts as a temporary venue for the Look Inside Design Collective as part of Look Again (28 April - 2 May), as well as an information and event hub for the Festival of Architecture 2016 (15 - 23 April), in collaboration with the Aberdeen Society of Architects.
Last year a student design team was put in place to help deliver this bold and ambitious project. Lucy Fisher, Ruxandra Avram, Ross Robinson and industry professionals, Covell Matthews Architects and Dab Den worked together to develop the design, research materials and suppliers. After a long journey the team has delivered this exciting project and with its reflective skin, it promises to catch the attention of every passer-by and create a real festival buzz around the Castlegate.
This project would not have been possible without the generous support from Aberdeen Society of Architects, Principal Architects Covell Matthews and Principal Contractors Dab Den. It also wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of several local businesses, who have provided time and materials in kind.
28 April – 2 May
10.00 – 17:00
Mirrored Pavilion, The Castlegate, Aberdeen
Suitable for all ages
Look Inside Design Collective
LOOK INSIDE is a design collective and collaborative group of Aberdeen based makers Aubin Stewart, Anne Marquiss, Mags Gray & Gabrielle Reith. Brought together through a shared vision to create their own opportunities to promote their work to a wider audience, they invite you to ‘Look Inside’ the creativity, skill and process behind what they do. They are delighted to be returning to the Look Again Festival this year.
Each maker will be showcasing their own work and a new collaborative Aberdeen Collection which explores and celebrates the architecture of Aberdeen old and new. Included in the collection will be jewellery, ceramics, illustration and more. LOOK INSIDE will be occupying the mirrored pavilion in Aberdeen’s Castlegate.
Anne Marquiss studied Jewellery and 3D Design at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. She designs and makes work using traditional jewellery techniques creating one-off contemporary pieces in silver. She develops simple forms, with a focus on surface decoration, using etching, hammering and oxidisation to give each piece a distinctive look.
Aubin Stewart, a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art is a jewellery designer and arts practitioner based in Aberdeen. Her designs are created using traditional silver-smithing techniques along with digital laser printing methods on materials such as wood and acrylic producing surface textures and repeat patterns.
Gabrielle Reith is an artist, illustrator and maker based in Aberdeen and a graduate of Gray’s School of Art. Her work is the magical world of ‘Small Stories’ where every piece tells a tale. She makes elaborate pen & ink drawings that evolve into beautiful stories based on her & her children’s imagination, infused with traditional tales.
Mags Gray graduated from Gray’s School of Art as a ceramic artist. She now creates pieces at her Wasps Studio beside Aberdeen Harbour. She designs and hand-builds both commercial and narrative pieces using porcelain and stoneware. Her work is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi which is finding beauty in imperfection, irregularity and simplicity.
29 April - 1 May
Tours run twice daily
11.00 + 13.00
Tour throughout the city centre, leaving from ‘The Departure Lounge’ at Seventeen, 17 Belmont Street, AB10 1JR
(Booking essential via Eventbrite)
Doug Fishbone’s Boomin’ Bus Tour
Stand-up conceptual artist Doug Fishbone is coming to the Granite City to front an alternative guided tour during Look Again.
Fresh from success at the Venice Biennale, the American artist who performs regularly at international and UK venues, will offer an unconventional viewpoint of the city and its heritage in his twice daily performance – Doug Fishbone’s Boomin’ Bus Tour - at the five-day festival.
London-based Doug Fishbone - whose film and performance work is heavily influenced by the rhythms of stand-up comedy - is expected to talk about a number of historical city sites and iconic buildings during his hour long performance. Departing daily from Seventeen on Belmont Street, he promises to take Look Again passengers on an unorthodox journey of some of Aberdeen’s hidden treasures.
With a colourful career in arts and culture spanning more than two decades, Doug is known to examine some of the more problematic aspects of contemporary life in an amusing and disarming way. In September 2013, the artist was commissioned to create a series of riverboat performances on the Thames as part of the Mayor of London’s “Thames Festival” (pictured).
More recently, he was commissioned by the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London to create “Made in China”, a radical intervention into the Gallery’s permanent collection using an inexpensive Chinese replica.
And his project “Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf”, an artist-designed crazy golf course where nine acclaimed artists designed a hole, was commissioned for the Venice Biennale in 2015 by the consortium EM15.
28 April - 2 May
Mercat Cross, The Castlegate
Suitable for all ages
The Diabolical Dance
Shelagh Brown, a final year Contemporary Art Practice student at Gray’s School of Art, will display her Diabolical Dance installation as part of Look Again.
Pairs of shoes, embedded in concrete, are symbolically turned to stone in the act of ‘dancing round the Mercat Cross at Halloween’, one of the accusations that led to the identifacation and execution of twenty-four named witches in Aberdeen in 1596 and 1597.
These cast and sculpted concrete shoes embody the accused, and the weight of concrete signifies the impossibility of defence against the accusations made against them. Their names appear in the city archive accounts which itemise the costs of all the materials and executioner services required to burn each witch, the only record that retains the names of all the witches in one place.
28 April - 2 May
Popping up between 10:00 – 16:00 daily throughout the festival.
Sites in Aberdeen city centre, can you find them?!
Suitable for all ages
Iain Kettles’ inflatable sculptures question the relationship between our visual and spatial understanding of our environment, bringing a playful sensitivity to the way we encounter public space.
Kettles has created two large scale sculptures, Red Balloon and Locked, in response to the city and these will be sited at locations in Aberdeen city centre, encouraging people seek them out.
28 April - 2 May
10.00 - 17.00
Bon Accord Shopping Centre, 5 George St, Aberdeen AB25 1HZ
Suitable for all ages
Union Street, Aberdeen’s ‘Granite Mile’, was constructed in the 19th century by surveyor Charles Abercrombie with buildings designed by architects Archibald Simpson and John Smith, who collectively are credited for shaping Aberdeen’s distinctively grand neo-Classical character. The street today remains one of the city’s defining features. Unreal Estate is a conceptual, artist-run estate agent, led by Gabrielle Reith, that explores and reflects on this iconic street through new work by selected Aberdeen based artists.
Commissioned by Look Again and aligning with the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, this project aims to engender civic pride in the city of Aberdeen by drawing attention to its granite heritage, the architecture of the past and the skills of our master masons in a celebratory way.
Gabrielle Reith engaged ten artists, three schools and one writer, musician, photographer and designer to create a range of interpretations and responses to Union Street. Ten buildings have been selected by Gabrielle and Aberdeen Archives for their architectural and historical merits for each artist to respond to.
Charley Buchan, Fitlike Records
Mark McCracken - Trinity Hall
Anne Marquiss - The Colonade
Kelly Anne Cairns - MacDonalds / Woolies
Allan Watson - The Athenaeum
Cosmic Nuggets - The Capitol
Andy Kennedy - Aberdeen Market
Caitlin Hynes - Esslemont & Macintosh
Craig Ellis - The Grill
Happy Accident Collective - No. 520
Hilary Duncan - The Tolbooth Museum
Unreal Estate Viewfinders Walk the Granite Mile...
Mags Gray, Anne Marquiss, Gabrielle Reith and Aubin Stewart from the Look Inside Design Collective, have designed viewfinders to encourage you to ‘look again’ at the city around you and appreciate our architectural heritage. There are three designs to collect, all of which are limited editions, so don’t miss out!
Collect your orienteering pack from Unreal Estate, which includes a limited edition viewfinder. A limited amount will be available each day from 28 April – 2 May.
Let us see what you discover - share your pictures on Instagram and Twitter using #lookagain2016 and we will re-share it across all our pages!
Unreal Estate Schools Outreach Programme
Unreal Estate schools outreach programme engaged four ‘viewfinder’ artists – Aubin Stewart, Anne Marquiss, Mags Gray and Gabrielle Reith to interact with three schools identified by Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Learning team.
Selected groups of children from Seaton, Woodside and Holy Family were invited to travel down the ‘granite mile’ carrying viewfinders to help them hone in on architectural details.
The specially designed viewfinders had a checklist of things to look for, space for the children to draw or write on and take photos through. The children were asked to identify their favourite building details and document them in their sketchbooks.
The viewfinders and additional sketchbooks were taken back into the classroom to use as inspiration in the creation of a fantasy building for Aberdeen. Their drawings have been laser etched into grey board and the fantastical buildings they designed will be put on show in Unreal Estate in the form of a 3-Dimensional new street.
Thursday 28th April 18:00
Lecture Theatre N242, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7GJ
(booking required via eventbrite)
57°10 Architectural Lecture Series
Assemble + Simon Terrill
57°10 is an architecture society that has been running for over 27 years based at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Garthdee. The group will be hosting a lecture in association with the Festival of Architecture and Look Again.
Throughout April 2016, the 57°10 society is holding lectures by prominent architects from around the world. The lectures are fully open to the public and supported by the Festival of Architecture 2016, The Look Again Festival, The Robert Gordon University and The Aberdeen Society of Architects.
Turner prize winners Assemble will be hosting a talk discussing their collective and their collaborative piece with Simon Terrill, ‘The Brutalist Playground’.
Fri 29th April 22.00 - 03.00
Hush Hush + Jungle Nation presents... Fracture (Exit Records)
UNDERDOG, 1 Union St, Aberdeen
Hush Hush + Jungle Nation presents...
Fracture (Exit Records)
We are thrilled to welcome not only Jungle Nation - which is one of the UK’s longest running drum and bass nights, but also the behemoth that is Fracture.
One of the new era of drum and bass, a more stripped back and clean sounding sheen is on all of his tracks, and this is one of the reasons they have been so popular both inside and outside of the drum & bass world.
And at only £6 I hear you say? This will be a big one. (Local DJ, Giles Walker has been running Hush Hush nights since 2008)
Sat 30 April
The Anatomy Rooms, Queen Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AN
(booking required via eventbrite)
Anchor Points: A discussion event exploring festivals from the perspective of artists and artist-led activity.
How do current city-wide initiatives, such as Glasgow International and potentially Look Again in Aberdeen act as anchor points that help communities to retain and develop their creative talent? How can the festival model best support grass-roots activity and impact positively on emerging artists’ professional development year round?
This SCAN produced event examines the festival model from the perspective of artists and artist-led activity and poses the above questions for debate. The discussion is chaired by writer, commentator and critic Moira Jeffrey, with contributions from Helen de Main an artist and self organiser based in Glasgow, Amber Robertson or Kirsty Russell of Temporary Studio in Aberdeen and Laura Simpson, Programme & Facilities Manager at Hospitalfield Arts in Arbroath.
28 April - 2 May
Town House, Union Street / Mercat Cross
(booking essential via eventbrite)
Diabolical Dance + Aberdeen Archives talk
Join us at Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives, located within the Town House, to hear city archivists in conversation with ‘Diabolical Dance’ artist Shelagh Brown.
You’ll be taken on an illuminating journey through the history of Aberdeen’s medieval Burgh Records, and hear how Shelagh explored witchcraft and the execution of witches in the area from 1596-1597 to create her public artwork, which is sited at the Mercat Cross.
Monday 2 May
18.30 - 20.30
The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, AB25 1BU
£4.00 (booking required)
VAU Pillow Talk
Visual Artist Unit (VAU) proudly presents Pillow Talk: Working Space, the third in a series of discussion events hosted by artists invited by VAU, to engage with the public on a number of issues surrounding contemporary art. This Pillow Talk will be held at the Blue Lamp jazz bar in Aberdeen and will focus on the varied types of spaces which artists work in. Not just the typical painter’s studio, we’ll be hearing about production facilities and workshop spaces, vast factory or warehouse spaces, makeshift studios in the likes of garage or sheds, and even where artists work when they have no access to a studio or have no need for one!
We are delighted to announce our guest speakers for the event will include printmaker and Gray’s School of Art tutor, Michael Agnew, Sara Gallie from the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, recent graduate artist, Alexander “Twig” Champion and internationally renowned painter, Kate Downie.
Visual Artist Unit was set up by eight graduates from Gray’s School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone in 2014. VAU commits itself to the dual aims of supporting emerging artists based in Scotland and improving public engagement and access to contemporary art for the wider community.
Mon 2 May
13.30 - 15.30
Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen
(Suitable for all ages)
Day of Play
Aberdeen Play Forum
Our vision is that Aberdeen is a city where all children and young people are empowered to play, are encouraged to direct and define their own play spaces and have access to high quality play opportunities and resources. At Aberdeen Play Forum, we promote that children lead their own play, with open-ended play resources. We promote free play opportunities.
What is Free Play?
Free play is unstructured play; it is spontaneous, led by a child’s own drive and imagination, like role playing “mummies and daddies” or inventing new rules for a ball game. We believe that free play helps children to develop their social skills, build resilience, allow children to manage risk and contribute towards their health and well-being. We promote free play in our public sessions by providing our ‘Loose Parts Play Kit’.
What are Loose Parts?
Loose parts are materials, which children can move, adapt, control, change and manipulate in their play. Loose parts play offers children high levels of creativity and choice. The materials can be whatever the child wants them to be – the possibilities are endless. There are no set instructions with loose parts – children have to use their imagination and take control. Children playing with loose parts are using more creativity and imagination in their play. Loose parts materials include items like tyres, planks of wood, pipes, tarpaulins, fabrics, guttering stands, pots, pans and spoons to name but a few. The children could use these to make obstacle courses, den building or invent imaginative games.
8 April - 2 May
Seventeen, 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JR
The Departure Lounge
The Departure Lounge by Natalie Kerr is a sensory installation and participatory experience that will run parallel to Doug Fishbone’s Boomin’ Bus Tour at Seventeen for Look Again 2016. The Departure Lounge will be split into three distinct sections; an area that will draw upon Natalie’s past, focussing on individuals who have supported her displayed on vinyl prints, an engagement area under the guise of a recording studio where the public are invited to reflect upon the passing of time, as well as two other seated areas focused on comfort through use of bright colours and soft furnishings.
25 April - 21 May
Seventeen, 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JR
Material Thought[s] @ MAKE
Why do Objects & Designs look the way they do? A Simple but quite challenging question, this collection of work by Stage 1 and Stage 2 Students from Gray’s School of Art, asks us to reflect on these Material Thoughts…
Designers should be willing to ask where their materials come from or how they might be able to use those materials in a more sustainable or creative manner. Quite often this means challenging our idea of ‘normal’, and questioning ‘established’ ways of doing things.
New Technology and Direct Digital fabrication and manufacturing is being increasingly recognised for its potential to be the next digital revolution with the possibility to influence future models of urban living, changing the way people consume, and/or produce the artefacts we use.
31 March – 25 May
Peacock Visual Arts, 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen
57°10 is the student-led architecture society at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment in Aberdeen. The society organises weekly lectures from world renowned architects. As part of this year’s lecture series it produced a series of illustrations to advertise each event. The author of the illustrations, James Coe, is the co-president of 57°10 and a 6th year architecture student at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
The 57°10 exhibition showcases 14 of the unique poster designs used to advertise the society’s events. Each illustration expresses the abstracted form of a notable building from the architect’s body of work. The aim was to produce graphic compositions which simultaneously outline the emblematic and distinctive characteristics of various buildings. The inspiration of the posters came from a series of architectural posters by André Chiote and the six architects posters by Andrea Gallo.
The exhibition, held at Peacock Visual Arts, will run from 31st March to 25th May as part of both the Festival of Architecture 2016 and the Look Again Festival. The offcial opening night will take place on Wednesday 27th April coinciding with the exhibition by Turner Prize winning architecture and design collective Assemble and Australian artist Simon Terrill, ‘The Brutalist Playground’.
All the prints are available to order at £25 per digital print, unframed.
28 April - 2 May
Various sites along Aberdeen’s Granite Mile - Union Street. See if you can find them all!
Image: Head of a Gypsy, 1909, James Dickson Innes
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections
by Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
LOOK OUT for a series of pop-up portraits from the city’s magnificent collections as you walk the granite mile and rediscover the architecture of the silver city. Your journey will take you through four centuries of paintings including works by Bruegel, Ramsay, Dyce, Phillip, Guthrie and Millais.
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums is delighted to be working with Look Again and the business community to highlight some of the public’s favourite works and those less often seen while Aberdeen Art Gallery is closed for refurbishment.
The building is undergoing one of the most exciting periods in its history with a £30million redevelopment project, Inspiring Art and Music. It will see Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Cowdray Hall transformed into a world-class cultural centre celebrating art and music when it reopens in winter 2017.
Visit www.inspiringartandmusic.tumblr.com to find out more.
Image: James Gow Tenement No. 9
23 April - 17 May
Wednesday 27th April
Sunday 1st May
Newave Gallery, 49 Castle Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BB
James Gow’s practice reflects his particular interest in people and place and the stories, memories, hidden histories that reside in both. His explorations allow him to discover unexpected places and possibilities - Gow peels away the layers that make up a city, a place, a community and its people, revealing these findings through his artworks.
David McDiarmid’s studio practice seeks to examine the concept of megalomania in architecture; the means by which the built environment is often purposefully designed, constructed and used as a tool for power and propaganda. Many of his paintings and models play with ideas of scale and form, taking inspiration from historical examples of power architecture in order to depict ambitious plans and proposals for structures which will never exist in reality.
Much of Martin Nelson’s work stems from a basic understanding of both mathematics and geometry, coupled with a curiosity to see something that is not necessarily obvious to the viewer or indeed a mathematician. A square, a circle - for him they are the ultimate in geometric shapes.
Stuart Noble is currently exploring the sense of space between the real and the imagined: fact and fiction. In these spaces created amongst unverifiued accounts and documented truth, anything could exist, creating a multitude of new possible realities with which to interact and interpret. Working with models, paintings, drawings and photos, a level of reciprocity is created that both challenges and informs the progression of his practice.
Mairi Timoney is interested in collecting imagery and materials from various sources to piece together visuals which are aesthetically and compositionally engaging. The fragmented landscapes which appear in her work come from an attraction to unfamiliar surroundings, quiet landscapes, architecture and the lives and stories of the people who inhabit these spaces.
19 March – 1 May
The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN
by Temporary Studio
Temporary Studio is a collaborative project led by Aberdeen-based artists Kirsty Russell and Amber Robertson. For Go Here, the artists have been commissioned by Grampian Hospitals Art Trust to create a project focusing on unseen or overlooked aspects of the Foresterhill Campus, encouraging a second glance at some of its nooks and crannies, from staircases and doors, to plants and trees. Throughout the duration of the exhibition the gallery will act as a tourist information point for the site, with Kirsty and Amber hosting pop-up events throughout Foresterhill, as ‘tour guides’ for Go Here.
Temporary Studio was set up by Kirsty Russell and Amber Robertson after graduating from Gray’s School of Art in 2014, with the ambition of ‘adapting to the needs of local artists’. They currently have a studio in The Anatomy Rooms, at Marischal College, and in late 2015, they were selected for an artist residency at Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary, Canada.
9 April – 15 May
Daily, 11.00 - 17.00
Duff House, Banff AB45 3SX
Tel: 01261 818 181
Exhibition is included in admission to Duff House
Full price - £7.10
Concession - £5.70
Child - £4.30
Exhibition only £4.40
Kaleidoscope II celebrates Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and will open at Duff House, Banff as part of Look Again. Sculpture and video, fashion and textiles will combine with other applied art and architecture in an eclectic, contemporary “Look Again” at how artists and architects are being trained right now.
Architectural designs will be a special feature in this, the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, but most of the objects you will see at Duff House were awarded an RGU Purchase Prize at the recent annual degree shows of the Faculty. These prize-winners demonstrated aesthetic skill, high quality research and problem solving, and this exhibition is an acknowledgement and celebration of their creative ingenuity and achievements.
23 April - 8 June
(closed 13 & 14 May)
Woodend Barn, Burn o’ Bennie, Banchory AB30 5QA
Innocence of Memories
Fri 6 May 7.30pm
£6 // £5 concession
To book tickets visit
www.woodendbarn.co.uk or call 01330 825431
Museum of Memory
This exhibition explores a room in a house that evolved from a busy workplace to a retreat as its occupant developed Alzheimer’s. Filled with an accumulation of objects and memorabilia exhibiting a lifelong interest in architecture, art and jazz, the room is imagined as a museum, its contents standing in for the memory of their owner as his illness made him forget.
Devised by Hilary Nicoll, based on the blog The Museum of Dad -
Innocence of Memories – Film Screening, Fri 6 May 7.30pm
To accompany the exhibition, the Barn will be screening “Innocence of Memory” by British lm-maker Grant Gee, based on the 2008 novel The Museum of Innocence by Turkey’s Nobel-prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk. The evening will also include a panel discussion and interview with the Director via Skype.
28 April - 2 May
Exhibition Space - Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre, Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QE
Henderson Blyth’s drawer
Award-winning painter Andrew Cranston, a graduate of Gray’s School of Art and now a teacher there, is partly based in Aberdeen and partly in Glasgow. His fascinating, poetic paintings are both theatrical and actor-less, full of possibilities and yet abandoned, fantastical and mundane, all at the same time. Working meticulously, often on a small scale, Andrew invites us to visit a series of interiors and to wonder what we have just missed - or what might be about to happen...
28 April - 2 May
Back Atrium, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Campus, Garthdee Rd, Aberdeen AB10 7GJ
Architecture has been taught at Robert Gordon University since the 19th century and many well known practitioners have trained here. In 2016, Year of Architecture we celebrate the contribution of Scott Sutherland School and its students to architectural innovation in Aberdeen and Shire in the present day. We’ll display fascinating architectural models of Aberdeen and Peterhead and you will also see new designs - which will never be built - produced by talented Architecture students.
28 April - 2 May
Concourse, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Campus, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7GJ
Design and Innovation are themes of 2016’s Look Again Festival, and they’re happening all around us here at Robert Gordon University. In laboratories, studios, offices and consultation rooms at RGU’s Garthdee Campus, researchers are working away, sometimes designing breakthrough developments and sometimes supporting innovation with meticulous research. Whether it’s music tagging or microbes, spinal health or smart fabrics, eye medication or body shape, let us introduce you to some of the exciting new knowledge which research at RGU is bringing to the world.
28 April - 2 May
Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre, Level 3, Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QE
Robert Gordon University’s Cultural Animateur in Residence, Natalie Kerr has been working with pupils from the ACES Team to curate a showcase of their work. ACES - Access to Creative Education in Scotland - is part of a national project, supported by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), which aims to encourage applications from pupils who are often under-represented in art, design and architecture courses at university.
The ACES project is delivered by four art schools in Scotland and co-ordinated in Aberdeen by RGU. It aims to encourage S5-6 pupils to make informed choices about degree level study in Art & Design and Architecture. The ACES Team is made up of the Study Skills and Access Unit, Art, Design and Architecture lecturers and student ambassadors.
Natalie has engaged with the young people and encouraged discussions around curation and exhibiting their work in innovative ways in relation to university spaces on the Garthdee Campus.
The ACES pupils are made up of thirty S5-6 pupils from the Aberdeen City & Shire academies of St Machar, Torry, North eld, Kincorth, Hazlehead, Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Mintlaw. The ACES Programme provides an opportunity to develop creative ideas with support. The young people work both individually and together in groups which enables skills in professionalism. The pupils will be providing talks on their work during the Look Again Festival.
The young people have creatively explored design and innovation in different venues including The Aberdeen Maritime Museum where they produced large scale installations and drawings. The ACES programme is an extremely valuable experience and the work is used for their own portfolios for application to art school.
30 April - 2 May
Saturday 30 April:
10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 1 May:
10.00 – 14.00
Monday 2 May:
10.00 – 20.00
Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QD
Testing Time is the latest in a series of exhibitions produced by student artists in their penultimate year of the Contemporary Art Practice course at Gray’s School of Art. The course enables students to advance their ideas and practice in a range of public environments and contexts - away from ‘studio’ – seeing ‘exhibition’ not simply as a means to present ‘ finished’ work but rather, ‘exhibition’ as an essential and dynamic process involving experimentation, development and learning (ideally from both an artist and audience perspective). Moreover, exploring contemporary concerns with presentation, technologies, conversations and the afterlife of ideas that fine art outputs provoke.
Whilst all students have participated in exhibitions on campus, more significantly the majority of the 25 students have also taken part in exhibitions and projects in Skojpe, Macedonia; The Academy and Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen; Tin Roof, Dundee; Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, and most recently AU in Vienna. The experience of presenting Testing Time as part of Look Again will inform the evolution of their next exhibition at SWG3 in Glasgow in June and beyond. The testing times continue . . .
Donald Butler, Eleanor Cheetham, Zsa Zsa McGregor, Holly Morton, Yvette Bathgate, Jasmin Cheyne, Sarah Burns, Aigita Kalnina, Mary Gordon, Chloe Ockrim, Paula Buskevia, Kaj Swiecki, Rebecca Bisset, Hannah Maciver, Alice Martin, Nikol Kantri Mylona, Hannah Hawkes, Megan Lawrence, Mikaella Papoute, David Brown, Bea Meldrum, Kerri Ogg, Svetlana Panova, Aiden Milligan, Caitlin Dick ,Megan Black ,Lisa MacLeod
Thank you to all our Look Again partners + supporters:
To our Look Again 2016 artists & designers, volunteers, interns, board members, funders, art partners, venues, local businesses, individuals, family & friends.
Special thanks to:
Steven Spencer, Hatti Voar, Alison Ellis, Claire McCabe, James Daniel, Shaun McEwan, Kerr Byers, Allan Watson, Paul Reaper, Peter Moir, Ernie Reaper, Suzie Moir, Mary Moir, Amy Bruce, Lynn Bruce, Malcolm Mckie, Alan McCabe, Steve Thomson, Neil Scullion, Andy Graham, Harry Buchan
Look Again Team:
Sally Reaper, Festival Director
Hilary Nicoll, Associate Director
Claire Bruce, Festival Programme Co-ordinator
Duncan Cockburn, Festival Chair