Painting lecturer wins major arts fellowship

Gray’s painting lecturer awarded major arts fellowship

A lecturer at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen has been announced as one of the recipients of a major arts organisation fellowship.

Andrew CranstonAndrew Cranston, a part-time painting lecturer at Gray’s School of Art, has been awarded a £10,000 Fellowship by the Arts Foundation in the Painting category. Six awards were handed out in total at the organisation’s award ceremony in London, with more than £1.5 million donated to artists since its inception in 1991.

Andrew, who is also a member of RGU’s research institute IDEAS (Innovation, Design and Sustainability), uses fiction as his source material for much of his work, taking inspiration from characters and scenarios in literature, theatre and cinema to explore interior architectural spaces.

He said: “The interest in literature and cinema is to do with narrative but especially to do with space, both architectural and psychic. All kinds of spaces interest me from the epic to the intimate and particularly those that induce unease, fear, awkwardness.

“I work alone, in solitude, and have little sense of audience in mind when I work. Doubt comes with the territory so to be initially nominated for the prize by painter Elizabeth Magill, who I did not know, and then for the work to be rewarded by this particular panel of jurors is a huge boost and vote of confidence.”

Andrew Cranston - from East International ExhibitionJudges in the Painting category were artists David Batchelor and Michael Raedecker and gallerist Sadie Coles, with Andrew shortlisted for the award alongside Neal Jones, Yelena Popova and Selma Parlour.

Andrew, who is due to take part in the Tate Britain lecture series ‘Paint Club’ in March, first began teaching at Gray’s in 1998 after graduating from the School himself in 1993.

Last year, his Creative Scotland and IDEAS funded project ‘Walter, do you remember?’ was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in Edinburgh and Hawick Museum, while he has been selected twice for the prestigious EAST International exhibition and displayed work as part of the last John Moores Painting Prize in 2012.

The Arts Foundation gives financial assistance to talented, emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in, their chosen art form.

Other 2014 winners were Alice Birch (Playwriting), Isobel Harbison (Arts Journalism), Julia Lohmann (Materials Innovation), and Rie Nakajima (Experimental Music).

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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