Staff & Students at SPECTRA
Two artists from Gray’s School of Art will be helping the Granite City come alive with light as part of the second SPECTRA Festival.
Technical Services Officer Callum Kellie and Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) student Rebecca Grant (22) are among the artists who will be participating in the event, which kicks off on Thursday, February 19 and runs until Sunday, February 22.
The festival will see Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens and the city centre become the setting for a host of contemporary art by artists from the UK, Norway, Iceland and Finland, all who have produced work to tie in with the theme of fire, ice and water
Callum has produced a site specific projection installation which explores Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea.
He said: “I have been given four arches at the gardens to work with and am using a technique called projection mapping where you fit a projection to a specific shape so that the object looks alive.
“It is about exploring the connection the city and the shire has with the sea and how that has changed and evolved over the years, from more traditional industries such as fishing to the impact of oil.
“Projection mapping is quite a tricky process, a precise process that is very much linked to location. You can only do so much to prepare as it is very much about where the object is, where the projector is and the relationship between those two things.”
Callum added: “This is the first time that I’ve been a part of SPECTRA and it is great to have been asked to be involved.
“I think it is really exciting to have a contemporary arts festival which moves art out of the gallery and makes people view contemporary art in a way that they wouldn’t normally.”
“Having it in Union Terrace Gardens is a great way to taking a major focal point in the city and using it to stage something that makes people see the space in a different light and introduces a wider audience to contemporary art.”
SPECTRA will include a variety of light installations from fire drawings to light projections and sculptures, as well as music and performance.
Rebecca’s project is called ‘Pimp My Brolly’ and will see members of the public given the opportunity to become a walking piece of art.
She explained: “I’ll also be based in Union Terrace Gardens and will have around 100 umbrellas to give away to people that I have jazzed up a bit and decorated with bright lights.
“I came up with the idea after there was such bad weather during last year’s SPECTRA and I found myself without an umbrella.”
It is the first show that Rebecca has been part of and she said she has already learnt a lot from being a part of it.
“It has been a lot of work but the experience has been really good,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the festival – I think it is an idea that is just going to grow and grow and it is a great opportunity to involve up and coming local artists.”
The event will celebrate Northern culture, talent and creative projects from local, national and international artists.