New Contemporaries

Work created by 10 graduates from Robert Gordon University (RGU) will be featured in a prestigious exhibition next week.

Ben Martin New ContemporariesThe graduates were selected from Gray’s School of Art and the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment as part of the seventh annual Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) New Contemporaries exhibition, which will take place at the RSA Galleries in Edinburgh from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, April 8.

The exhibition, which spans painting, sculpture, film making, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation, will give 73 graduates from Scotland’s five art and architecture schools the opportunity to launch their career at one of Scotland’s most high profile galleries.

Among the Gray’s students chosen to exhibit is Siobhan Scott (23), who graduated with an Honours degree in Printmaking.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to learn from the New Contemporaries.

“I’m quite anxious about the exhibition but I am really excited about the opportunity to show my work in the RSA with so many other amazing emerging artists.”

Kirstin Clark New ContemporariesSiobhan will be showing an installation piece focused around the sensation of waking up, which has stemmed from her Degree Show work.

She explained: “I’ve explored and developed the concepts that drove my degree show – sleep patterns, dreamscapes and the routine, ritual and sensation of waking up.

Siobhan Scott New Contemporaries“I’ve been screen printing wallpaper and fabric for the show but have also been working with some new materials, such as soap, to make some sculptural elements.”

Also exhibiting is Ben Martin (29), who graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Sculpture.

He said: “It’s an amazing opportunity in an incredible space. I’m excited although a little nervous – I hope I can do it justice.”

Ben will be exhibiting a continuation of the work that he produced for his Degree Show.

He added: “I use rope and steel to draw in a three dimensional space. My investigation into reductive art led me down a path that I continue to explore.”

Another Sculpture graduate, Kirstin Clark (23), will exhibit an installation and performance piece that she also showed in her Degree show last June.

She said: “I’m still very interested in the ideas I was developing last year.

“My work focuses on the significance of my process. For me, the practice is self-reflective and no longer privileges the final outcome but instead the process of construction.

“It allows a complete immersion and turns simple gestures into ritual.”

Head of Fine Art at Gray’s, Dr. Allan Watson, said: “The RSA New Contemporaries exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for graduates to present their work.

“It is a great professional launch pad for their career and I’m delighted that our students will be there to represent the high standard of artists that we have at Gray’s.”

A variety of monetary awards and prizes will be awarded at the exhibition, in addition to residency, studio memberships and purchase prizes.

Find out more about the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition

Release by
Caitlin O’Callaghan

Communications Office | Placement Student

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