Look Again Festival brings exhibitions to campus

Robert Gordon University (RGU) campus will become one of the centre points for a visual art and design festival which launches in Aberdeen next week.

Look Again architecture model DenburnA range of exhibitions will open at the Garthdee campus as part of the Look Again Festival, which runs from April 28 to May 2.

Now in its second year, Look Again is spearheaded by RGU and Aberdeen-based art agency SMART. It is part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 – an initiative delivered by VisitScotland – and includes a programme of exhibitions and events that rivals the most established UK arts festivals.

The RGU on-campus programme includes an exhibition of work by award winning painter Andrew Cranston, a lecturer at Gray’s School of Art, which tells some stories and mythologies of the art school.

‘Interpret’ celebrates the contribution of RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment and its students to architectural innovation in Aberdeen City and Shire in the present day. On display will be fascinating architectural models of Aberdeen and Peterhead as well as new designs – which will never be built – produced by talented students.

In addition, ‘Translate’ looks to showcase the themes of design and innovation which are at the heart of this year’s Look Again Festival. In laboratories, studios, offices and consultation rooms on 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, find out about some of the exciting new knowledge which research at RGU is bringing to the world.

Look Again architecture model DenburnWork created by pupils from around Aberdeen City and Shire who have participated in RGU’s Access to Creative Education in Scotland (ACES) programme will also be on display at the university for the duration of the 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.

Finally, ‘Testing Time’ is a display of work by third year Contemporary Art Practice students at Gray’s School of Art in the process of advancing their ideas and practice in a range of public environments and contexts

The experience of presenting ‘Testing Time’ as part of Look Again will inform the evolution of their next exhibition in Glasgow in June and beyond.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal of RGU, said: “RGU is delighted to be supporting the Look Again Festival which is a brilliant way to showcase the range of talent that exists locally, nationally and internationally.

“The programme that has been lined up is exceptional and there is a huge range of exhibitions, talks and events going on across the city. We are very pleased to be bringing the festival right into the heart of our Garthdee campus and hope that staff, students and festival goers come down and get involved.”

See the full programme of events for Look Again

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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