Graduate talks at the Degree Show
Gray’s graduates are ambitious people, having had significant impact here in Aberdeen, Scotland, and beyond; you can find them all over the world.
Gray’s alumni have been influential and significant people for the last 131 years. Two of our graduates, Donna Wilson and artists from Visual Artist Unit (VAU) will be returning on the 22nd of June to give a talk about their work and careers. The talks are open to the public but places are limited so pre booking is essential to avoid disappointment!
Over the past ten years Aberdeenshire designer Donna Wilson has been named ‘Designer of the Year’ at Elle Decoration’s British Design Awards, exhibited a solo show of knitted sculptures and paintings entitled ‘Endangered Species’ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, created a line of childrenswear for UK retailer John Lewis and most recently her own line of womenswear.
Donna is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art and of the Royal College of Art. Her design repertoire of products is extensive, including contemporary furniture, homewares, textiles, and clothing.
Visual Artist Unit (VAU)
Visual Artist Unit (VAU) is an art initiative that supports the development of emerging artists and the public’s understanding of contemporary art. Emerging artists are invited to become Artist Members of VAU to enable the development of their practice through skill share to gain professional development experience. VAU hosts a range of exciting and innovative exhibitions, workshops, talks, commissions and events across Scotland.
VAU was set up by 8 art school graduates, 7 of which studied at Gray’s School of Art including David McDiarmid and Emma Rogers, who are the current Co-Directors of VAU. David and Emma maintain successful art practices, both having exhibited extensively throughout Scotland.
Emma has been shortlisted for the SAY Award Art Commission, and was involved in the installation of the ‘Hello My Name Is Paul Smith’ exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. David has worked in various art-related roles including the Venice Biennale, Sense Scotland arts and Impact Arts; he has held two solo exhibitions and has exhibited in the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition.
We are pleased to invite Donna and the Visual Artist Unit back to Gray’s School of Art to speak about their creative journeys, the development of their ideas and business prectice, and to inspire the next generation of artists and designers. We welcome students, teachers, friends, and visitors to the Degree Show to this special talk