Friday, 5 October 2018
ABS 223

Download the conference brochure here

Gray’s School of Art will be holding a research conference on Friday, 5 October starting at 1000hrs. It is the first time that Gray’s will have hosted a conference in some years, and it is intended to become an annual event.

The theme this year is space and spatiality in creative practice. The theme is quite timely, as Aberdeen seeks to re-invent itself as a location for cultural consumption and production; where ownership of public space and notions of the commons are contested and problematized; where notions of space are disrupted by new technologies from drones to smartphones

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Gray’s are delighted that three distinguished guest speakers will join us on the day. Nuno Sacramento, director of Peacock Visual Arts, will be focusing on the recently devised cultural strategies for Aberdeen, and Scotland; Jacqueline Donachie, visual artist and researcher based at Loughborough University, will talk about the interactions between art and science; whilst Dr. Sarah Tuck, a researcher based at Våland Academy in Gothenburg, will talk about her research into drone technology and the rupture in our sense of space that can result from it.

There will also be seven presentations from Gray’s staff across and between the creative disciplines, on subjects ranging from Shetland Knitting to Art and Homelessness. This broad and engaging programme reveals the strength in depth of Gray’s research.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend, provided they contact Dr. Jon Blackwood, Reader and Research lead at Gray’s School of Art, to register their interest.

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