Where to find Art and Heritage Collections

Temporary exhibitions are regularly held in the following locations on the Garthdee campus:

The Georgina Scott Sutherland Library, Level 3 Gallery

The Faculty of Health and Social Care, Level 2 Gallery

We also hold occasional exhibitions at Gray’s School of Art and the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Artwork from the Collections can be seen in most of the University buildings.

To find out more please go to http://www.rgu.ac.uk/collections

Exhibition visitors

Parking for visitors to the University is provided. Please park using the spaces which are painted with a red V.

If you intend to visit by car please sign in at the reception when you enter the building. Please inform the staff that you have parked your car in a designated visitors zone and you will receive a parking permit.

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Disabled access to the Library Gallery in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library

Disabled parking is available in the Aberdeen Business School car park. The Library exhibition space is accessible by wheelchair via access ramps and automatic doors. An accessible toilet is available in the atrium close to the library entrance.

Disabled access to Gallery 2 in the Health and Social Care building

Disabled parking is available in the Health and Social Care building car park. The Gallery 2 exhibition space is accessible by wheelchair via automatic doors and a lift. An accessible toilet is available on level 2 by the exhibition space.

Please contact us at www.rgu.ac.uk/collections ahead of your visit to check opening times or for further information.

From clothes peg to calculator: The story of Robert Gordon University in 35 objects

A new exhibition has launched at Robert Gordon University’s Georgina Scott Sutherland Library celebrating the history of the Aberdeen institution through a range of unique objects.

The exhibition charts the history of the establishment over the past hundred years, by looking at the objects – from the unusual to the ordinary – which belonged to the Schools and Departments, both past and present, and now form part of the University’s Art and Heritage Collections.

Objects include exquisite Japanese prints, a vintage calculator, a botany notebook, and even an egg beater!

The exhibition coincides with the opening of a new and improved exhibition space at the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library within Aberdeen Business School at the University’s Garthdee Campus.

Jane Kidd, Collections Curator, comments: “A wide range of professionals from all over the world, including artists, architects, engineers, pharmacists, IT experts, domestic servants, cookery teachers, and nurses – to name but a few – owe their skills to the educational experiences gained at what is now, Robert Gordon University.

“Over the years, these students have left behind evidence of their training in the form of a collection of diverse objects, 35 of which have been selected to give a snapshot of the University’s history.”

The exhibition is on until Monday 6 June at the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library in Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, from 9am-9pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday and 1-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, please email collections@rgu.ac.uk.

Enter the Dragon


An exhibition featuring the work of professional artist and former Gray’s School of Art tutor Ian Howard is now on display in the Faculty of Health and Social Care building.

One of Scotland’s leading artists, Professor Ian Howard was born in
Aberdeen in 1952.  He became a lecturer in painting at Gray’s School of Art between 1977 and 1986, subsequently becoming Head of Edinburgh College of Art in 19.   Ian Howard  was elected an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1983 and has played a very active role on committees of the Academy since that time.

Ian Howard’s work looks at symbols and imagery from medieval and
Renaissance art, including dragon-like creatures.  This suite of prints was created in Aberdeen’s own Peacock Visual Arts Centre in the Castlegate.

The artist’s work is shown widely in Europe and the USA, including solo exhibitions in Glasgow, Trondheim and Chicago. 

Professor Howard is an academician of the Royal Scottish Academy, a painter and printmaker of international standing, and winner of the Chicago Prize 2000. His work is in numerous public and private collections.

  In 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Edinburgh, and was also elected Treasurer of the Royal Scottish Academy.