‘From Mies to Foster: A Conversation Through Journey’

An exhibition curated by Michael Agnew of Gray's School of Art

A journey through time

The Robert Gordon University Georgina Scott Sutherland Library is exhibiting a collection of objects depicting a journey through time in their Arts and Heritage Collection.

The works have been selected by Michael Agnew RSA, artist and principal lecturer in printmaking at Gray’s School of Art to mirror his time in Aberdeen.

 The library invited Michael to collaborate in an exhibition which retraces his steps during his 25 years in the Northeast. The artist embarks on an autobiographical journey, triggering memories of pivotal moments and working with fellow artists whilst simultaneously deciphering his own visual code as an artist and teacher.

 The exhibition entitled ‘From Mies to Foster: A Conversation Through Journey’ brings together diverse objects from both the university art collection and from private collections.

The exhibition features diverse objects such as a stove used in the process of creating prints and a pair of very large antiquarian books. They include a reproduction of Audubon’s ‘The Birds of America’, these objects establish links and inspiration from the past alongside contemporary works such as ‘Avignon Painting’ by Lennox Dunbar RSA who recently retired from a 30 year position within Gray’s School of Art, latterly as Head of Printmaking.

 Michael explains, “The exhibition celebrates examples of rich work and inspiring individuals who have contributed greatly to the cultural life of Aberdeen and beyond. For RGU’s Art and Heritage Collection the exhibition is an opportunity to display works by alumni, held both by the university and in private collections. 

 “The displays and featured artists are just some of the themes that inspired me when I was a student at Gray’s and I hope the exhibition will be appreciated in the same way by others.”

 Michael Agnew has recently been appointed principal lecturer in printmaking at Gray’s following two decades of success as an artist. Michael graduated from the School gaining a first class honours degree in Fine Art [Printmaking] before completing a M.A. in Printmaking from The Royal College of Art.

 Michael’s career in printmaking has seen him work with a wide range of national and international artists producing prints predominately in etching with his work being exhibited nationally and internationally for over 20 years.

 The exhibition, which is open to the public, will run until 30 October in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library at Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee campus.


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On Thursday 15th September the Arts and Heritage team at RGU hosted an ‘Artachat’, a dynamic discussion and debate between local artists and audiences.  Thirty five artists and other guests participated in discussions about collaborating in the arts, with guest speakers Angus Farquhar from environmental art champions NVA, Peter McCaughey lecturer in public art at Glasgow School of Art and Debbie Beeson and Blane Johnson, graduates of Grays.

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Artachats are hosted and led by artist Rocca Gutteridge, who has developed her own unique style of encouraging lively discussion and debate with participation from audience members.  Hosting this event has allowed RGU to work directly with the arts community in the North East and we hope many more artists and art lovers will come to the two future Artachats we are planning in the New Year.

Visit the Artachat website for more information.