Forget e-books and cheap on-line paperbacks. RGU’s new library at Riverside East, Garthdee has gone back to single edition hand-printed books, complete with handmade bindings and artist’s illustrations.
The way is being led by students from Gray’s School of Art on the Contemporary Art Practice course who have added their selection of hand made ‘chap books’ to the serried ranks of more conventional volumes in the University’s library. These have been made as part of their course, using paper plate lithography printmaking techniques. Loosely based on well-known titles such as “Jekyll and Hyde” or “Whisky Galore”, the students have created an exciting exhibition of alternative book works that look like fans, butterflies, road maps or luggage tickets. Library users can pick up them up and look at as they browse the shelves.
Lecturer David Blyth says
“it’s been very exciting for the students making these books and installing the exhibition in the new RGU library. Not only is it a highly appropriate context to view these unique works, the exhibition also affords the opportunity for our students to rehearse and present their work in public during these formative years.”
“Changing Pages” is in the RGU Library at Riverside East Garthdee from Monday 25th November until January 2014.
NOW ON DISPLAY IN THE GEORGINA SCOTT SUTHERLAND GROUP LEARNING CENTRE
Every year the University Art and Heritage Collections award ‘purchase prizes’ to final year students at Gray’s School of Art and the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, visiting the Degree Shows to select pieces.
We are recognizing the students’ achievements, and developing a material record of the teaching and study at the Schools. Objects we have collected this year range from painting and prints to conceptual pieces, designs for industrial products, ceramics, and photography.
Seen below is a work titled ‘Undulate’ by recent graduate Vicki Shennan. Vicki is now studying at the Royal College of Art in London along with Glen Clydesdale, whose Three Dimensional work also features in this exhibition.
We also acquire objects used in teaching and research by the other RGU Schools, and this year have acquired a unique piece from RGU School of Engineering which commemorates its collaboration with NASA and its venture into space.
Meanwhile, from the School of Computing we have received some computer components, once used by students and staff at the leading edge of technology, but which have now become perplexing curiosities.
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