A Toast to Ewan’s 21st Century Quaich

IMG_4692-bEditBack in June 2014 students at Gray’s School of Art were feverishly working towards the completion of their Degree Shows.  There was lots to look forward to. One such student was Ewan Gray from Orkney.  Ewan became one of many successful winners of  RGU Purchase Awards.  His interest in computer aided design (CAD) and rapid prototyping inspired him to develop a modern process of making quaichs, the traditional Scottish whisky vessel which he adds a contemporary twist to.  His journey into design was no accident as he is the grandson of Malcolm Gray who was the founder of jewellery makers Ortak.  We are thrilled to now hold examples of Ewan’s work in the Robert Gordon University Collection and we hope that he and the other 2014 RGU Purchase Award winners will keep in touch with us in the future.

Do’ School Memories

Final opportunity to visit the Do’ School Memories exhibition.


This exhibition ends on the 17th of September.do school 5-1.

Access to the exhibition is now available from near the reception desk in the Aberdeen Business School building. We apologise for any recent inconvenience caused by building work.

This exhibition celebrates life as it was for students at the famous Aberdeen College of Domestic Science, otherwise known as the Do’ School.

The school originated c1908 and in 1940, when located in King Street, Aberdeen the school suffered bomb damage. The last Do’ School was located at Kepplestone in Aberdeen.

Most of the objects on display have been loaned by members of the College of Domestic Science Former Students’ Association and RGU Art & Heritage Collections thanks them for their help.

Their memories as well as their objects are shared in the exhibition.

It is the story of their time that is told.

Wheels in Motion

An exhibition featuring a sculpture by George Gillies, a former student of Gray’s School of Art is currently on display at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

The exhibition ‘The Perfect Machine’ has been on show since 5 July  and ends 14 September 2014

In 2007 George Gillies received an RGU Sculpture Purchase Award for his work which was inspired by his research into the effect of isolation and his interest in outdated technology.

We are very pleased to see George’s award winning work included in this cycling themed exhibition which has been developed at the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life to celebrate the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland this year.

2007 RGU Sculpture Purchase Award winner's interactive work is currently on display in the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

2007 RGU Sculpture Purchase Award winner’s interactive work is currently on display in the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life