Flashback of the Week

Object of the Week 3

Emily’s work  developed through trying to make her fellow art students ‘make something happen’.  Her interests focussed on ‘community’ and the  identification of a place or environment used within the local student  environment around the School of Art.  Concluding that there was no such space in existence, she proceeded to create a series of spaces, utopias, which participants could engage with.  Whilst she felt she could not force people to engage with such locations they would challenge the behaviour and reaction of individuals.

Flashback Friday


A trip back in time to the Gray’s School of Art Prospectus from 1963-64.  Drawing and Painting staff in the school included R.Henderson Blyth, David Fowkes, Colin Thoms, Derek Ashby, Frances Walker and William Connon.  The Design department staff included George Mackie, David Hodge, Hugh Barrett, Fred Stiven, Elspeth Younger and Angus Macleod.  We must thank Lindsay Macleod for donating this prospectus and many others to the Art and Heritage Collection.


This exciting show featured work by several artists.  One such artist is Keiko Mukaide who has recently completed two Glass Casting workshops at Gray’s School Art.  The events were organised by RGU Art and Heritage Collections.  To see examples of Keiko’s thought provoking work please visit the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre in the RGU Business School building.  The exhibition will continue until the 22nd of January.




There is still time to visit the TransFORM exhibition currently held in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre in Garthdee.  Today we take a look at some experimental work by David Henderson.

David Henderson studied Design & Craft (Printmaking) at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and also achieved an MBA at Aberdeen Business School in 1999.  He was awarded a George Davidson Travelling Scholarship, Scottish Arts Council Young Artists Bursary and was appointed as a professional member of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW). In 2006 he won the RSW Council Award for best painting in the exhibition. In 2014 he won the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) David Gluck Memorial Award.

David held a number of senior academic posts within Gray’s.  He was a member of the QAA Benchmarking Panel for Art and Design and was awarded the title of Teaching Fellow in 2002 by The Robert Gordon University. His research and professional practice has contributed to conference papers and exhibitions nationally and internationally, he has work in public and private collections.  David  is now the Head of Painting at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh.