Flashback Friday


Last week we went back to 1981 and a wonderful trip to Achmelvich, just north of Loch Inver.  A 4.5 hour trip for one brave Renault 4 and the passengers.These art camps were organised annually by the wonderful Frances Walker who taught at Gray’s and who continues to work in the city of Aberdeen. Shona E Bowen currently has a superb exhibition of landscapes in Gray’s and we are sure that the trip to Achmelvich would have helped to inspire this passion for landscape in her earlier years.    However, we now discover that things were not so innocent as they may have seemed in last week’s flashback friday. Perhaps the participants could tell us about the trip and what made it memorable for them?  #GRAY’SGOODTIMES

Flashback Friday



A wonderful exhibition of work by Shona E. Bowen is on display in Gray’s School of Art at the moment.

Shona E. Bowen’s delicate work  began with the concept of making a painting every day over one calendar year.  Here we see Shona with fellow student Heather Dickson on a Gray’s School of Art art camp to Achmelvich near LochInver.  Joining Shona and Heather are some camera shy lads from Drawing and Painting in 1981. Wonderful to see Shona back at Gray’s and with such an inspiring project. ’81’ #goodtimes, even for the Renault 4 which would have many stories to tell. 1972 Renault 4, 850cc, 34bhp, painted black (one colour not available from the factory), with whitewall tyres & a fake inflatable spare wheel under a white vinyl cover bolted to the tailgate…one proud owner…

Thanks to Gray’s School of Art for this super body of work which is on show in the Studio Project Space in the Gray’s School of Art painting department.  There is fun to be had seeking it and great reward when you find it.


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