Grey’s School of Art degree exhibition hailed at Holyrood

GRAY’S School of Art’s award-winning exhibition has been hailed by the Scottish Parliament.

Grey’s School of Art’s graduation show has been hailed by the Scottish Parliament.

A motion was tabled in recognition of “Welcome to the Real World” and the graduate-in-residence exhibition, “Emergent”.

Presented by Liam Kerr, Conservative MP for North East Scotland, the motion is backed by a cross-party group of 28 MPs. He commends Gray’s School of Art for its “excellent” graduate show and for providing graduates with a “unique development program for emerging artists” through its graduate-in-residence program and their “Emergent” exhibition.

“Welcome to the Real World,” which was the first in-person end-of-year show in three years, included a stunning exhibition celebrating 146 designers and artists graduating in the fields of painting, contemporary art practice, fashion and textiles, communication design, three-dimensional design and photography.

Gray’s graduates-in-residence, part of the art school‘s unique development program, drew inspiration from artifacts from the RGU Art and Heritage Collection for their exhibition, Emergent, at Gray’s Look Again Aberdeen Project Space.

Liam Kerr MSP: Degree Display Cases "incredibly talented artists and designers".
Liam Kerr MSP: Degree show features “incredibly talented artists and designers”.

Mr. Kerr said: “The Gray’s School of Art Degree show continues to go from strength to strength, showcasing the incredibly talented artists and designers that RGU has to offer.

“It was great to see the range of unique artwork around the theme of sustainability.

“Art forms a big part of what we offer here in the North East and RGU provides a great platform for students to show off their skills.

“I wish everyone involved at Gray’s School of Art well and I’m excited to see what the future holds for these highly skilled artists and designers.”

Gray’s School of Art Dean Libby Curtis commented: “Our ‘Welcome to the Real World’ graduation show was a huge success and a credit to everyone involved.

“I am extremely proud of all of our graduate artists and designers, and staff, who put on such a breathtaking exhibition and we were delighted to welcome so many visitors, of all ages, to see the show.

“It is fantastic to be recognized in the Scottish Parliament and for MSPs to show their appreciation for the wealth of talent we have at Gray’s School of Art.

“Robert Gordon University is committed to enriching and improving the cultural offerings in the North East of Scotland and our degree show is testament to the contribution we are making. Our Graduates in Residence exhibit also demonstrates our commitment to supporting our graduates and providing opportunities for Gray graduates in the Northeast.

The complete movement reads as follows:

“That Parliament host Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, consider the show an excellent opportunity for final year students to expose themselves to the public; understands that many projects at the 2022 Diploma Fair are focused on the theme of sustainability, with innovative projects using algae-derived bioplastic; notes Gray’s School of Art’s graduate-in-residence program, Emergent, which celebrates the work of what it considers the school’s unique development program for emerging artists and designers, and wishes all who participate to Gray’s School of Art all the best for the future.


Kayleen C. Rice