New programme to celebrate the best of north-east's creative talent

New programme to celebrate the best of north-east's creative talent

A new public engagement programme that will showcase the best of the north-east's creative talent will be launched at the University of Aberdeen this week.

The VIEW Visual Arts and Culture Programme will be based at the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, in the University’s School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture.

Developed by Dr Amy Bryzgel, Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture and Director of the Centre, the programme will showcase artwork from local creative talent including contemporary visual artists, performance artists, and sound artists, alongside film talent.

A series of free public events will be held throughout the year, both on campus and throughout the city and shire, including exhibitions, talks, interviews, workshops, performances and screenings.  It will also appear as a strand of the May Festival.

Among the events scheduled for the coming year are an interactive performance and talk related to women’s suffrage, workshops on live-coding and filmmaking for young people, and a screening of contemporary films relating to mental health, with discussion on the issues afterward.

Dr Bryzgel said: “We are thrilled to launch the VIEW programme and hope that it will become a recognisable brand among the city and shire’s other great cultural series, such as SOUND and WORD.

“VIEW is not just about what you see presented to you at our events, but about your views - what audience members see, think and feel about the artwork.

“All of our events incorporate discussion and dialogue as part of the programme, giving everyone the opportunity to share their interpretations.”

Dr Bryzgel added “There is so much artistic talent in the north-east of Scotland, and VIEW hopes to provide a platform to showcase that talent. We welcome ideas from local artists and creatives, and always seek input regarding our programming so that we can offer what the public wants to see.”