Exhibition depicts pupils’ artistic take on Old Aberdeen

Exhibition depicts pupils’ artistic take on Old Aberdeen

An exhibition of work by school children depicting the history of Old Aberdeen is being showcased at the University of Aberdeen.

A Journey Through Old Aberdeen features animated films, stories, illustrations and photography, capturing the rich heritage of the cobbled corner of the Granite City.

Five Aberdeen primary schools have contributed to the exhibition which will run at the University's Old Town House until July 31.

The exhibition is part of a collaborative project between Aberdeen's Reading Bus, staff from the University of Aberdeen's Marischal Museum and Station House Media Unit.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland, First Light and the University, the project aimed to help youngsters to learn more about the history of Old Aberdeen.

The pupils have worked closely with North East artists, writers and animators to produce the resulting artwork. 

Highlights include an animated film entitled A Bird's Eye View of Tillydrone, created by Primary 7 pupils from Riverbank School and a story and illustrated poster entitled Unicorn Hunt, by Primary 3 pupils from Sunnybank School.

The exhibition first launched in May this year and was housed in the MacRobert Building on the University's King's College Campus.

Additional pieces have now been added to the exhibition, which has been moved to the Old Town House to accommodate its growth.

Alison Parfitt, Marischal Museum's Education and Access Officer who has helped organise the project said: "A Journey Through Old Aberdeen has helped teach youngsters about the fascinating heritage of this historical corner of Aberdeen in a creative and unique way.

"Pupils first began sharing their work with the public in May this year when their art was showcased in the MacRobert Building, and in public spaces across the University's King's College Campus. 

"We have now moved the exhibition to the Old Town House in Old Aberdeen to accommodate the growing and diverse body of artwork being produced by these schools.

"The pupils have a real sense of pride in the exhibition they have created and it is a fantastic opportunity for them to show how they have used their creativity to tell the story of Old Aberdeen's heritage."

A Journey Through Old Aberdeen will be exhibited at the Old Town House on the University's King's College Campus until Friday 31 July.   

Entry is free to the Old Town House which is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. 

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