New exhibition considers the Scottish landscape from a geological perspective

New exhibition considers the Scottish landscape from a geological perspective

A new exhibition exploring the links between art and science is now underway at the University of Aberdeen.

The Fabric of the Land features the work of established and emerging artists and more than 70 diverse pieces make up the display.

Organised by the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, and sponsered by Senergy, the exhibition will run until September 11.

Artists were asked to submit new or existing artwork that considered the Scottish environment and landscape from a geological perspective.

Organisers say they were delighted with the response, both in terms of the volume and standard of the work submitted.

A formal gallery space has been created to house the collection and a student prize of £500 is up for grabs.

It is the first time the University has run the exhibition but already plans are underway to repeat it next year and it is hoped that the display can eventually be taken on the road.

Professor Andy Hurst, from the School of Geosciences, said: “We have paintings, sculptures, visual pieces, poems, photographs and even a video entry.

“It has made for an outstanding collection and we are delighted with the final result. The Fabric of the Land should appeal to students, staff and the public alike.

“This is the first time the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology has organised an exhibition of this kind but we hope to build on the success in future years.”

To compliment the artwork, a selection of geological items, including rocks and fossils, will be on display.

Henry Allen, Senergy’s director of Corporate Social Responsibility added;” Geology is an integral part of Senergy’s business as a company that is involved in the delivery of energy projects, and we are delighted to support an exhibition that makes the world of art and geology accessible to people from all walks of life.”

The exhibition, in the University’s Meston Building, is open from August 26 until September 11. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 1-7pm and Sat/Sun 10am-4pm.

Further information is available from http://www.abdn.ac.uk/geology/events/fol/index.php