New exhibition dedicated to King’s College opens its doors

An exhibition dedicated to one of Old Aberdeen’s most famous landmarks is now open.

The area boasts one of the best preserved townscapes in Europe and has long been a favourite with artists.

The University of Aberdeen’s Old Town House will host a new display of paintings capturing distinguished landmarks such as King’s College and, in particular, the famous Crown Tower.

It follows the recent publication of King’s College, Aberdeen: history, building and artistic portrayal.

The book, by Professor Derek Ogston, CBE LLD FRSE, a former Senior Vice-Principal of the University of Aberdeen, and Margaret Carlaw, draws together pictures of the building over the past four centuries, tracing how it has changed and how the way in which it is portrayed has changed.

2009 also marks the quincentenary of King’s College Chapel and the exhibition forms part of the celebrations to mark its 500th anniversary.

In addition to the notable external features of King’s College, the interior of the ancient chapel boasts fine examples of medieval craftsmanship with its original oak stalls and screens, and magnificent timber wagon ceiling.

It remains a focus for university worship and the setting for the marriage ceremonies of many alumni. As a result, the buildings of King’s College have a powerful emotional attraction.

Professor Ogston said: "It is timely during the celebrations marking the quincentenary of the consecration of King's College Chapel to mount an exhibition of pictures of King's College executed by artists over the centuries.

“Additionally, it provides an opportunity for the public to view rarely seen pictures in the University's and private collections".

The exhibition Images of King’s: the artistic portrayal of King’s College, Aberdeen, will be open throughout October, November and December, displaying a selection of the works featured in the book and forming an accompaniment to the Chapel 500 celebrations

Entry is free to the Old Town House which is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. For wheelchair or access enquiries please call 01224 273650.