Geology inspired Aberdeen Art Exhibition

A geology inspired exhibition that explores links between art and science is to be held at the University of Aberdeen in association with diversified energy services company Senergy, for the second successive year.

The Fabric of the Land exhibition will feature the work of well established and emerging talents whose artworks focus on the theme, the Origin of Colour.

Organised by the University’s Geology and Petroleum Geology Department, artists are invited to submit works that consider the origin of colour within the environment and landscape from a geological perspective.

The Geology Department's classrooms will then be transformed into a state-of-the-art gallery where selected artwork will be exhibited, resulting in a display of original and spectacular creative pieces including paintings,  photography, sculpture and jewellery.

Professor Andrew Hurst from the School of Geosciences said: “Colour is arguably the most distinctive characteristic of human vision compared to most other living things and makes our appreciation of landscape unique. With this in mind, we are expecting a vast range of very exciting works that will hopefully inspire our visitors and help us build on last year’s success and take the show to the next level.”

Professor Hurst anticipates a rise on last year’s numbers of more than 500 visitors and 70 exhibitors.

Aberdeen-headquartered Senergy is sponsoring the event. Henry Allen, the company’s director of corporate social responsibility, said: “Senergy has a long-standing association with the university, driven by the belief that it is essential to support the education system that produces the feedstock of our business ­- good people.

We also recognise the importance of nurturing the more creative aspects of human talent, as it is a combination of creativity and knowledge that generates success in individuals and organisations. 

“As a company that focuses on the delivery of energy projects, geology is an integral part of Senergy's business. We are delighted to support an initiative that makes the world of art and science accessible to all, and will be hosting viewings for our employees and clients.”

The Fabric of the Land exhibition will be held in the Meston Building at the University of Aberdeen from September 3-17. Opening times are Monday to Friday, from 1pm – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

Artwork submissions will be judged by a selection panel. They include Senergy’s CSR (corporate social responsibility) director Henry Allen; sculptor Doug Cocker; Claudia Zeiske, director of Deveron Arts; Professor Ian Booth, Professor of Micro Biology and director of the Institute of Medical Sciences at University of Aberdeen; Jennifer Melville, keeper of fine art at Aberdeen Art Gallery; and Gus MacLeod, Fabric of the Land chair.

Application forms and further information is available from