Geology-inspired Aberdeen art exhibition returns

A geology-inspired exhibition that explores links between art and science is being 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 features 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 were invited to submit works that consider the origin of colour within the environment and landscape from a geological perspective.

The Geology department's classrooms have been transformed into a state-of-the-art gallery for the exhibition which features 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 a vast range of very exciting works on show, we hope visitors will be inspired to attend the exhibition 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 University’s Meston Building from 3 to 17 September. Opening times are Monday to Friday, from 1pm – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

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