Scottish Sculpture Workshop is delighted to announce our 35th Anniversary. On Friday 7th November at 7pm, we invite you to join us in celebrating three and a half decades of SSW with an exhibition of selected artists at Seventeen Gallery in Aberdeen. Exhibiting artists include Sean Lynch, composer Ross Whyte and the Fred Bushe Graduate Award winner Ben Martin, with award nominees Daniel Masse and collaborative duo Anne-Marie Coll and Haidee Bain.
Scottish Sculpture Workshop was established by Fred Bushe, RSA OBE, in 1979 as a place where artists could make sculpture regardless of age, gender, race, religion or professional status. As part of the celebrations of this anniversary, and in recognition of the legacy of support by Fred Bushe to early career artists, SSW has partnered with Gray’s School of Art in establishing the ‘Fred Bushe Award’. This year’s award winner was Ben Martin, who will be exhibiting work made during his residency, along with pieces by the award nominees.
Born in Aberdeen, Ben’s work explores his personal experiences, reconstructing them for his audience through object and material. His work is influenced strongly by graphic design and areas of abstraction and reductive art, and has led his current body of work to centre on weight, line, function, space and object, over any emotive constructs.
Whilst his work is responding more closely to spatial interactions, industrial influences can be seen through his use of material, which in turn reflects the cityscape he has grown up in.
Accompanying the Fred Bushe Award is Study in Granite, part of the Celebrate Granite 2014 programme. This continues upon SSW’s history of Granite Carving Symposiums and fellowships, which ran from the 1980’s to the late 1990’s, as well as individual projects expanding into the last decade. Moving forward into our current programme, we have been investigating how the medium of granite can be explored through alternative contemporary practices, working with composer Ross Whyte and visual artist Sean Lynch over the last two years.
Ross Whyte’s work explores how we engage with place through acoustic listening, and his new composition has been formed from live recordings of the granite quarries. Recently announced as Irelands Venice Biennale artist for 2015, Sean Lynch spent the summer in Aberdeen during the 2013 Granite Festival, navigating an alternative ‘granite buildings tour’. His interest lies in narration, looking at histories that have left fragments in evidence, objects and social memory.
Between these two perspectives of audio and visual narrative, we start to see the ‘Granite City’ in a new way, not only as a historic legacy or current industry, but as part of the fabric of how we live in the North East today.