After a week of hectic organisation and installing at Seventeen in Aberdeen, the opening of ’35 Years of SSW’ arrived last Friday evening. We would like to thank everyone who attended, we appreciate the number of people who attended, and contributed to a great atmosphere. We were also delighted to welcome faces from SSW’s past and present, and meet some new ones too.
We were so pleased to be able to also host Fiona and Anna Bushe, the wife and daughter of the late Fred Bushe RSA OBE, who had the vision and dedication that led to the founding of SSW in 1979. Thank you also to all those who offer their ongoing support, not least Creative Scotland, who have confirmed our funding for a further three years.
The exhibition includes Studies in Granite, part of the Celebrate Granite 2014 programme. The works on show investigate how the medium of granite can be explored through alternative contemporary practices, and SSW have been working with contemporary composer Ross Whyte and visual artist Sean Lynch over the last two years.
The exhibition also includes work by Gray’s School of Art graduate Ben Martin who received the ‘The Fred Bushe Award’. The Award is the first to be given in honor of Fred, and has been established this year in recognition of Fred’s support of early career artists in partnership with Gray’s School of Art. Ben received a fully funded residency at SSW to produce new work, and we look forward to also seeing Ben’s work this coming year at the RSA New Contemporaries 2015.
Alongside Ben Martin was the degree show work of the award nominees, including Daniel Massie and collaborative duo Haidee Bain and Anne Marie Coll. Below are images of Daniel’s installation, which explored the portrayal of maternal grief in contemporary film.
Jim Buckley, Amanda Catto and Nuno Sacramento also said a few words, introduced by the SSW Board Chair Jaqueline Donnachie. Jim has been connected to SSW since the early 1980’s, first meeting Fred Bushe in San Francisco in 1983. Amanda Catto of Creative Scotland and current Director Nuno Sacramento also spoke regarding SSW’s ongoing activities and future programming.
SSW would like to thank all those who managed to attend the opening. All the artists – Sean Lynch, Ross Whyte, and Fred Bushe Award artists Ben, Daniel, Anne-Marie & Haidee, and especially our helpers – Daniel, Nicki and Louise, and the staff at Seventeen Gallery.
The exhibition runs until Saturday the 29th of November.