Dana-backed Fabric of the Land opens in Aberdeen
The Dana-backed arts and science exhibition, Fabric of the Land, will tomorrow open its doors to the public for the sixth year running.
An established event on the Aberdeen arts calendar, Fabric of the Land invites emerging and established artists to make submissions that express inspiration from the landscape. Over 50 pieces of work from UK and international artists will be on display in the Geology and Petroleum Geology Department of The University of Aberdeen for a three week period, before the exhibition goes on tour for the first time, to Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth science centre.
Dana’s support was matched by a New Arts Sponsorship grant from Arts and Business Scotland allowing for a schools and artist in residence programme. The programme brought together visual artist Simone Landwehr Traxler, Dana geoscientists and students from the city’s St Machar Academy to study the geology of the surrounding area and create works to be displayed in the university’s library. The artist in residence was also commissioned to create a site-specific piece
The Fabric of the Land schools project has been short-listed by Aberdeen City Council for a Business Link Award at this year’s Children and Young People’s Services Awards, to be announced in September.
The exhibition will offer, for the first time, cash awards for the best artworks exhibited, thanks to Dana’s support and the grant from Arts and Business Scotland.
Fabric of the Land was founded in 2009 by Prof. Andrew Hurst, Chair of Production Geoscience at the University of Aberdeen, and independents Dave Flin and Gus McLeod. The exhibition is curated and organised by Aberdeen-based art agency SMART Consultants.
Dana’s Group Chief Geologist Dr Richard Fox said: “We’re proud to be involved in Fabric of the Land for the first time this year, and delighted that Dana’s sponsorship together with the arts and business grant has allowed the exhibition to grow significantly. It plays an important role in involving the wider community and engaging the younger generation of school children in geoscience, which is at the heart of our industry.“
More information can be obtained via the Fabric of the Land website: www.fabricoftheland.com.
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