Participating artists tenants will be staging workshops and demonstrations of their work. Click here to see the full list of all buildings that will be open during Doors Open Days in Aberdeen this September.
Glasgow Ceramics Studios are opening their doors to give a rare glimpse of the studio spaces and members work. There will be free demonstrations and bookable workshops taking place as well as ceramic artists showing and discussing their work and how the studio runs. Glasgow Ceramics Studios are celebrating their new open access studio, funded initially by Creative Scotland and a private donor, and a full program of workshops, open access membership and schemes that support groups and individuals to work with clay. They are excited to welcome you to their studios and to take part in a free workshop. As part of the Doors Open Day theme, City in Flux, there will be an informal talk about the history of the building and Dennistoun. Formerly Will’s Tobacco Factory, built in 1953, Hanson Street Studios was redeveloped in 2001 to become Scotland’s first purpose-built studio and events complex for up to 200 artists with a large events/gallery space.
Free Workshop 1 @11.30am-1pm for 12 people: Come along and enjoy a hand building workshop with Melanie O’Donnell. You will have the opportunity to make a small vessel and learn about various forms of decoration including stamping, low relief and slip painting.
Free Workshop 2 @2pm-3.30pm for 12 people: Come along and enjoy a tile making workshop with Alison Gray. You will have the opportunity to create your own handmade tile, using texture, sgraffito and low relief techniques
Studio tour 1 @ 12:30pm: Led by our current Interns Eilidh and Amos, Glasgow Ceramics Studios are opening their doors to give a rare glimpse of the studio spaces and members work. There will be free demonstrations and ceramic artists on hand, showing and discussing their work and how the main studio and the open access studio runs.
Studio tour 2 @ 2:30pm: Led by our long-time member Louise McVey, again you will tour both studios, meet members and their work and hear about the history of the former Will’s Tobacco Factory, built in 1953.There will be work for sale in our pop-up gallery – appearing in the studio for Doors Open Day only (and other selected events), which will return back online to Instagram after the launch for Doors Open Day.
Award-winning artist and Wasps tenant Rhona Taylor’s exhibition Memoirs of a Spacewoman will mark the life and work of writer Naomi Mitchison (1897–1999), who spent the many years living in Carradale (east Kintyre), where she was deeply involved in local life and the politics of the small fishing communities of the Clyde. Taylor has used Mitchison’s work as a focal point to encourage discussion around the historical relationship between the Clyde’s rural and urban areas, collecting responses and stories about the history of this relationship and how it might develop in the future. This research and development will culminate with a collective sculptural installation hosted at The Briggait – the city’s former fish market, and now a working home for artists and creators. Conversations and images conjured in the workshop will inform the sculptural installation Memoirs of a Spacewoman, open on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September in The Briggait’s 1873 Hall – the city’s former fish market for a century before closing in the 1970s.
Naomi Mitchison was a prolific novelist, poet and playwright whose body of work spans an entire century, encompassing an array of genres and formats, including children’s literature, feminist science fiction and a semiautobiographical play. Her work was ahead of its time, exploring themes of self-determinism and equality across gender, race and class. She worked as a farmer and fisherwoman, skippering her fishing boat, the Maid of Morvern, and wrote extensively about her experience of living and working within a small fishing community. The workshop will take place within the historical setting of The Briggait, which served as Glasgow’s largest fish market for over 100 years. Within the context of this setting, Rhona Taylor will encourage creative responses to themes prevalent within Mitchison’s life and work and consider her connection to the coastal fishing communities in which she lived.
Rhona Taylor is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work includes installations, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Before studying painting at Edinburgh College of Art, she worked for several years as a newspaper journalist, and her artwork is strongly rooted in stories and storytelling. She makes work in response to particular places, often in areas that are perceived as remote or isolated, and the people that live and work there. She’s particularly drawn to the sea, coast, islands and the extreme reaches of land, and researching how those places influence and affect notions of identity.