Artists at Backhouse Rossie:
Throughout the month of August, we are delighted to welcome Allan Watson to Backhouse Rossie for our second Micro Residency of 2018. Allan’s work often looks to utilitarian wooden objects (workbenches, sawhorses, pallets, etc), as a focus for his sculpture. For this project, he has selected some of the old garden tools in the potting shed as starting points for several artworks that will appear in and around the Backhouse Rossie environment. Allan will be making these partly in his studio in Aberdeen and partly at Backhouse Rossie where visitors can meet Allan, find out more about what he is up to and follow progress of the artworks as they evolve.
Born Alyth 1960. Allan grew up on farms in the Blairgowrie area but has lived and worked in Aberdeen since 1982. He taught at Gray’s School of Art for over 20 years during which time he held various posts including Course Leader for Sculpture and Head of Fine Art. Throughout his academic career, Allan continued with his art practice, participating in a wide range of art related projects including exhibitions, public art commissions, international workshops and artist-in-residence schemes. He is currently a Trustee of Grampian Hospital Arts Trust and a board member of Peacock Visual Arts. He has recently agreed to join the Board of the newly established Backhouse Rossie Heritage and Education Centre.
Allan comments “Growing up on a Perthshire farm in the 60’s meant that I became familiar with working with my hands from an early age. My grandfather taught me to work with tools when I was very young, not that he was making anything artistic: just the necessity of sawing logs, chopping kindling, digging the garden. Spending time at Backhouse Rossie earlier this year I was naturally drawn to the rich collection of garden implements that have been preserved in the Potting Shed.”
Allan’s temporary studio at Backhouse Rossie will be open every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday for 4 weeks beginning 8th August 2018.
Artists at Backhouse Rossie:
As part of our commitment to working with and supporting artists, we are delighted to welcome Marina Burt to Backhouse Rossie for our first Micro Residency. We have invited Marina, who is based in Aberdeen, to use the Backhouse Rossie environment as a stimulus for her creative practice and this visit will be an opportunity for Marina to undertake research with a view towards developing ideas for artworks in response to what she discovers here.
Marina studied sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, graduating in 2013 and, perhaps stemming from her scientific background, her work typically begins with a curiosity about Nature and ‘all her foibles’. Her artworks commence with rigorous research of a subject and she describes her work as ‘the documentation of a journey of discovery’ and ‘an attempt to make sense of divergent themes’, such as ‘light & dark, growth and decay, joy and despair’. Burt’s practice makes use of a diverse range of media such as ceramics, silk, paint and found objects but her working process is as much about grappling with ideas and meanings as it is with the materials themselves and her search for ‘beauty in imperfection’.
Marina’s Micro Residency is from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July 2018.