When asked what I want to do after art school, it doesn't usually take me long to say that I want to work with people, share my passion for painting and making and for nature, maybe, if the opportunity occurs take part in collaborations or residencies.
I am delighted to be working for the Aberdeen Art Gallery, this summer, as an artist ambassador for British Art Show 9 helping to promote the show and encourage people to become (more) creative.
BAS9 is is a landmark touring exhibition of contemporary art. It is organised every 5 years by Hayward Gallery Touring and , for the first time this year, this prestigious exhibition is hosted in Aberdeen, both in Aberdeen's stunningly refurbished Art Gallery and the City Library a bit further along Schoolhill. The exhibition is open until 10th October and then continues its tour around the UK.
My role as ambassador is rather exciting. I will be sharing my own art practice through open studio days and workshop events linking the environmental themes of my own work with those of BAS9: Healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures.
The events will be held later on in August at my studio in Peterculter and will be advertised by Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums who have arranged a wide variety of events to suit people from all walks of life.
For me as an emerging artist, this is a welcome opportunity to 'step out into the world'; an opportunity for which I am very grateful.