Museum Faces: Student responses to the Museum Collections by the Aberdeen University Art Society

We are putting on a new exhibition in partnership with the University of Aberdeen Art Society. The exhibition will display works of art created by the students which have been inspired by the museum collections. In the words of one of the student artists, this is ‘a new way of seeing museum objects, a way to make them personal, somehow familiar’.

Students study their chosen objects

Students study their chosen objects

The society visited the Museums’ Collections Centre and chose objects to study and draw from those that are not normally on display. They have focused on objects that depict a wide variety of faces, from many different parts of the world. One student commented: “Drawing an object is like listening to a story and writing it down in the way you understand it.  It may not be the exact same thing but it’s about how you interpret it.”

Students draw objects from the collections

Students draw objects from the collections

The finished art work will be displayed alongside the museum objects in James MacKay Hall, King’s College from May 1st.

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About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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