It may be summer, and the campus may be (relatively) empty, students far away, lecturers off doing research, but we here at the GWW are hard at work, and there are a lot of exciting things brewing over the summer—some already launched and others to look out for in the coming academic year.
Firstly, we are very excited to have teamed up with SERG, the University of Aberdeen’s sonic arts research group. SERG staff and students are doing a lot of exciting things: they organised their first conference in May, and they continue to run the Enter series of concerts. In June, Film and Visual Culture PhD student Eimear Kinsella participated in Enter, marking the first interdisciplinary collaboration of the series. We hope that more of our staff and postgrads in other disciplines will participate in future.
This autumn, the GWW is partnering with SERG and Enter, and will support four of their concerts, which will take place at the Belmont—we hope to see you all there!
GWW 3-year Plan
The GWW is currently planning its programming for the next three years, with a lot of new events on tap. Our programme is titled “Scottish Arts at Home and Abroad” and will feature events showcasing local talent, and also inviting Scottish artists and creators working abroad to come back to Scotland to talk about their journey. Look out for some interesting screenings, round tables, talks, exhibitions and workshops.
Brian May Book Launch
Before we launch that programme, we have a special event coming up in August: former Queen guitarist, Brian May, will be in Aberdeen to launch a new book about George Washington Wilson, by Professor Roger Taylor, for which he has written the introduction. Yes, you read that right—Brian May. Queen. Here, in Aberdeen! Save the date: August 16, 2018. We will let you know as soon as booking starts for the event—get your ticket quick before they sell out!
Feature: Student work and partnership with Deveron Projects
This past year, the Department of Film and Visual Culture continued a partnership with Deveron Project in Huntly, which it had begun in spring of 2016. This year, as previously, we brought our postgraduate students to Huntly to meet with colleagues at Deveron, introduce them to the work of the art centre, as a case-study and model of socially engaged art practices. Students conducted research in Deveron’s archive, and analysed a project as part of a written assessment for the course, and created a portfolio of work based on their engagement with Deveron and their work. You can see one of the outstanding projects here, captured in a blog and portfolio by Stephanie Benzies. We are pleased to announce that this collaboration will continue next year, so watch this space for more exciting student work!
Lastly, this summer, I was interviewed for the Creative Me Podcast. This is a fabulous podcast that I’ve discovered, focusing on the art and culture scene
here in Aberdeen. To be honest, I have always wanted to run a podcast out of the GWW, but Ica has done my job for me! He does a great job finding and interviewing creative individuals from all over the city and shire—some names will be familiar and others will be new discoveries! You can check out my episode here, but I would really encourage you to listen to the other podcasts, to hear about all of the different creative activity this city has to offer. You can listen on Soundcloud, and also on iTunes!
Ica also started the Big Up the Deen shop, which came out of his podcast. The idea is that we are doing a lot of amazing things here in Aberdeen, we just need to big it up, that is promote, support, elevate! I couldn’t agree more. I will be purchasing my Big Up the Deen mug and tote bag soon, and flashing it around the department!