Gray’s School of Art Degree Show: Welcome to the real world!

Thursday 19 May 2022

Gray's Degree Show visuals, 'Welcome to the real world' by 3rd year Communication Design students, Nicola Lyttle & Cameron Reid
Gray’s School of Art end of year degree show, ‘Welcome to the real world’, opens on Saturday 11 June showcasing talent from across the art school.

‘Welcome to the real world’ celebrates an eclectic mix of final year projects across painting, contemporary art practice, fashion and textiles, communication design three-dimensional design and photography.

This is the first in person end of year degree show at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in three years and will see Gray’s School of Art’s campus transformed into a large gallery space.

Dean for Gray’s School of Art, Libby Curtis, said: “I’m delighted and extremely proud to be celebrating the incredible hard work and achievements of our final year students. 

“I’d like to welcome everyone back to the real world and to visit Gray’s School of Art for our first physical exhibition in two years. This is an excellent opportunity to see our student’s final year projects – in high resolution and superb definition!

“The virtual world has done so much for us in recent years but art and design is a sensory experience that should be appreciated in the real world!  Gray’s School of Art has so much talent and I can’t wait to open our doors and to share the work of our future art and design leaders.”

Among this year’s exhibits is Australian born, Three-Dimensional Design student, Daniel Bonello.  Daniel, who now lives in Tillycoultry, Clackmannanshire, has designed, ‘GLLO’, the world’s first, non-invasive, core body temperature monitoring device, to improve the safety of outdoor water swimming.

Highlighting the inspiration behind his project, Daniel Bonello said: “We can’t design in a vacuum, that’s not how the world is. The most important aspect of an innovative human-centred approach when designing, is to ensure that real people can solve real problems. We design at our best when we make sure we are listening and helping improve the lives of those around us. I’d encourage everyone to come along to Gray’s Degree Show, ‘Welcome to the real world’, to see the innovative range of projects on display.”

The visuals for this year’s show, ‘Welcome to the Real World’ have been designed by Gray’s School of Art, third year, Communication Design students, Nicola Lyttle and Cameron Reid.

Communication Design student, Nicola Lyttle explains how she come up with the idea: “’From the very start of the design process for the degree show we have always thought that we should not shy away from the obvious- this is the first physical degree show that Gray's has held in three years. This is a fact that should be highlighted and more importantly celebrated: the return to a physical degree show not only signifies a return to the Gray's we know and love, it highlights our return to the wider physical world.

“The theme of the show comes back to that feeling of emerging out of an environment wholly dependent on technology. This transformative experience is so unique for our lives just now and holds as a visual landmark within the Degree Show timeline.”

A series of events will run during the Degree Show including an alumni networking event, an evening reception for those in the creative industry and a range of school workshops for secondary pupils. An online directory will also be available, highlighting work from each of the student's exhibiting.

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