Bryan Angus ‘The Sea’s Edge’ @ GHAT
September 10, 2013
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust charity organisation (SCO16910), announce the opening of ‘The Sea’s Edge, by Bryan Angus, the new exhibition in the Small Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Bryan is from Aberdeen and went to Gray’s School of Art in the late ‘70s to study painting. Afterwards he became a community artist, theatre designer, arts manager and producer. In 2003, alongside his wife Carla, Bryan started The Creative Retreat accommodation and studios in Gardenstown He continues to paint and exhibit, and to create more opportunities for people to encounter the arts by working with local festivals and community organisations.
After living and working on the Banffshire Coast (Pennan to Cullen) for 10 years, Bryan has soaked in the intense visual richness he sees every day and much of the time he works from memory, from the casual walks on Sunday along the beach and being in Gardenstown year-round watching the light changing from minute to minute. The realisation that memory is key to his work made sense as he has been working from found images, old photographs of life along the coast that are the visual remnants of a people’s memories..
‘I have no names or dates for these people, but in the image I see some relationship or background story that I want to draw from. I am in a sense inventing and enriching the visual memory behind that specific moment – perhaps a hundred years ago, where a picture was posed – that I decide was at dusk or just before a storm, soaked in the colours I see every day.’ Bryan Angus
‘The Sea’s Edge’ will be opened at a special launch evening on Thursday 12th September from 6.30 – 8.00pm, in the Small Gallery in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and will run from Friday 13th September 2013 until Friday 15th November 2013.
Any funds raised by GHAT will contribute to the placement of artworks which benefit patients and visitors in healthcare spaces across the NHS Grampian area and from Forres to Stonehaven. Over 550 artists, mostly from Scotland and largely from the North East, are represented in the collection which now numbers over 4500. Aso to assist with the development of our patient centred ArtRoom sessions throughout NHS Grampian sites, and the funding for THE SPACE on the ARI site.
Research carried out during the last decade has provided evidence of the clinical and financial benefits of arts in healthcare. Well designed healthcare settings feel less institutional and as a result improve the well being of patients, staff and visitors. Hospitals have seen an improvement in patient health and recovery, leading to lower medication requirements and shorter hospital stays.
Executive Director of Grampian Hospitals Art Trust, Sally Thomson, said, “We are proud to be able to offer this exhibition opportunity to artists of the region as well as showing off the ways in which we hang shows to create a brighter, more welcoming visual environment within NHS Grampian sites.”