The Great War with James McBey – Are you 14-21 years old? Aberdeen Art Gallery needs YOU!

3 October 2013

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums is inviting applications from young people aged 14-21 to take part in an exciting, free project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and Aberdeen's involvement in it.

This project aims to give local young people the opportunity to discover the remarkable story of Aberdeen-born artist James McBey and his role as an official war artist during The Great War.

McBey overcame significant hardship in his early years to become an artist of world renown. He documented his time in the Middle East during the war in great detail, including his five-day reconnaissance mission with the Australian Camel Corps.

As a group, participants will work with artist Phil Thompson and together explore the ways in which conflict is reported and recorded. Those involved will each produce their own creative response to McBey's work and Aberdeen at war. A selection of the group's work will be included in Aberdeen's War, a major public exhibition at Aberdeen Art Gallery opening in March 2014.

Project organiser Anna Shortland said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other young people interested in history and the creative arts, to learn new skills and to have fun while doing it."

The Great War with James McBey has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Aberdeen North MP Frank Doran has written to congratulate the Art Gallery team on securing the grant, saying: "I am sure this award, and the fascinating project it is enabling you to carry out, will allow you to continue offering your invaluable service to the local community."

To find out more and to apply for a place, please contact Learning Officer Anna Shortland, email:, tel (01224) 337710. The project will start mid-October.