Major new print exhibition for Aberdeen Art Gallery this autumn

8 October 2014

A major exhibition featuring new work in print by outstanding national and international artists commissioned by the Scottish Print Network opens at Aberdeen Art Gallery on Saturday 11 October.

Below another sky is an exhibition featuring new work in print by artists from Scotland and Commonwealth countries generated through the international residency programme of the same name. Over 18 months artists from Scotland have travelled the globe, each returning to one of the five print studios of Scotland to create new work inspired by their travels, while artists from across the commonwealth have visited these same studios, creating new work inspired by their experience of Scotland.

10 artists from Scotland and 10 from Commonwealth countries undertook research residencies during 2013 and 2014, with Scottish artists travelling to Antigua, the Baffin Sea, Bangladesh, Canada, India, New Zealand and Zambia; and artists from Australia, Canada, India and Pakistan exploring Scotland from bases in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Below another sky is the first collaborative programme developed by the Scottish Print Network, a partnership between Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Highland Print Studio, Inverness and Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen.

Below another sky takes its name from the poem 'Travel', published in 1865 by the Edinburgh-born author Robert Louis Stevenson. Travel - both actual and imaginary - was central to Stevenson's work and his final years were spent on a Samoan island, now a member of the Commonwealth.

Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Manager, said:

'We are delighted that Below another sky will be the final exhibition in our programme before the Art Gallery closes for redevelopment, 2015-2017, as the exhibition draws inspiration from the traditional and contemporary, as do our own art collections. It captures the spirit of the Scottish artist traveller and foremost amongst these is James McBey - one of the country's most noted printmakers and etchers whose work can be seen in the existing Aberdeen Art Gallery collection.'

Alexia Holt, Below another sky said:

'Presented in Aberdeen Art Gallery's three temporary exhibition spaces, this exhibition brings together over seventy new art works. It is a wonderful opportunity to see outstanding work that exemplifies the full range and potential of printmaking in contemporary practice: from unique prints, to printed sculpture and editions that explore both traditional and contemporary techniques and technologies.'

Below another sky will be on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery from 11 October 2014 until Saturday 24 January, 2015.