Aberdeen Art Gallery at the Maritime Museum

10 December 2015

An exhibition inspired by John Phillip's painting, Scottish Baptism, opens this weekend (Sat 12 Dec) at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

The artwork depicts a large Highland family baptising an infant into the Christian faith. The exhibition explores the fundamental experiences of birth and baptism using objects from Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum's collection. It includes items from local faith groups, which give a wider perspective on birth and infant welcoming practises.

Born and Baptised is the third in a series of exhibitions at the maritime museum to feature collections from Aberdeen Art Gallery while it is closed for a £30million redevelopment.

Deputy Leader of Aberdeen Council Councillor Marie Boulton said: "While Aberdeen Art Gallery is closed for redevelopment we can see some of the city's collections in a number of venues in the city and shire, nationally and internationally.

"By being on display at Aberdeen Maritime Museum we can explore our art and history collections in new and exciting ways.

"When we are born or baptised, each of us is welcomed into a community be it family, a culture or religion, those who accept us help shape the person we become, which is why this exhibition is so interesting."

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums intern Robert Cook worked on the exhibition as part of his Museums Galleries Scotland Heritage Horizons traineeship. Run by Museums Galleries Scotland and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund 'Skills for the Future' programme, Heritage Horizons is the first sector traineeship programme aimed at non graduates. It provides trainees from a range of backgrounds with the opportunity to attain a level three Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Museums and Galleries Practice while gaining workplace learning throughout a twelve-month paid placement in a host museum.

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: "This exhibition is a fantastic achievement by Robert and demonstrates the positive impact of our Heritage Horizons programme on the host organisations. The programme allows the trainees to frame what they are learning on the job within the parameters of an accredited vocational qualification and this experience is going to make them very attractive to future employers."

Intern Robert Cook added: "I have been interested in working in the heritage sector since leaving school but could never find full time employment without a degree. The Heritage Horizons Traineeship Programme has given me the qualification I need to be seriously considered by heritage employers as well as a confidence, through my placement, that I have the skills the sector needs."

The exhibition runs until Sunday 13 March 2016.