Aberdeen Maritime Museum


05/05/2018 - 28/10/2018

For over 30 years Sue Jane Taylor has been fascinated by Scotland’s offshore industries, building an artistic record of something not immediately recognised for its beauty.

Taylor makes her art through direct observation, whether from the pitching deck of a supply ship or in the shelter of the construction workers’ tearoom. In her hands machinery takes on sculptural qualities, becoming artwork in its own right. Her deep interest in people is clear in the images she creates, giving a human face to these industries which have had such a profound effect on people, the land and the sea.

'View From the Deck' gives us a unique insight into offshore activity through three recurring themes in Taylor’s work: seascapes, machines and memories. Her images are displayed alongside a selection of works by artists who have inspired her, including Käthe Kollwitz, the stories of people involved with the rapidly-changing offshore industries, and objects used by them in their daily work. These stories and objects have been contributed by offshore workers and will help inspire future displays at the Maritime Museum.

If you have a story or object you'd like to share with us please get in touch at:

The Age of Oil exhibition continues until 8 July
Sir Duncan Rice Library University of Aberdeen.

Admission free. For visiting information go to

Age of Oil developed in association with
National Museums Scotland

Image: Offshore Worker, Figure Standing (detail)
© Sue Jane Taylor, 2006




All events take place at Aberdeen Maritime Museum unless otherwise stated.

Friday 25 May
10am - 12 noon / 2 - 4pm
Drawing with Sue Jane Taylor
Join artist Sue Jane Taylor for this drawing workshop, which includes an introduction to View from the Deck.

Sue Jane Taylor will support participants to try 3 different drawing techniques with a variety of media including pen and ink, pencil and working with colour. As part of the workshop, a visit to Aberdeen Harbour for sketching on site including a short talk from the Aberdeen Harbour Master will form part of the experience as well as a visit to Sue Jane Taylors exhibition at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

Basic materials provided, but feel free to bring your own.

In partnership with University of Aberdeen May Festival
Places limited
£15 + booking fee

Eventbrite - Drawing with Sue Jane Taylor


Friday 25 May
6.30pm (1 hr)
Artist's talk: Sue Jane Taylor
Venue: The Gallery, Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen AB24 3AA
With two exhibitions of Taylor's work on in Aberdeen, Age of Oil at the University of Aberdeen (until 8 July) and View from the Deck, the artist gives an insight into her practice and career, focusing on her work with the oil and gas sector.

In partnership with University of Aberdeen May Festival
Free, but places limited, booking essential.


Thursday 21 June
6pm (1 hr)
Panel talk: Three perspectives on the oil industry
Venue: Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen AB24 3AA
Influential women share their perspectives on the oil and gas industries. With Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, artist Sue Jane Taylor and writer and commentator Esther Woolfson.

In partnership with University of Aberdeen
Free, but advance booking required.

Friday 22 June
12.30pm (1 hr)
Exhibition tour: View From the Deck
Enjoy an informal walk and talk tour with artist Sue Jane Taylor.
Free, but booking required.



Free Lunchtime Talks
Doors open from 12.15pm. Admission free, no need to book but places limited - arrive early to avoid disappointment

Wednesday 27 June
12.30pm (30 mins)
View From the Deck: The making of an exhibition
Members of our curatorial and learning teams share insights into developing this special exhibition.

Wednesday 4 July
12.30pm (30 mins)
Oil memories: Tales from a Diving Support Vessel
by Kenneth London
Ken shares stories from his career as a DSV technician, which spanned 30 years from the earliest days of the offshore industry in Aberdeen.


Image: Offshore Worker, Figure Standing (detail) © Sue Jane Taylor, 2006