Visions of Beauty: Uncovering Art

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Saturday 25th Sept. 2 - 4pm BST (Online)

Uncovering history and contemporary practice in Aberdeen Art Gallery, with live Face Art Demonstration and panel discussion

Join Aberdeen Art Gallery Volunteer Amy Thomson and face and body artist Ulianka for a discursive dive into some of the art gallery’s collection. Exploring ideas of beauty and beautiful objects, we will look at how perceptions of beauty have changed over time in visual art, using specific items in the public collection. A panel led discussion will open up a conversation about the artworks and notions of beauty.

Aberdeen based artist, Ulianka, draws on contrasting forms of big and small shapes to explore our place as humans in the world, working on both regular canvas and directly onto the human body. Born in St Petersburg, where the surrounding museums, theatres, and exhibitions influenced her from a young age, Ulianka has a passion for art. Ulianka was named the 2018 UK Bodypainting Champion. 

The panel will be joined by two members of the WayWORD Committee, Mabel Chambers and Kirsty Lawie, who organised this event and both have a keen interest in perceptions and depictions of beauty in their studies:

Mabel Chambers is a post-grad Social Anthropology student, writer, finder of interesting stones and reader of independent magazines. Her studies have revealed the value of different perspectives and the power of changing a narrative both in terms of literature and wider society. She is a great fan of fantasy fiction, folklore, and photography and is always keen to find a new way of looking at the world and the stories that are told; from writing and directing an adaptation of King Lear exploring mental health stigma in middle-aged women to putting her own spin on cooking recipes.

Kirsty Lawie is an MLitt student in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen, working in doric and writing on community and female experience. She is also an editor for Leopard Arts and a visual artist. 

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Ulianka 

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Mabel Chambers 

Kirsty Lawie

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