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City’s art collection is on the mov-ie

08/08/14

A film which explores the journey that Aberdeen Art Gallery's Collections will make from its home in Schoolhill to the new Museum Collections Centre in Northfield, has gone on show.

The documentary of Playtime / Placetime project shows internationally renowned artist Anthony Schrag's visit to Aberdeen earlier this year [March-June 2014] to deliver a series of unusual public engagement art events, which featured items from the city's collections.

The Museums Collections Centre, which is due to be completed by Autumn 2015, will be the main location for the Council's Collections of historical objects and artworks while not on public display. Schrag, whose exhibitions and projects centre on live events such as climbing a gallery wall, scaling a drainpipe or rolling down a grassy hill rather than paintings or sculptures, took his unique way of engaging with the public to Union Terrace Gardens, Westburn Tennis Club and Northfield Community Centre.

A book which explores some of the issues raised over the course of the project is also on display at the art gallery.

Christine Rew, Art Gallery and Museums Manager, said "Aberdeen Art Gallery is delighted to be part of GENERATION, the innovative celebration of contemporary art across Scotland. We have an international reputation for collecting contemporary visual art and this project has challenged us to think afresh about the reasons why we collect and display works of art. "

Fiona Mair, learning manager, Aberdeen Art Gallery, said: "It has been so exciting working with Anthony on this project. By taking our collections out to places they have never been before on this special journey we want to encourage more people to engage with our collections in fun and creative ways."

The display is on show until Saturday 16 August.

Playtime / Placetime is funded by Aberdeen City Council's Cultural Awards and Creative Scotland's Generation Associate Partners Fund.