Date: Friday, 23rd February – Friday, 2nd March 2018
Location: The W OR M, 11 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ
Opens: Thursday, 22nd February 2018, 6-8pm
Presented by Peacock Visual Arts as part of W OR M / OPEN programme.
Have you ever met a fully qualified hairdresser who is also one of Scotland’s most active contemporary artists?
If not, then you have the chance to come and see the work of Dunfermline’s Alan Grieve, who with his art organisation Workspace Dunfermline, will be taking over Aberdeen’s The W OR M from Thursday 22 February.
Alan will use the W OR M as a pop-up hair salon and exhibition space on 22 and 23 February, with appointments available for both ladies and gents at £8 per cut; he has over thirty years experience as a professional hairdresser in Dunfermline and his talents are much sought after in the Fife town.
As an artist, Alan’s main medium is drawing. He trained in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, completing both an undergraduate and a Masters degree, and has since exhibited his work all over Scotland; notably, as part of DCA’s Nine Trades exhibition in Dundee in 2010; a four year project of drawings based on local stories and legends, The Real Bothy at Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery in 2014; and as part of the Archipelago exhibition of contemporary art at Summerhall, Edinburgh in 2017.
Alan established Workspace Dunfermline in 2011, and since then he has combined his day job working as a hairdresser and managing the salon, with his activities in contemporary art. In the evening, the chairs and mirrors of the salon are cleared away, to become a small art gallery, open for exhibitions, discussions, talks and community events.
The exhibition, which opens officially on Thursday, 22nd February, 6-8pm and runs until Friday 2 March, will feature Alan’s drawings from the last ten years as well as some new work focusing on offbeat connections between Aberdeen and Dunfermline. Alan is a voracious collector of stories and legends and his drawings are often based on these, featuring surreal humour and puns.
A new fanzine, chronicling Alan’s decade of work and activities with Workspace Dunfermline, will be on sale for the W OR M for the duration of the show, at a cost of £3. To book a hair appointment, follow @workspacedunfermline on Instagram or find the Workspace Dunfermline page on Facebook, and send a message to confirm the details with Alan and colleagues.