Peterhead graduate to display work at exhibition

Gemma Jamieson
Gemma Jamieson

A Gray’s School of Art graduate from Peterhead is preparing to unveil new work at a prestigious Edinburgh exhibition showcasing the best of Scotland’s young emerging artists.

Gemma Jamieson (24), who graduated last year in Contemporary Art Practice (CAP), is among 61 graduates from Scotland’s five art and six architecture schools to be selected for the eighth annual Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) New Contemporaries show which will be held at the RSA Galleries from March 5 to 30.

The exhibition provides a platform to showcase work done by Scotland’s emerging artists and designers, across the fields of painting, sculpture, film making, architecture and installation.

Gemma, alongside nine other Robert Gordon University (RGU) graduates, has been given the opportunity to launch her career to a wider audience after her successful participation at the RGU degree show last summer.

The former Peterhead Academy pupil, who challenged the north-east’s boy racer culture with her degree show piece - a crashed car - last year, says she is delighted to participate at the upcoming RSA New Contemporaries.

“Although I received the RSA award with my crashed car I sadly couldn’t take it to Edinburgh for the show,” Gemma said. “However, I am keeping with the banger theme and making numerous printed embroidery hoops all containing banger cars and parts.

“My project shows that despite all that happens in a race and all the money that goes into it, it is still a hobby and I’ve chosen to show that through the opposite of a very girlie interest.”

Since her graduation at Gray’s last year, Gemma has moved down to England where she has been busy working on her project for the exhibition as well as trying to adjust to a new way of life.

She said: “My time at Gray’s was fantastic, I’m absolutely gutted I’m not there anymore, not seeing my peers and not having the daily rituals of coffee, cakes and printing.

“The tutors were great and made my time there rewarding and meaningful. I have a lot to thank Gray’s for, and will always remember the place.”