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Moray art graduate chosen for hospital exhibition

By Lorna Thompson

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A MORAY art school graduate has won the opportunity to exhibit work at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Multi-media artist Kim Welch, a founding member of Orchard Road Studios in Forres, was selected by Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) to show her work at The Suttie Arts Space and The Small Gallery within the hospital.

GHAT’s curatorial team was invited to attend private viewings at Moray School of Art UHI in Elgin and Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. The prize gives new graduates the opportunity to have their first major exhibition after graduating. Gray's graduate Meg Miller was also selected.

The joint exhibition – Sounding Boards and Landing Boards – will run until November 17. The arts programme is run by GHAT and supported by Creative Scotland.

Kim Welch's 'Coppertones' forms part of 'Sounding Boards and Landing Boards' at ARI.
Kim Welch's 'Coppertones' forms part of 'Sounding Boards and Landing Boards' at ARI.

Kim moved to Edinburgh after graduating. While studying in Moray, Kim was awarded the Historic Environment Scotland micro-residency at Dallas Dhu Distillery and an internship with GHAT for the Resonate Disseminate Project.

Kim creates site-specific works influenced by the environment the work will be placed in. For this exhibition, Kim has created a therapeutic space to bounce ideas around and gather opinions through audio-visual work, large-scale drawings, and an interactive sounding board for the audience to write on.

As part of its purpose to enhance the wellbeing of all those who spend time in NHS Grampian premises, GHAT commissions artwork for new developments and hangs work from its collection of 4000 works in hospitals throughout Grampian.

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