Bound at the Smith
Student sculptures wow visitors to the Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Work from current and former Forth Valley College BA Art and Design students is being exhibited at the renowned Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling.
‘Bound’, is the title of the exhibition showing contemporary sculpture from the new artists which has been running in Gallery Two at the Smith since Friday 26 July. The exhibition is intended to create a dialogue between the traditional and the new, in the beautifully and sensitively refurbished gallery and will run until Sunday 1 September.
Helen Varela, Tina Minal, Laura Brown, Kirsten Downie and Liz Gunn - who have all studied at FVC’s Stirling Campus and have moved, or are hoping to move, on to complete their Honours degree at the University of Stirling - have exhibited their work alongside traditional works from the Smith’s collection and it has resulted in great feedback from visitors and the museum staff.
Caroline Mathers, Director, Smith Art Gallery and Museum, said: “The Smith is delighted to be able to host FVC students’ work in our newly refurbished Gallery Two. It has been a fantastic opportunity for the Smith to engage people with contemporary art. The work sits beautifully within the context of a traditional gallery space and the pieces have generated lots of interesting conversations around art, the environment, memory and health. We look forward to future collaborations with FVC.”
FVC Art lecturer Ewan John, said: “Working with The Smith Art Gallery and Museum has given the students a unique opportunity to show their work in a major gallery and has expanded their knowledge of professional working practices outwith the college environment. The work sits incredibly well in the space and its intention, to challenge preconceived ideas of what a traditional gallery represents, has broadened the outlook of everyone involved. We look forward to working with the Smith on further projects to expand on graduating opportunities for our students.”