Prominent Tayside artists will help relaunch Perth Museum and Art Gallery when it reopens from lockdown on Saturday.
A new exhibit, New Ways of Seeing: Scottish Art Schools, will feature work from well known figures from Perth and Fife as well as former and current lecturers from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Arts in Dundee.
The display focuses on major works from painters who studied at Scotland’s four art schools in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Amy Fairley, arts officer at Perth Museum, hopes the new 25-piece exhibition will draw back crowds following the shutdown.
Amy said: “We thought it was a really good opportunity to showcase the modern and contemporary Scottish artist we have in our collection.
“I think that people are really interested to see what we have in our collection.
“There’s some really fantastic work and some that haven’t been seen very often and haven’t been out in a number of years.
“There’s also some wonderful Scottish female artists and it it is great to get them out.
“There’s a 1939 William Crosbie (La Vie Distraite) – it’s the largest known surrealist artwork by a Scottish artist – and there’s another quite beautiful surrealist artwork by Sandy Fraser who died this year.”
Also featured is Perth artist Derrick Guild who studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone College.
Between 1992 and 2011, Guild also worked part time as a lecturer at the art school.
Amy said: “He produces really quite realistic work that’s based on fifteenth to nineteenth century still life.”
A second former Dundee lecturer featured in the exhibition is Peter Collins while current lecturer Philip Braham and retired lecturer and sculptor Alastair Ross will also have work displayed in the display, which is set to run until next year.
Visitors will also be able to view the work of emerging Scone artist Paul Reid who Amy believes, “is really making a name for himself at the moment”, and Fife artist William Gear who was born in Methil and attended Edinburgh College of Art.
The exhibit open on August 1 and will run until January 2021.
Amy said: “It’s got a long run and hopefully it will draw in a number of people.”
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