3M + Bread PR
On Tuesday 4 September 2012, at the launch of British Science Week in Aberdeen, diversified technology company 3M™ joins forces with the Smart Gallery to unveil More than Post-it Notes, a new artwork made completely out of 3M products. Aberdeen artist Mark McCracken’s representation of Dana Petroleum’s Hanze platform, using predominantly Post-it Super Sticky Notes from 3M, encapsulates the innovation, which drives the North-East’s buoyant oil and gas economy.
Aberdeen Arts Centre
Curated a yearlong arts programme for Aberdeen Arts Centre in 2009 delivering an array of work from emerging & established artists as well as touring exhibitions. This was partly funded by Aberdeen City Council.
Dec 2004 – Jan 2013
SMART Consultants curated 7 exhibitions per year for the Foyer Restaurant & Gallery, which showcased the work of emerging and established artists. We presented over 100 artists in this time and obtained over 50 corporate sponsors to cover the costs of the exhibition programme.
To present an artist brief and select an appropriate artist to form a new artist commission/mural for McCombie's Court, Aberdeen. This is to refer to the new design visuals implemented by Managed Graphics and be complimentary to the surrounding businesses. McCombie's Court is primarily used as a walkway from Union Street to M&S and by inserting a cultural experience in this area we aim for it to become a cultural point of reference in our cities cultural landscape.
SMART Consultants curate 4/5 exhibitions per year for the BP Atrium Gallery. We have programmed over 22 exhibitions to date, seeking to set in place a programme of exhibitions that represent all mediums of art. We are specifically interested in looking at the beauty of the everyday, the relationship that artists draw from, the way in which the artists set out a visual language through a variety of art forms and educating an audience with a variety of accessible but challenging mediums and content.
Curated an exhibition entitled – Changing Times, Changing Attitudes mapping 30 years of social care in celebration of their 30-year anniversary. This was a touring exhibition that went to all four Scottish major cities and attracted 1000’s of visitors.
Creative Learning Team, Aberdeen City Council
Designed two publications in association with Open Box Design Agency for 1. ‘What’s the story’ competition 2. Arts across learning festival 2010. In 2012 we project managed ‘Secrets of the Green’ – a heritage plaque trail for Aberdeen’s Green area.
Friends of Aberdeen International Youth Festival
SMART Consultants curated a special exhibition and website to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF). The exhibition, which was supported by the AIYF friends of the festival, brought together 40 years of one-off items of memorabilia and snapshots of memories from those involved in the festival, the exhibition and website was the first ever comprehensive archive to be created in the festival’s history.
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust
Worked in association to provide exhibitions for their gallery space and held our first Tea Cosy – alternative art craft and design fair, which was supported by the Spark Plug Curators Award 2007, Crafts Council, England.
Delivered Tea Cosy and Peacock Print Shop as part of weekend events to help raise the profile of Rosemount and its local businesses in 2010.
SMART were the art advisory for an open submission exhibition – Sofa So Good - at the Foyer gallery, which attracted artists from all over the UK.
Facilitated the development and selection of high profile artist to make a memorial / remembrance piece of artwork, internationally renowned Scottish sculptor Doug Cocker was commissioned in 2011.
London 2012 Open Weekends
Curated Tea Cosy Carousel as part of the London 2012 yearly open weekend and attracted 1000+ visitors to participate in DIY Craft. Culture Crush was a curated festival weekend to celebrate one year to go and included working with Aberdeen Art Gallery, Citymoves Dance Agency, APA and National Theatre of Scotland. It celebrated all forms of art with a real focus on public engagement, from an interactive hairdresser to street dance and theatre. These projects formed a nation wide cultural programme in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics. Aberdeen’s projects were supported by BP and co-funded by Creative Scotland.
Robert Gordon University
SMART Consultants initiated a relationship with RGU in association with charity Aberdeen Foyer to deliver an arts programme for the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Gray’s School of Art from 2006 - 2008. Our programme included exhibitions – SMART DESIGNS, Exemplar Buildings II, Timber Skins, Thinking and Making, RIBA Stirling Prize, 6th British International Miniature Print Exhibition, Drawing Breath – 10 Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize.
St James Place Wealth Management
Worked closely with two key partners from St James to deliver at high profile exhibition for their office space entitled – CREAM, this was an elite selection from Scotland’s finest artists and designers. We held an exclusive event for them where they invited key clients to the viewing with a view to investing in the arts.
‘The Collector’ - A lifetime investment in the beauty of art
The evening of December 4th will see Cristina Vettese and Keith Douglas’s wonderful private collection of modern art made public in a one off Collector’s show at St. James’s Place Wealth Management’s offices in the heart of the West End of Aberdeen.
The British Science Festival
SMART Consultants worked in association with a selected group of Gray’s School of Art sculpture students to create an interactive music event that brought the arts and science together. This formed part of The British Science Festival in 2012. The Festival brought together over 350 of the UK’s top scientists and engineers to showcase and discuss the latest developments in science. This was implemented through talks, workshops and citywide projects.
4H+ exhibits artwork from four generations of the Henderson family from Aberdeen, which will be on display at the Tweed Homes Ashley Lodge Gardens development on Great Western Road this weekend. Tweed Homes and SMART Consultants invited members of the public to this unique exhibition from the Hendersons, in two of the new flats in the West End.
University of Aberdeen
SMART Consultants are the curators and facilitators of ‘Fabric of the Land’ exhibition held at the Geology Department, UoA. Fabric of the Land is a open submission exhibition that bridges the gap between art and science and has a specific brief each year for the artist/geologist to respond to. Our key sponsor for 2013 is Dana Petroleum and we attract over 700 visitors to the Geology Department each year where we transform a laboratory into a gallery space
University of Dundee
SMART Consultants curated 3 key CRAFT exhibitions in association with DJCAD from 2007 to 2010. This was part of a major research project Past, Present and Future Craft Practice headed up by Prof Georgina Follett and Dr Louise Valentine both of DJCAD. We curated over 27 international craft related projects as part of New Craft Future Voices and brought key touring exhibitions to the University as part of rolling craft programme. In 2010 we curated an exposition – Future Craft Research Exposition, this was to document 5 years of research for PPFCP, which was part of the first Craft Festival for Scotland.