Festival of Museums: Grand Tour Part One Eternal City
Gray's School of Art (RGU) and Blairs Museum have engaged in a collaborative project to shed light on a rare suit of 18th Century Piranesi prints. Over two year period this collection of 60 prints will be exhibited for the first time across both Museums in a collaborative set of events designed to increase the profile and footfall of both partners.
The prints are excellent examples of Piranesi's draftmanship and mastery of his process, covering architectural subject matter from vast interiors to sprawling cityscapes. Staff from Gray's are engaging in a research project around these elements, which will also be highlighted through a series of ambitious Drawing & Making workshops that will run during the exhibitions. Some of the making will be on a large scale, focusing on the similarity in physical spaces within the prints and the campus architecture.
The parallel workshops are aimed at widening participation both through engagement with local communities and schools. As the focus for an educational opportunity the exhibitions will facilitate the exploration of both Artistic and Architectural practices and therefore internal collaboration within RGU.