Julia Gardiner and Allan Watson 

​Shared Practice: Repetition Variation Transformation

Saturday 7 October - Saturday 4 November 2017

Exhibition Opening: Saturday 7 October 2pm- 4pm 

Exhibition Opening Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 12pm-4pm 
Free Entry

*Closed Saturday 21st October & Tuesday 24th October

The title of the exhibition stems from an emphasis of materiality, process and making which sit at the heart of both artists' work. Whilst Gardiner uses hand-made paper to form her intricate constructions, Watson works predominantly with wood and related products such as plywood and filler. The exhibition features new work by both artists and will include their first ever collaborative artworks that investigate elements within the local landscape.

The show “Shared Practice” by Allan Watson and Julia Gardiner is a natural extension of the artists’ relationship and working practice. The exhibition combines individual works, which have been made by each artist, alongside two new collaborative pieces, ‘Complexity of a Mountain’ and the large scale, ‘Bridge to Brig’, which charts the course of the River Dee from Banchory to Aberdeen.

Anne Moore of the Barn’s gallery committee said: “We are very excited to be having this wonderful exhibition here at the gallery. Allan and Julia’s working methods and minimalist sensibilities seem so in tune with each other, but despite the fact that Allan has been crafting the boxes for Julia’s intricate constructions for more than fifteen years, this is the first time they have collaborated to create work together.” 

The new works were made especially for this exhibition, and in response to the environment and the landscape of Deeside.

Julia Gardiner and Allan Watson both graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 1986 and continue to live and work in Aberdeen.


Thursday 19 October
Gallery Focus Talk- 6.30pm- 8pm

Artists Julia Gardiner and Allan Watson discuss the works in their recent exhibition and explore the notion of repetition in visual art.

Thursday 26 October
Tea and Tour- 1pm-2pm

Join members of the Barn's gallery committee for an informal tour of the exhibition with refreshments.

Saturday 28 October
Family Fun Day- Exhibition Explorers
Fun for all the family. Explore our current gallery exhibition and create your own artwork inspired by the artists’ work to take home.
Free- Just drop in