Visual Arts

Gallery exhibitions

The gallery showcases a diverse programme of local, national and international artists through exhibitions, residencies, projects and participation. The programme is thematically linked with our performance programme wherever possible allowing us to explore ideas in more depth.


Hilary Duncan and Helen Jackson

Wattle and Daub

Tuesday 10 - Saturday 21 April @ 12pm - 4pm (closed Sunday and Monday)

Wattle and Daub is a unique collaboration in Willow and Ceramics with Helen Jackson and Hilary Duncan. Over the past year, Helen and Hilary have explored the connections between these two ancient skills.  Their exhibition is the story of this process, with a selection of the work created along the way. 

Read more about the workshops associated with this exhibition here.



Elaine Reid


Tuesday 6 March - Saturday 17 March 12pm-4pm

FLOURISH, our wellbeing project emphasising the benefits of writing in nature, was launched in May 2017 by writer-in-residence Elaine Reid. Based in the Wild Garden, Elaine created a giant word installation for the project launch which included 23 acrylic words hung in the trees. These became the focus for a variety of local schools and the wider community including writing for wellbeing, visual poetry and labyrinth walking. Breathe, a collaboration with choreographer Mairi Allan, also used these words as their inspiration for a series of three found poetry and movement workshops.

This exhibition brings together work created by all the community groups involved in the project alongside Elaine's own work - a series of visual poems based on the words which became her 'Temenos 23'. Temenos: a boundaried piece of ground designated as a sacred space or sanctuary.

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John Wallace

The Same Hillside

Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 March

As part of the Barn's contributions to National Climate Change Week, John Wallace (video artist) and Professor Pete Smith (University of Aberdeen) present a looped, multiscreen audiovisual installation. 

An immersive audiovisual exploration of human links to upland ecosystems, filmed and recorded in the remote but highly productive area of Southern Scotland where three mighty rivers, the Annan, Tweed and Clyde, begin. 

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The Same Hillside, looped video installation

Julia Gardiner and Allan Watson 

Shared Practice: Repetition Variation Transformation 

7 October - Saturday 4 November 2017

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.

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Allan Watson. Constructed Tree Beech (left) and Julia Gardiner. Umbra. Penumbra. Antumbra (right).

Slow Motion. Published artworks by Peacock Print Studio 2010-2016 

Until 8 April 2017

Aberdeen’s Peacock Visual Arts displays new artworks published in the studio over a 7 years period. Artists include Claire Barclay, John Byrne, Mike Giant, Tom Hammick, Janice Kerbel, Scott Myles, David Noonan, Toby Paterson, Ralph Steadman, Donald Urquhart, Frances Walker and many more.