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.

Current and upcoming exhibitions 

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FLOURISH: Exhibition

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.

*closed Sunday and Monday

Flourish project celebration

Tuesday 6 March 6pm - 8pm
Free, just drop in

Join Elaine Reid and the Barn's Learning and Engagement manager Linzy McAvoy for an evening of celebration. Elaine will introduce you to the work in the exhibition from the community workshops and her own residency. There will also be poetry readings from participants. Refreshments provided. 


Flourish Exhibition Explorers

Saturday 10 March 1pm - 4pm

Family Fun Day. Explore the Wild Garden and discover more about the labyrinth in the Barn. Be inspired to add a few lines to the community poem being written on the day.

Free, just drop in.


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The Same Hillside, looped video installation


John Wallace: The Same Hillside

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. 

Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 March, 12pm  - 4pm, the Barn 

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. 

Thursday 22 March @ 7pm Talk: The Same Hillside Debate

Join Professor Pete Smith, John Wallace and guests for a chance to hear about their long-running collaboration. Find out about the science that lies behind and informs their work, the technologies linking the installation to the environment, and the latest evidence on climate change from one of the UK’s leading experts in the field. The talk is followed by an open forum where attendees can challenge scientist, artist and each other on the issues raised, and debate routes ahead. 


Organised by the Barn as part of Creative Carbon’s Green Tease network Running time 60 minutes. This event is free but please book a ticket in advance. BOOK


Previous exhibitions


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.

Allan Watson Julia Gardiner

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.