The All About People Newspaper is part of the All About People exhibition organised by Grampian Hospital Art Trust. The newspaper combines archival material relating to past people and places of Aberdeen, performance stills by Aberdeen Performing Arts and text by Chris Lee. The newspaper uses the archival material and reveals glimpses of Aberdeen’s heritage and reveals how it has been a source of inspiration for the artists involved.
The newspaper transports me to captured moments of Aberdeen’s past and its circular stills and photographs are like looking through a telescope into the past life of Aberdeen’s people and places. Nestled within the newspaper old Aberdeen advertisements jump out such as Fountain Pen Hospital a pen repair shop & Maison Beattie a hairdresser providing further insight into past businesses in Aberdeen, continuing to engage and appeal to future generations.
The writings by Chris Lee inspired by this archival material bring the past to life, telling stories of past characters and their lives. Words and phrases that remind me of Aberdeen and the Northeast speak to me and allow me to engage with the city again from my living room.
If you want to read the newspaper it can be found here
Alexandra McGregor is a visual artist and performer based in Aberdeen. Her work explores feminine rites and traditions seeking out and questioning the present and post female. The narratives within her practice are embedded in historical material with her performances acting as recording mechanisms that seek to unearth ideas around the contemporary female.
Alexandra graduated in 2017 from Gray’s School of Art and from 2017-18 was Graduate in Residence for the Contemporary Art department. She has exhibited at the RSA New Contemporaries (2018) at the Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh, and ‘Positive Geographies’ as part of the Look Again festival (2018). More recently she has exhibited and performed in group exhibitions organised by Nomad. Alexandra recently worked as a volunteer Gallery Assistant in The Suttie Arts Space.