​The Collections team has been busy in the last couple of months!

We attended the Scottish Museums Federation’s Annual Conference at Hampden Park’s Scottish Football Museum. The theme was ‘Seeing the Bigger Picture’, and we heard a variety of speakers get into topics around audience engagement, museum ethics, and workforce wellbeing.

Last month we said goodbye to “Aberdeen Cityscape Looking North” by Mark Scadding, as we lent it to Aberdeen Art Gallery for their new exhibition. “A View of Aberdeen” is curated by Ross MacLennan and Madeline Nehring and opened in May. It will run for five years.

The team has carried out a variety of installs from wards at Woodend to consultation rooms at Cornhill. We’ve had great feedback from all those who use the spaces – artwork can brighten a space so easily.

We visited the Edinburgh College of Art and Gray’s School of Art Degree Shows. It’s so valuable to see what emerging talent is coming into the arts sector and to let it inform the work that we do at GHAT.

It was also a great opportunity to introduce our new University of Aberdeen Museums Studies MA Placement to some of the things we need to consider in Collections, especially around purchasing and displaying artwork for a healthcare setting.