Sat 27th February 2021

For three months, we transformed the walls of The Suttie Arts Space into one big diary as we asked NHS Staff and visitors to share their thoughts on life after COVID for our exhibition Sayings in the Suttie, including the things that helped them cope and words of encouragement.

The exhibition was created out of a desire to listen to the NHS staff and visitors as people instead of a nameless homogenous group and was inspired by a communal board in the ICU Ward at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The staff in the ICU ward created a dedicated space where they could share their own thoughts on life after COVID.

As part of the exhibition, GHAT has commissioned Moray-based visual artist Graeme Roger to develop a digital artwork, ‘Life After COVID‘, using the quotes by NHS Grampian staff from the exhibition and ICU Ward. The work was shown in The Suttie Arts Space during the exhibition run and then projected onto the car park opposite Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for an evening in February 2021. It was our way of bringing what’s often left inside to the outside and to share words that may seem particular but are truly universal.

Sayings in the Suttie and the Life After COVID Projection were funded by Creative Scotland and the NHS Grampian Endowment Fund. The event photographs and film footage by Graeme Roger