Michael Agnew
First Name: Michael
Surname: Agnew
Position: Subject Leader in Printmaking, Contemporary Art Practice, Gray’s School of Art
Telephone: 01224 263626

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer. Responsibilities include design and implementation of printmaking undergraduate course.
  • Member of School Academic Board.
  • Lecturer M.A. Art and Design.
  • PHD supervisory role.

Academic Background

  • Grays School of Art, Aberdeen.1986 to 1990, BA Hons in Fine Art, Printmaking.
  • Royal College of Art, London.1990 to 1992, MA in Printmaking.
  • Visiting Lecturer in Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. 1993.
  • Lecturer in Printmaking at Grays School of Art. 1993 to present.
  • Visiting Lecturer in Printmaking at AKI School of Art, Enschede, Holland. 2009.
  • External Examiner in Digital Arts and Visual Communication at University of East London. 2009 to 2012.

Research Interests / Professional Background

Research investigates the making of contemporary artworks/artefacts for public exhibitions that examine the extremes of reality/fantasy in relation to Scottish literature & history, locale, the autobiographical, apocrypha and place. Michael aims to be a visual storyteller, contextualising the politics and role of the artist as teacher. This research looks at the possible ways, through new technologies and meaning, which ideas can be presented through drawing/painting/printmaking to challenge audiences. It also examines the potential impact on visual language through collaborative practice. Collaborations have included working with artists, writers, curators, graphic designers, educators, researchers and historians to arrive at outputs, exhibited nationally and internationally.

Michael is interested in the print portfolio as collective discourse, a portable group exhibition or publication of ideas, that challenge perceived conventions or cultural understanding within the field. Research practices explore new technologies/platforms, to reveal innovation through methodology, philosophy and presentation, or the continual personal evolution of the visual language of the fine artist. This research and acquisition of new knowledge centres on pedagogic applications to course curricula design within the printmaking subject area at Gray’s and contemporary fine art practice within the school as a whole.

Prior to teaching he was workshop manager and editioning printmaker at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen.   

21st Centruy Luther - by Michael Agnew

Additional Information / Media work / Funding

In 2011, July to October, a significant output was the exhibition ‘Hurricane Lamb at Duff House’, Banff. This survey examined the potential visual territories of language and fictive themes through literature and its connections to Scotland, especially the northeast. Role was as curator and editor in collaboration with fellow members of Cultures of Representation cluster group Andrew Cranston, Lennox Dunbar and David McCracken from Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen.

In total there were 8 artists exploring the themes of fiction in relation to a broad range of fine art outputs. This group of artists are intrinsic to the next phase of the project, namely the production of a limited print portfolio to be executed in 2012/13. This collaboration included international renowned artists Georgia Russell, Donald Urqhuart, Paul Housley and Adam Dant.

This project is supported by IDEAS Research Institute at The Robert Gordon University, Peacock Visual Art, Duff House, Aberdeenshire Council, Historic Scotland, National Galleries Of Scotland and Grays School of Art.

The publication was funded through a SFI Award, IDEAS, The Robert Gordon University.

Professional Body Membership

  • Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
  • Professional member Aberdeen Artists Society.

Key Publications

Michael Agnew: Paintings and Prints.
Published by Peacock Printmakers [Peacock Visual Arts] Aberdeen.
Authors - Doug Cocker and Arthur Watson.
ISBN 0-952 3608-0-2.

Michael Agnew: Recent Works.
Published by Compass Gallery, Glasgow and The Robert Gordon University.
Authors – Alan Woods and Lennox Dunbar.

Particles Of Light. A History of Aberdeen Artists Society 1827-2000.
Published by The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Author – James Morrison.
ISBN 1 901 085 600.

Etching. A Guide to Traditional Techniques.
Published by The Crowood Press Ltd.
Author – Alan Smith.
ISBN-10: 1861265972.

Guanlan, International Print Biennale A Collection of Prints. Guanlan, China.
Published by China Federation of Literary and Art Circles Publishing Corporation.
Author – Qi Fengge.
ISBN 978-7-5059-5576.

A 2 Z. An Alphabet Book by Michael Agnew and David Blyth.
Published by the Foyer Gallery, Aberdeen.
Authors – Andrew Cranston and Andrea Peach.
ISBN 978-0-9560946-0-5.

Hurricane Lamb at Duff House.
Published by IDEAS Research Institute, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Authors – Michael Agnew, Andrew Cranston, Sean Ashton, Iain Irving, Rachel Kennedy.
ISBN 978-1-907349-03-4.