Title: Mr
First Name: Peter
Surname: Chalmers
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 263633

A graduate of Gray's School of Art (2007), Peter Chalmers is an award-winning Painter who has exhibited widely nationally.  He teaches across the four-year undergraduate BA Hons Painting course at Gray’s School of Art, as a permanent part-time member of staff, and is an Early Career Researcher for the School and University. He maintains his own studio practice for the remainder of the week in Glasgow.

Duties and Responsibilities

Since 2016, Peter has Coordinated the 1st Year programme for the BA Hons Painting Course at Gray’s School of Art.

Academic Background

2003-2007 B.A Hons Fine Art: Painting (First Class), Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Research Interests

Peter’s work questions how he can approach making in the face of a threat from meaninglessness. Beyond a question of whether he should be making at all, Peter’s work is centred around a question of what and how to make and whether the act of making can in itself create meaning.

Recent work seeks to evoke the sense of suspense found in a glimpse over a dividing wall or the action that occurs just off stage – echoing a reality that anticipates the possibility of meaning, but that must find a way of existing without any certainty of it. 

Current Research

Painted Conversations is a series of exhibitions organised and facilitated by Lyndsey Gilmour and Peter Chalmers, a collaborative partnership that has formed through their roles as Lecturers and Early Career Researchers in the Painting Department at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.  The project seeks to consider and test the potential of visual dialogues between practitioners in realising breakthroughs in Painting practice.  The first exhibition opened in June 2022 and presented the work of Gilmour and Chalmers together for the first time. Subsequent exhibitions feature invited artists from throughout the UK.


Hope Scott Trust

Professional Memberships

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy