Gray’s students open inaugural design exhibition at new studio in Aberdeen

Communication Design students at Gray’s School of Art will open an exhibition at Hatch in The Academy on Belmont Street on December 2nd. 

The exhibition, which is open to the public, features work from students across first, second and third year and includes 50 3D models and over 80 posters. 

The projects and themes vary across the year groups and includes work generated in MAKE Aberdeen - a digital fabrication studio based on Belmont Street. 

Make Aberdeen is operated by the Gray’s and has assisted with the production and printing of the work on display, using the latest 3D modelling and digital printing technologies.

The exhibition will be housed in Hatch – a new creative industries incubator space and graduate enterprise which has been set up by Lewis Fraser and Lewis Copland, recent graduates of the BA Hons Communication Design course. They aim to create a communal studio and facility that creative practitioners and designers can access during their studies, and importantly post-graduation.

Following Friday’s inaugural exhibition, Hatch is scheduled to host a series of other events including the ‘No Ball Games’ Communication Design Festival which will include a combination of exhibits, workshops and guest speakers. 

Iain Morrison, lecturer in Communication Design at Gray’s School of Art, said “We aim to showcase some of the work being produced by city’s design students and engage with the local creative industries and the wider public.”

“We hope that this initiative will highlight the significant levels of design talent within Aberdeen. 

“Given the recent down turn in the oil and gas sector it is important the city is able to diversify and we want to encourage our students to remain within the city after they graduate and establish themselves as part of the local creative economy.

“We would like to thank John at The Academy for his support in helping to get Hatch up and running and for strengthening the links between RGU and the centre.”

Businesses within the local area have also been supporting the new creative enterprise including The Academy, Belmont FilmhouseFierce Beer and Six Degrees North.  

The exhibition previews Friday, Dec 2nd, at Hatch – The Academy, Belmont Street from 2.00-5.00pm. 

It then continues from Saturday 3rd – Wednesday 7th at 11.00am-2.00pm

For further information please contact Lewis Fraser at or Lewis Copland at


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