Emerging Contemporary Artists Exhibition

16 February to 15 March 2012

Opening Moray Art Centre’s 2012 exhibition programme, ‘AMPlify’ showcases the work of three young emerging artists from across the Moray area. Produced and curated by the young people themselves, ‘AMPlify’ accumulates the knowledge and experience each artist has gained through participation in the Artist Mentor Programme (AMP) facilitated by Moray Art Centre.

Opening Thursday 16 February, this one-time exhibition provides local emerging artists Steffie Dawn Murray, Tiffany Bottomley and Rebecca JC Prentice with a valuable platform upon which to showcase their work. Each with distinctive and contrasting styles, ‘AMPlify’ includes feminine wall-hangings (mixed media) designed to test reactions; impressionistic landscapes (painting/photography) featuring atmospheric memories and feelings; and powerful reflections (painting/charcoal) of dramatic and thought-provoking themes.

Artist Tiffany Bottomley said, “The ‘AMPlify’ exhibition has widened my experience in exhibition preparation and installation. After returning from Glasgow it’s been great to meet people my own age interested in the arts, and I’ve done this through volunteering at Moray Art Centre, as well as taking part in the Artist Mentor Programme.”

Programme Co-ordinator Kresanna Aigner said, “Moray Art Centre is delighted to present the work of these three art school graduates. The Artist Mentor Programme has been a fantastic opportunity for graduates returning to Moray to further develop their skills and experiences as Creative Learning Practitioners. This exhibition is a prime example of the diverse talent that we have returning to Moray. It is vital that young adults feel inspired to return to the area and that opportunities exist for them here.”

Moray Art Centre’s Artist Mentor Programme is run on behalf of the Moray Creative Learning Network, with support from Creative Scotland and Education Scotland. Information and documentation relating to each mentee’s participation within the Artist Mentor Programme will be displayed in Gallery II. As each collection includes work from different stages in the artist’s portfolio, AMPlify provides a unique glimpse of the journey from art college student to graduate and creative practitioner.