Stirling artist exhibits new show at innovation park

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A new exhibition by figurative Stirling artist Greer Ralston will open at the university’s innovation park this Friday.

Ralston’s display is part of the innovation park’s Art on the Park programme which showcases the work of local artists in its Scion House reception area.

The show will launch at the open day this Friday, September 29, from 12 to 2 p.m. and will include a talk from the artist.

The Stirling-based painter’s show titled Under The Surface brings together figurative works exploring a variety of women’s issues with paintings.

Her work examines the subject of clothes and their relationship to the wearer, also exploring complex themes such as sexuality, loss, and illness.

The exhibition runs until mid-December 2023 and is open to the public and employees from the various companies based at the Innovation Park from 9 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Ralston said: “It’s a great opportunity for me to display my work in a non-commercial space, rather than an art gallery, and allows me to bring together a series of paintings which are very meaningful to me.

Displaying artworks in an unusual space is an inspiring idea and means people can show art which is less commercial and perhaps a little more controversial than usual.

“I’m pleased to have the chance to exhibit in Stirling and to reach a different audience as well as supporting the concept of bringing art into an office space.”

Artist Greer Ralston (left) and Head of Stirling University Innovation Park Lynn Harris (right) pictured with one of Ralston’s paintings. Image credit: Stirling Uni Innovation Park

Following Covid-19 restrictions, this initiative relaunched last September, marking Ralston as the third artist to host an exhibition at the centre post-Covid.

When speaking on the display, she continued: “The show is a combination of two exhibitions – the first of which is based on the emotional journeys of different women going through various life events including breast cancer, bereavement and surgery.

“I’ve put those works together with more recent paintings of clothing which look at what our clothes say about us, what we do with them and how we present ourselves.”

Head of Stirling University Innovation Park, Lynn Harris, founded the Art on the Park programme in 2006. Since then, this initiative has highlighted the works of more than 40 local artists including Greer Ralston now.

She said: “We’re delighted to see Greer’s stunning artwork in our space and think people will really enjoy the exhibition.

“The variety and depth of her work is amazing and there is real purpose and meaning behind her paintings.

“The Art on the Park programme has proved a major success over the years and we strive to offer a variety of artworks by local artists.

“Everyone has the chance to exhibit in our Scion House reception which lends itself perfectly to art with all its glass and natural light and it’s wonderful to be able to keep the walls fresh and alive with different works.”

Lynn added: “The exhibitions are a good opportunity for people who work in the Park to get away from their desks for a while to come and look at the paintings and chat about them with their colleagues.

“We’re also pleased to offer local artists a platform and we’ll be featuring a new artist – or group of artists – approximately every eight weeks. The key is that our exhibitors are local people, whether they are amateur or professional artists, who are keen to collaborate with us and showcase their work.”

For more details on the Stirling University Innovation Park, visit their website: www.suip.co.uk.

Featured image credit: Stirling Uni Innovation Park

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