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The work of one of Scotland’s most revered contemporary artists, Barbara Rae, is to go on display in St Andrews, thanks to the University of St Andrews’ Museum Collections.

On show will be the University’s extensive collection of the artist’s work, alongside paintings loaned to the University for the purpose of the exhibition.

Barbara Rae RA: Place and Process will focus on her recent work, and promises to be a vibrant showcase of colourful and abstract acrylic paintings and collages, prints and etchings, and a special tapestry designed by the artist.

Rae, whose contributions to art were recognised in the form of a CBE in 1999, is an honorary graduate of the University, having been made a Doctor of Letters in 2008.

She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1996, and is also a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission and the Royal Scottish Academy.

The exhibition is open to the public and will take place between 23 August and 13 December, in both the Gateway Galleries and the School of Art History.

Dr Rae said:

“I am delighted to be associated again with the University St Andrews; an irresistible invitation accepted although I refused others for this year.

“The exhibition gives a reasonably comprehensive overview of my prints these last two years, and I hope students and visitors can gain pleasure from my work and images.

“We are living in exciting political times with Scotland asserting its international credentials, and any good artist naturally feels their work of international interest.”

The exhibition is curated by Museum Collections, and Co-Director Dr Helen C. Rawson hopes visitors will be enthused by the work on show.

Dr Rawson said:

“This free public exhibition, held in the Gateway Galleries and the foyer of the School of Art History offers a wonderful opportunity for students and the public alike to enjoy these vibrant and inspiring artworks.”

As well as the ongoing exhibition, there will be a series of events including a talk given by Dr. Rae, as well as opportunities to get creative and follow her inspiration.

The exhibition is open at the Gateway Galleries on the North Haugh weekdays from 9am until 3.45pm and on Saturdays from midday until 4pm, and at the School of Art History on North Street weekdays 10am until 4pm.

For more information, visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/museum. Event bookings can be made by contacting the Learning and Access team on (01334) 461663/1660 or museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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