Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
Foundation date: 16 November 1885
Active: 1885 -
Function: Art school
Rules: Three diploma courses provided; Drawing and Painting, Design and Sculpture. Courses extend over four years (two years of general training in the lower school and two years of specialised training in the upper school.
Disciplines separated into; Drawing and Painting, Design and Crafts, Sculpture and Architecture.
General classes (both day and evening) consisted of drawing from life and objects, design, lettering and illumination, leatherwork, modelling, modelling from life, embroidery, handloom weaving and metalwork and jewellery.
Technical classes (which lead to the City and Guilds of London Institute) consisted of; a course for Painters and Decorators, Course for monumental masons and stonecutters, course for cabinetmakers, course for upholsterers and a course for watch and clock-making.
Courses for architects, builders and plumbers were taught at the School of Architecture. Facilities also provided for the training of commercial art, this includes sculpture and modelling and woodcarving. Also training of specialist teachers of art.
Scholarships and Bursaries divided into four categories:
1) Travelling Scholarships (for a period from 6 to 9 months)
2) Local scholarships (Byrne Scholarship c.1924. As with the Travelling Scholarship, the Governors can retain one of more works made during tenure of the scholarships.
3) Financial Assistance from Education Authorities.(Bursaries etc.)
4)Prizes - bequests, legacies, offered to students of merit and who have completed the third stage of the Diploma course.
History or description: The School was founded by John Gray, Engineer, Aberdeen, and was formed as part of Robert Gordon's Technical College. For educational purposes is was recognised as a Central Art Institution. Under conditions approved by the Scottish Education Department, diplomas and certificates are awarded to students. [summarised from the 1951 prosepectus]
Activities: art classes, classes, classes in drawing, classes in landscape painting, classes in life drawing , classes in modeling, classes in modeling from the life, classes in painting, classes in painting from the life, classes in watercolour painting, classes in woodcarving, lectures, lectures on art
Benefits: advice from fellow members, criticism of work by fellow members, eligible for awards, eligible for exhibition, grants and prizes, guaranteed inclusion in exhibitions, medals, participation in all events, prizes, use of library, use of studio, use of club premises, hardship fund
Composition: men and women members
Funding types: bequests, donations, fees
Employees, Students & Members
Period Start: 1885
Period End: 1886
Exhibitions, Courses, Meetings and other Events
Courses offered included Course for Monumental Masons and Stonecutters (Gray's School of Art), 1951
Courses offered included Course for Sculpture at Gray's School of Art, 1938
Courses offered included Course for Sculpture at Gray's School of Art, 1930
Courses offered included Course for Sculpture at Gray's School of Art, 1924
Courses offered included Course for Sculpture at Gray's School of Art, 1921-1922
Courses offered included Course for Crafts at Gray's School of Art, 1921-1922
No head of design at this point. Assistant teachers included Mary Walker.
Courses offered included Course for Sculpture and Crafts at Gray's School of Art, 1919
Courses offered included Course for Sculpture at Gray's School of Art, 1919
Courses offered included Course for Sculpture and Modelling at Gray's School of Art, 1910
Institutional and Business Connections
Formed out of Aberdeen Mechanics Institute
Lecturers included Richard Ross Robertson
1946 - 1979
Professors of sculpture included Leo A Clegg
Professors of sculpture included Sidney Nicholson Boyes
Head of Sculpture
Professors of sculpture included William Banbury
Professors of sculpture included Thomas Bayliss Huxley- Jones
1937 - 1947
Head of Sculpture Deparment
Students included Scott Sutherland
1928 - 1929
Students included Richard Ross Robertson
1934 - 1939
Teachers of modeling included J.P Fraser
Modelling in Clay
Teachers of modeling included Robert Ogg
Teachers of modeling included George Burgess
Modelling in Clay
Teachers of modeling included William Hamilton Buchan
Teachers of modeling included Oliver C. Addison
Teachers of woodcarving included John Macmillan
Citing this record
'Gray\'s School of Art, Aberdeen', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/organization.php?id=msib6_1211451311, accessed 30 Apr 2017]