boundaries: a city of sky and sea


 Flare or Flow, Gill Russell , 2022

Boundaries: a City of Sky and Sea is the first of Aberdeen Performing Arts new exciting programme of visual arts commissions featuring a range of art forms to be profiled across their venues.

In March 2022, Gill Russell created Flare or Flow, an exhibition of new work for Aberdeen Music Hall in response to the essay A Narrow Glimpse of Sea by writer Esther Woolfson.

The collaboration between Gill and Esther explored Aberdeen’s relationship with the North Sea and the natural landscape of the City of Aberdeen. Extending beyond topographical boundaries, both artist and writer used the natural landscapes of the area to connect to wider, universal issues facing individuals, society and the planet.

The themes are expressed through an installation of digital prints, vinyl wall drawings, texts, maps and extracts from Esther’s writing. The separate themes can be accessed through the links below.

A book, 'Boundaries: A City of Sky and Sea' was created by Gill as a legacy of the project. It can be downloaded here.

An event at the Music Hall about Gill and Esther's collaboration,  'Exploring Boundaries: The Art of Collaboration is at 6pm, 23 Aug. All welcome, free, but ticketed.

Flare 1, gill russell 2022, digital print 180cm x 123 cm




birdline, gill russell, 2022

pipeline, gill russell, 2022

Flare or Flow opens at Aberdeen Music Hall,  March 25 2022

Follow links below for the exhibition themes: