Curated by Sally Hope

9 March-23 April 2020

TheGallery, AUB

An exhibition of work by Morag Myerscough, AUB Honorary Fellow of 2012.

Morag Myerscough is well known for her large-scale structural installations which bring colour and life to public spaces across the country and internationally. Her work can be seen in Sheffield children’s hospital, Burntwood School, Design Museum, London and recent temporary installations from Aberdeen to Australia and New Zealand where the sense of place is understood and developed in collaboration with the local communities.

This exhibition will provide an understanding of the creative processes behind Morag’s work, with the opportunity to experience her studio space, where fragments of past works sit alongside new projects.

Morag’s mantra is ‘make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’.  Born and Bred, London, Morag has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how colour pattern and words can change urban environments and peoples perceptions of spaces into places.

From schools and hospitals to cultural hubs and town centres Morag transforms public spaces by creating engaging experiences for everyone. The Temple of Agape built for the Festival of Love on London’s Southbank in 2014 used public space to create an open, interactive symbol of devotion to love in all its forms.

Her strong visual approach is instantly recognisable and elevates every context in which it is placed. Her work is rooted in creating a sense of joy and belonging for all those who encounter it. Morag creates specific local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the work, using it to create community and build identity.

She often works with community groups to develop ideas that reflect the identity of the users, drawing on shared cultural history and heritage of the local area. Morag’s visual vocabulary is inclusive by nature and its effortless energy resonates both visually and emotionally with audiences well beyond geographical and cultural boundaries.

Morag’s contribution to educational environments was recognised in 2015, when her work with the architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris culminated in Burntwood School, London winning the Stirling Prize for Architecture.

Morag studied at St Martin’s School of Art (now Central St Martins- CSM) and the Royal College of Art, London, UK

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Morag Myerscough Awards Received

2020 Royal Institute of British Architects Honorary Fellow (Hon FRIBA)
2019 University Arts London (UAL CSM),
2019 Honorary Professorship, University for the Creative Arts (UCA), UK,
2019 Honorary Doctorate, Gloucestershire University, UK,
2012 Honorary Fellow, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), UK.

Morag was made a ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ RSA in 2017.

Morag is obsessed with ‘Belonging’ and talks around the world about it.

Morag’s work has been widely published around the world for her social approach and her distinct use of colour and pattern often incorporating positive messaging.-