Rachel Grant & Gianni Esporas Join LUX Scotland Team

Part of Aberdeen Programme

A hand reaches up to a stone with a hole that reveals bright blue sky dotted with white clouds.
Barbara Hammer, Bent Time, 1984. Courtesy the artist and LUX

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Grant (Project Manager) and Gianni Esporas (Event Assistant) have been appointed to deliver LUX Scotland’s professional development programme for early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators.

The image is a closely cropped headshot of Rachel Grant. She is looking straight to camera and smiling. She has glasses, dark hair that is tied back and a fringe that is swept to the side. She is wearing a brightly coloured purple top with blue, white and black floral patterns. The background is white.

Rachel Grant is a freelance curator based in Aberdeen and operates through Fertile Ground, a critical platform for her practice. Fertile Ground develops curatorial projects that take a context-specific, interdisciplinary approach and primarily focus on new commissions of work. She has been working as a curator since 2015 and has worked ad hoc in arts education. From 2019 – 20 Rachel was Shadow Curator for the Curatorial Fellowship with curator Naoko Mabon, supported by Peacock Visual Arts. Current projects include Paradigms, an exhibition of work by emerging artists in Aberdeen and Plymouth. This includes the public programme Where do we go from here?, a conversational series by and for those working in the visual arts sector of Aberdeen. Recent projects include CRUDE an exhibition and public programme (2021), Imagining St Fittick’s (2021) )and Speculative Fiction: Practicing Collectively (2020).

Gianni’s back is facing the camera. The background is white which contrasts with Gianni’s black hair that is attached to the wall, creating a web-like pattern.

Gianni Esporas is a recent graduate from Gray’s School of Art that studied Contemporary Art Practice (Moving Image). She is an artist and researcher interested in female labour, inspecting those themes through the material of hair.

Part of Aberdeen Programme

The LUX Scotland Aberdeen Programme aims to support early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme has run from since 2018 and has included job opportunities, workshops, screenings and online commissions. The programme was led by Project Manager Rachel Grant between 2021–24.

Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding, this continues our previous work to support, develop and promote artists’ moving image practices across Scotland, and builds on our work in the Aberdeen area, which began in 2018.

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