Visual artist Sue Jane Taylor’s vibrant Age of Oil exhibition explores Scotland’s elemental and evolving offshore energy industry.
Hosted in association with National Museums Scotland, Age of Oil brings together a rich display of artworks, films, diary excerpts and artefacts drawn from Taylor’s residencies on North Sea oil platforms over the past decade.
The contemporary works explore the relationship between art, environment and industry across platform life, the vast decommissioning programme and the rise of renewable energy.
Images portray platform life and developments in energy technology including the Pelamis and Wello Penguin wave energy machines at the grid-connected European Marine Energy Centre at Billia Croo, Orkney.
Taylor’s artistic interest in the North Sea oil and gas industry stirred as a child growing up in the Black Isle during the oil boom of the 1970s.
Since then, she has spent over thirty years capturing industry life gaining access to extremely remote and publicly inaccessible offshore installations. Age of Oil draws on projects undertaken over the past ten years.
The exhibition is complemented by three events. These include an Artist's Sketchbook Workshop with Taylor on Sunday 17 March and Remembering Piper Alpha Panel Discussion on Saturday 6 July, the 31st anniversary of the disaster.