There are many people involved in the Unreal Estate by Gabrielle Reith. This page is a little insight into the contributors to this project.

Gabrielle Reith – Artist & Curator

Gabrielle ReithGabrielle is an artist, illustrator and maker based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her work is the magical world of ‘Small Stories’ where every piece tells a tale. She makes elaborate pen & ink drawings that evolve into beautiful stories based on her & her children’s imagination, infused with traditional tales.

She graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 1998 with an honours degree in Drawing and Painting. Since graduating she has forged a successful career as an artist with work in collections worldwide.

The daughter of an Aberdeen Artist & Architect (Patricia Reith & Alexander Reith), Gabrielle has strong roots in Aberdeen & is truly passionate about her home city.


Philip Thompson – Designer

Philip ThompsonPhilip studied HND Graphic Design in Aberdeen College of Commerce (1991 – 1994) and has worked as a professional designer for a wide range of small & large scale clients. In 2006 Philip successfully obtained a Master of Fine Art (MFA) at Gray’s School of Art. His work explores the relationship between design & fine art, utilizing many mediums (computer, arduino, music, sculpture, writing & drawing) using the name “Black Forest Grotto

Philip was a selected artist in last year’s Look Again Festival, creating the engaging, interactive sculptural addition “the Wee Mannie” to the “Mannie Well” sculpture in the Castlegate.

Philip brings his design & content management skills to the Unreal Estate project.

John Rutherford – Photographer

rud2_100.jpgJohn is an Aberdeen based, self taught, photographer documenting Union Street for the Unreal Estate project. In 2009 he set up the Visions Photography Club & has showed his work at the Aberdeen Winter Gardens amongst other places as Gaia Photography. Predominantly a landscape photographer he has toured the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in search of getting “that” shot.


Charley Buchan – Writer & Musician

charley_buchanCharley is the creator of “Fitlike records” – an Aberdeen Based record label recording & promoting North East Scottish musicians. He is also a highly accomplished musician himself, recording as C S Buchan & also with his daughter, Katie Buchan, as “Best Girl Athlete“.

Shane Strachan – Writer

shane_strachanShane is a writer based in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is published nationally, and has had theatre work staged in Aberdeen. His work is inspired by the language and landscape of the North East of Scotland, often incorporating North East Scots (Doric). Shane has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen and teaches within academic and community settings.

The Artists

Allan Watson

allan_watsonAllan studied sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, graduating in 1986. Since then he has continued to live and work in the area, participating in a wide range of projects including exhibitions, public art projects, artist-in-residence schemes, international workshops, and the completion of a PhD in 1992 that focused on chance and decision making within creative practice. In 1994 Allan joined the teaching staff at Grays and is currently Head of Postgraduate Studies.

Cozmik Nuggets

cozmikCozmik Nuggets is a “thing” from a subconscious deep space, currently residing inside a mountain cave humanimal from the North East of Scotland… it likes peace times and furry beasts and eats vegetables and pop culture and spends its days making arts of all kinds although usually just scribbling on paper and magazines, we like it here.. we likes biking and the outdoors, bird, deer and bugs but not the long dark winters. We are excited to welcome spring with new artworks. We are a Pisces whom come in pieces in peace…

Kelly-Anne Cairns


Kelly studied painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. After graduating in 1999 with a BA (Hons) she was awarded the John Kinross Travel Scholarship to Florence. She was accepted for the BP Portrait Award exhibiting in the National portrait gallery London. She exhibits regularly in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London selling her work worldwide. The author J.K.Rowling is among her many private buyers. Described as “accomplished and powerful” The Herald, Kelly-Anne describes her work as portraying the human form and emotions through simplified lines, colour and pattern.

Caitlin Hynes

caitlin_profilepicCaitlin graduated from Grays School of Art in 2014 with a first class honours in Printmaking. She was selected as one of The Skinny’s New Graduates and Following this she completed a year long Graduate Residency during which she made work for shows including RSA New Contemporaries (then selected for Scottish Art at the Fleming in London), Scottish Drawing (RSA) & a Solo Show at Smart Consultants in Aberdeen. She is interested in the webs we create as our actions and words flow through each other . We share beliefs and oppose others, we connect and disconnect, gripping and letting go. The belief in science and magic, where myths meet real life , where she finds this melting pot. (Cauldron).

Anne Marquiss

anne_marquiss_profileAnne studied Jewellery and 3D Design at Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen, graduating in 1992. She designs and makes work using traditional jewellery techniques to create one off contemporary pieces. She is interested in developing simple forms, with a focus on surface decoration, using etching, hammering and oxidisation. Anne is a teacher of Art and Design and a lecturer at Gray’s, supporting students to build portfolios for application to Art School and jewellery design courses. She exhibits her work through galleries, exhibitions and design events and is part of the ‘LOOK INSIDE’ design collective, established in Aberdeen in 2016.

Hilary Duncan

hilary_duncan_profileHilary is a ceramic artist working from her studio in Blackhall Forest, just outside Banchory. Her hand-built ceramics, built with slab and coils, are inspired by local landscapes and stories. Since graduating from Gray’s School of Art in 2009 she has had residencies at Gray’s and in the Geology Department of Aberdeen University for the Fabric of the Land Exhibition. Hilary is particularly interested in public engagement with the creative process, and the social and well-being aspects of creativity. She has collaborated with other artists in community projects over the past few years. The first was Seasonal Dishes, with Buchanans Bistro at Woodend Barn. People of all ages made ceramic bowls, then gathered together to eat Seasonal meals prepared by Buchanans, using the bowls they had made. The second was River of Fish where people made ceramic salmon at different stages of their life-cycle. These 250 fish were mounted on steel rods and made an installation which travelled to various venues, including Balmoral, Braemar Castle and Woodend Barn.

Mark McCracken

markMark studied painting in Cumbria and now works in various mediums exhibiting locally and internationally. Since being elected as a professional member of the Society of Scottish artists he has been commissioned for projects including The University of Washington press and 3M, which, in collaboration with SMART consultants?, won the 2013 Arts and Business award for cultural branding. He describes his work as post-digital.

Andy Kennedy

andy_kennedyAndy is a creative person and thinker and has been teaching and producing art, film and music for over 25 years holding various commissions and contracts. He has been responsible for inventing, developing and delivering practical and critical education in the fields of design, art, multimedia, film and music both privately and publicly. This includes curricular and course development, award winning community arts and media projects and a multitude of one off creative projects through individual mentoring and support contexts.

Craig Ellis

craig_ellisCraig is Head of first year studies at Gray’s School of Art (RGU). Currently his scholarly activities are concerned with visualising the creative process and exploring the archive as a metaphor to aidthis. His own work is Sculptural in genesis but now fits the broader definitionof contemporary Fine Art practice, with outputs being realised through a widerange of processes. Concepts drive and reveal the final form of individual outputs but the emphasis is always on making as thinking.

Happy Accident Collective


The Happy Accident Collective is the creative duo of Adrian Reid and Levi Bunyan. Their work focuses around Illustration, murals, printmaking, zines, exhibitions and good times. The HAC spawned from Adrian & Levi going to university together at Gray’s School of Art, where they graduated and became Artists in Residence in 2012 & working together since then.

Last update [March 21st 2016]