Anna Shirron BA MFA

Visual Artist, b. Aberdeen, Scotland, 1985

Anna Shirron studied Painting as an undergraduate at Gray’s School of Art, graduating in 2007. During her time spent there, she was awarded both the Carnegie Travelling Scholarship and David Gordon Memorial Trust Award by the Royal Scottish Academy. Upon leaving the University, she was the winner of the BP Fine Art award which she used to fund her practice for a year, before exhibiting both nationally and internationally.

In 2009, Anna returned to Gray’s to complete a Master of Fine Art which enabled her to explore how her research interests feed into areas out-with Fine Art. This allowed her to create a practice where her Research, Writing and Output all equally inform each other.

‘The basis of my research has been around the idea of Beauty vs. Ugly - questioning our pre-conceived ideas in art and society. Specifically whether our opinions or perceptions of something that would be classed by many as 'ugly', can be changed by the use of decoration or pattern, which many people consider to be 'beautiful'. Also raising the question - if our opinions can be changed by something as straightforward at this, then what does that say about our society?’’


2009 - 2010

Master of Fine Art, Gray’s School of Art

2003 - 2007

BA (Hons) Painting (First Class), Gray's School of Art



Featured in The Sunday Times


Featured in Homes and Interiors Magazine (May/June 2008) as some of the best of the new talent to emerge from Scottish art schools of recent years


BP Fine Art Student of the Year + BP Fine Art Trophy

Robert Gordon University Purchase Prize

The David Gordon Memorial Trust Award, Royal Scottish Academy

Royal Scottish Academy Carnegie Travelling Scholarship (for Painting)


Awarded a grant by the Caram Trust

Permanent Collections

Grampian Hospitals Art Trust

Riverside Gallery

Robert Gordon University

Various Private Collections in the UK, US & Europe

Current Exhibitions

‘dépaysement’ @ His Majesty's Theatre

Opening: 31st July - 22nd November 2013

His Majesty's Theatre
Rosemount Viaduct
Aberdeenshire AB25 1GL

Open during theatre hours.
Contact Aberdeen Box Office for details.

'Deltiology’ @ The Small Gallery

Opening: 14th November 2013

The Small Gallery
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Aberdeenshire AB25 2ZN


Past Exhibitions


NEOS @ Cowden Gallery, Aberdeen

The Open Door Gallery, Aberdeen

Grampian Hospitals Art Trust CD Art Exhibition, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


‘PLATFORM’, Aberdeen Art Fair

‘Talente’, BP headquarters, Aberdeen

‘Beauty and the Beast of Burden’, Limousine Bull


Gray’s School of Art Masters Degree Show

‘Miscellany’, Gray’s MFA pre-degree show, Limousine Bull


‘6x6x2009’, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, New York

‘A Scattering of Stars’, Wall Projects Ltd, Kim Canale, Montrose

Aberdeen Artists 75th Annual Exhibition


‘New Faces’, Wall Projects Ltd, Kim Canale, Montrose

‘Exhibition of Small Artworks’, the Society of Scottish Artists, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Aberdeen Artists 74th Annual Exhibition

Macmillan Cancer Support Exhibition, Aberdeen

The Glasgow Art Fair (with Riverside)

‘Thinking Space’, Bridge View Gallery, Aberdeen (with Limousine Bull)

‘Music & Musicians Exhibition’, MUSA, Aberdeen


‘Christmas Exhibition’, Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven

‘Grampian Hospitals Art Trust CD Art Exhibition’, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

‘A Touch of Red’, MUSA, Aberdeen (with Limousine Bull)

‘Brake Pads’, The Garej, Wales

'The Affordable Art Fair', London

‘New Faces’, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen

‘Degrees of Abstraction’, Bridge View Gallery, Aberdeen

‘Aberdeen International Youth Festival’, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen

Gray’s School of Art Annual Degree Show, Aberdeen

Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition, Edinburgh

Gray’s School of Art Pre-Degree show, Aberdeen

Aberdeen Artists 73rd Annual Exhibition


Aberdeen Artists 72nd Annual Exhibition


Grampian Hospitals Art Trust CD Art Exhibition, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary