Educational Background

1978 - 1979   PGCE(S) Art & Design, Jordanhill College of Education

1974 - 1978   Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

Membership of Professional Bodies

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Employment History

2005 to date   Lecturer in Visual Art, School of Education - University of Aberdeen

1991 - 2005   Lecturer in Visual Art, Northern College - University of Aberdeen

1989 - 1991   Seconded Lecturer, Northern College

1982 - 1989   Visiting Teacher of Art & Design, Mintlaw Academy

1980 - 1982   Itinerant Art Teacher, Keith Primary School (and associated primaries)

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2010 [Jun]

Sensing place, belonging & wonderment – ‘through works being installed in both school & community / local gallery space...there is an invitation to explore...’  Limousine bull artists’ collective exhibition. The installed experience included a talk by the artist; community interactive day in Tullos Primary & school visits organized over two days for Walker Road Primary

2008 [Sep]

Exhibited images within SEE+SALT+SOUND festival

2007 [Feb]

WK Gallery - West Kilbride. Exhibition ‘Sense of Place’ paintings & installation emanating from experiences in Portencross & St. Ninian’s Cave


Gallery Education Developments in Highland Region - Introducing upper primary children from Beauly Primary School to the ideas & making processes in my work. Presentation workshops in the school & at Highland Printmakers

Highland Printmakers Workshop & Gallery Exhibition - Stemming from the idea that there is no such thing as a finished image. Alan Paterson seeks to demonstrate this by means of interactive video & mixed media show

Travelling Exhibition, Seagate Gallery, Dundee Printmakers - entitled ‘Images Concealed & Revealed’ (Scottish Arts Council funded)


Exhibitions in both Northern College, Aberdeen University Staff Common Rooms - Concealed & Revealed / Aspects of Assemblage


One man exhibition, Arbuthnot Museum, Peterhead - A Buchan Dream


2008 [Apr]

Received a Cultural Engagement Grant from the University of Aberdeen of £3,500 for a visual art project...artistic expression, outdoor environment & school & community responses


Received funding for Art Therapy Supervision - Personal Therapy /

Experiential Workshops

Conference Contributions


Keynote Address - The teacher as learner / dreams, intentions & aspirations. Children in Scotland one-day conference in association with ReFocus, the forum    for the UK Reggio network - Creative environments, nurturing potential in the    early years

SEAL Conference, Liverpool - Learning / the inner dimension - workshop contribution / emotional intelligence & the diverse nature of responding to artworks


SEAL (Society for Effective Affective Learning) Conference, Hungary/Budapest - Pathways to Peace / Soul in Education. Installation & workshop created to make visible the significance of the fragility of nature in creative experience & relationships - numerous artworks are preoccupations with deep concerns of human experience / aspects of the images are spontaneous, animated & expressive; figurative giving way to abstract inventions through digital, colour & found means

Keynote Address - Lothian Branch of British Association of Early Years Education


Early Years Conference, Stirling - Children’s Services. Presenting Keynote Address - Creativity / Lets Take Another Look

Attended Sightlines Initiative UK Symposium, Kendal - Making Learning Visible / Project Zero (Harvard) & Reggio Children. Contributed workshop material & joined ReFocus / discussion forum for UK Reggio Network

Pre-school Conference - Let Imaginations Soar / In partnership with Aberdeen City Council. Workshop contribution - Playing with Light / Reggio influences


Jordanhill Conference, Arts at the Crossroads - Seminar Presentation & Workshop, re: Hundred Languages of Children

Seminar Contribution, Manchester University - Experiencing Reggio Emilia / Implications for Pre-school Provision

Study Trips


Danish Reggio Emilia Network - organized a study week in Denmark for staff development purposes / small team of 4 colleagues


Attended the UK Study Week in Reggio Emilia - investigating the Reggio Emilia Municipal infant-toddler centre & pre-school experience in terms of the main pedagogical & philosophical principles & organization of the schools. This has been an ongoing area of interest since experiencing the Hundred Languages of Children Touring Exhibition in Newcastle (1997)