Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Conscious Subconscious

Invitation to All

The Conscious Subconscious

First year Sculpture and Environmental Art. An exhibition of work.

Tuesday 30th November - 17.30 onwards

Studio 19, Mackintosh basement

Friday, November 26, 2010

Susan Brind & Jim Harold: Curious Arts – No. 3

Curious Arts – No. 3, a refurbishing of the Library, takes the form of a series of related wall and ceiling texts on a rich and warm coloured ground. The chosen texts re-introduce to the Library history and ideas discovered by the artists during a period of residency in the house in 2007. During the residency, jointly funded by Hospitalfield Trust and the RSA Edinburgh, the Library provided both a studio space and a source of research for the artists. The work is about the nature of libraries, the acquisition and ordering of knowledge, and the overarching desire to understand the world around us.

Hospitalfield House dates from the C13th and its current style reflects the cultural values of its C19th owners, Elizabeth and Patrick Allan Fraser. The design of the House is very much about their relationship with the landscape that surrounds the building and a wider understanding of the world and the individual’s place within it. These same concerns are reflected in the holdings of the Library and in the writings of one man in particular, Richard Parrott, an ancestor of Mrs Fraser. His journals, and most of the books in the Library, reveal a reading of the world informed by a study of astronomy, cosmology, theology, philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, the natural sciences and Classical antiquity.

One particular journal, hand-written and compiled between 1740 and 1762, is indexed alphabetically; encyclopaedic topics appearing in an apparently random order under subject headings. Strange and poetic connections are made as ideas on the pages seem to grow out of each other like rhizomes: Memory, Meridian, Melancholy, Thunder, … . When facts are recorded that cannot easily be categorised they appear under the heading Curious Arts, the title adopted for this site-specific work. This journal, with its elliptical approach to the recording of knowledge, provides one of the sources for the texts used in the installation, It is also inspired the form of Curious Arts – No. 3 as a series of apparently disconnected ideas that seem to spin around the room attracted to each other by the context.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

GSA Pecha Kucha

next event is Wednesday 1st December 2010

Pecha Kucha is the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", and as a format for show and tell, has become very popular around the world. It rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds each. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a good pace. No navel-gazing or deathly pauses here...

Speakers: Bruce Peters, Jac Mantle, Graham Ramsay, Neil Mulholland, John Quinn, Gayle Rice, Robert Mantho , Gordon Hush, Tara Beall, Mil Stricevic and more

Thursday, November 18, 2010

FIGHT CUTS! FIGHT BACK!- General Meeting - All Welcome!

18 November · 17:00 - 20:00

Glasgow School of Art: Vic Assembly Hall (Renfrew Street)

Student unions across the country have called for a national day of student action on the 24th of November. Still fresh from the overwhelming strength shown on the 10th of November in London, Students are planning Mass walkouts, demonstrations and occupations to coincide with other universities across the nation.

Come along to the Vic Assembly hall on Thursday 18 November at 5pm to discuss how all Glasgow universities and colleges can work together to make our voices heard on the 24th, to make our argument stronger. Invite everyone you know!

For those of you unsure where the vic is, it's opposite the Glasgow School of Art (167 Renfrew street), just go upstairs to the main hall. It's the same building as the clubnight if that helps...map here


Dandy, Beano and Whizzer and Chips the inspiration for Huddersfield comic book comeback with Doctor Simpo

DOCTOR Simpo is on a mission to bring the lost art of stupidity back to comic fans.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


the 3rd year SEA show, opening this friday the 19th Nov. at 17:00 followed by another event at Gambetta 19:00 onwards.


an exhibition of third year work downstairs in Gambetta (pub down from Mitchell library) from 7pm till 9pm on Friday the 19th. This is followed by an after party until 12am upstairs in Gambetta with cheap booze and dj's.

Everyone welcome, please come along!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jeremy Deller and college leaders warn of cuts' impact on young artists

Turner prizewinner and principals fear colleges will become socially exclusive and science and arts collaborations will be lost

The heads of some of Britain's most prestigious arts institutions have warned that government plans to slash funding for teaching humanities subjects could drive future designers, artists and musicians overseas and put vital collaborations between science and the arts at risk.

Deep cuts to teaching budgets for the arts, coupled with proposals to raise tuition fees for undergraduates to as much as £9,000 a year, have also prompted fears that art colleges could become the preserve of a social elite. The Guardian

Monday, November 08, 2010

Christine Borland breathes new life into dead bodies

A residency at Glasgow Sculpture Studios has its roots in medicine.

Sitting in a white-walled cube at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Christine Borland is in the final stretch of her production residency, and only a few weeks away from her first Glasgow solo show in 16 years. The unit is one of over 40 artists’ studios, tantalisingly generic on the outside, but each one home to a multitude of creative secrets.

The contents of Borland’s unit are a little creepy. A life-sized medical mannequin lies naked, face down on the floor, left where he fell shortly before my arrival. A number of heads occupy a table, one with plastic arteries hanging loose from the neck. The wall is adorned with images including an uncomfortably convincing replica crash victim, and a flamboyant 19th century sculpture of a flayed man.

Borland, by contrast, is welcoming and calm. She sits at a desk complete with laptop, printer and phone, in a way which suggests that this is the real focus of the studio, and not the Frankensteinian bodies lying around it.

A one-time Turner Prize nominee, Borland is a product of Glasgow School of Art’s celebrated Environmental Art Department. For 20 years she has steered a steady course through the medical establishment, homing in on unnoticed details and tracking down long-lost information with a detective’s eye. Catriona Black, The Herald Scotland

Friday, November 05, 2010

The History of Financial Crises: Ellie Harrison

Saturday 6th November 2010

This FREE day-long event marks Market Gallery's 10th anniversary and aims to explore the relationship between art and the economy. It features presentations and discussion from Francis McKee, Mark Fisher, Mark Robinson, Peter McCaughey and Ellie Harrison.

2nd Floor
Barras Bargains
London Road / Bain Street
G40 2ST

Monday, November 01, 2010

Glasgow Sculpture Studios: Christine Borland

Education & Partnership Project in association with Christine Borland's Production Residency:

Glasgow Sculpture Studios is currently working in partnership with the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to deliver a groundbreaking project as part of the public engagement strand of Christine Borland’s Production Residency.

Young people from Dumbarton Road Corridor Youth Project have been taking part in a range of mould making and casting workshops, with trips to the anatomy museum and to Kelvingrove’s extensive collections for inspiration. The group have also enjoyed a workshop led by the artist, where Borland shared ideas about contemporary visual art and looked at issues of language, identity and place.