Friday, November 23, 2012

Cheryl Field selected as one of Axis Web MAstars

MAstars is an annual online selection of the most promising artists from the UK's leading MA courses.

Selected by influential artists, curators, academics and arts professionals, MAstars keeps you up to date with the artists to watch and gives you an insight into the future of the UK art scene. Use MAstars to find comprehensive information and images for each selected artist.

SEA Grad Artist Cheryl’s work has a ‘tech’ appeal, whilst being firmly rooted in an existential framework. Her showing embraced the rectangular space in an exhibition of three parts. The most eye-catching piece was the large wall-based installation ‘Fellows of the Royal Society,’ which shows the very early beginnings of the Higgs Boson. The three figures are shown in individual ‘particles’ of coloured mirrors. more

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Call for screen based works exploring Folklore and Tradition as a place-specific dynamic repetition, where through increasingly complex mutations (or transmogrifications) past and future are overlayering and creating an increasingly abstract present.

We know the story, shape and rules of traditional games – “the overall effect**”, but also we’d like to see “a disequilibrium …, an instability, dissymmetry or gap of some kind… **“.

Selected works will be screened at unconventional locations around the island Papa Westray (Papay), Orkney and included into Papay Gyro Nights Touring programme. more

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sculpture making its mark transforming the cityscape of Glasgow

New sculptures crop up in urban areas all the time, often under the banner of regeneration, but the people behind the artworks and those who study them seem to have conflicting views of what matters most – for art to be pleasing to the eye, or to pose questions to the viewer? As Glasgow City Council plans the best way to commemorate victims of the potato famine in a public memorial, it is a question that it is worth considering. more

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Graduate Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva to represent Macedonia at 55. Venice Biennale

Skopje, 12 November 2012 (MIA) - Project "Skin is Identity and Surface for Projection, Representation of the Soul" by author Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, submitted by the National Gallery of Macedonia (NGM), will represent Republic of Macedonia at the 55. International Art Exhibition "Venice Biennale", held 1 June - 24 November 2013 on theme "The Encyclopedic Palace". more

From Ai Weiwei to Anish Kapoor: the art world's love affair with pop

Top British artists are going Gangnam Style in support of Ai Weiwei. Alex Needham on what happens when artists dabble in pop music. guardian

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ai Weiwei does Gangnam Style

Chinese dissident activist and artist Ai Weiwei shows off his moves to the worldwide music phenomenon that is Gangnam style. The 55-year-old adds an element of his own when he appears handcuffed to a fellow dancer in one scene.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Exotic Matter Exhibition

Exotic Matter Exhibition from Tim Dalzell on Vimeo.

An Exhibition of Collaborative work by Tim Dalzell and Richard Krantz, displayed in the Barnes Building at the Glasgow School of Art on 19th October 2012.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund – round three

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund will award five young artists (aged 18-30) £30,000 each to fund their practice for a whole year. Winners willalso be paired with a mentor from Sky to help them to develop their networks,skills and knowledge in the arts and the commercial sector.

The fund is open to applications from the following fields: Visual art: Including fine artists, sculptors, photographers, animators and video artists

Creative producing: Including creative producers and curators working in visual arts, theatre, film and performance/dance

Music: Including musicians,composers, songwriters and conductors

Performing arts: Including theatre-makers including playwrights, spoken word artists, directors, puppeteers and live artists Dance: Including dancers and choreographers

For further information/to apply for free visit here

Insight & outlook

Insight and Outlook is an exhibition of artwork and writing from prisons, secure hospitals, secure children's homes and criminal justice services in Scotland. This inspiring collection of painting, drawing, sculpture and creative writing has been selected from entries to the 2012 Koestler Awards – which has been rewarding artistic achievement in the penal and secure sectors for 50 years.
The exhibition has been curated by young care leavers with guidance from Glasgow artist David Shrigley. The exhibition is kindly supported by The Co-operative and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Exhibition opening

3–5pm | Friday 2 November
Exhibition to be opened by Baroness Linklater with speakers including artist David Shrigley and Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service.

Research and Residency Opportunity

Accidental Mix - Field-work 1: the participatory maker

This 6-month Artist research and residency opportunity forms part of an innovative collaboration between Queens Cross Housing Association (QCHA) and the Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art (SEA) at The Glasgow School of Art. Accidental Mix is envisaged as an ongoing series of artist opportunities that will explore how a diversity of creative methods might support means of engagement with communities in the development of art in a range of public, urban spaces.

Field-work 1: the participatory maker, is the first in that series and aims to support the artist to explore and test the role of making as a means of communication and engagement with some of the diverse communities that make up QCHA.  Supported by Creative Scotland, Public Art Research and Development investment funding, this 6 month residency will enable an artist-maker to form a key part of the Accidental Mix project team and offers an exciting opportunity to develop working methods through materials and process that test ideas of making as a means of participation in relation to Public Art. The artists’ research in this area will contribute to and support the development of a strategy for public art within QCHA.

A fee of £9,000 will be paid to cover the artist’s input over 6 months between the periods January 2013 to June 2013, with time input to be determined by the artist in negotiation with the project’s partners. Up to £5,000 for materials and community workshops is also available; the allocation will be agreed with the artist and the project team however will include artist’s materials and public presentation of their research and documentation, which is likely to be held in the Accidental Mix base in Queens Cross, Glasgow.

This residency is offered on a self-employed basis.

Applications are due by 9 November 2012 and interviews will be held in Glasgow on Friday 23 November 2012

contact info here

Friday, October 05, 2012


As part of a new initiative to give back to the students of the Glasgow School of Art, the Artstore at the Artschool is pleased to  announce a new range of opportunities to coincide with the end of each term for students at the Glasgow School of Art.

This term, the Artstore will provide ambitious student projects funding and a space to exhibit outside the Glasgow School of Art. Applications are accepted only from registered students at the Glasgow School of Art. Applications for group exhibitions are given priority. Applications for solo exhibitions are generally not accepted but will be taken into consideration. Applications are accepted from any discipline (undergraduate and postgraduate) and we do not set parameters limit on material or method. However, applications with a focus on contemporary art practice are given priority.

Received Applications are selected by a panel of artists and creative practitioners based on the following criteria: the quality of individual work, the quality of the exhibition proposal, and the creative development it enables. The Artstore covers the cost of the gallery, installation equipment, publicity, invigilation, preview night amenities, and provides a small subsidy towards exhibitors’ costs. It is the responsibility of the selected artists to organise, install, and de-install their exhibition, all in line with the venue’s health and safety guidelines. For more information and application guidelines go here

Deadline for applications is 5:30pm on 26th October 2012

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Professional Workshops with Flux Laser Studio

Spend the afternoon with Flux Laser Studio (initiated and run by The Glasgow School of Art Graduates (Alice Jacobs and Philip Longstaff) and Glasgow Sculpture Studios staff discussing your ideas and exploring the true potentials of the laser machine.

To book your free place phone 0141 353 3708 or email

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dieter Roth Seminar | The Fruitmarket Gallery

Dieter Roth Seminar
‘An awfully dreadfully fearful drain he fell down into, wriggling there, at the bottom, in his wet pants’*: Dieter Roth and Art History
Thursday 4 October, 6–8pm. £10/£8 (conc.)

Art historians Deborah Lewer (University of Glasgow), Luke Skrebowski (University of Cambridge), John-Paul Stonard (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), curator Daniel Herrmann (Whitechapel Gallery, London) and writer Sarah Lowndes (Glasgow School of Art) examine Roth’s place in relation to art making in the twentieth century and his legacy for artists now.

*The title of the seminar is extracted from an ‘autobiography’ that Dieter Roth included in the book he made with Richard Hamilton, COLLABORATIONS OF CH. ROTHAM in 1977.

Booking essential, to book your place call 0131 226 8181 or email

Friday, September 21, 2012

21 Revolutions: a GWL exhibition at the CCA

21 Revolutions: Two Decades of Changing Minds at Glasgow Women's Library

Friday 21 September - Saturday 13 October 2012
11:00am - 6:00pm: FREE

Glasgow Women's Library is a phenomenon, the sole resource of its kind in Scotland. To mark the Library's 21st birthday, it commissioned 21 women artists to make limited edition fine art prints inspired by its library, archive and museum artefact collections. Artists have created work that draws on sources including campaign badges, knitting patterns, Suffragette memorabilia, album covers, feminist newsletters and lesbian dime novels; a selection of these inspirational objects from the GWL collections will be included in the exhibition. The selected artists are:

Sam Ainsley / Claire Barclay / Ruth Barker / Karla Black / Nicky Bird / Ashley Cook / Delphine Dallison / Kate Davis / Fiona Dean / Helen de Main / Kate Gibson / Ellie Harrison / Elspeth Lamb / Shauna McMullan / Jacki Parry / Ciara Philips / Lucy Skaer / Corin Sworn / Sharon Thomas / Amanda Thomson / Sarah Wright

Friday, September 07, 2012

David Sherry ‘I want to believe’

A performance evening during Incubate 2012, with Bas Schevers (NL), David Sherry (UK), Jean-Charles de Quillacq (F), Jodi (NL) and Pablo Wendel (D), curated by
The performances in this exhibition are drawn from everyday situations. While appearing to be simple, sometimes even inconspicuous acts, they attempt to show the absurd, tragi-comical sides of daily life. The artists invite us to follow their lead and believe in their stories – or not.
‘I want to believe’ will take place on Saturday the 15th of September, 19.30hrs at NS16, NS-plein 16 in Tilburg. See you there!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

UNDERCURRENTS magazine issue Two out now

Critical and creative writing from Scotland's Art Graduates.We are a not-for-profit magazine with all sales going towards producing the next issue.

Edited by Christopher MacInnes
Designed by Sebastian Howell

Tom Walker, Lauren McLaughlin, Christopher MacInnes, James Stephen Wright, Julie Pallesen, Sofie Fischer-Rasmussen, Neil Clements and Francis McKee

This issue features 4 colour pages of artworks as well.
Printed by PDC
The shipping rate for 'France' applies to all of Europe.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Molly Russell: How a devilish dad inspired a pet project

Dearly Departed presents an intriguing series of twelve life-sized animal coffins, stretching from a 4.5 metre giraffe to a meerkat. The daughter of the late Ken Russell, Molly has created a highly ambitious exhibition about her childhood experience. more
Russell is spending a lot of time in a factory in Durham, where she is collaborating with coffin-makers J C Atkinson & Son of Tyne & Wear. "I thought of all the lovely sweet animals rather than snakes and tapeworms and how coffins could be made. It made it less sinister – a giraffe isn't a dark thing – so it became something more sweet." more

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MLitt in Fine Art Practice at the Glasgow School of Art.

Masters of Letters are the students of the MLitt in Fine Art Practice at the Glasgow School of Art.  MLitt in Fine Art Practice is a 12-month postgraduate programme, in its inaugural year.  The MLitt is a practice-based taught programme, with four specialist pathways in painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.  In this, its first year of running, 20 artists are enrolled.
These artists are:

Elina Aho * Emily Crowe * Sung Hyeon Hong * Natalie McGowan
Ellie Barrett * Nadege Druzkowski * Sukaina Kubba * Philippe Murphy
Blandine Bardeau * Nuntanat Duangtisarn * Jenny Lewis * Alys Owen
Richard Blass * Stephanie Gaumond * Lei Liu * James Sayer
Ondrej Chmel * Philip Gurrey * Samantha Madonik * Beth Shapeero

The Masters of Letters are pleased to announce the culmination of our postgraduate program

STUDIOS 30, 31 AND 32

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Amy Dolan, Ziggy Sawdust

AMY Dolan, a 21-year-old arts graduate from Lasswade, has her own furniture redesign business, Ziggy Sawdust, set up with the help of the Prince’s Trust. more from the Scotsman

Liz West: Shooting stars

More cheerful are Liz West's images. A tutor at Glasgow School of Art once told her that every photographic slide should look "like a jewel" – and hers certainly shine brightly. This is serious colour-blocking: the 27-year-old contrasts different masses of uniformly hued objects in a supermarket to make an aesthetic experience out of a consumerist chore. more

Andy Knowles

Round Town is the debut single from production team The Nice Nice Boys - aka Franz Ferdinand’s Nick McCarthy and Andy Knowles of Johnny Marr and The Healers. Their collaboration with up and coming hip-hop artist Marvellous Macc Mello is an unorthodox mixture of high-end indie pop and uncompromising UK hip hop. Recorded in McCarthy’s Sausage Studios and mixed at Abbey Road the single is released on McCarthy and Knowles’ label Meat Records. more

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ArtWorks Scotland has produced a survey as part of the next stage of research, to capture information about artists career paths, their views on professional development requirements, and details about the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to work in participatory settings.

They want to reach as many artists as possible, across all art forms, who work in participatory settings. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, and respondents get the chance to win a new iPad, and other prizes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Salon Art Prize

Over the past five years the Salon Art Prize has exhibited 428 artists and welcomed over 9700 visitors to our gallery in East London. To celebrate this success we will be moving to a larger gallery space to accommodate more artists per exhibition and will also offer an overall prize fund of £10'500. The Salon Art Prize supports Painting, Photography, Sculpture & Installation, and 2-D Media (Collage, Drawing, Printmaking etc.).

This year's selection panel consists of:

Gavin Delahunty (Head of Exhibitions, TATE Liverpool)

Godfrey Wordsdale - (Director, BALTIC centre for contemporary art)

Anthony Spira - (Director, Milton Keynes gallery)

Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum)

more info here

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Karla Black: Tate Britain

"That's what sculpture can do, it can be a pure engulfment and absorption in the material world, when you're not even aware of yourself, when you have no self consciousness, and you're not being watched and you're just purely absorbed in the material world. That is the best possible kind of escape – when you are fully connected to yourself.

"I think about art as a place to behave, as an escape, not just for me but for the people looking at it," says Black. more

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Discussion Event: I am the architect, this is not happening, this is unacceptable

Artists’ strategies for working in public - learning from practice

Wednesday 25 April
11.30am – 5.00pm
The Mackintosh Suite, House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park,
10  Dumbreck Road, Glasgow G41 5BW 

The range of strategies, sites and locations in which artists make, interact and present work in public contexts are wide reaching - from urban cities to rural villages; from ‘official’ to ‘unofficial’ spaces such as galleries/museums to shop fronts, abandoned buildings and off-site spaces. The breadth of communities, commissioners or patrons and publics involved are equally diverse. What is this complex of relations; how might the different needs of artists, communities, commissioners or patrons, be understood, negotiated and represented; what can we learn from practice within these diverse contexts?

This event aims to explore these questions and more, through local, national and international examples and contributions from Lewis Biggs, co-curator Aichi Triennale 2013 and curator, Folkestone Triennial 2014; Professor Christine Biehler, artist, writer, and artistic director of LandArbeit, Germany; Henry Coombes, artist, one of six selected artists to represent Scotland at the The 52nd Venice Biennale, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice; JustinCarter, Shauna McMullan and Paul Cosgrove, artists and lecturers, Sculpture and Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art

The event is Chaired by RayMackenzie, Art historian, and writer, author Public Sculpture of Glasgow

Tickets: £10.00 (Includes buffet lunch and tea/coffees) with post event drinks reception and viewing of Henry Coombes’ new film work commissioned by House for an Art Lover as part of GI’s Included Programme for2012, which is exhibited in the Sheds at the former stable block adjacent to the House.

Closing date for bookings Sunday 22 April.
Programme details available here 
Please contact Diane for further information

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

//BUZZCUT// Festival

//BUZZCUT// is a brand new festival, created as a positive response to the loss of New Territories and Into The New. Created and led by artists unwilling to get stuck in the mud, //BUZZCUT// has a programme supporting over 50 artists from all stages of professional practice. This brave new festival exists in order to maintain Glasgow's reputation as a thriving cultural hub!

//BUZZCUT// is a FREE festival operating on a 'pay what you can' system and it takes place in two independently run venues, The Old Hairdressers   and The Glue Factory.

//BUZZCUT// takes place between March 14th-18th 2012.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Job @SSW Curator of Facilities and Programmes

Post: Curator of Facilities and Programmes
Starting: 1st April 2012
Salary: £26000 Full Time
Closing date: 7th March (Interviews circa 15th March in Lumsden or via Skype

SSW is looking for a motivated individual, to work as part of our small team, and to be responsible for the implementation of an artistic programme that integrates with the best use of our facilities.
After the first fully functioning year since the capital development, the new role of Curator of Facilities and Programmes has emerged as an absolute necessity to better support our artistic programme. SSW is an institution that is reliant on infra-structure; accommodation for artists, studios and technical workshops and we require a dedicated person to ensure the smooth running of the facilities, and programmes.
This position will be responsible for overseeing the operational efficiency of SSW’s premises, ensuring the most effective use of SSW’s facilities and technical support for artists and communities. You will assist the Director in the delivery of the artistic programme (curated and facilities), lead on marketing and communications and documentation. You will also play a role in developing evaluation of SSW’s activities in such a way that will inform the future of how we develop this new and evolving programme.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

SEA at Platform and the Bridge

A group exhibition featuring forth year students from Sculpture and Environmental Art. For the second time, Platform and The Glasgow School of Art have worked in collaboration to offer the unique opportunity for students to create site specific work. Over the past few months a selection of forth year students from the Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art have developed new art work in response to the architecture and function sites around Platform and The Bridge.

The show engages with the users of Platform in a variety of different ways, it places work in unusual locations within the building, challenging our expectations and perceptions of visual art. The exhibition will feature art works in the form of sculpture, film, projection, painting, projection, installation and text. Artists:

Mollye Bendell, Leanora Brophy, Sofie Fischer-Rasmussen, Steven Grainger, Philip Longstaff, Louise Malone, Mick Chen, Gail McLintock, Alex Misick, Roisin Strang-Moran, Ellen Schafer & Yuan Zhang.

Please join us for the opening event. Complimentary nibbles and drink will be provided.
Opening Fri 10th Feb at 6pm
You can get there by bus from just outside Queens Street Station, the x19 will take you straight there, just get off at the McDonalds

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

SSW Technical Placement, graduate opportunity

This is an opportunity for a recent art graduate to gain more practical experience and training in sculptural techniques and processes. Working alongside the Senior Technican, Technical Placement participants work as a valuable member of the SSW team, assisting artists achieve their desired outcomes, co-ordinating with SSW office staff in the delivery of programming, and assisting with the implementation of Health and Safety regulations. There is an emphasis on individual development and enuiry, and where possible Technical Placements will focus on the areas they most wish to address. As well as working and training alongside the Senior Technican, Technical Placement participants are expected to develop their own body of work while in residence. Participants will be provided with studio space and access to all facilities, which should be fully taken advantage of. more

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

'What the Hell Are You Doing?' David Shrigley

Squiggles, or ‘Shriggles’. That’s what you can call them. Some are. Some are concepts or mottos for life – written in pen on a scrap of paper. Some things are sculpture. Things and Shriggles. Shrigley’s universe. The Shrigleyverse. Do you want to go there? David Shrigley tapes a note, handwritten on cardboard, to a lamp post underneath a blob of clay in the shape of a little head. It reads: ‘Notice’ – While you are reading this there is a man in one of the windows high above you who is taking your photograph. He will make a wee model of you and put it with other wee models of other people. Then he plays weird games with them.’more.....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

COME IN, WE'RE OPEN: Jess Higgins and the Garnethill Multicultural Centre

For one week only, the old tearoom in the Garnethill Multicultural Centre will be open for business, serving teas and coffees, cold foods and sweet treats on a donations and/or trade basis.
Jess Higgins from First Year SEA has reactivated the Cafe in the basement of the Garnethill Multicultural Centre on Rose Street. Jess and other students from First Year SEA will also be running various services throughout the week including....

HILL STORIES - a listening and talking service.
GIVING AND TAKING LIBRARY - a swap shelf for unwanted books.
SKILLS FOR TRADES - a notice board where you can post a note of a skill or service you can offer for free to someone in return for a skill/service from them.

As well as more small scale events TBC.

All are welcome for a cup of tea and a sit down, tell your friends!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This February, the Hayward Gallery will present the first major survey in the UK of works by David Shrigley

Spanning the upper galleries, David Shrigley: Brain Activity will cover the full range of Shrigley’s diverse practice from the past two decades of the artist’s career, including drawing, animation, painting, photography, taxidermy, and sculpture. The exhibition will feature some 175 works, the majority of which are new or never before shown in the UK. more.......

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

School of Art awarded grant to probe 'Glasgow Miracle'

Glasgow School of Art is to get one of the largest grants of its type to work out why the city has produced so many successful contemporary artists.
The money - £122,500 - will be used to investigate an archive of photos and recordings dating back three decades. It is hoped it will help shed light on what conditions and events led to what one curator has dubbed "The Glasgow Miracle". 

The cash has been awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
It was a German curator who first coined the phrase "Glasgow Miracle" to explain the stream of successful contemporary artists coming out of the city.

Experts believe more practical measures could be at play. They cite strong teaching, cheap studio space and a cluster of artists in one area of the city. 

The grant will be used to archive two significant collections of photographs and articles - many of them at the former Third Eye Centre where everyone from Billy Connolly, Miles Davis and Damien Hirst have appeared over the years.

Ross Sinclair (SEA) will be conducting a series of person-to-person interviews with artists who have made Glasgow an internationally recognised centre of visual arts will be also be carried out.

Researchers said as well as helping them understand the origins of the city's successful scene, it may help with future investment. more

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I Had Been On Autopilot

Interim show of M.Litt Sculpture Students
Ellie Barrett / Jenny Lewis / Philippe Murphy /Alys Owen

Friday 20th January, 5pm onwards
Garage Space in the Barnes Building

Monday, January 16, 2012

Health & Safety Violations - interview with Ben Woodeson

Subservient shoe brush open toed sandals thing, 2010 A wire brush spins around randomly, threatening your open-toe sandals. A motion-activated vacuum pump sucks out the air from a gallery space: the longer viewers remain inside, the less air for them to breathe. A cobble stone is rotating on a rope. The sole purpose of that kettle is to spread red acrylic paint on your shoes. An electric fence criss-crosses the path that leads to an art gallery or the bar. Elsewhere a randomly activated tripwire awaits visitors...more

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva - Artists Talk

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Meet the Connect10 artist: Claire Barclay

“I am drawn to the more ambiguous museum objects,” she says. “They spark a curiosity as to their uses and meanings.”

She is also interested in information and ideas that relate to the psychological connections between people and objects, or between form, material and meaning.   more