Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Keith Bruce argues that art is not just for Christmas.

What I want to know, and what Alex Salmond should definitely want to know, is: what is it that is making a generation of Scotland’s artists the ones to watch if you care about the cutting edge of the contemporary scene? Groom went on to make a suggestion. “You cannot ignore the quality of the teaching at Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone,” he said. Yet the provision of tertiary education to those who have the ability, but possibly not the trust fund, has never been more under attack than is at the moment, and schools of learning are having to contemplate severe cuts and fill an increasing number of places with cash-generating overseas students. The Herald Scotland

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Susan Philipsz: Sonic boom

Susan Philipsz has won the Turner prize – using just her own voice. So was her night marred by the student protests? How did she get into sound art? And what's this about a run-in with Stephen Fry? the Guardian

Scots celebrate latest Turner success

Simon Groom, director of modern and contemporary art at the National Galleries of Scotland, said there must be “something in the water” in Glasgow and Scotland to account for its consistent success, or a way of both working and living in the city and country which led to artistic excellence.

“It is such a haunting and beautiful work, and like Richard Wright before her, it is about finding the right place and space and working with it,” he said. “You have to look at all kinds of things, but you cannot ignore the teaching at Glasgow School of Art and, in Philipsz’s case, Duncan of Jordanstone: it’s been a great legacy.” Herald Scotland

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Institute for Art and Design / TU Vienna: Call for Contribution

www.urban-matters.org invites (public)art projects, programs and organisations of diverse cultural and geo-political backgrounds worldwide to contribute to this new platform for locating and connecting urgent urban issues and discussing critical and innovative approaches.

In particular, urban-matters.org investigates the potential of 'unplanning' as a possible new strategy for dealing with today's urban challenges. 'Planning' seems no more an adequate response to today's challenges of a multilayered society permanently on the move. Yet, critical projects developed during the last decade by architects, urbanists and artists continue to be a parallel production to the conventional planning methods which are predominantly investor-orientated. How can we develop new visions for urban and regional matters – counteracting the dominant pragmatics of neoliberal economy?

urban-matters.org is seeking for a new positioning of artistic practices, exploring the diverse and often conflictual interests as potential for a new role: the urban practitioner.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Student protests: Turner prize awards day sees Tate Britain invaded

Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota acknowledged their presence and said "all" were concerned by proposed cuts to arts budgets.

He said: "Art should continue to be accessible to all no matter where you live or indeed whatever your wealth."

Philipsz gave them more direct support as she accepted the prize, saying: "I support artists against the cuts." The Gaurdian

Turner prize won by Susan Philipsz for a sound installation

The winner of this year's Turner prize has created nothing you can see or touch – not even the lights famously turning on and off, which was Martin Creed's winning turn in 2001. Susan Philipsz is the first person in the history of the award to have sculpted her prizewinning work in sound – indeed from the sound of her own frailly beautiful voice singing a Scottish lament over the black waters of the Clyde in her hometown, Glasgow. The Guardian

Magician Space: Micro-Intervention | Celsius 36.5

Contemporary art, as a cultural characteristic of the post-totalitarian era, has become the accomplice for state capitalism’s cultural and strategic capital, meanwhile, it is also the herald for a new wave of capitalist economic expansion. As the other ideology in a context of conflict, contradiction and instability, it aims to establish democratic rules of survival in a wide public.

We are exploring art as a medium, and call for proposals from artists, on artworks that are suitable to be disseminated widely, and thereafter to redefine the social functions of artworks and its importance, and re-interpret actual significance of art consumption.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

RSA Residencies for Scotland

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture Residencies for Scotland programme 2011 in collaboration with Creative Scotland, the Friends of the RSA and The Barns-Graham Trust. Funded residency opportunities with partner venues across Scotland, enabling contemporary artists a period of research and production.

Application details for the 2011 programme are now online

Deadline for applications: Thursday 20 January @ 5pm

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.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

An invitation to R.I.P

The Mutual Gallery at IRONBBRATZ Studios,
3rd Floor 84 Miller Street, Glasgow, G1 1DT

R.I.P. This Saturday 31/10/10 from 6PM


7 Glasgow-based emergent artists for the first exhibition of a new gallery on Miller St in the centre of Glasgow

www.themutual.org.uk | twitter.com/themutual

5th edition of ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE

5th edition of ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE

Sections: painting, sculpture, photographic art, video art and performing art
Participation: the competition is open to all artists, without any limits.
Prizes: 100.000 euro total awards

Deadline: 16 November 2010

Apply now: www.artelagunaprize.com/index.php/enrollment.html

The fifth edition reaches a total of 100.000 euro and expands opportunities for artists as institutional prizes 5.000 euro each, as well as the attention for the artistic education offering 4 residences of art and creating fruitful collaborations between creativity and entrepreneurship with the Business for Art “ReiL” Prize that offers a stay in Brazil to create a site specific project.

The Arte Laguna Prize also allows a direct connection in the art market with its circuit of international galleries and the participation in international festivals such as “Open” in Venice and “Tina B” in Prague.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The City is the Film, Katri Walker

The City is the Film from Katri Walker on Vimeo.

A Walls of Light Moving Image Commission. This is one of 6 artist films commissioned by Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Art and Creative Scotland, as part of the celebrations surrounding the handover of the Commonwealth Games from Delhi to Glasgow in October 2010.

Almost everything comes to us through some media prism, which, in turn, colours not just our view of this life, but our own self-definition. 'The City is the Film' takes its title from a line in 'A City', a poem by the late Edwin Morgan, and uses it to build an alternative, intimate, collaged portrait of Glasgow and its diverse inhabitants. Each individual is from, descended from or has lived in one of the 71 countries that will compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. As each voice transforms the words of the poem, each individual takes ownership of the place they now call home while simultaneously questioning the ability of film itself to convey the truth of a place.

Directed, Camera & Edited by Katri Walker

Sound by EMIT Production Assistant: Louise Irwin

Poem: 'A City' by Edwin Morgan taken from Collected Poems 1996. Published by Carcanet Press Ltd.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Document 8 : night of agit pop...

Thur 28 Oct | 9pm onwards | CCA Terrace Bar...a frivolously refreshing night of 'political' pop

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Wall of Light

Thursday 14 October 2010. 11:00am - 6:00pm: FREE

The CCA will present a series of specially commissioned films next month to mark the Commonwealth Games handover ceremony in Delhi.

The six films, collectively entitled Walls of Light, have been made by internationally-renowned Scottish artists Calum Stirling, Henry Coombes, Katri Walker, Alex Hetherington, Stina Wirfelt and Clara Ursitti, and tell the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Scots in the world of sporting endeavour.

Walls of Light will be screened at venues across Glasgow in October, as well as online.

Katri and Calum are both graduates of the department and of course, Clara a member of SEA staff.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Henry Coombes: Wednesday Night Open Forum

6 October, 5pm in the Art School Union Bar

GSA graduate Henry Coombes talks about embracing your inner child in the pursuit of making art, and presents the premier of his new film ‘Just Say Cheese’. We welcome Henry back following his summer Mackintosh Museum exhibition ‘Magic Towards Your Face’.

Kicked off by the wildly successful September Pecha Kucha event, The Wednesday Night Open Forum is an enjoyable series of talks and events designed to be cross-school, cross-platform, cross-disciplinary, some of which might even just make you cross... This series includes lectures, screenings and panel discussions. Expect some lively debates on art, design, architecture, and broader ideas that the GSA is concerned about.

Talks are free and open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Glasgow design student Alex living in Sixties-style eco-friendly pod

Alec Fraser will survive on solar-powered electricity, use a manual pressure generated shower and have no toilet to use during 12 months living in the micro-house. more

Monday, September 27, 2010

Streetland festival

Streetland, Govanhill 2011 Public Meeting
Wednesday 29th September 7pm
Alpha Learning Academy, 75 Westmoreland Street
Light supper provided

Streetland: A success in 2010, with more planned for 2011!

Govanhill’s very first grassroots arts festival, Streetland 2010, was a roaring success. There were over 400 visitors from Govanhill and beyond to the three-day event, which ran from April 30 – May 2 in and around Westmoreland Street and its Community Garden. Of the 36 events, 70 per cent were run by local residents, artists or groups, and all succeeded bringing people from different backgrounds together. Events and exhibitions took place in both indoor and outdoor spaces, many of them temporary, adding a fun and creative feel to the street. As one resident said, ‘Streetland made our community feel a little bit closer for the weekend.’ Report attached.

We want to keep the success going with Streetland, Govanhill 2011 and plan for it to take place from April 29 – May 1, 2011 and include creative activities for all ages and tastes – all absolutely free. A steering group of local residents and organisations has been set up to take it forward, members welcome.

The success of Streetland depends on as many people getting involved as possible, whether that’s with ideas for activities, or simply passing round flyers and badges.

Come along to the public meeting to have your say about what should happen in Streetland 2011.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact the Streetland team on streetlandinfo@googlemail.com or go to www.streetland.net

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Given To The People (2008) by Simon Yuill, a film telling the story of the Pollok Free State, will be screened at GalGael, 15 Fairley Street, Govan, Glasgow, G51 2SN on Thursday 30 September at 7pm. FREE.

Given to the People is part of Fields, Factories and Workshops by Simon Yuill.

For more details, please visit CCA or giventothepeople

Friday, September 10, 2010

MUSICIAN Gillian Christie has taken the acoustic scene by storm since winning EK’s Got Talent 2009.

After months of hard work in the studio the 19-year-old singer/songwriter, from Gardenhall, is poised to release her debut EP, Thinking Space Part 1, at a city gig this Friday.

The talented Glasgow School of Art student says she is more than ready for her headline show after her recent slot supporting Scots folk rock singer Jill Jackson at the legendary King Tuts, and a surprise stint at the Wickerman Festival.......more

Gillian will play the City Halls Recital Room this Friday, September 10, with support from 7.30pm.

The event is expected to be a sell-out but a small number of briefs are still available.

Tickets can be purchased from the City Halls box office
for £10, or £8 with the promotional code, which can be obtained by emailing gillianchristieacoustic@hotmail.com

To keep up-to-date with Gillian’s gigs, and to preview her music, visit www.myspace.com/gillianchristieacoustic

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Nick Evans: The Bone Collector

Although he’s been a practising artist since leaving Glasgow School of Art in 2000 with a degree in Sculpture and Environmental Art, Nick Evans traces the beginning of his current mode of practice back to 2006, when he completed an eight-month residency at the Tate Gallery in St Ives. ‘While I was there I saw a series of plaster works by Barbara Hepworth,’ says the Zambia-born, Somerset-raised sculptor. ‘They weren’t on display to the public, they were stored in her old studio space at the Palais de Danse, lined up on the dancefloor. I think when I started work on these pieces, which are all made of plaster too, I wasn’t even conscious of the connection, but the closer I get to it the more I think about it.’.................LIST

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Portrait of the artist: Douglas Gordon

Which living artist do you most admire?

Anyone who's still alive and still making art. I don't necessarily admire the art, but the artist I always admire.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Graduate Studio Space Application

SWG3, Gallery, Studio, Glasgow

SWG3 Graduate Studio Application. SWG3 are now accepting applications for next years Graduate Studio, supported by the Berkeley Clinic.

Monday, May 10, 2010

3rd International Competition 'FestArte VideoArt Festival'

FestArte VideoArt Festival is based on a theme - INVISIBLE VIOLENCE in private, public, social contexts -, comprises monetary prizes and an international jury composed of leading experts. The Awards ceremony will take place in Rome, on 15 September 2010, at the new cultural space La pelanda, managed by Museum MACRO. Award-winning videos and finalist videos will be displayed in a group exhibition (15-18 September, 2010) that will be also touring across some Italian museums.
Awards: 1st Prize: € 3.500 - Art Critic Prize: € 1.000 - Audience Prize: € 500
Submissions will be accepted until 20 July, 2010.
Entry fee for each submission: € 10.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nissan Sunny 'artwork' stolen, The Independent

Could it be the first artwork stolen by accident? It seems unlikely that whoever made off with artist Clara Ursitti's L-registration Nissan Sunny had realised that it was shortly due to go on display at an art exhibition in Cheshire – although they may well have noticed that something didn't smell right.

Ursitti, who also works as a lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, had imbued the 1994 car with the luxurious whiff of a Rolls Royce, carefully recreated from an 1980s scented magazine advert.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sam Stead Boat Launch

There will also be other events and works nearby that are also part of Atypical Root. For further information please go to the website and Sam Stead here

Monday, April 12, 2010

"The Health and Safety Violations"

dorkbot-nyc, 02 September 2009 -- Ben Woodeson: The Health and Safety Violations from dorkbot on Vimeo.

Trained in Glasgow, Scotland, Ben Woodeson now lives in London, England. His practice revolves around absurd and quietly confrontational sculptures; the works set out to challenge the viewer and the exhibiting institution in a playful kind of art chicken. Since December 2008 he has been working on a new series of "deliberately dangerous" works entitled "The Health and Safety Violations" and as part of Location One's Virtual Residency programme he has been collaborating with the artist Ursula Endleicher, they have never met but will spend the last week before the exhibition opens on 9/9 finalizing works together. He has shown throughout Europe, Canada, and America and he has an upcoming solo show at Electrohype in Malmo, Sweden.


The inaugural whole-school pecha kucha will commence at 5.30pm on thursday 22nd april. Join this group to be the first to hear about news and get updates on speakers etc. Tickets