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C I T I E S emseowéy‘o COMMISSION

photographic commissions are being altered

by Glasgow District Council's Festivals Olllce arz-T-winnlng Ollice In conjunction with STREET LEVEL, the City's new Photographic Gallery & Workshop.

The three photographers selected will travel to one at Glasgow‘s Twin Cities - Numberg, Rostov on Don and Turin and spend two weeks making works which will be exhibited in September 1990 at STREET LEVEL. This work will be shown alongside photographs made In Glasgow by a photographer lrom each oi the Twin Cities.

Only Glasgow based artists are invited to apply.


Catriona Grant/Martha McCulioch S TREE T LEVEL 279-281 High Street Glasgow G4 008 APPLICATION DEADLINE :31 JANUARY 1990

This commission is srpported by Glasgow District Councils Tw'nning Ofice

54 The List 26 January ~ 8 February 1990


Makonde Wooden Sculpture, Collins Gallery.

This exhibition, live stops through a seven-venue tour, has stirred up an increasingly bitter debate in the last lour issues oi Art Monthly about the way in which work by black and Alrican artists is exhibited in this country. Should black cultural workers contextualise the work? Do white curators or historians ol Alrica know best? An introductory panel claims this as the lirst exhibition to ‘show Alrican art as part at modern art’ - would black and Alrican galleries in London and elsewhere relute this?

The show is at carved wooden sculpture, mainly at the Fillies and Sixties, by artists ol the Makonde people at northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania. It all comes lrom

the collection at Mali and Kanchan Malde, Hindu Asians brought up in eastern Alrica.

The simple lact at such a speciilc, partial exhibition touring mainstream galleries challenges a white audience about how they situate Alrican art historically and culturally as well as aesthetically. 19th-century museums and 20th-century avant-garde art in Europe are chock lull ol artilacts and relerences to artilacts plundered without rhyme or reason lrom Alrica. Here, we are given some context: a timespan, a specilic people, areas at concern, the names at individual artists, and some historical events. One lorm ol sculpture, lor instance, the Uiamaa (meaning Unity) developed at the same time as the Freiimo movement in Mozambique. Such pieces are totem-like in lorm, ol a mass at people supporting each other. Most ol the work on display has been made in response to Western concepts at the market, which have then been adapted to existing Makonde concepts: Shetami, spirits who disorientate people, are depicted in a disorientating abstracted lorm.

Stuart Hall, the black cultural historian, said that since dillerence has now become so lashionable ‘it is important not to be indillerent to the nature at dillerence.’ it’s ironic that in Scotland, where cultural dillerence and colonisation are live issues, none ol the mainstream art institutions have a regularlorum lor discussing black culture. (Hilary Robinson)

The Spirit at Nova Scotia 3—24 Feb. Traditional folk art from the eastern isle off Canada: presumably checked shirts predominate.

St Andrews

I CRAWFORD ARTS CENTRE 93 North Street. 0334 74610. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

Wilhemina Barns Graham Until 25 Feb. The retrospective exhibition of this major British artist that was recently on show at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh.


A selective round-up ol Museums listed lirst by city, then by venue, running in alphabetical order.


I BURRELL COLLECTION Pollokshaws Road, 649 7151. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Cafe. [D]

A wealth of treasure collected by Edwardian tycoon William Burrell.

I NUNTERIAN MUSEUM The University of Glasgow, 339 8855. Mon—Fri 9.30am—Spm: Sat 9.30am— 1 pm.

Roman Scotland From the Air Last year's dry summer (remember that?) has led toa host of new discoveries pertaining to the Roman occupation of Scotland. This exhibition ofphotographs taken by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments ofScotland illustrates the extent of the occupation.

I PEOPLE'S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green, 5540223. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2-5pm. Cale. Disabled access by arrangement.

The Fabric at Glasgow Until 15 Feb. Ten

proud banners depicting the history of Glasgow's East End are on display the result of six months' hard stitching in a variety olschools and community centres throughout the East End.

A new display, chronicling life in 17th century Glasgow. includes the reconstruction of a room in a Stockwell Street mansion that was demolished in 1976.

I SPRINGDURN MUSEUM Ayr Street (adjacent to Springburn Railway Station). 557 1405. Mon-Fri 10.30am—5pm; Sat 10am—4pm; Sun 2—5pm.

Work: Springburn Experience 1840-1988 Until further notice.

Get Knitted Until 31 March. A display of knitting patterns through the ages. as well as various workshops and displays ollocal knitting including a knitted man.


I CANONGATE TOLBODTH Royal Mile. 225 2424. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.

The People's Story The Museum has been established to relate the story ofthe people of Edinburgh, told in their own words and through photographs and re-created tableaux.

I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.

An Aladdin‘s cave of treasures from the past, well worth taking the trouble to explore fully.

I SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM Ingliston. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm. Agriculture still plays an important role in Scotland‘s culture and this museum looks at the old trades and skills ofthe countryside.

The Sword and the Plough A special exhibition exploring the changes brought by two World Wars and their effect on the communities and the landscape.