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form of Axis, the vital info is just a tap on the keyboard away. Recently installed at Glasgow’s CCA, Axis Artists Register is an arts database service. Easy-to-use, it currently holds information on over I600 contemporary artists and craftspeople nationwide.

Stored on CD-ROMs, there are numerous ways to access the wealth of information. There’s an extensive list of artist’s ‘materials’ which takes in everything from brass to braid, glittery fabric and silverfoil

artistic style, price of works, lists of exhibitions and an artistic statement. Three examples of the artist's work can be called up and viewed. And there’s no need to take notes all the info can be printed out.

Axis, though. is still in it’s infancy and there are some huge omissions. On the Glasgow list. high-flyers Douglas Gordon and Christine Borland were not to be found. The problem is the database depends on artists submitting their own details and bigger-name

artists have neither

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Glasgow’s new hi-tech National Arts Register, Axis.

Technology has punched another blow to the heavy tomes: the reference books. Now if you’re in need of an artist orjust curious to check out who's who on the local arts scene, with

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stuff Glasgow’s Tom O’Sullivan. Alternatively you can search under ‘Style’. Axis delivered seven ‘psychedelic’ artists and fourteen described as ‘kitsch’.

Another point of access is through location. The Isle of Mull presented details on just one artist while Glasgow came up with 85 and Edinburgh 79. Another tap on the keys reveals an artist’s CV with details on

out of date. As CCA‘s exhibition‘s director, Nicola White points out, ‘lt’s a good starting point. but it’s in early daysf

For those who wish to check Axis out for themselves. the service is open to all and free ofcharge. The downside is it’s by appointment only which could prove off-putting for those customers who just fancy popping in for a look. According to White, public

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access is one of the first areas of the register the CCA hopes to improve. Until then all your searches for artists in silverfoil will need to be booked in advances

Sessions on Axis National Arts Database are bookable Wed—Fri. 2-6pm at CCA. Glasgow. Call 0141 332 7521 for appointment.


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