In our regular co/u/nn, a team of mystery artists give their thoughts on the current art scene.
Words: Artbug G
After what seemed an agonisingly long period of time for a certain group of artists. the WASPS (Workshop Artists Studio Provision Scotland) Studio building in Stockbridge. Edinburgh has had its future as a creative hive of artistic endeavour assured. This was achieved eventually by the artists; themselves. with a blit/krieg approach. canvassing every city cooncillor and several MSPs.
Having a grant application to purchase the building originally rejected completely by the Scottish Arts Council. WASPS was looking at imminent closure after 25 years if it didn't find the money to buy it from the Co— operative Scotlvfid. which. of course. had earmarked it for ‘new luxury flats'. Appealing to Edinburgh City Council on the gr0unds of cultural loss for the city. for the sake of more flats. the artists managed to spread the word rapidly through the city chambers. Simultaneously. the Scottish Arts Council now found itself under pressure and. not wanting to be the ‘black sheep'. coughed tip a generous amount. agreeing funding on the grounds that the Edinburgh City Council's decision was passed in chambers. Where did this SAC money come from. one wonders. when apparently it had just previously earmarked its coittptete budget? . . suspicious!
And so it came to pass. through a tremendous effort from the tenants of the WASPS building. that an artistic community will remain following the decision of ECC to give WASPS a sufficient amount to purchase. It does seem that fighting between the SAC and ECC and their respective attitudes to visual art/cultural funding criteria played critical roles in the whole saga. Power to the artists.
78 THE LIST 7? .Jan :3 Tel) 2004
Exhibitions are listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to firstname.lastname@example.org, by post or by tax on 0131 557 8500. Listings are compiled by Helen Monaghan.
lo4 Woodlands Road. 332 0028. Mon Fri l0am 5pm; Sat l0am 12.30pm.
The Winter Collection t'ntil Sat 28 Feb. Paintings by regular gallery artists including llelett M Turner. Davy Brown. James ()rt'. Marie Hart and Robert ligginton pltts old (ilasgow
253 Argyle Street. 565 I023. Mon Sat 10am 10pm; Sttn noon I()pm.
lain Smart: My Eyes are Bleeding l'ntil Sun 2‘) Feb. Photographs and illustrations of people attd the environment by this (ilasgow' School of Art graduate.
ART EXPOSURE GALLERY
1‘) Parnie Street. 552 777‘). Open Thu 22. Fri 23 8; Sat 24 Jan. noon 5pm: from Tue 27 Jan. Mon Sat noon 5pm. Mixed Show l'ntil Sat 3| Jan. Paintings to stiit every style atid budget ittcluding works by Peter Nardini. Alan King. Joan Lawson and (ieoff MacDonald. pltts ceramics by Iilspeth (iardner and (’arol lisson attd jewellery by Lisa (iovan and Marley McKinnie.
THE ART HOUSE HOTEL
[20 Bath Street. 07763 222323. Daily llatn 7pm.
Suite Art l'ntil Thu 5 Feb. A series of fortnightly exhibitions showing the work of tip-and-coming artists with an opening night on Friday from (rpm. Andrew Me/vinsky shows paintings until Thu 22 .latt followed by lrenee Verouni (Fri 23 Jan Thu 5 Feb).
lS5a Bath Street. 222 2830. Tue Sat |0am 5.30pm.
Mixed Show l'ntil Sat 3l Jan. Works itt mixed media featuring paintings by over 70 artists. sculpture. ceramics and glasswork.
ROGER BILLCLIFFE FINE ART I34 Blythsw'ood Street. 332 4027. Mon Fri 9.30am 5.30pm: Sat
Mixed Exhibition t'ntil Sat 24 Jan. A tttixed show of paintings by gallery artists. pltts jewellery. textiles and ceramics.
Postcards Sat 31 Jan Mon 23 Feb. ()riginal. unframed. postcard—si/ed paintings by various artists including David Martin. (iordon Mitchell. Sheila Mclnttes. (‘arlo Rossi. Hamish Macdonald aitd James l-‘ullerton. NEW SHOW.
Handbags Sat 3| .lan Mon 23 Feb. (‘ontemporary handbags including works by Kei llo. Hester van lieghcn and Stte l.owday.
THE BRICK SPACE GALLERY One World Shop, 100 Bytes Road. 357 l5(t7. Mon Sat l0am 5.30pm.
The Looking Glass l’ntil Thu 5 Feb. An exhibition of fair trade tnirrors from around the world.
CAFE COSSACHOK GALLERY 10 King Street. 553 0733. Tue Sal
I |.30am- l lptn.
Russian/Celtic Connections L'ntil Sun 2‘) Feb. Free. An exhibition of works by liast liuropean artists inspired by the people. music and culture of Scotland and Rttssia.
350 Sattchiehall Street. 352 4900.
Tue Wed & Fri Sttn llam (rpm: Thu llatn 8pm.
Kenny Hunter: Feedback Loop l'tttil Sun 25 Jan. On display is Kenny Hunter's commissioned sculpture for the ('(‘A. a single. large-scale figure of a Japanese teenager from the streets of llarajuki in Tokyo. a representative of the extraordinary street fashion of that area. LAST CHANCE TO SEE.
Last 30mins l'ntil Stttt 25 Jatt. Jim Harold and Matthew Samson create this collaborative sound work for the ('(‘A in the first of their series of sotittd installations. The piece has been produced from recordings made from some of the last lraq radio broadcasts. LAST CHANCE TO SEE
Jim Harold Fri 23 .Ian. opm. Free. Artist Jim Harold gives a talk on his collaborative sound installation luv! 30 .l/ililllr's.
l'ttiversity of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. 548 2558. Mon Fri l0attt 5pm; Sat noon 4pm.
The Water Closet Workshop l'ntil Sat l4 Feb. Taking Marcel Duchamp's ttrinal of l‘) l 7 as a starting poittt. the llillt'l' ('lmt'l ll'nrk shop comprises over 30 artworks produced from W(‘s. sinks and assorted sanitary ware by l4 sculptors. paintings and ceratnicists from Norway. Sweden. Britain and America.
l73 “est Regent Street. 22l 0370.
Mon Sat 10am 5.30pm.
Mixed Exhibition l'ntil Sat 3] Jatt. A large selection of paintings. draw ings. etchings. ceramics aitd jewellery by leading contemporary artists.
Norman Stevens wed 4 Feb Tue 2 Mar. litchings and aquatints by Norman Stevens.
FULL CIRCLE GALLERY
Saltottn Lane. 24 Ruthven Street. 357 l‘)()‘). Mon Fri (k Stttt I230 5.30pm; Sat llatn 5.30pm.
Mixed Show l'ntil Sat 31 .latt. Paintings by gallery artists including Peter Nardini. Alexandra (iardner attd David Ross Warrilow pltts ceramics attd sketches with prices starting from £00.
GALLERY OF MODERN ART Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)()(). .\lon Wed (k Sat l0am 5pm: Thu l0am Spin; Fri & Sun llatn 5pm.
Love Over Gold t'ntil Sun 25 Apr. A selection of works drawn from the Scottish National (iallery of Modern Art's collection of contetnporary art w itlt a focus on artists based itt Scotland. ('hristine Borland. Martin Boyce. Roderick Buchanan. Jitn l.ambie. \"ictoria Morton and David Shrigley feature in the selection.
Storm: An Installation by Dalziel + Scullion l'ntil Sun 7 Mar. A commissioned installation for (i()MA. created by artist duo Dal/tel + Scttllion. liach day a different ittiage w ill be projected onto a screen which reveals the unique ecological circumstances found at a number of sites throughout Scotland. David Sherry l'ntil Stttt 15 Feb. A solo show of new work front performance artist David Sherry. best known for his Stilt-lime \ ideo piece in
w ltich he appeared to sew planks of wood to his feet. Shortlisted for the Beck‘s Futures Award this year. he continues in this exhibition his exploration of the nonsensical aspects of the human condition attd features performances centred around outstay ing one's w elcotnc and the recasting of my titical figures Romulus attd Remus as a pair of ordinary blokes waking tip w itlt a hangover. Artist’s Talks Thu 5 Feb.
(L30 7.30pm. Free. ('otttemporary photographer Wendy McMurdo talks about her work.
Rottken (ilen Road. 620 023.5. Mon. Thu. Fri (k Sttn 1.30 5.30pm: Sat
1 1.30am 5.30pm.
Mixed Show t'ntil Mon 26 Jan. Paintings by gallery artists pltts sculpture. ceramics and jewellery including works by Lin Pattttllo. lithel Walker. Alatt King. Kirsty Wither. (iordon Wylie and (iordon Henderson. Mixed Spring Exhibition Sun I Feb Mon l Mar. A Spring selection of small paintings by gallery artists pltis sculpture by Tom Allatt.
CYRIL GERBER FINE ART
I48 West Regent Street. 22l 3005.
Mon Sat 9.30am 5.30pm.
Winter Collection l'ntil Sat 3l Jatt. A selection of British paintings. drawings and sculpture including works by Roger Fry. Duncan (irant. Henry Moore. Katharine ('ameron. liardley. Fergusson. John llottston. Mc(’ance. Keith Vaughan and David Warrillow'.
GLASGOW FILM THEATRE
12 Rose Street. 332 3128.
A Journey to Self t‘ntil Sun l5 Feb. A display of Jenny Shu's black and white photographic journey with (’hina’s ethttic minority groups.
GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO
22 a 25 King Street. 552 0704. Tue Sat l0am 5.30pm.
Jim Pattison - Layers t'ntil Tue l0 Feb. Recent work by Jim l’ztttison exploring computer generated aitd manipulated images and forms.
Nuria Melero - Sis Espais t'ntil Tue l0 Feb. A series of screenprints by Barcelona artist .\'uria Melero.
Mixed Print Show t'ntil Tue l0 Feb.
Small prints in a wide variety of styles.
THE GLASGOW PROJECT ROOM
Top floor. ()4 ()sborne Street. 552 l472. Tue Sat noon 5pm.
Fiona Jardine t'ntil Sat 24 Jan. A tttixcd media installation created by Fiona Jardine.
Erica Eyres Sat 3| Jan Sat 7 Feb. Free. Recent work by ('anadian artist lirica liy res w ho liyes and works in (ilasgow. NF W SHOW.
THE GLASGOW ROOM
Ground floor. Princes Square. Buchanan Street. 22l Slb2. Mon Sat l0am (rpm: Sttn llam 5pm.
The Third Step Charity Trust Exhibition l'ntil Sat 3f Jan. An exhibition of prints by Peter llow son along w ith works by Ally 'l‘hotnpson. Frank McFadden. Martin Katie attd Allan “illson to help raise funds for the Third Step ('harity Trust which helps people
w ho have experienced problems w ith alcohol or drug addiction.
GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART The Mackintosh (iallery. lo7 Renft'ew Street. 353 4500. Mon Fri l0am 5pm: Sat l0am 2pm.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize l'ntil Sat 2| Feb (Mackintosh (iallery l. .\'ow in its eighth year. the Jerwood Drawing Pri/e is the only competition dedicated to promoting drawing as an integral part of contemporary art practice. This year's selection is more conventional than last. featuring the winning work of Paul Brandford which captures in blurred motion the moment a protester is set upon by riot police. attd that of the other finalists. See review and llillisl.
Metaphors Mon 2 Wed 25 Feb (Atrium (iallery. Foulis Building:
Mon Thu l0am Spin; Fri l0am 5pm). A portfolio of text and image by Ken (iarland. one of the l'K's most respected graphic designers. NLW SHOW.
JOHN GREEN FINE ART 182 Batlt Street. 333 l‘)‘)|. Mon Fri l0.30am 5pm; Sat l0.30attt lpttt.