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Inside Our Lady of Good Counsel, designed by Andy MacMillan (right), and Isi Metzstein for ,Gillespie, Kidd 8. Coia .

St Peter's arhtects celebrated

Major Gillespie, Kidd & Coia exhibition announced. Words: Allan Radcliffe

he work of two of Scotland’s greatest living

I architects. Andy MacMillan and lsi Metzstein. is

to be celebrated in a major exhibition led by The

Lighthouse. Gillespie. Kidd di’ Coia: Architecture

1956—1987 will open at Scotland‘s national architecture and design centre in Autumn 2007.

The lirm. established in l927 by Jack Coia. John Gaff

Gillespie and William Kidd. became widely celebrated for its distinctive World War ll buildings. including St Paul's Glenrothes. Robinson College. Cambridge and Blackwell‘s Bookshop. Oxford. the practice becoming globally renowned when MacMillan and Metzstein assumed design control in 1956.

As well as funding a large-scale exhibition and related outreach programme. a £342,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund will also enable the Gillespie. Kidd & Coia archive. held at The Glasgow School ofArt. to be catalogued and conserved.

Responding to the announcement of the exhibition. MacMillan said: ‘Social. cultural. economic and political landscapes change. Buildings. which are rooted in time

and place. provide points of reference in a shifting world. We are delighted that The Lighthouse is spearheading this survey of Gillespie Kidd & Coia that will offer a unique overview of the practice and its work.‘

Culture lovers need only look at the response to this magazine's campaign to save Gillespie. Kidd 8.: Coia‘s St Peter‘s Seminary in Cardross. to see how influential the architects‘ work remains. St Peter‘s. built in 1966. topped Prospect magazine's poll of Scotland's 100 best modern buildings. but has been sorely neglected since its closure by the Archdiocese of Glasgow in I980. To date. The Li's-1‘s campaign to stimulate debate on possibilities for the future of the ‘jewel in the crown of modernisnf has been responsible fora fundraising comedy benefit at The Stand in Glasgow in August and an exhibition of art inspired by St Peter's. including work by artist Toby Paterson and filmmaker Murray Grigor. Grigor was awarded The Lighthouse 2005 Achievement Award to enable him to remake his seminal 1974 film of St Peter‘s. Space and Light. Both the original documentary and the new film will be shown as part of the exhibition.


I Two Glasgow-based artists, awarded a commission to create an ambitious new work of art for six Scottish museums, are set to unveil the fruits of their artistic labour. 3 -.-_ . , ‘Rhetoric Works & Vanity Works & Other Works’ by Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan M - r is a suite of objects sited in Newhailes, a 17th century house owned by The National

W...“ Trust for Scotland, which draws on motifs familiar from the artists’ previous works,

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namely shapes, patterns and signs composed of lead, marble, porcelain and wood. This fusion of contemporary art with a historical setting is the first commission from 3’35” v _ A - the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland, and will also be presented in Glasgow’s -' .’.°- - - Hunterian Art Gallery and Edinburgh’s City Art Centre, among others. The launch event takes place on Sat 7 Oct, 5-8pm at Newhailes, Musselburgh. (AR)

I The Scottish International Storytelling Festival returns to the capital, Wed 25 Oct-Sun 5 Nov. This year, the new Storytelling Centre provides the focus for the festival, whose theme ‘Across the Water’ celebrates Scotland and Ireland’s heritage of story, music and song. www.scottishstorytelling

I The festive season may seem like a long way off. but party-lovers can book tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2006/7 from Sat Oct 7. The line-up of bands and musicians will be announced throughout October. www.edinburgh

I Dance fever is sweeping across Glasgow thanks to a new website. www.danceinthecity. com provides up to the minute information for all those wishing to watch, learn or teach dance at all levels. The site also provides news and discussion boards for those working within the dance community.

I Glasgow's Briggait. a former fishmarket in the Merchant City, is to be transformed into one of the largest resources for visual artists in the UK. The building will house visual arts organisations, including Wasps Artists’ Studios and Glasgow Sculpture Studios. provide space for 250 working artists. and be open to the public daily.

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