Friday, 9 December 2011

Castles of Illusion

Castles of Illusion

Saturday 3 December - Saturday 17 December 2011

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Venue: Intermedia Gallery, CCA

An exhibition of new work by Laurence Figgis, Brin Frost and current MFA student Zoe Williams. The artists have in-common an interest in the creation of internalised worlds, drawing on aspects of the surreal, the uncanny, the precious and the abject, and mobilising a diverse range of mediums to explore these themes including ornamental sculpture, collage and film. The objects and two-dimensional works on show in this exhibition appear on first glance to be drawn from a rich concoction of soap-opera, luxury commodity and primal myth. However on closer inspection, these isolated signifiers, divorced from their original context, often reveal darker, more disturbing undertones.

2HB: What we make with words

2HB: What we make with words: Book Fair

Saturday 17 December 2011

12:00pm - 5:00pm: FREE

In discussion with the Glasgow journals, CCA has invited UK and international publishers to join us in exploring the issues and enthusiasms current within art writing and publishing, providing a context in which to view similar activity in Glasgow. Exhibitors will include Bookworks (London), Casco (Utrecht), Motto Distribution (Berlin), Torpedo (Oslo), Pist Protta (Copenhagen), Transmission (Glasgow), Abake (London/France), Automatic Books (Italy), Mousse (Italy), Mono Paper (London), VERSUCH (London), Ditto Press (London) and Eastside Projects (Birmingham).

Organised by our new MFA lecturer Sarah Tripp in collaboration with Jamie Kenyon.

Beagles and Ramsay at GoMA

Martin Boyce wins Turner Prize

We would like to congratulate MFA graduate Martin Boyce on winning the 2011 Turner Prize. The exhibition at Baltic, Gateshead, United Kingdom runs until 8 January 2012. More information is available at

Monday, 21 November 2011



The Turner Prize exhibition is now open at BALTIC, and features two MFA graduates, Karla Black and Martin Boyce. In 2007 the Prize was staged at Tate Liverpool as a curtain-raiser to Liverpool being European Capital of Culture in 2008. Following its success there, it has been decided that the Prize will be presented at Tate Britain and at a gallery outside London in alternate years. The first non-Tate venue outside the capital will be BALTIC in Gateshead.

Each year the Prize is judged by an independent jury. Chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director Tate Britain, the jury for The Turner Prize 2011 comprises: Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild, Glasgow; Vasif Kortun, Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Nadia Schneider, Freelance Curator; and Godfrey Worsdale, Director, BALTIC. The four shortlisted artists will be announced in May 2011.

The Turner Prize is awarded each year to a British artist under the age of fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding. The Prize fund of £40,000 is divided between the shortlisted artists with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 to each of the other three artists. Previous winners include Tomma Abts, Gilbert & George, Douglas Gordon, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread and Richard Wright.

Transmission Gallery show - last chance to see

Last chance to see this show that features several MFA graduates including ALEX IMPEY, CONOR KELLY, TESSA LYNCH and CHARLOTTE PRODGER


Transmission Gallery presents an exhibition drawing together new work by nine Glasgow-based artists. Non-thematic in its intentions, the exhibition spans a wide range of media and approaches.

25 October - 26 November 2011

Exhibition Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

Transmission Gallery

King Street


Friday, 18 November 2011

Sarah Forrest - exhibition

Glasgow Sculpture Studios would like to invite you to join us for the preview of P is for Protagonist the solo exhibition of newly commissioned work by Sarah Forrest, The Gordon Foundation MFA Graduate Fellow 2010-11.

7pm – 9pm
Saturday 26 November 2011
Gallery 2, Glasgow Sculpture Studios
For P is for Protagonist, Forrest draws upon certain sensibilities found within gothic literature, paying particular attention to what is not seen. Forrest places her protagonists at the edge of visibility, presenting them in the text as a subject who comes in and out of focus or as a spectral presence within the video work.

The work presents two concurrent narratives that unfold and overlap, putting into play as they do so, her ongoing exploration of the interrelationships between maker, work and viewer.

Forrest will also launch her first publication alongside this exhibition on Saturday 10 December 2011 at GSS. The publication is designed in collaboration with Glasgow-based graphic designer, Zeynep Arman.

Born in Dundee UK 1981, Forrest received her MFA at The Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Recent exhibitions include DAYSTransmission Gallery Glasgow, The Spectator Intermedia Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow,Hands Across the Fire(GANGHUT) DCA Dundee, L.P. Hendriks Rotterdam, The Space We Made La Vitrine Quebecand Don’t Cry It’s Only a Rhythm, Generator Projects Dundee.

The Graduate Fellowship is funded by The Gordon Foundation & The Hope Scott Trust. The Exhibition & Publication is supported by The Arts Trust & The Tom McGrath Trust

Gallery opening hours are Thursday – Saturday, 12-5pm or by appointment
GSS, 145 Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow
Exhibition runs from 01 December – 17 December 2011

FREE entry

Wednesday, 16 November 2011



Students of The Glasgow School of Art MFA programme are delighted to announce that this year’s auction will include works by Turner Prize nominees and winners such as Fiona Banner and Jim Lambie in addition to many other internationally renowned artists including Elizabeth Peyton Jonathan Monk and Ryan Gander.

This year the auction will be held at The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate. Glasgow G1 5HZ.

Saturday 3rd December, 2011­
6-8pm Silent auction.
8.30pm Live auction.

The annual MFA auction is produced by second year Master’s students to raise funds for the MFA international exhibition. The auction remains an essential date in the diary of both established and developing art collectors, offering the opportunity to purchase work by internationally recognised contemporary artists and invest in works by artists who will become the stars of the future. With reserves on the works in the Silent Auction at £25, there is something for all budgets and tastes.

Staged in the stunning Briggait space, the evening consists of two parts: a Silent Auction and a Live Auction. The Silent Auction allows bidders to view an exhibition of over fifty works in a variety of media produced by MFA students and other emerging artists. Bids may be placed on these works during a two-hour period.

Saving the best for last, the Live Auction is the main event of the evening. From 8:30pm onwards, Campbell Armour, Director of Edinburgh auction house Lyon and Turnbull hosts a traditional auction. Here you can bid on works by some of the best established and emerging contemporary artists Scotland has produced, including Claire Barclay, Alan Michael, Craig Mulholland, Nicolas Party, Toby Paterson, Corin Sworn, Alex Pollard, Michael Wilkinson. Alongside these will be artists from further afield including Chris Evans, Grier Edmundson, Phoebe Unwin, Brian Griffiths and more.

For those who are unable to attend the event in person, an advance or absentee bidding service is available. For full list of artists and to view images and information about the works and artists, and to complete registration for the advance bidding process please visit

Contact Information



The Glasgow School of Art 2011 MFA Auction is kindly supported by: The Glasgow School of Art, Mandors, Mono, Shilla’s Korean Restaurant, Comme des Garçons, The Artstore, Spirited Wines, Bar 91, WTMS, Good Spirits Wine Company, Nice N Sleazy’s, Peckhams.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Friday, 21 October 2011

Giuseppe Mistretta and Victor & Hester

Victor & Hester presents

Journal 21
Giuseppe Mistretta

'Talking Through Broken Teeth'
'pushing it all out until the only thing left is the sound of your own body'

As part of at g39, Cardiff
- GOLDENROD: Adorned Log / Co-curated by Mark Henley & Kate Mackeson

Featuring Carina Brand, TRFF, Owen Griffiths, Andy Hazel, Victor & Hester,

Cam O’Connell & Shannon Reed

- Exhibition Preview 6pm - Friday 28th October / 8pm - Victor & Hester

Journal 21 launch by Giuseppe Mistretta

Saturday, 8 October 2011

The Modern Institute

Victoria Morton (MFA graduate 1994) and Nicolas Party (MFA graduate 2009) are currently showing new work at The Modern Institute, Glasgow. Both exhibitions run until 22nd October 2011.

Market gallery

Joey Villemont (MFA graduate 2011) has co-curated a new show at Market Gallery in Glasgow, which also features Neal Beggs (MFA graduate 1998) and Anna Tanner (MFA graduate 2009)

The Builders Curated by itsourplayground

Artists: Heather & Ivan Morison, Neal Beggs and Nick Evans


Heather & Ivan Morison Dreamed Workshop
Friday 7th of October 6-9pm

The Builders final show with Nick Evans
Friday 21st October 6-9pm

Exhibition Open: 8th October - 30th October
Thursday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

Artist Talk:
Neil Beggs, Saturday 15th October 2pm

Heather and Ivan Morison will outline their dream workshop which Neal Beggs will work in for seven days using the materials and resources available to produce artworks which Nick Evans will then display in a final exhibition. The exhibition spaces at Market Gallery, two nearly identical glazed galleries side by side, allows the viewer to easily compare the production space or workshop with the exhibition space or gallery. Through out the three weeks the viewer will observe the transformation of materials in to artworks and artworks into an exhibition.

The Québec Triennial 2011

MFA Graduate Grier Edmundson and current 2nd year MFA student Justin Stephens are both included in

The Québec Triennial 2011. The Work Ahead of Us
October 7, 2011–January 3, 2012

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

The Québec Triennial 2011. The Work Ahead of Us at the MAC

The Québec Triennial 2011. The Work Ahead of Us⎯one of the most important and highly anticipated art events of the season⎯will be presented at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal from October 7, 2011 to January 3, 2012. For this second edition of the Triennial, the museum has put together a show on an unprecedented scale that will fill all eight of its exhibition galleries and spill over into its indoor public spaces, as well as Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles and the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts. The exhibition will feature works by more than fifty artists and collectives, a majority of them young, who are contributing to a renewed Québec art. A series of live performances and Friday Nocturnes will round out this edition of the Triennial.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Spam Mush Dust

Beagles and Ramsay
The Project Room, 103 Trongate, Glasgow
Opening: Saturday 8th October 7 – 9pm
Exhibition continues: Tues 11th – Sat 15th October, 12 – 5pm

there is a video trailer here -

and here is the press release


Dust for the surface and the sinus.
Right up the hooter, or the lung, or the ‘arris…. No lack of targets above or below the waist...Down the bleedin’ plughole we go.
Sell a lung to feed the kids.

Dust for the career

Dust as the crust of the hibernating ape

If you don’t want spam to be delivered to your brain section blister blob, but want it erased……The…’s…. it’s the same damn prescription drugs I’m sick of having…..If it is correctly classified as spam, you NOW want spam delivered to your beef folder, we do that…We can facilitate…beat beef beat beef beat beef beat beef beat beef beat beef beat beef beat beef beat beef beat beef beat

We can bump heads and collide
Mush..want beef...Beef..want mush

Dust for the new Etonian dark times


Beagles and Ramsay
The Project Room, 103 Trongate, Glasgow
Opening: Saturday 8th October 7 – 9pm
Exhibition continues: Tues 11th – Sat 15th October, 12 – 5pm

Monday, 26 September 2011

Industrial Aesthetics

A number of ex-MFA students, and visiting artists, are showing work in the exhibition Industrial Aesthetics at the Hunter College gallery, New York.


Current MFA student Rachal Bradley has contributed to LABOUR, an independent publication edited by Melissa Gordon and Marina Vishmidt. This is the first project resulting from an ongoing series of discussions among female artists in New York, Amsterdam and Berlin and London that took place in 2010-2011.

The publication launch for LABOUR will take place onWednesday, September 28th, 2011, 6-7:30pm at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York in conjunction with Meredyth Sparks' current exhibition, Striped Bare, Even and Again, September 15- October 29, 2011.

Though the subject, format, contributors and editorial team will change with each subsequent issue,
attempts to address the many facets of (feminized) artistic producer. Contributions to this issue include Nina Power on Women’s Work, Avigail Moss on What We Talk About When We Talk About Painting, Marina Vishmidt on Working Artists in the Greater Economy, Lisette Smits in conversation with Meredyth Sparks on The Female Dandy and Kaisa Lassinaro interviews director Lizzie Borden about Born in Flames. Also included in this issue are artist projects by Henry VIII’s Wives, Emma Hedditch and Rachal Bradley with Jessica Wiesner.

Monday, 22 August 2011

more pictures of our new home

The MFA has just moved to the JD Kelly building on Hill Street. Here are some photos of the exterior and some of our new studios.

Monday, 8 August 2011


Sommer & Kohl
Kurfürstenstrasse 13
10785 Berlin
Tel + 49 30 2300 5581

6th - 27th August 2011
Opening Times: Tue to Sat 11.00-18.00

Opening reception: 6 August, 18.00-20.00

Arratia, Beer
Mehringdamm 55

D-10961 Berlin

Te: +49 30 23 63 08 05

6th - 27th August 2011
Opening Times: Tue to Sat 11.00-18.00

Opening reception: 5 August, 18.00-20.00


Recent work by graduates of the MFA programme, Glasgow School of Art

The Master of Fine Art programme at Glasgow School of Art is happy to extend
its relationship with the city of Berlin. For the fifth year running
graduates of the MFA will exhibit their work in Berlin, marking an important
stage in their development as independent artists. One of a small number of
two-year postgraduate fine art programmes in the UK, the MFA has helped to
establish Glasgow as a dynamic and international centre for contemporary
art. The multidisciplinary nature of the programme ensures a wide range of
work, in terms of both medium and subject matter, and an overall vibrancy.
The MFA international exhibition programme has previously included shows in
New York, Mexico City, Beijing, Budapest, Rotterdam and Copenhagen, helping
to establish important links across the world. These international ambitions
are also reflected in the range of nationalities of the artists represented
here, the 24 exhibitors coming from 11 different countries.

Previous graduates from the MFA include Simon Starling (Turner Prize winner,
2005), Karla Black (Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011), Rosalind
Nashashibi (Beck's Futures prize winner, 2003), Martin Boyce (Scottish
Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2009), Richard Wright (MOMA, New York; Turner
Prize 2009), Michael Fullerton (British Art Show, 2011), and Claire Barclay
(Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2003).

Danielle Abbiate (USA)
Tori Drost (Canada)
Carla Easton (UK)
Francis Horner (USA)
James Hutchinson (UK)
Alex Impey (UK)
Song-yun Kim (South Korea)
Jason Mathis (Canada)
Katie McCain (Canada)
Elizabeth McDonald (USA)
Giuseppe Mistretta (UK)
Marlena Morris (USA)
John Nicol (UK)
Carla Novi (Mexico)
Camillo Paravicini (Switzerland)
Anne Patsch (USA)
Amy Reinthaler (USA)
Sybren Renema (Netherlands)
Sofia Silva (Portugal)
Suzie Smith (Canada)
Jonathan Thomson (UK)
Jocelyn Villemont (France)
Shelton Walker (USA)
Alberta Whittle (Barbados)

image: Jonathan Thomson: still from "Wills", 2011

Thursday, 30 June 2011

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The MFA is moving

After 17 years in the Barnes Building the MFA has just moved to a new home - the JD Kelly Building on Hill Street. Here are a couple of images of the old and the new........More pictures to follow.

Corin Sworn at Tate Britain

Tate Britain
Art Now: Corin Sworn
27 June – 25 September 2011

Recent MFA graduate Corin Sworn presents Endless Renovation, an installation inspired by a chance discovery of a collection of slides in a skip outside the artist’s house. Meditating on the origins of the slides, the narrative combines meandering thoughts with excerpts from poetry and writings.

Friday, 17 June 2011



An Exhibition to celebrate the closure of The Vic Café Bar

Sunday 19th June 2011 7pm - 1am

'The End' is upon us, in a matter of weeks work will begin as the The Vic is completely refurbished and partly demolished. This will radically alter the character of the place that has fostered creativity in a multitude of forms in Glasgow over the last 80 years and become a significant social reference point for generations of students, artists and musicians.

The interior will be emptied, stripped and opened up to create temporary exhibition and event spaces before works start later this month. This will be a unique opportunity for anyone who has an attachment to this influential venue to experience it like never before.

The Artists invovled in realising this project are

Stephen Campbell, Beagles & Ramsay, Gregor Johnstone, Gregor Wright

Rob Churm, Sarah Jane Wright, Patrick Jamieson, Dan Miller, Neil Clements

Dominic Samsworth, Nick Evans, Stephen Sutcliffe, Craig Mullholland

Iain Hetherington, Alex Pollard, Lila De Magalhaes, Leanne Hopper

Robbie Thomson, Michael White, Alan Stanners, Torsten Lauschman

August Krogan-Roley, Jack Wrigley, Heather Landed, Douglas Moreland + more TBC

Also, Gig in the practice room (through the toilets) organised by Prolife & Ultimate Thrush

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Gordon Foundation MFA Graduate Fellowship 2011

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Gordon Foundation MFA Graduate Fellowship has been awarded to Alex Impey.

The announcement was made public on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 at The Glasgow School of Art’s Master of Fine Art (MFA) Degree Show preview by the Head of the Programme, John Calcutt.

Impey's work spans across drawing, sculpture, sound and writing. He'll begin his fellowship in November 2011and we look forward to working with him over the coming year.

'A tick can stay dormant for eighteen years when isolated from the conditions that trigger its behaviour. My work attempts to appropriate something of this inscrutable poise, in a set of figurations as pauses in habits around the use of languages and objects, which simultaneously seek to refer to their own consumption.' Alex Impey

If you would like to catch Alex’s work and the rest of the MFA Degree Show it runs until Saturday 18 June 2011. Opening Times 11am-6pm Tuesday - Saturday at The Glue Factory 15 Burns Street Speirs Locks Glasgow G4.

MFA Degree Show

The MFA Degree Show is now open.

The exhibition is at The Glue Factory this year and runs until Saturday 18th June from 11am - 6pm each day.

The Glue Factory, 15 Burns Street, Spiers Locks, Glasgow

Sunday, 8 May 2011

New Work Scotland 2011

Some further MFA graduate successes to report.......the list of artists who will be taking part in this years New Work Scotland Programme has just been announced and Oliver Braid, Amelia Bywater, Christian Newby and Joey Villemont are amongst those to be slected. Congratulations to them.

2011 saw the introduction of a theme, Mining the Horizon,
and more critical discourse. All selected practitioners will now take part in a weekend retreat together with Collective, the selectors and invited guests, at Hospitalfield House. Participants will also undertake a residency at Studio Voltaire, London or MAP, Glasgow.

NWSP is a Collective initiative recognised as giving Scottish based graduates their first significant visual art project or commission. Through an annual open application NWSP identifies and supports some of the most promising new practitioners working in the visual arts in Scotland - providing them with the opportunity to make new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

MFA Interim Show 2011

The annual MFA Interim Show opens on Friday 6th May, 6.00 to 8.00pm, and continues until Saturday 14th May.

The exhibition is open from 12 - 5pm each day, excluding Sunday.

MFA Graduates nominated for Turner Prize 2011

Two Glasgow School of Art MFA graduates, Karla Black and Martin Boyce, have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2011.

Karla has been shortlisted for work shown at Berlin's Galerie Capitain Petzel, while Martin has been singled out for his solo exhibition at the Garleie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich.

The other two artists nominated this year are George Shaw and Hilary Lloyd. Works by each artist will be exhibited in Gateshead from October, with the winner to be announced on 5 December at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Gordon Foundation Graduate Fellow 2010-11

Sarah Forrest was selected as the Gordon Foundation Graduate Fellow in June 2010. This is an annual award for graduating MFA students that is offered by the Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Since last November, Sarah has been based at GSS, working alongside professional artists researching and developing new work for exhibitions that has included Days a group exhibition at Transmission Gallery Glasgow in November 2010.

Six months into her Fellowship and Sarah has her first solo show in Glasgow at Intermedia Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art. For this exhibition she will be presenting The Spectator, an installation that combines new video, sculpture and spoken word narration. Sarah’s new work draws upon the image of the UFO, taking this recognizable object as her point of departure for her first solo exhibition.

Previous winners of this award have included Risa Tsunegi and Carla Scott Fullerton.