Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Aideen Doran CCA Creative Lab residency

Aideen Doran will be using her CCA Creative Lab residency to develop a screenplay for a new moving image work. Through a series of workshops, screenings and discussions, Doran will explore the challenges that advanced prosthetics and sensory substitution technology present to established ideas of identity and the authentic or natural body. By focusing on innovative research on neural interfaces for prosthetic limbs and sensory impairments, Doran will be reflecting on the politics and aesthetics of the technologically augmented body, and exploring the affective dimensions of the symbiosis of human bodies and inorganic matter.

This project aims to address timely questions of how we differentiate between bodies, objects and technologies when the boundaries that separate them are increasingly ambiguous. How do new technologies challenge established ideas of what constitutes thinking and non-thinking matter, self and other? Current developments in artificial intelligence systems, robotics and biomechanical engineering, from machine ‘sight’ to chatbots and battlefield robotics begin to blur the boundaries between traditional dualities of life and non-life, object and subject, and move technological innovation into the realm of affective experience.

Aideen Doran is a visual artist whose practice traverses moving image, installation and writing. Her work attempts to ‘make strange’ the stuff of the world by introducing ambiguity, contingency and subjectivity into our fragmented representations of objective reality. Doran graduated from the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art has recently completed a PhD in Visual Arts Practice with Northumbria University. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Margaret Tait award for moving image artists based in Scotland, and her work has been supported by The British Council, Northern Film and Media and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Light Years Martin Boyce

Martin Boyce
Light Years

Preview: 16/09/17, 7 - 9pm
18/09/2017 - 04/11/2017

The Modern Institute
14-20 Osborne Street
G1 5QN

Opening hours: 
Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday, 12 noon-5pm

Alone and I

A solo exhibition by Erica Eyres with new video and sculptural works. 
Opening Saturday 16th September 7 to 9 pm
Show open Thursday to Saturday 12 to 6 pm 21 Sept to 15th October

Queens Park Railway Club
492 Victoria Road
Glasgow G42 8PQ

Beagles & Ramsay Autumn/Winter 2017

Monday, 21 August 2017

MFA archive of graduate work updated

The MFA archive of graduate work has been updated and redesigned

Monday, 7 August 2017

Sam Ainsley solo show at An Tobar Gallery


Sam Ainsley
An Tobar Gallery
16 September - 25 November 2017
An Tobar Gallery, Tobermory, Isle of Mull. PA75 6PB.
Artist, teacher, curator and advocate for Scottish art, Sam Ainsley taught for twenty-five years at the Glasgow School of Art, including five years in the groundbreaking Environmental Art Course. Subsequent to this she was the co-founder of the GSA's Master of Fine Art course with Roger Palmer, Sandy Moffat and John Calcutt. The list of alumni for her time as a teacher (Douglas Gordon, Claire Barclay, Nathan Coley, Christine Borland, Ross Sinclair etc) could be seen, to a large extent, to define Scottish contemporary art. In addition to time served in education, she has continued to work as an artist, exhibiting internationally. Her influence and ongoing contribution to art and education, has been recognised this year through her election to the Royal Scottish Academy and with a prestigious Saltire award as one of Scotland's outstanding women.

Sam Ainsley has chosen An Tobar gallery in Tobermory as the venue in which to present her first solo exhibition in Scotland for thirty years. Set in a small harbour town in the light and space of the Hebridean Isles, this choice of location seems to reflect the content of her paintings as contemplations of scale from the microscopic to the geographic which she terms "from the micro to the macro". Her images are an exploration of the human relationship with the world and with the experience of living. Notions of human existence are scrutinised and re-formed visually through multiple themes, nature, landscape, the human body, politics and feminism, in an ongoing process that she has described as "emotional mapping".

The intimate nature of An Tobar's gallery lends itself to artists presenting exhibitions of multiple two-dimensional works, enabling them at the same time to occupy the space to form a single installation. Taking full advantage of the gallery's high walls, what the artist gives us here is a unique painted environment. This will include shaped and grouped canvasses climbing from low to high across the room and a red painted wall with a five metre square drawing that imagines islands which reference Madeleine de Scudery’s  ‘Map of Tenderness’. A map of an Arcadia where the geography is all based around the theme of love.

"An Tobar is delighted to have the opportunity to present this exhibition of new work by one of the most influential figures in Scottish contemporary art. The themes of many of these paintings are powerful and deeply personal referring to the vulnerability and fears that are so much a part of human life. Sam Ainsley has put in a tremendous effort and produced 45 canvasses for the exhibition, the energy within the work is almost tangible."
- Mike Darling (curator)  @ComarArts  @AnTobarExhibits 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Catalina Barroso-Luque presents eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Please join us at the preview;
Thursday, 10th of August 7pm-9pm at Pipe Factory

Catalina Barroso-Luque presents eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, a narrative sound installation, focusing on how the body, the mind, and technology become entangled within inter/intra-personal relationships.
The piece is inspired by research and interviews held between the artist and her brother regarding his use of GECI viruses to map neural networks, the artist’s own experience of working within a hermetic studio, and the possibility of slipping into the voices in one’s head.
Framed within The Pipe Factory’s characteristic state of frozen disrepair, the work plays with the permeable boundaries of physical and psychic architecture exploring the desire to become-with an other, the machine, and space. Within this, narrative is used to navigate inter-subjective experiences through the construction of spaces of imaginary projection and fantasy.
Catalina would also like to thank Victoria Chen Wei, Isobel Lutz-Smith, Paul Aitcheson and Mark MacQueen for their help.

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee is kindly supported by the Glasgow Sculpture Studios Graduate Fellowship Programme, Platform and the Glasgow Visual Artist & Craft Maker Award Scheme.

Catalina Barroso-Luque is the current recipient of Glasgow Sculpture Studios MFA Graduate Fellowship. The annual MFA Graduate Fellowship Programme is awarded to an artist from Glasgow School of Art’s Master of Fine Art course who demonstrates artistic excellence and a commitment to maintaining a studio-based, contemporary sculptural practice.
After a year-long residency at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Catalina will present A Loving Aneurysm, a performance at Glasgow Woman’s Library, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, a narrative sound installation at The Pipe Factory, Glasgow and Dry Rotting Bodies exhibition at Civic Room, Glasgow.

The Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Road
Glasgow, G4 9SS

Monday, 3 July 2017

Tessa Lynch at Spike Island

MFA alumna Tessa Lynch at Spike Island

Charlotte Prodger shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2017

MFA alumna Charlotte Prodger has been shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2017

Emotional Need

Adam Lewis Jacob

Emotional Need

27 May – 2 July 2017 

An exhibition by Adam Lewis Jacob with works by Donald Rooum

Emotional Need explores the life and work of anarchist cartoonist Donald Rooum, who has been involved in political organising, publishing and comic illustration since the late-1940s. Donald’s commitment to anarchist politics and humorous drawings are the catalyst for a new film, rhythmically combining a series of informal interviews with Donald with performed extracts of his writing, animated cartoons and staged performances.
The film is exhibited alongside a new soft-sculpture by Adam and a selection of Donald’s original drawings and ephemera related to his Wildcat Comics series. This long-running political satire, features a small cast of characters centred around the short-tempered anarchist Wildcat and an intellectual bird called Free-range Egg Head, who take on familiar targets such as bosses, government officials and the monarchy.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Rhona Muehlebach selected for New Contemporaries 2017

Current MFA student Rhona Muehlebach has been selected for the New Contemporaries 2017.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

MFA Interim Show 2017

MFA Interim Show 2017

The annual exhibition of new work by 26 students in the first year of the Master of Fine Art programme, The Glasgow School of Art.

6 May 2017 - 13 May 2017
Sat - Sat, 10:00 - 16:30

Friday 5 May, 18.00 - 20.00

Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art 164 Renfrew Street Glasgow G3 6RF

The annual exhibition of new work by 26 students in the first year of the Master of Fine Art programme. It comprises a broad range of works across a wide range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, performance and installation.

Featuring work by:
Zoe Beaudry, Cara Bonewitz, Elina Bry, Christian Charles, Nien-Teng Chen, Megan Clark, Jaimie Cooper, Corinna D'Schotto, David Fagan, Wojtek Gasiorowski, Mari Gondek, Sandy Harris, Sarah Keber, Supapong Laodheerasiri, Giulia Lazzaro, Sooa Lee, Lucas Mascatello, Dan Newton, Nastia Nikolskaya, James Oberhelm, Cameron Orr, Mathew Parkin, Negin Saaed, Godai Sahara, Jaxton Su, Jeanne Tullen

Friday, 28 April 2017

Glasgow Open House Festival

A large number of MFA alumni and current students exhibit around the city as part of the Glasgow Open House Festival this weekend

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Lauren Hall - Private Secretaries

Private Secretaries

Lauren Hall

29 April – 03 June 2017
Friday 28 April 6 – 9
David Dale Gallery are delighted to present Private Secretaries, a solo exhibition of new work by Glasgow based artist Lauren Hall. Presented over the organisation’s two spaces, the exhibition is a sculptural installation in two parts developing from the abstract potential of language and shape, and conflicting tension and positivity within sensory stimuli.
 David Dale Gallery, Glasgow

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Deus Ex Machina - Katrina Valle and Selma Hreggviðsdóttir


Katrina Valle and Selma Hreggviðsdóttir

Preview Friday 28/04/17  19-22:00


215 High Street Glasgow, G1 1QB

                  Opening night performance: Friday 28/04/2017 @ 20:00

                  Exhibition weekend opening times:
                  April 28/29/30
                  May 06/07/08
                  May 12/13/14   12-5pm
 Other performances:  Saturday 06/05/2017 times TBC - Please check in FB.               
Performance in collaboration with Oscar Prentice-Middleton and Rose Strachniewska.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Tatham & O'Sullivan at Coachella 2017

MFA alumni Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan's sculptures at Coachella festival this weekend...(title: 'Is This What Brings Things Into Focus?')

Coachella 2017, California USA.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Ilana Halperin // Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana)


Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana)

A new geothermal art/science project by MFA alumna Ilana Halperin.
Curated by Naoko Mabon (Aberdeen, Scotland and Beppu, Kyushu, Japan).

Opening: Thursday 30th March, 6-8pm. All welcome!
Exhibition runs:
31st March – 29th April 2017
Peacock Visual Arts
Curator’s tour:
22nd April 2017, 3pm

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Don't forget to bring me back - Roi Carmeli

Don't forget to bring me back
A solo show by Roi Carmeli at the Project Room
Trongate 103, Glasgow

Preview - 1 April 2017, 7pm-9pm
Open between 1 April - 7 April

Supported by Glasgow Life

Ensure your goggles are firmly in place - Dorine Aguerre

Ensure your goggles are firmly in place - Dorine Aguerre
For one night only on the 30 March 2017, 6-9pm
At Crownpoint Studios
142 Crownpoint Road G41 2AE Glasgow

Monday, 27 March 2017

Alex Impey at Collective, Edinburgh

City Observatory & City Dome
38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Jamie Crewe 'Female Executioner'

Jamie Crewe's (MFA 2015) first London solo show at Gasworks, 'Female Executioner', is reviewed in the latest issue of Frieze.

Ciara Phillips & Michael Stumpf in Dusseldorf

Throwing Shapes: Emotional Fact/ Hard Fiction with MFA alumni Ciara Phillips & Michael Stumpf showing new works as part of Nacht der Museen in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Artist run spaces in Cyprus

MFA graduate Maria Toumazou featured in this article on the young art scene in Cyprus.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Safety at The Savoy Centre

Unit 48, first floor, Savoy Centre, 140 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow.
Open only 12-6 on Saturday 18th March.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Ash to Art

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

NEW Ciara Phillips edition for GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL

NEW Ciara Phillips edition for GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL
Launching at NADA New York, 2 - 5 March 2017

Charlotte Prodger at KW Berlin

Charlotte Prodger (MFA 2010) new 32-minute video BRIDGIT takes its title from the eponymous Neolithic deity, whose name has numerous iterations depending on life stage, locality and point in history. Exploring the shifting temporal interrelations of name, body, and landscape, BRIDGIT focuses on female attachments—a process of identification that includes friends, shape-shifting deities and other figures of influence.

At one point in the video, the camera pans across the artist’s fingerprint-covered laptop on which a mountain landscape serves as desktop image. The icon of a flash drive comes into view, shown with the filename ‘TURIYA’—a proper noun adopted from a set of recordings by musician Alice Coltrane who also performed under that very moniker.

Later, while quoting virtual systems theorist and pioneer of transgender studies Sandy Stone, Prodger cites Stone’s different names (e.g. Sandy Stone, Allucquere Rosanne Stone, Allucquere Rosanne “Sandy” Stone) as extended embodiments spanning time and space.

Shot entirely on Prodger’s smartphone, BRIDGIT presents the single-user technology as a prosthesis or extension of the nervous system—one which also provides an intimate connection to global social interaction and work. Body and device become extensions of each other, and the work becomes a unified meditation on shifting subjectivity.

Charlotte Prodger lives and works in Glasgow.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 243459-0

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sarah Forrest wins Margaret Tait Award

Sarah Forrest is announced as recipient of 2017 Margaret Tait Award

Just announced at Glasgow Film Festival tonight, the winner of this year’s Margaret Tait Award is MFA graduate Sarah Forrest. The annual prize sees Forrest awarded a £10,000 commission to produce a new work to be presented at Glasgow Film Festival in 2018.
The award was founded in 2010 to support experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image, and is named after the great Orcadian filmmaker, poet and artist Margaret Tait (1918–99), whose documentaries were pioneering in the field of experimental filmmaking.
Accepting the award, Forrest cites Tait’s impact on her own practice. “[Tait’s] work and approach as a filmmaker and writer has been influential for me, so to receive an award that celebrates her legacy is a humbling experience,” said Forrest. “So too was my inclusion in a shortlist of such incredible artists.”
Forrest explains that the new work she proposes will begin with a period of research on the Isle of Lewis. “I will be looking initially at the island’s rich history of prophetic ‘second sight’,” she explains, “drawing from stories that I heard from my mother who grew up there. This work will build on recurring themes in my practice that look at appearance, perception, doubt and belief, with the commission being an exciting and significant opportunity for me to explore these in a longer form work.”
Forrest is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, and gained her masters from Glasgow School of Art in 2010, during which time she also studied at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.
Forrest has held solo exhibitions at CCA in Glasgow (Two Solo Shows: Sarah Forrest and Mounira Al Sohl in 2013), Supplement in London (I Left it on Page 32 in 2014) and Kunstraum Dusseldorf in Germany (Again, it objects in 2016). Her work has been presented at international film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014) and she has completed numerous residencies, among these the inaugural Margaret Tait Residency in 2012.
Nicole Yip, director of LUX Scotland, who support the award along with Creative Scotland, said “Forrest is an artist who really exemplifies the level of ambition and tireless commitment to the moving image form that the award seeks to recognise. In tracing the arc of her development since undertaking the Margaret Tait Residency in 2012, we have been so impressed by the way Sarah’s work has evolved and how her distinctive sensibilities in using sound and image have now become a hallmark of her practice. We are excited to see where her exploratory approach will take her in a new longer-form project and look forward to supporting her in shaping her vision for this new work.”
Forrest's win was announced at the world premiere of Charity, the new film by Kate Davis, winner of last year's Margaret Tait Award. Previous Margaret Tait Award recipients include Duncan Marquiss, Rachel Maclean, Stephen Sutcliffe, Anne-Marie Copestake, and Torsten Lauschmann.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sae Jin Choi at Artsonje Centre, Seoul

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Katie Schwab in Art Review

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

WOUO (a word of unknown origin)

The MARIA†. editions Launch of WOUO, a publication edited by John Ryaner.
With readings by Eoghan Ryan, Jack Brennan, Luzie Meyer, Zuzanna Ratajczyk, Samuel Hasler, and John Ryaner.

Drinks from 7 @ Büro BDP
Broken Dimanche Press, Mareschstraße 1, 12055 Berlin.

WOUO (a word of unknown origin)
Edited by John Ryaner
Soft cover, 60 pages, 297mm x 210mm
Printed in Germany
ISBN – 978-0-996282246

WOUO (a word of unknown origin)
a publication of artist texts, edited and designed by John Ryaner
featuring texts by Susan Conte, Faye Green, Erika Landström, Ingo Niermann, Samuel Hasler, Aniara Omann, Line Ebert, and John Ryaner

WOUO is a collection of fictional texts which chose words of unknown origin as a starting point. (a word of unknown origin is a word without a known ethymological source – there's lots of them). During the development of the publication eight artists were sent a large and random group of lonely words of unpinpointable beginnings (267 wouos and counting) and were asked to contribute a text which somehow themed around the list of wouords. The result is WOUO, a book of nine quite different but often similar wordy texts.

WOUOS: askance, ballyhoo, bamboozle, bantar, barney, baroque, bevy, bigot, bizarre, blight, blizzard, bludgeon, bogan, bogus, bonkers, botch, bozo, brazen, brick, bug, buggy, bully, bungle, burlap, bustle, busy, cagey, chad, chap, cheese, chow chow, chum, clobber1, clobber2, clobber3, coddle, codswallop, coil, condom, conniption, connundrum, copacetic, cricket, cub, cuddle, culvert, curmudgeon, dandle, dildo, dill, dippy, dodge, dogie, dowse, drivel, dyke, fink, fit, flabbergast, flare, flivver, flub, flue, fond, fret, frowzy, fuddle, fuddy-duddy, fun, galoot, gammon, gandy dancer, garish, gash, gee, gimmick, gimp1, gimp2, gink, gizmo, gloom, gourmand, griff, groom, guilt, hag, hazy, hemlock, hijack, hip, hip2, hobbledehoy, hobo, hoity-toity, hokey-pokey, honky, hoodlum, hooey, hootenanny, hornswoggle, humbug, hunch, inkling, jack, jake, jalopy, jamboree, jaunt, jazz, jeer, jerkin, jib, jiffy, jitney, jive, joey1, joey2, josh, kibble, kike, kilter, kit, lad, langer, lobscouse, lollygag, lummox, malarkey, masturbate, moolah, mosey, mull1, mull2, nag, nerd, nifty, nitty-gritty, noggin, oodles, palmistry, palooka, palter, peevish, pernickity, peter, pike, pimp, pixie, ploy, pod1, pod2, pogey, pooch, pot, pother, privet, puzzle, quiff, quirk, race, rascal, rate, raunchy, rinky-dink, rouse, rowdy, rubber, runt, scad, scallywag, scam, scoundrel, scrim, scrimshaw, shebang, shelta, shenanigans, shim, shingle, shoddy, shuck, skag, skedaddle, skulduggery, slang, sleather, sleazy, slouch, sludge, slum, slut, snazzy, snide, snig, snit, snitch, snooker, snooze, sobriquet, splice, spliff, sprain, sprocket, spunk, sqaunder, squid, stash, stooge, strand1, stymie, sulky, surf, swatch, swig, swizzle, taffy, tag, tantrum, tinker, tizzy, toddle, toggle, tormentil, tot1, tot2, transmogrify, trash, trick, trifle, trinket, trounce, turmoil, twerp, wack, welterweight, whim, willies, williwaw, wingding, wonk, wouo, wraith, yank, yankee, yegg, zilch, zindfandel, zit, etc, etc.

Saturday, 4 February 2017


Print Print Print
Reid Ground Floor Corridor

Glasgow School of Art

14 January - 26 February 2017

This exhibition features recent work made by staff at Glasgow School of Art who use traditional printmaking processes and techniques. Print Print Print brings together a wide variety of screenprints, etchings, lithographs, monoprints and woodcuts.

Featuring new work by Louise Hopkins, Lindsey McAulay, Ian MacFadyen, Aoife McGarrigle, Mick McGraw, Stuart Mackenzie, Beagles & Ramsay, Ross Sinclair, Michael Stubbs, Amanda Thomson and Richard Walker.

Image: Courtesy of Beagles & Ramsay 2016.

Alex Rathbone at Galerie Valentin, Paris

MFA Graduate Alex Rathbone's solo exhibition is on in the Galerie Valentin project room, running to March 11.
The show press release comes with an extract of an interview with musician Lionel Salter from Derek Bailey’s ‘Improvisation: its Nature and Practice in Music':
"You have to react to the conditions of the performance - the actual circumstances... But it wouldn’t matter because then the thing is alive, it’s got some vitality in it."
Galerie Valentin