MOVEMBER: The best moustaches from the Archives and Collections

In celebration of this past month’s Movember campaign, we thought we’d showcase some of the best moustaches from the Archives and Collections here at Glasgow School of Art. Take a look at some of these beauties:

Fra Newbery and wife Jessie Newbery in costume, late 19th-early 20th century

Fra Newbery, Director of Glasgow School of Art 1885-1916, and wife Jessie Newbery in costume, late 19th-early 20th century

GSAA/EPH/10/100 Poster for GSA production of The Noble Spaniard by By W Somerset Maugham, Mar 1964

GSAA/EPH/10/100 Poster for GSA production of The Noble Spaniard by By W Somerset Maugham, Mar 1964

Portrait of Herbert McNair, late 19th-early 20th century

Portrait of Herbert McNair, late 19th-early 20th century

 

 DB/87, Photograph of Dennistoun Rounders Club, by Duncan Brown, mid-late 19th century

DB/87, Photograph of Dennistoun Rounders Club, by Duncan Brown, mid-late 19th century

Detail from GSAA/P/1/1022, P W Davidson, c1920s

Detail from GSAA/P/1/1022, P W Davidson, c1920s

DC_073_17, Christmas card design by Gordon Huntly, c1950s

DC/073/17, Christmas card design by Gordon Huntly, c1950s

And how could we not include the best moustache of them all, the one belonging to our very own Mr Mackintosh?

Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image credit: T & R Annan & Son

Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image credit: T & R Annan & Son

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Tableaux Vivants Redux!

Brilliant post and selection of photographs from this year’s GSA Tableaux Vivant.

Artistic Dress

Last week was the second annual Artistic DressTableaux Vivants at the Glasgow School of Art. Performed by (fantastic) students in my ‘Artistic Dress: Fashion, Style and Identity’ elective course, this year was just as clever and fun as last. I talked about last year’s event briefly in this post, which includes a bit of background on how tableaux vivants, or ‘living pictures’, played a role in the more didactic activities of those associated with the Artistic Dress movements. Because it is end of term, and it was a tiring one, I’m going to take a bit more of an informal (even chatty) approach to this post so I can simply share the stellar job my class did this year.

I must say, first, that last year set the bar very high. For never having done this before, the students pulled it off without a hitch, and…

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Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s St Bride’s Church in East Kilbride scoops third prize in Top 10 modern church in Britain

Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s St Bride’s Church in East Kilbride has scooped the third prize in the UK’s Top 10 Best Modern Churches.

GKCCEK/2/2/31 Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's St Bride's church, East Kilbride

GKCCEK/2/2/31 Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s St Bride’s church, East KilbrideGKC/CEK/2/2/30 Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's St Bride's church in East KilbrideGKC/CEK/2/2/30 Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s St Bride’s church in East Kilbride

The Church of St Bride was the the first Roman Catholic Church to be built in the new town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow. The church which accommodates 700 to 800 people is prominently sited on a high bank overlooking Whitemoss Rd., between Laigh Common and Platthorn R.C. School.  In addition to the Church there are two sacristies, a presbytery for the parish priest and two curates and a 90 foot high campanile.  The group of buildings were designed to form a piazza bounded on one side by the tall Church entrance wall, the second side by the Sacristy link and on the third by the low presbytery. The remaining side is formed by the top of the bank and is partially screened by the long side of the tower. The plan of the Church is in the form of a broad rectangle, devoid of side aisles and apsidal end, with a freestanding side gallery under which are placed side chaple, confessional and baptistry. The church furnishings are simply conceived in timber of a rugged quality matching the timber finishings. The altars, pulpit and font are made of natural stone. As well as this new accolade, the Church has also received a Civic Trust Award.

The winners of ‘The UK’s Best Modern Churches’ competition were announced at a ceremony held at Lambeth Palace on 7 November 2013. The competition was run by the National Churches Trust in association with the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA) and the 20th Century Society. Over 200 churches were nominated for the competition by the public, parishes and architects, which was open to church buildings or significant extensions to an existing building from any Christian denomination in the United Kingdom which opened for worship after 1 January 1953. From a shortlist of 24 churches, judges selected the top 10 Best Modern Churches. These are:

1) St Paul’s Church, Bow Common, London, E3 4AR by Robert Maguire & Keith Murray, 1960: Winner National Churches Trust Diamond Jubilee Award

2) St Mary’s RC Church, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 1PD by Jerzy Faczynski of Weightman and Bullen, 1964, Grade II Listed: Winner National Churches Trust Silver Award

3) St Bride’s RC Church, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, G74 1NN by Gillespie Kidd and Coia (Isi Metzstein and Andy Macmillan), 1964, Scottish Listing Category A: Winner National Churches Trust Bronze Award

4) Bishop Edward King Chapel, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford, OX44 9EX by Niall McLaughlin Architects, 2013

5) St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE by George Pace, 1963 Grade II

6) St Francis Xavier RC Church, Falkirk, FK1 5AT by A R Conlin, 1961

7) Scargill Chapel, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 5HU by George Pace, 1960 Grade II*

8) St Paul the Apostle, Harringay, London, N4 1RW by Inskip & Jenkins, 1991

9) Kildrum Parish Church, Cumbernauld, G67 2JG by Reiach & Hall, 1965

10) St Paul’s Church, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1LP  by Derrick Humphrys & Hurst, 1959 Grade II

10) SS Mary and Joseph RC Church, Poplar, London, E14 6EZ by Adrian Gilbert Scott, 1954

You can find out more about the competition and find out about the other entrants on the Best Modern Churches Award website. For more information about Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, take a look at our previous blog posts.

Joan Eardley exhibition at The Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie

A selection of artwork by the artist Joan Eardley is currently on display at The Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie.

NMC 077, Church interior, Basilica di San Marco, Venice, by Joan Eardley,completed during her GSA Travelling Scholarship in Italy, 1948-1949

NMC 077, Church interior, Basilica di San Marco, Venice, by Joan Eardley, completed during her GSA Travelling Scholarship in Italy, 1948-1949

Joan Eardley – Sketches by a Master will see works from the gallery’s permanent collection go on display, some for the first time. (See our previous posts about Joan Eardley’s connection with GSA).

Alongside the Eardley exhibition, material by other GSA graduates will be on display at the Lillie’s Gifted Christmas Art Exhibition. This fellow exhibition, where paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass and photography will be shown, also includes works by Alasdair Gray, John Byrne, Elizabeth Blackadder, Phillip Reeves, Diane Dawson and Sharon Thomas.

The Eardley exhibition runs from Saturday 16th November – Wednesday 11th December, and the Gifted Christmas exhibition from Saturday 16th November – Thurdsay 19th December, both at the Lillie Art Gallery, Station Road, Milngavie G62 8BZ.

For more information, see the gallery’s website.

Tel: 0141 956 5536
Email: museums@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

Needlework Development Scheme textiles on show at Duncan of Jordanstone

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Europe In Stitches
Room 400, Crawford Building
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, Monday 18 November 2013, 2-4pm

See an amazing selection of European textiles from the Needlework Development Scheme Collection in a special drop-in event as part of European Academic Heritage Day.  Founded in 1934 and run by the four Scottish Art Colleges, the NDS aimed to collect examples of contemporary and historic embroidery from throughout the world for use as a national teaching resource.  These fabulous fabrics will be on display specially for this event, chosen for their beautiful designs that embrace both traditional and modernist styles from around Europe including works by Emmy Zweybrück-Prochaska of Austria, Hede Kullenberg of Germany and the Society for Applied Arts in Hungary. Go along at anytime during the afternoon to meet embroidery experts who will answer any questions whilst you lose yourself in the vibrant stitches of Europe.

Enter the Art College by the new entrance in the Matthew Building and ask for directions at Reception.

Reflections on a week in the Archives and Collections

My name is Nicole Cooper, and I’ve just completed a week’s work experience at the Archives and Collections Centre.

I wasn’t 100% sure on what to expect when doing work experience here, but I was just happy enough to get into the building. I’ve always liked art so being able to come here was a privilege.

I had researched the Archives and Collections before I arrived, just to get a general idea of the things they do. After grasping a general impression, I was really looking forward to starting my placement.

As I arrived at the school, I was very nervous as I want to be a student here in the future, so first impressions were important for me. But as I arrived I was very glad to see how helpful and friendly the staff at reception and in the archive were.

I got to go on a tour of the Mackintosh building, and I thought it was great to hear all the stories about Mackintosh and the students who previously went there.

I also got shown around the stores where they keep a variety of different files, paintings, furniture, prints etc. This was one of my favourite things because I got to see artwork by previous students.

During my week here I got given a variety of different tasks to do, such as digitisation, answering enquiries, and listing a new acquisition of material by a former student. I set myself some targets to try and reach every day while doing these tasks.

Stained glass detail from door of Studio 45 in the Mackintosh Buildin

Stained glass detail from door of Studio 45 in the Mackintosh Building

One of my favourite things about doing work experience here was the fact that the whole building was practically a piece of art. The stained-glass in the doors was my favourite part about the building.

However, out of all the artwork I got shown, one of my favourite things was this picture of GSA students modelling fashion designs at Kelvingrove Park in the 60s.

GSAA P/1/2413 Photograph of students modelling garments for a fashion shoot in Kelvingrove Park, 1960s

GSAA P/1/2413 Photograph of students modelling fashion designs in Kelvingrove Park, 1960s

While being on work experience here, I also worked in the school’s library. The school currently have an exhibition on called Interwoven Connections about the Stoddard Templeton design library and studio. The exhibition includes some materials from the archive and library special collections. Here is a link to some pictures of the exhibition.  All of the carpets on display belong to the archive.

Image from one of the folios in GSA Library's Stoddard-Templeton Design Library, currently on display in an exhibition in the Mackintosh Museum, Interwoven Connections

Image from one of the folios in GSA Library’s Stoddard-Templeton Design Library, currently on display in an exhibition in the Mackintosh Museum, Interwoven Connections

There is always something going on in the school which is one of the things I love about it. I hope to return here in the near future, to either become a student or come to the archive to use their great resources.

Guest blog post by Nicole Cooper, school work experience placement

Tonight: GSA students perform Tableaux Vivant in the Mackintosh Building

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image credit: T R Annan & Son

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image credit: T R Annan & Son

In order to creatively explore notions of fashion, style, and artistic identity, students in the ‘Artistic Dress’ elective course in Year 3 of the Forum for Critical Enquiry have arranged tableaux vivants throughout the Mackintosh Building. These ‘living pictures’ show the students’ own research into dress history, displaying styles that either inspired or expressed trends that went against fashion norms. The students’ research has been informed by visits to the Archives and Collections Centre to view photographs from our collection as well as textiles and costumes.

GSAA/P/1/2414 GSA students modelling fashion designs in Kelvingrove Park, 1960s

GSAA/P/1/2414 GSA students modelling fashion designs in Kelvingrove Park, 1960s

These ‘living pictures’ show the students’ own research into dress history, displaying styles that either inspired or expressed trends that went against fashion norms. Tableaux vivants were performed to express the creative bohemian spirit of students and staff in the early days of the GSA, during the time of “The Immortals”: Newbery, Mackintosh, the Macdonald sisters and friends. The students are excited to revive this tradition 100 years later, and welcome you to chat with them about their creations.

Artistic dress from four eras will be recreated:

‘The Artistic Dress: Different Times – Different Places’ (Mackintosh Library)

‘WEIMAR: totentanz’ (West Hall, 1st floor)

‘The Factory’ (Mackintosh Lecture Theatre)

‘More than just a Punk’ (West Hall, stairs landing)

TONIGHT, 14 NOVEMBER 2013, 5-7PM IN THE MACKINTOSH BUILDING

Students and staff welcome, external guests please register on the limited guest list at eventbrite: http://gsaartisticdress.eventbrite.co.uk/

RGI 152nd Annual Exhibition featuring Robert Stewart

rgi2013The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts’ 152nd Annual Exhibition opens this weekend, back in its traditional home at the magnificent McLellan Galleries. The RGI is investing £100,000 to undertake these works as part of the campaign for the regeneration of this prestigious building;  to promote its return to active service for Glasgow’s citizens and visitors, with a viable and sustainable future. The McLellan’s suite of Galleries allows for architectural models to be restored as a regular feature of the exhibition, alongside painting, drawing, sculpture and prints, and for the first time photography is being introduced into the Fine Art portfolio.

The RGI’s own 50-strong corps of artists will be well represented.  Additional invited artists include David Mach, Howard Hodgkin, Ken Howard, Sir Robin Philipson and Dr David Donaldson, with one of the Galleries being devoted to the diverse media artwork by the late distinguished Scottish designer, Robert Stewart.

Poster designed by Robert Stewart for the retirement dinner for Kath Whyte, Head of Embroidered Textiles at the School

Poster designed by Robert Stewart for the retirement dinner of Kath Whyte, Head of Embroidered Textiles at the School

Following on from September’s Robert Stewart retrospective at Dunoon Burgh Hall (see our previous post for more information), in which many items from our archives and collections were displayed, this section of the RGI exhibition has been curated by by Jimmy Cosgrove, former Depute Director of Glasgow School of Art. In contrast, this exhibition focuses more on the fine art aspects of Stewart’s work rather than on his commercial designs, and loans many items from GSA’s Archives and Collections, including Stewart’s magnificent tapestry Genesis; a section of his mural from Douglas Academy in Bearsden, several artworks, and many posters for GSA events and talks.

The RGI’s 152nd Annual Exhibition takes place at the McLellan Galleries, 270 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow and runs from Sunday 10 November until Sunday 8 December, and is open daily (except Monday) from 10 am until 6 pm; on Sunday from 12 til 6 and on Thursdays until 7.30 pm. Private view is tomorrow, 9th November from 2pm-6pm.

For more information see the RGI’s website.

 

 

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Archive & Library event

The staff of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Archive & Library are holding an event at Modern Two on Tuesday 19th November, 6-8pm.

The event is aimed at academic staff and postgraduate students who have a specific research interest in modern and contemporary art and culture, and will provide an introduction to the research opportunities, materials and services available in the Reading Room. Refreshments will be served in the Great Hall before moving on to view some of the highlights of our collections. Even if you are already familiar with the Archive & Library, it’s a great opportunity to chat to staff, and some of our curators will also be on hand to discuss the Gallery’s current and forthcoming exhibition programme.

Please call 0131 624 6253 to RSVP.

Details of the research resources available at the National Galleries of Scotland and the online catalogues can be found at: http://www.nationalgalleries.org/research/libraries-archives. For more information on the National Galleries of Scotland in general visit their website.

 

Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005

Detail of plate from ‘Flore naturelle - plates 1-40’, Henry Lambert, Paris, Ch. Claesen, c.1890.  Courtesy The Glasgow School of Art Library, Special Collections, Stoddard Design Library.

Detail of plate from ‘Flore naturelle – plates 1-40’, Henry Lambert, Paris, Ch. Claesen, c.1890.
Courtesy The Glasgow School of Art Library, Special Collections, Stoddard Design Library.

Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005, a new exhibition curated by Dr Helena Britt from the School of Design at The Glasgow School of Art, previews this evening.

The Stoddard Templeton companies were Scotland’s most prominent carpet manufacturing innovators. They designed and supplied many iconic carpets, including those for Glasgow Cathedral, the White House, the Titanic and Queen Mary liners and for events such as the Royal Coronations and Festival of Britain.

This exhibition focuses on the Stoddard Templeton Design Library, a unique resource used by designers to inspire and aid the design process. The Library contains a rich array of material amassed from the mid-nineteenth to early twenty-first centuries. Through folios, books, designs, films and samples, the exhibition will provide insight into the Design Library’s contents, the Stoddard Templeton design studio, the designers, carpet designing and Design Library utilisation in the creative process. As well as many wonderful folios and books from GSA Library’s Stoddard Templeton Design Library, the exhibition will also feature a number of carpet samples from GSA’s Archives and Collections.

Some of the carpet samples from GSA’s Archives and Collections awaiting installation in the exhibition

The exhibition is set to be an explosion of pattern and colour. It presents a wealth of archival material, which has never before been made public and has been conserved since the sad demise of Stoddard International PLC. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue enhances understanding of carpet design in Scotland and therefore contributes to textile design history.

The Stoddard Templeton Archive was split up amongst various institutions in Glasgow a few years ago. GSA’s library holds the design library of the company (the volumes and folios were originally used by in-house designers as a reference tool and as inspiration, and they are still an important resource for designers today); Glasgow Museums hold the carpets, and Glasgow University Archive Services hold the Design Archive and Corporate Archive. All are invaluable tools for research in a variety of areas including economic and social history, art history and, most appropriately, for creative practice (see, for example, our post about Panel’s project Carpets of Distinction which saw the creation of new carpets designed using the Design Archive at GUAS as inspiration). The exhibition includes items loaned from the Glasgow School of Art Library; The Glasgow School of Art Archives & Collections Centre; Glasgow University Archive Services; The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster, and private collections.

The exhibition runs from 9 Nov 2013 – 11 Jan 2014 (except 24 Dec – 2 Jan inclusive) and is open Mon-Sat 11am-5pm and on Sundays from 11am-4pm at The Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ. The preview is this evening, 8th November, from 6pm-8pm.

For more information about the exhibition, see the event website and the BBC’s article about the exhibition.