McLaren 2014

To celebrate the centenary of Norman McLaren a number of exhibitions, workshops and events are being held as part of the McLaren 2014 festival.

Image courtesy of McLaren 2014.

Image courtesy of McLaren 2014.

One such event was a performance of the short films Seven Till Five, which documents a day’s activities in the art school, Camera Makes Whoopee – an amusing account the preparation and event of a student ball –  and Hell Unlimited accompanied by the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. Providing a truly unique performance this event started with a talk that highlighted the techniques and traits that McLaren’s work became known for (in particular his innovative use of animation) and exposed a new audience to the work of an alumni of the school.

Image courtesy of 'McLaren 2014' website.

Image courtesy of McLaren 2014.

Running from the 11th April to the end of the Commonwealth Games on the 3rd August here you will find a programme of events that will show McLaren’s work and give you the opportunity to try your hand at it too.


McLaren 2014 Poster

McLaren 2014 Poster





Getting in Touch: Fred Pollock

We were recently contacted by a relative of Glasgow School of Art alumnus Fred Pollock, who was a student at the School in the 1950s. Ronan Pollock (Fred’s son) very kindly sent us a link to a short documentary film he has made about his father called Portrait of an Abstract Artist. The documentary gives an insight into the work of Fred Pollock, and perspective on what it was like to be an art student in Glasgow in the 1950s.

Fred Pollock, No.1 Sunspots, 150×232 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 1987-1998.

Fred Pollock, No.1 Sunspots, 150×232 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 1987-1998. Image sourced from ‘Abstract Critical’.

While we were aware of artists like John Byrne and Alasdair Gray who were students at the School around this time, and have annual reports, prospectuses and other documentation for these years which provide a flavour of what the School was like then, we don’t have very much in the way of artwork in our collection from this period so it’s exciting to see examples of Fred Pollock’s work in the film. We also know little about what the School was like in terms of its relationship with Glasgow more widely during this period, so it’s interesting to get a sense of the juxtaposition between art and the industrial landscape that must have been so apparent in the city at this time.

You can find Portrait of an Abstract Artist here.

For more information please go to Abstract Critical.