Presenting our New Acquisitions

Although the fire has meant that the Archives and Collections office is currently closed to visitors, we are still happily pursuing a broad collection that shows the work of students and the school across its life span. This year, to this end, the school approved new funding to enable the purchase of work from graduating GSA students in Fine Art, Architecture and Design. This year has seen some very interesting additions to the collection. We acquired:

  • Two screen prints from Alex Kuusik who won this year’s Newbery Medal.
Lorica

Lorica

Niederbierber

Niederbierber

  • An architectural model by Joshua Doyle won the Chairman’s medal for architecture.
  • ‘Vinewood’ by Tim Dalzell. A topographical sculpture of one of the hills from the Grand theft Auto series, this model depicts the sediment layers beneath the virtual world. Many of Tim Dalzell’s pieces seem to draw on inspiration from virtual worlds and environments resulting in quirky referential work. Much of this can be seen on his website found here.  For this work he received the Chairman’s Medal for fine art.
Vinewood

Vinewood

  • Three brooches by Ciara Stapleton who took the Chairman’s Medal for design.
Ciara Stapleton

Ciara Stapleton

Image courtesy of The Justified Sinner

Image courtesy of The Justified Sinner

  • A coloured longitudinal drawing and CAD file copy by the WO Hutchison Prize winner Catriona Liggat.
  • The PW Davidson prize went to Liu Tong who produced a variety of playful pieces of jewellery that incorporate a number of plastic animals. This particular piece is going to join part of our collections hosted in Window on the Mack to continue the progression of the school’s timeline through its historical collections.
Image Courtesy of The Justified Sinner

Image Courtesy of The Justified Sinner

  • Finally the other WO Hutchison prize was won by Sonia Hufton. Sonia is going to provide a choice of drawings for the archive to choose from for our collections in the near future.

All of these pieces will be added to our collections to continue recording the progression and results of the school’s work.

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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.

 

 

Exhibition featuring items from GSA’s collection currently on at the Fleming Collection

An exhibition entitled Learning to Draw/Drawing to Learn is currently on in Gallery Two at The Fleming Collection in London. Focusing on the practice of drawing, past and present staff and students of Glasgow School of Art reflect on traditional and current drawing practice and its place in art and art education. The works, selected for this exhibition by Professor Roger Wilson, Head of the School of Fine Art, and Stuart Mackenzie, Senior Lecturer in Painting and Printmaking, demonstrate drawing’s capacity for the exploratory, experimental and observational.

NMC 055, life drawing by William Somerville Shanks, c1910

NMC 055, life drawing by William Somerville Shanks, c1910

In preparing for Learning to Draw/Drawing to Learn Wilson and Mackenzie were fortunate to have access to an extensive archive of past work, including many items from GSA’s Archives and Collections. Indeed several items from our collections feature in the exhibition. These include a stunning, highly finished, life drawing by GSA student and tutor William Somerville Shanks from c1910; several small sketches completed by GSA tutor Fred Selby during his travels in Italy and the Middle East in the 1940s (see here for our previous post about him); and a recently acquired sketchbook featuring landscapes by former GSA 2nd headmaster Robert Brydall from 1873 (again, see here for our previous post about this item).

NMC 085, Farm wagon, Lincolnshire, by Joan Eardley, 1948-1949

NMC 085, Farm wagon, Lincolnshire, by Joan Eardley, 1948-1949

There are also two works by Joan Eardley who was a student at the school in the 1940s; a male nude by James McIntosh Patrick who studied at GSA in the 1920s under the artist Maurice Greiffenhagen (the work on show actually bears his corrections); and some sketchbooks by William Gray dating from 1916-1918, as well as the evening school medal he won in 1914.

NMC 605, Male figure study by James McIntosh Patrick, featuring corrections by Maurice Greiffenhagen, c1927

NMC 605, Male figure study by James McIntosh Patrick, featuring corrections by Maurice Greiffenhagen, c1927

Recent GSA graduate Vanessa Larsen's work will feature alongside items from the Archives and Collections

Recent GSA graduate Vanessa Larsen’s work will feature alongside items from the Archives and Collections

As well as these items from GSA’s Archives and Collection, the curators were also able to borrow from a growing community of artists who are increasingly electing to stay and work in Glasgow. The exhibition coincides with the development of new academic programmes centred on drawing, confirming GSA’s engagement with this highly relevant medium. All of the works in Learning to Draw/Drawing to Learn use the language of drawing across divergent artistic practices.

The Fleming Collection is at 13 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DU (nearest tube: Green Park). The exhibition is on from 3rd September – 9th October. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am-5.30pm (last entry is at 5.00pm) and admission is free.

See The Fleming Collection’s website for details.