Tonight! In Conversation: Lucy Reynolds & Sarah Neely on ‘A Feminist Chorus’


Find out more about Lucy’s use of Glasgow School of Art’s archives on our previous post

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.

A Festival of Museums – ‘Words and Deeds: An Evening with Artists Hugh Buchanan’

Coming soon to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow an evening with Hugh Buchanan ‘Words and Deeds’. Hugh Buchanan is an artist that has worked on commissions for the House of Commons, National Trust and Prince of Wales and is coming to Glasgow as part of the Festival of Museums to discuss his interest in these institutions, their contents and how they can influence his work. Bring along your sketchbooks or simply go and enjoy the art collections avaiable at the College.

Words and Deeds

Words and Deeds

The Festival of Museums is a three day annual occassion that allows people to explore the different museums and galleries of Scotland through unique events. Starting on the 16th May and finishing on the 18th, this festival features over 90 events including exhibitions, performances and workshops for the entire family that give a unique look at the collections of Glasgow. For more information please click here.

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
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm

CAST: Innovations in Concrete Exhibition featuring Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

thumb_9397_screen-shot-2013-10-04-at-17-31-06CAST: innovations in concrete , an exhibition which opens later this week at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, will explore the versatility and development of concrete. It shows how concrete has allowed designers to create complex, previously impossible, forms such as the flexible concrete diving platform at the London Olympic Aquatic Centre designed by Zaha Hadid.

Concrete is used more than any other man-made material on the planet and is perhaps thought of as a modern material but it can be found in the pyramids of Giza, was perfected by the Romans and has been continuously developed through the centuries to the point where it can be used to make everything from canoes and vanilla-scented concrete.

St Peter's Seminary, Gillespie, Kidd & Coia.

St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia

The exhibition – which takes a Scottish perspective – features the work of architect’s Gillespie, Kidd & Coia and uses images of their celebrated St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross from our archives.

The exhibition explores everything from the use of concrete use in defence, leisure and play to how it has been used to support the renewable energy sector and improving transport and communications in remote areas. It also looks at how the increased re-use and use of reclaimed materials in concrete is changing the perception of concrete in terms of its environmental sustainability. The exhibition will also give the visitor a chance to see how concrete is created and the impact it has on our culture, built environment and architecture.

A Seminar Programme examining the key themes has been designed to complement the exhibition. For information about related events and seminars visit the Architecture and Design Scotland website.

The exhibition opens on 11 October in Gallery 2, Level 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, and runs until 28 November 2013. For more information visit the website.

Photographer Robert Trotter dies aged 83

Robert Trotter as Mr Murdoch STV High Road

Robert Trotter as Mr Murdoch STV High Road

We were saddened to hear of the death of the photographer Robert Trotter, who died yesterday aged 83.

Trotter (1930-2013) was an actor, director and photographer who was active in the Scottish arts scene since the 1960s. After completing National Service in the 1950s he trained as a teacher, taught English at Bellahouston Academy in Glasgow and became a Lecturer in Drama at Glasgow University in 1965. He worked continuously on stage, radio and television since the late 1960s with his work reaching a worldwide audience when he joined the cast of the long-running TV drama Take the High Road in 1982.

Sing the City Exhibition, Glasgow, 2004

New York, Glasgow: from the crowd, exhibition, Glasgow, 2004

Later in life, in the 1990s he immersed himself in street photography.  In 2001 he published Sing the City a collection of his own photography of Glasgow and New York.  Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections holds around 300 of his photographs. This collection comprises images and text from his exhibition New York, Glasgow: from the crowd, a collection which emphasizes the similarity between city life in Glasgow and New York, which was held at Glasgow School of Art School of Design Atrium Gallery in 2004.

Our Robert Trotter collection catalogue can be viewed on the Archives Hub.

Thomas Annan’s images of Glasgow’s past

Image credit: University of Glasgow Library Special Collections

Image credit: University of Glasgow Library Special Collections

Thomas Annan – The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, Sp Coll Dougan 64

The Glasgow photographer Thomas Annan’s collection of photographs featuring the old closes and streets of Glasgow held in the University of Glasgow Library’s Special Collections is a wonderful resource. Created between 1868 and 1871 as part of a commission from the City of Glasgow Improvements Trust, this collection of images of the working class areas of old Glasgow helped document the impoverished living conditions of the working class at the time.

In 1866, the City of Glasgow passed an act through Parliament which authorised it to destroy the appalling slums of the City Parish. When it was decided in 1868 to make an effort to document the character and conditions of the old town, Thomas Annan was the obvious choice. Annan had previously photographed some of the busier thoroughfares of Glasgow, providing us with some historic record of the city’s more populous streets. When his focus was shifted to the confining closes, he provided us with another kind of record: the earliest comprehensive series of photographs of an urban slum – the very slum which was considered to be the worst in Britain.

Image credit: University of Glasgow Library Special Collections

Image credit: University of Glasgow Library Special Collections

Thomas Annan’s son James Craig Annan is the photographer behind many of the most famous images of our very own Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Image courtesy T. & R. Annan & Sons Ltd.

Image courtesy T. & R. Annan & Sons Ltd.

For more information visit the University of Glasgow Library’s Special Collections website. Check out their online collection highlights and virtual displays for more inspiration.

Sew Last Century! at the The West End Festival

A while ago now, but we thought you might like to see a few snaps of the Sew Last Century troopers take part in Glasgow’s West End Festival Parade, which took place a few weeks ago. The girls looked fab in their very own designs inspired by GSA Archives and Collections’ Sylvia Chalmers sketches, designs and textiles. And look, sunshine!


For more information about Sew Last Century!’s work with the Archives and Collections Centre, see our previous blog post.