Upcoming Lunchtime Talk – The Graham Fagen Exhibition

When: Wed 30 July 2014, 12.30-1pm
Where: Reid Gallery, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RF
Free Admission, no booking necessary

Next week Glasgow School of Art’s Exhibitions Director, Jenny Brownrigg and Archivist, Susannah Waters will be giving a lunchtime talk about Graham Fagen’s GENERATION project at The Glasgow School of Art.

GSA alumnus, Graham Fagen, has been invited by The Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions Dept to research Charles Rennie Mackintosh through the GSA Archives & Collections Centre, and to create a solo exhibition of new work to be featured as part of GENERATION. Through the research project, Fagen has examined the work of Mackintosh and his peer group, focusing particularly on concepts of form and place, and has used his findings as a catalyst for the creation of a body of new artwork.


Graham Fagen's Work

Image courtesy of ‘Cabbages in an Orchard; The Formers and Forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Graham Fagen Flickr.


Early Mackintosh plant drawings were collated with the work of his peers to form a DIY publication called ‘The Magazine’.  Featured works such as ‘Tree of Influence’ or ‘Cabbages in an Orchard’, had text as part of the artwork which taken together with the image offer an insight into the creative thought process.  For this exhibition Fagen aims to present original works by Mackintosh and his peer group alongside the new pieces inspired by his own research. The Mackintosh works will be borrowed from a number of sources including GSA Archives & Special Collections. A book work, influenced by the DIY concept of ‘The Magazine’, will also be produced.

Mackintosh Watercolours

Image courtesy of ‘Cabbages in an Orchard; The Formers and Forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Graham Fagen Flickr.

GENERATION is a programme across Scotland led by National Galleries and Glasgow Life, aiming to tell the story of 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, to a local and visiting audience for the Commonwealth Games. GSA is part of this programme with this project.

Photographic Documentation

View a slideshow of exhibition documentation images on Flickr.

Short film about the exhibition

Watch a short film about the exhibition featuring interviews with artist Graham Fagen, Exhibitions Director Jenny Brownrigg and Mackintosh Curator Peter Trowles: Vimeo.

More information about the exhibition

Visit the GSA website for more information: www.gsa.ac.uk


Your opportunity to Meet the Archivists

meet the archivistsMeet the Archivists: Unlocking the research potential of business archives for artists, architects and designers

The Business Archives Council of Scotland is holding its 2nd Meet the Archivists workshop on Friday 20th September at the Edinburgh College of Art.

This year the focus is on creative and design use of business archives. So this event is aimed at college of art students, architectural and design students but all students are welcome to attend.

The aim of this event is to bring together archivists, academics and this year artists to discuss and explore with students how business archive collections can be used for their research. Glasgow School of Art’s Archivist Susannah Waters will be discussing Arts organisations’ archives in Glasgow with a focus on Glasgow School of Art and the Centre for Contemporary Arts.

The programme will feature talks from archivists and artists on the projects inspired by or that have made use of archive collections:

  • Cabinets, drawers and dark places – the artist’s perfect resource – Bartholomew Archive, National Library of Scotland
  • The Illustrated Archive – The John Gray Centre
  • The Sir Basil Spence Archive – Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
  • Stoddard-Templeton Archive: inspiring new works – University of Glasgow
  • Heriot-Watt Textile Archive – Heriot-Watt University
  • Arts organisations’ archives in Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art and the Centre for Contemporary Arts – Glasgow School of Art
  • Drawing, Painting, Designing and Creating the Story: Research and Inspiration in the Art College Archive – Edinburgh College of Art

There will also be an discussion panel in the afternoon and over lunchtime an opportunity to meet and chat with archivists about their collections, plus practical demonstrations of how to find business archive collections online. A series of animation shorts inspired by the Edinburgh College of Art Archive will be screened over lunch.

A full detailed programme is available on the Scottish Council of Archives website http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/discover/awareness/workingarchive/events/meetarchivists

To register for this free event, please visit the following link: http://meetthearchivists.eventbrite.co.uk/