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.

 

 

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Robert Stewart Exhibition, Dunoon

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Cowal Open Studios Guest Artist 2013

Dunoon Burgh Hall, 13 – 30 September, Preview 12 September 6-7.30pm

Cowal Open Studios and Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust present this exhibition of works by Robert Stewart, one of the design pioneers of the 20th Century.  Robert Stewart lived in Cowal from 1961 where he and Sheila raised their familyand where his widow Sheila still lives.  Their sons Alan and Billy run Stewarts Garage in Dunoon.

A number of items from Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections will be on display, including some of his posters, ceramic panels and his breathtaking tapestry Genesis.

The exhibition, a partnership project between Cowal Open Studios and Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust with funding from Creative Scotland and Argyll and Bute Third Sector Fund, will be opened by Jimmy Cosgrove, former Depute Director of Glasgow School of Art and former director with House for an Art Lover.

Detail from NMC 744, ceramic panel by Robert Stewart, 1966

Detail from NMC 744, ceramic panel by Robert Stewart, 1966

The exhibition has been curated by Artist and Designer Anne E Ferguson and celebrates the work of Robert Stewart and his contemporaries. Work created by pupils from local schools across Cowal inspired by the work and philosophy of Robert Stewart will also be displayed. There will also be a Family drop-in workshops with Hannah Clinch on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th 12-3pm (bring light-coloured clothes, t-shirts/pillow slips – to print on!)

There will be a talk by Liz Arthur, author of ‘Robert Stewart, Design 1946-95’ on Saturday 21 September at 1pm. The Robert Stewart Exhibition will be shown as part of the Cowal Open Studios event from Friday 27thto Monday 30th September.www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk

The exhibition is on at Dunoon Burgh Hall from 13th-30th September, open Thursday-Sunday from 12-3pm, with a preview on 12th September from 6-7.30pm. For more information visit the Cowal Open Studios website or Dunoon Burgh Hall website.

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs

Brightest London, London Underground Poster, 1924

Brightest London, London Underground Poster, 1924

An exhibition entitled Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs at London Transport Museum is currently showing off 150 advertising posters to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. Each decade since the first commission in 1908 is represented and those on display have been specially selected from the Museum’s archive of over 3,300 Underground posters by an expert panel. Iconic posters, including the surrealist photographer Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair, as well a those by Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, will feature alongside lesser-known gems.

We have our very own collection of transport posters, by Glasgow School of Art student John Hegarty.

NMC 570, Poster depicting Castle Campbell, Dollar. For the Scottish General Omnibus Company Ltd, by John Hegarty, c1927

NMC 570, Poster depicting Castle Campbell, Dollar. For the Scottish General Omnibus Company Ltd, by John Hegarty, c1927

NMC 572, Poster depicting the Wallace Monument, for the Scottish General Omnibus Company Ltd, by John Hegarty, c1927

NMC 572, Poster depicting the Wallace Monument, for the Scottish General Omnibus Company Ltd, by John Hegarty, c1927

NMC 571, Poster depicting Linlithgow Palace, for the Scottish General Omnibus Company Ltd, by John Hergarty, 1927

NMC 571, Poster depicting Linlithgow Palace, for the Scottish General Omnibus Company Ltd, by John Hergarty, 1927

And, though not represented in our own collection, some other GSA graduates also went on to design for transport companies, including Tom Gentleman and Tom Gilfillan.

Easter in the country, by Tom Gentleman, 1932

Easter in the country, by Tom Gentleman, 1932. Gentleman was a student at GSA from 1905 (aged just 13) until 1914.

Scotland: Its Highlands and Islands (off Staffa) by Tom Gilfillan, printed by John Horne for LMS

Scotland: Its Highlands and Islands (off Staffa) by Tom Gilfillan, printed by John Horne for LMS

Gilfillan was a student at the Art School on and off from 1915-1931 and went on to be a designer for Scottish Aviation. The Maclaurin Gallery is planning a forthcoming exhibition of Tom’s work – Imagined Skies: The Lost Murals of Tom Gilfillan runs from 18th August – 29th September later this year.

The London Underground exhibition runs until 1st October 2013. For more information about the exhibition please visit the event website.