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Monday, 1 February 2010

Sue Biazotti - First Ever Artist in Residence @ Glasgow's Historic Western Baths

My friend Sue Biazotti has been appointed the first ever Artist in Residence at the historic Western Baths Club in Glasgow.

As a result of this unique residency, Sue will be staging an exhibition of paintings within the Western Baths in November 2010. A definite date for the diary...

The Western Baths was founded in 1876, and is a private members club situated in Glasgowʼs West End. It has a 27 meter pool above which two trapezes are suspended, along with a set of travelling rings which run the full length of the pool.

(The painting Trapeze Girl, pictured above, by Sue, captures the magical, almost child-like wonder of watching people take to the air above the glittery water of the baths.)

Sueʼs late father, Lothian Barclay, and uncle, Norman Barclay, were both life members of the club. Sue has vivid memories of both men reminiscing about time spent in the Baths as young boys during the 1940s and 50s.

Carrying on the tradition, Sueʼs own son, Matteo, 15, now spends many afternoons there after school, flying from one trapeze to the other, and playing on the hoops, with friends he has made there over the years.

For this residency, Sue plans to create a series of paintings celebrating the ambience of this unique pool and building. She is interested in capturing the feeling of freedom and movement of the ʻswimmersʼ, as they fly through the air and over the water.

Since moving back home to Scotland in 1996, Sue has established herself as a sought after Scottish painter. In 2005 she won the Aspect Prize, won of the UK's biggest art
awards, with a painting of her daughter Gabriella swimming under water.

Sue is currently looking for sponsorship for this residency and keen to discuss ideas and ways that she could collaborate with her sponsors.

For more information, contact Sue on 01415797371 or email her at suelbb@aol.com

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