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I'm an arts journalist & PR consultant living and working in Scotland. I've been a journalist for more than 25 years. I write a regular column for Scottish quality newspaper, The Herald. I deliver a PR service with an arty bent and work on a consultancy basis with arts organisations, including Scotland's leading creative industries festival, XpoNorth & broadcast support body, ScreenHI. I am currently co-writing a book about the celebrated Scots artist, George Wyllie, with his daughter Louise. Instrumental in making a celebration of his life's work happen in 2012. For more information, see www.georgewyllie.com When I'm not being a mum/working, I talk to my dog. He laps it up. Contact me on janpatience@me.com (All work © Jan Patience)

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Gallery Round-up from The Herald's Arts supplement 5/6/10

A long way from Bearsden...

Glasgow School of Art Sculpture and Environmental Art final year student, Pia Manniko from Finland produced this masking tape work used for this year’s Glasgow School of Art Degree Show image and will be making a site specific installation for the show which kicks off on Thursday night (see below).

Pia will apparently be covering the floor of her space at the famous Mac building with clay and use toe-prints and other body parts to form an organic-looking pattern. The work will record her performance in the space and refer also to the previous movements in the space and the 100 years history of the building.


Every second week, I write The Herald's gallery page in the arts supplement. In an ideal world, as I've said before, I'd round them all up personally, but time and tide wait for no woman.

Thanks be to the celestial gods of visual art and the invention of the pc, I manage to round up a goodly few every fortnight. Occasionally, I even get out of the box and visit the odd exhibition.

As a slight perambulation, I managed to get out to a local show today - at the very chi-chi home of Susan Lemond in leafy Bearsden. I've heard about this twice yearly exhibition before but never visited.

Basically, over one weekend she manages to fill her lovely home with artwork from gazillions of Scottish artists, including heavyweights John Bellany, Jack Morocco, Gerard Burns and Jolomo.

There was also some fine work there from my friend and Aspect Prize colleague Charlie Jamieson, as well Liz Knox, Annette Edgar, Helen Wilson, John Kingsley, Glen Scouller, Simon Laurie and my former art teacher Jim Wylie.

It was a touch overwhelming to see so much on the walls and underfoot. (I was sad to see a beautiful Annette Edgar tucked behind a stack of paintings on the floor...)

The art-loving denizens of Bearsden and surrounding affluent areas were in their element. I thought for a moment, I'd stumbled into a Rotary meeting... I even spotted our local optician and eari-wigged on a conversation about how GPs are paid too much.

The painter Jack Morocco told Susan Lemond that she had recreated the new Glasgow Art Fair in her own house and she has clearly tapped into a gap in the market, as cheque books were open and bubble wrap was being pulled out by the acre.

All very interesting and I think the idea of selling art in the home setting is a good one as it doesn't feel so threatening. Sometimes walking into a private gallery can be a tad intimidating.

I ended up introducing myself to Susan and she said she'd had me down in her head as a 60-something lady. I think I might have been wearing purple in her mind too...

Anyway, enough already... here's what I rounded up for the week ahead.

Glasgow School of Art Degree Show
167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow
0141 353 4500
Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 10am-5pm, Mon-Thur, 10am-9pm, Fri, 10am-9pm
June 12-19

Degree Show season is underway and towards the end of this week, Glasgow School of Art’s annual jamboree will crank up, amid much gnashing of teeth and quaking of knees from students as well as staff. They have a lot to live up to, not to mention look forward to. Richard Wright, the 2009 Turner Prize winner is a Glasgow School of Art graduate, while previous Turner prize winners include GSA alumni include Simon Starling and Douglas Gordon. Becks Future winners Rosalind Nashabishi, Louise Hopkins and Martin Boyce have all gone through the GSA Degree Show mill, as have musicians Franz Ferdinand and Travis.
If you have a keen eye, there is a wide range of art on offer to view and buy - from paintings to ceramics, jewellery to architecture projects, textiles to graphics and sculptures. Don’t arrive with just a few notes in your pocket thinking you’ll pick up a bargain - today’s art students price their work keenly!
Remember to investigate all the hidden corners of the art school - not just the ‘Mac’ building. Some of the futuristic inventions and innovative design ideas in parts of the art school you might not normally visit need to be seen to be believed at this week-long free event.
All of this is available under the roof of a bunch of buildings – the crown of which is the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Mackintosh Building. Apart from anything else, if you have never dared venture into this fantastic building, which celebrated its centenary last year, then make an effort to go there and bask in the heady scent of raw creative energy.

Jennifer Mackenzie: Oil Paintings & Will Shakspeare: Studio Glass
Castle Gallery
43 Castle Street, Inverness
01463 729512
Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm
Exhibition continues until 26 June

The Castle Gallery in Inverness has a habit of offering up a charismatic mix of artistic talent and its latest show is no different. Any artist who is called Will Shakespeare can’t help but garner attention. This Will hails from Somerset, not Stratford, but he has built up an appreciative audience through regular appearances on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Home Made Home, on which he has demonstrated his glass bauble blowing skills.
His baubles, or friendship balls, are suitable for all year round to hang in a window or outside on a tree. The exhibition features a wide range of work including baubles, hand-made drinking glasses, large hanging wall pieces, paperweights, perfume bottles, vases and bowls. The tableaux pieces – inspired by flora and fauna of rock pools - are among Will’s favourites. His new seismic lustre range in gold and greens is inspired by the rock strata formations on the beach at Kilve in Somerset.
Will is doing an informal talk this afternoon (Sat June 5), between 2pm and 4pm at which he will discuss his craft.
Exhibiting alongside Mr Shakespeare, is Jennifer Mackenzie. Lanarkshire-born and Glasgow School of Art trained, this fine painter now lives in Sutherland. The paintings in her forthcoming exhibition reflect a year in her studio in this remote corner of Scotland, as she observes the changing effects of light on the colours of the flowers and personal memorabilia. During the short winter days the colours are muted, but as the year moves on, the light strengthens and this is reflected in the more intense colours.

Glasgow Boys and Glasgow Girls
Ewan Mundy & The Scottish Gallery
Gallery 27
27 Cork Street, London
0141 248 9755 or 0131 558 1200
www.mundyfineart.com & www.scottish-gallery.co.uk
Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat, 10am-1pm
June 7 – June 12

The current Glasgow Boys exhibition at Kelvingrove in Glasgow is currently wooing a whole new generation of fans for the ‘group’ of artists who, over the last two decades of the nineteenth century, established a reputation for their sparklingly realistic work, much of it painted outdoors.
The group, which had at its core, artists such as James Guthrie, John Lavery, Arthur Melville, George Henry and E.A Hornel, started out railing against the establishment and ended up firmly ensconced within its bosom.
Having been in and out of fashion over the intervening century, their collective star is rising again thanks to the Kelvingrove show. This selling exhibition from Glasgow-based gallery, Ewan Mundy and The Scottish Gallery, which has been trading in Edinburgh for 162 years, brings 32 works by Glasgow Boys and Girls to the market, alongside additional work by artists of the Edinburgh School and the Scottish Colourists.
On the Glasgow front, there are more girls than boys, but the design-led work of the Glasgow Girls, such as Jessie King and Bessie MacNicol is now increasingly sought-after. Had you been buying work by the Glasgow Boys some 40 years ago, you would have been in receipt of a bargain, but today, such bargains are thin on the ground. There are very few actual ‘Glasgow Boy’ paintings in this show, aside from the odd work by David Gauld (for example, an oil painting, Edith – The Gardener’s Daughter at £25,000) or several works by James Paterson, ranging from £325 to £11,000. One Arthur Melville watercolour, The Sapphire Sea, which is currently on loan to Kelvingrove, and which will move with the rest of the exhibition to the Royal Academy in London in October, is up for grabs. Price available on application...

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