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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)

Monday, 25 October 2010

From Small Posting to Major Exhibition

RIVERSIDE FLOCK by Alasdair Wallace

Behold the power of blogging...
In January this year, just after Patricia Cain won this year's Aspect Prize for her depictions of Glasgow's new Riverside Museum under construction, I posted a piece on this blog about her success. (I've been involved with this prize - one of the biggest independently-funded art prizes in the UK - for the last couple of years now.)
A few weeks later, the director of The Riverside Museum, Gavin McLellan, left a comment about how delighted the fundraising team from The Riverside Museum Appeal were about her support for the project.
I exchanged emails with Gavin and a few weeks later met him for a coffee at Kelvingrove with Trish Cain and Charlie Jamieson, who has been one of the driving forces behind the The Aspect Prize since its inception in 2003.
At this meeting, Gavin filled us in with background to the Riverside Museum Appeal (http://www.riversideappeal.org/), a public appeal for £5m to augment the £69m already pledged by various public bodies to build this new transport museum, which has been designed by internationally-renowned architect Zaha Hadid.
In the course of the conversation, Charlie said: "Wouldn't it be great if we could get a group of artists together to raise money for it - we could ask them to be as inspired as Trish has been by the idea of the building and all it represents to Glasgow."
With that seed, an idea was born. Charlie is not one to sit around and wait for things to happen so before you could say 'last tram to Auchenshuggle' we were emailing and phoning artists we knew to ask them to get involved.
To cut a long journey short, almost nine months later, around 30 artists, including some of the most collectable names in Scottish art, (Peter Howson, Adrian Wiszniewski, Patricia Cain, George Devlin, Anna King, Sue Biazotti, John Kingsley, Alasdair Wallace, Colin Brown, Alma Wolfson, Liz Knox and Charlie himself, to name but a few) have produced work in response to the call to arts.
The results have taken our breath away and on November 12, The River Runs Through It opens in the space just vacated by The Glasgow Boys at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. The exhibition, which includes short films and prints, will continue until January 30. We have also asked leading writers and musicians to respond in writing to the Riverside. Prices for artwork range from £375 to £18,000.
All the work is for sale and half the artists' fee from the sale of any work will be donated to The Riverside Museum Appeal.
Keep reading - and watching - and I'll post pix and info.

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