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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Glasgow Print Studio, Tales of the City & Montrose All Lit Up

This is unedited version of my gallery round-up, published in The Herald Arts section on 17/12/11

Glasgow Print Studio Christmas Exhibition
Glasgow Print Studio, 
Trongate 103, Glasgow 
0141 552 0704 
Until Jan 29, 2012
Fiona Watson, Bird Bath, etching

Scotland’s print studios are bubbling cauldrons of creative endeavour and Glasgow Print Studio (GPS) is no exception. Take a wander within its art-festooned walls and you will stumble across work by Turner Prize winning artists such as the newly-crowned Martin Boyce and Richard Wright.
For the first time in many years Glasgow Print Studio is hosting its annual Christmas show throughout both gallery spaces, with work from young emerging artists right through to established Royal Academicians like Elizabeth Blackadder and Turner Prize guys, Boyce and Wright. 
There is a lot to feel festive about, including Scott Campbell’s beguiling butterflies, Sue Mackechnie’s Art Deco-style ladies inspired by glowing Tunnock’s packaging and (if you ask the right person) Fiona Watson’s under-the-counter Swear Box series, which includes an artwork featuring a certain Scottish slang word which recently became a watchword for our own dear hurricane.
The word is that Watson was in the studios reprinting this week as there have been several enquiries about buying one. If you want to be added to the reserve list, get in quick! (They are retailing for £80 each)
Some of Scotland’s finest printmakers regularly make work at GPS and the quality is clear as you wander from room to room, taking in artwork by the likes of Philip Reeves, Elspeth Lamb, Hetty Haxworth, Ian McNicol, Helen Fay, Fiona Watson, Murray Robertson and Rosalind Lawless
GPS also participates in Creative Scotland’s interest free scheme which allows buyers to spread the cost of buying original artwork. Now that, dear reader, sounds like a Christmas blessing in disguise...
Tales of the City: Art Fund International and the GoMA collection
Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow 
0141 287 3050
Until Dec 1, 2012

This exhibition, which opened on Thursday (Dec 15) and will be on show until the beginning of December next year, is a timely survey of work bought by Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art in partnership with The Common Guild, with £1m of funding from the Art Fund.
The first in a series of exhibitions which, by next August, will see almost all the new additions displayed throughout GoMA alongside other works from Glasgow’s collection, the broad theme of art and the city or urban environment has been the guiding principle.
New purchases include works by major international artists such as Thomas Demand and Barbara Kruger, as well as those by lesser known artists, rising stars in the international art scene, such as Emily Jacir and David Maljkovic. 
These acquisitions are shown alongside key works from the GoMA collection by Glasgow-based artists such as Toby Paterson and Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce. 
Since 2007, GoMA in partnership with The Common Guild has been part of the Art Fund International collecting scheme. Supported by the Art Fund, they have spent £1m on artwork, creating what is described as an ‘exciting international context for works from the UK collection.’ This scheme has so far enabled GoMA to purchase photography, installation, film and video by artists from Croatia, Germany, Holland, Ireland, North America, Palestine and Switzerland.
Carrying on the theme of Glasgow as being at the vanguard of contemporary art practice, Common Guild director, Katrina Brown said: “The Art Fund has provided an amazing opportunity for Glasgow to develop its collection of contemporary visual art, and to bring works of international significance to the city on a permanent basis to be enjoyed by future generations. This exhibition is a wonderful moment to see the city’s growing collection of world-class work, and to appreciate the international context in which Glasgow’s own artists have thrived.”
Illumination Winter Art Salon
Wall Projects Home Gallery
17 Wellington Street, Montrose
07714 368203
Until Jan 26, 2012
Untitled by Lisa Jane Birch

Working away on her own in the north east town of Montrose, a town which fostered such artistic talents as Christopher Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid) and William Lamb, artist/curator Kim Canale has been a powerhouse of energy and commitment to the cause of promoting established and emerging artists in Scotland and Italy.
This winter, Canale, who recently held an exhibition in Glasgow with her friend, artist Patricia Cain, says she is living by the mantra, ‘Art is for life, not just for Christmas’. 
Canale has a sure eye for picking up on emerging talent at an early stage. She was one of the first galleries to pick up on future inaugural Jolomo Award winner Anna King, when she was still at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2005.
Canale has homed in on the artwork of new graduate Lisa Jane Birch as one to watch. “Lisa is originally from Glasgow and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone,” she says. “She graduated this year and has been picked as one of the New Contemporaries at the RSA next year. She was in my ARSYLAND 5 exhibition earlier this summer, featuring works by graduates from Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone and Grays School of Art. She attracted such a lot of attention that she is now exhibiting in my winter show.
Work by over 20 artists is on show at the Illumination Winter Art Salon, including Patricia Cain, Stuart Buchanan, Fiona North, Rosslyn Oman, Michelle Roberts, Giovanni Giacoia, and many more. Canale herself has work on show, inspired by the power of the sea near her home on this dramatic corner of Scotland.

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