Exhibitions, Events and Opportunities: March 2019

With the beginning of spring come new exhibitions across Scotland, as well as events and opportunities to follow up on through March

Article by Adam Benmakhlouf | 01 Mar 2019
  • Emmie McLuskey at Collective

It’s March, and that means one thing: you survived another winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, but thankfully this is the time for the upswing. With renewed energies, and a spring (pun intended) in your step, hop back into being social and cultured with some of the excellent exhibitions and events launching this month. 

Early in the month, a new exhibition will open in Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, titled Domestic Bliss. It brings together a range of works from the permanent collection, including controversial former Young British Artist ceramicist Grayson Perry, beloved Glasgow author and artist Alasdair Gray, and renowned 20th century sculptor Niki de Sant Phalle. Also with new commissions by Glasgow artists Mandy McIntosh and Camara Taylor, the exhibition experiments with domestic design and traditional museum displays.

Cooper Gallery in Dundee this month presents the first solo show in a public institution of the artist Anne Marie Copestake, who for a long time has been working between sculpture, print, installation, moving image works, performance, text and sound. Across her diverse works, she returns to ideas of the voice spoken in isolation, community and its relationship with the moving image. 

The Common Guild took the bold decision not to programme exhibitions in this year while they move to accessible premises. Keeping their promise of a suite of events in place of a gallery, this month they begin an ambitious series of talks that aims to generate discussion around the needs, expectations and possibilities of the space for art today. The first of these by the artist Nicole Wermers is on Thursday 21 March at 6pm, then the next week they will host architect Stephanie Macdonald on Thursday 28 March at 6pm.

At the newly reopened Collective Gallery, until 10 March there is the exhibition by Emmie McCluskey, these were the things that made the step familiar. In the new works presented, McCluskey uses photography and a form of dance notation to explore interaction in and between bodies, considering the systems that control and record them. On the penultimate day, 9 March at 4-5pm, the artist will host a conversation event with the independent dancer and choreographer Janice Parker. Then from 5.30-7.30pm, there will be the launch of the exhibition publication, titled A Strange American Funeral.

It’s also the 20th birthday of Dundee Contemporary Arts, and they’ve planned a weekend of events to mark the occasion on 15-17 March. 

Upcoming Opportunities

Refugee Festival Scotland Open Programme have an open call to take part in their celebration of the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland – food, drink, music, poetry, dance, visual art and ideas. The theme of this year’s festival is Making Art, Making Home. Anyone can pitch their idea for an event or activity all across Scotland for this year’s festival, to raise public awareness about the nation’s many communities and strengthen connections and partnerships between people from different backgrounds. Applications can be made via refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk/about until Sunday 17 March.

Moray Arts Centre, a busy and expanding arts venue based in Findhorn, is seeking artists to include in its upcoming programme for this year and beyond. They are accepting applications throughout the year, and ask for an e-portfolio with 6-15 samples of work, an artist’s statement and current CV.

The Creative Scotland Open Project Fund deadline is at the end of this month, on 31 March. Anyone can propose a cultural project, including individuals and organisations. Applications can be made for amounts between £1,000 and £150,000.