This Week in Scottish Art: 10-16 January

Several galleries have yet to reopen with the first installments of their 2017 agendas, but things are back in gear with a double preview at the Reid Gallery this Friday, new shows at Open Eye Gallery and the National Gallery, film screenings and more..

Article by Holly Gavin | 10 Jan 2017

Tue 10 Jan: National Gallery and CCA

Ceòl 's Craic Club presents Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle, which has received praise as a visually breathtaking film replete with Gaelic mythology, at the CCA cinema this evening. Join your hosts at 6.30pm to catch a pre-screening conversation session for learners with Janet Evans, a Gaelic tutor. This event is free and unticketed, and open to viewers of all ages.   

Alternatively, head to the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound in Edinburgh for their one-month only blockbuster show Turner in January. Visit any day of the week between 10am and 5pm, 7pm on Thursdays; admission is free.

Wed 11 Jan: CCA and Open Eye Gallery

Matinee: A Play for Five Paintings in Two Acts, a play taking an audience and five objects as its subject, is at CCA today at 7pm. This event is free and open to all ages, but spaces must be booked in advance online here or at the CCA box office – call 0141 352 4900.

Meanwhile, 11 Jan also sees the Hospitalfield Alumni Exhibition opening at Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh. The group exhibition, with works by over 25 recipients of the Hospitalfield Trust, celebrates the Arbroath venue as an important centre for the arts. The exhibition is on until 25 January, so make sure to catch it during its short run. The gallery is open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm and Sat, 10am-4pm.

Thu 12 Jan: House of an Art Lover and Transmission

Bernat Klein’s The Colour Circle is on at House for an Art Lover’s Studio Pavilion until 26 March. There are 41 paintings made by Klein in 2011 and 2012, examples of his later work before his death in 2014. This is the first exhibition of Klein’s work in the West of Scotland, even though the Serbian artist and textile designer was based in Scotland after attending the University of Leeds. Located in Glasgow, the Studio Pavillion is open from 11am-3pm every day.

If you're in the centre of Glasgow, why not take a stroll past Transmission gallery and window-gaze at Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s large public work How To Suffer Politely (And Other Etiquette) open 24/7 until 15 February.  

Fri 13 Jan: CCA, Reid Gallery and Market Gallery

Start your day at CCA with LUX Scotland’s Towards a Scottish Collection of Artists’ Moving Image, a screening programme and panel discussion that takes place between -5.30pm. The discussion will revolve around several questions concerning such a collection being made accessible to national and international audiences, as both an archive of and means of promoting works from the field of moving images in Scotland – limitations such as criteria for inclusion and the constraints of defining a collection according to geography will also be discussed. This event is free and open to all, but book here via Eventbrite to reserve a ticket.

Also on at the CCA tonight is CinemAttic: Do You Remember? from 7.30pm. The evening will feature a selection of short independent films from Spain, Argentina and Cuba with the theme of memory. Tickets cost £5 or £4 concession rate – book online here or at the CCA box office (tel. 0141 352 4900). This event is advised 15+.  

Head to the Reid Gallery Ground Floor Gallery from 5pm-7pm for the opening of Print Print Print, a collection of work by Glasgow School of Art staff. There will be a wide variety of works on display, made with various techniques including lithographs, etchings, screenprints, woodcuts, and monoprints. Print Print Print is on display until 29 January, open every day from 10am-4.30pm.   

Also previewing tonight from 5-7pm is the Confluence/Konfluenz: A Life With Metal by UK-based German artist and silversmith Simone ten Hompel in the Reid Gallery. A touring show produced by the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales, it includes a wide collection of objects, sculptures, models and images tracing ten Hompel’s 35-year career alongside a commissioned film by Matt Hulse. The artist, who also taught at Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, has been commended as one of the most inventive silversmiths of her generation by her peers. Until 23 February, open every day between 10am-4.30pm.

The third preview of the evening takes place at Market Gallery from 6-8pm, as Lewis den Hertog launches his new book at the culmination of his Studio Projects 2016 residency. The publication is a combination of drawings, writings and found imagery, exploring image-making practices in relation to the grotesque, vernacular, and memetic.

Sat 14 Jan: Beacon Arts Centre and Celine

Take a trip to Greenock this weekend to visit Shipbuilding, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert's first solo exhibition, which captures the history of the Kvaerner shipyards in Govan. The photographs were previously on display at Street Level Photoworks in the group show Govan / Gdansk in June and July. This exhibition is on until 19 February, Mon-Saturday 9am-6pm.  

Visit Those Pesky Kids by Glasgow-based artist Mick Peter at Celine, 493 Victoria Road, this Saturday before it closes on 21 January. The exhibition features new work by the artist, comprising a series of sculptures of comic panels. The gallery is only open on Saturdays between 1-5pm or by appointment. 

Sun 15 Jan: The Lighthouse

Catch the last day of Kathy Hindes’ Luminous Birds at the Lighthouse’s Mackintosh Tower today. The installation, which celebrates the tower’s history as a water tank and dovecote, is sure to be a magical experience for the whole family. The exhibition is open from noon to 5pm today.

Mon 16 Jan: DCA

DCA Thomson at DCA features new work by artists Rabiya Choudry, Rob Churm, Craig Coulthard, Malcy Duff, Hideyuki Katsumata and Sofia Sita, in response to publisher DC Thomson’s comic archives. The exhibition, organised in partnership with Dundee-based DC Thomson, celebrates The Broons and Oor Wullie’s 80th anniversaries, with the display including original archive material and videos, installations, paintings, drawings, prints and murals by the six artists. Open 10am-6pm (until 8pm on Thursdays) until 19 February.