This Week in Scottish Art: 19-25 April

It's the final week of this year's Glasgow International festival of visual art, with plenty of events across Glasgow in the coming week. Here's our guide to what's what...

Article by Adam Benmakhlouf | 19 Apr 2016

Wed 20 Apr: Net Effect at Tramway

Tomorrow in Tramway, Glasgow International gets meta with The Net Effect. The event is part of GI, but the festival is also the inspiration. Artist Ruth Barker will lead the Tramway educational group Net Effect, and challenge the group to produce a large-scale psychogeographic map-cum-network of personal autobiographies. The first workshop is from 5-7pm.

Thu 21 Apr: Chateaux Double Wide, performance at SWG3

Thursday brings more from Zoe Williams and Urara Tsuchiya's Chateaux Double Wide project. Part installation, part programme of events and activities, this week artists Amy Stickland and duo New Noveta collaboratively host an evening at Chateaux Double Wide, located in Avant Garde bar across from Transmission Gallery on King Street. For their night, they promise 'improvised durational performance, with interactive lements and an intermittent DJ set/sound piece.' This Thursday from 7pm until midnight, free and no booking required.

Alternatively/additionally, there is Mineral Supplements at Studio Warehouse in Glasgow. The topic of the evening's performance of new writing is "the psychological, emotional and bodily resonances of ceramics." The performance starts at 8.37pm, and features six artists. Later in the evening from midnight is Daisies, a night which came up in our interview with one of its organisers, France-Lise McGurn when we chatted back in August.

Fri 22 Apr: Readings and art panto 

From 7pm this Friday in Good Press is 2Tough2Chew, with readings and performances through the evening, to make a space for "intimacy, tenderness and radicality". Also this Friday, there are still tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk, "an off-season pantomime" from permeable artists' collective The Rookery.

Jack and the Beanstalk will see The Rookery present the outcome of many hours of workshopping around the Jack and the Beanstalk story, and "detailed character profiling and improvisation". This event is also a means of introducing new studio suite The Albatross, located in a 100-year old workshop in Govanhill. Tickets can be found here.

Sat 23 Apr: Good Press, Transmission, New Glasgow Society

More from Good Press, with a new publication from artists Tine Bek and Estelle Fournier. They present their ongoing research into "cliches, how we deal with stereotypes, and the creation of a modern life haiku" from 4-7pm, and "good company and nice books" are a certainty.

This Saturday marks the second week of Transmission Gallery's Coven, led by artist and writer Linda Stupart. They will lead A Full Moon Ritual for Welcoming All Part of Yourself Back to You and a Charm Bag Workshop. Email the gallery ( for more information, and keep in mind an important note from the organisers: "these events are not for str8 white men, but for people who experience everyday oppression/harrassment/aggression because of their gender identity and/or performance (e.g. women, non-binary people and gender non-conforming folk)". 

For the final event of the curatorial collective VERBureau's Pokey Hat GI Project, there is Ice Cream Film Night. From 6.30pm til late, they'll present some archival film footage, the 1984 comedy Comfort and Joy (when an attack on a ice cream van changes the witness' life), and lastly a late night horror B-movie screening of The Ice Cream Man. And it's all with ice cream, popcorn and drink provided by the hosts.

Sun 24 Apr: Blooms Glasgow

The cheekily-titled Bloomsberg New Contemporaries is throwing a closing party on Sunday from 7pm until midnight. Throughout GI, artists Erin Busswood, Elke Finkenauer, Monica Yvette Foote, and Morwenna Kearsley have presented a window installation at the front of Blooms Glasgow (182 Dumbarton Road, just outside Kelvinhall Subway Station). It's a last chance to see the work, followed by drinks until late around the corner at The Sparkle Horse (16 Dowanhill Street).

Mon 25 Apr: Transmission Coven

There's more from the Coven in Transmission Gallery, with A Spell To Bind Straight White Cis male Artists From Getting Rich Off Of Appropriating Queer Aesthetics And Feminine Abjection, in which they will think about "magic, about corporeal and digital witchcrafts, about performance as protection, as resistance; about the spells cast daily as a paractice of rupturing reproductive knowledge systems." Email for more info, and remember the note from organisers above.