This Week in Scottish Art (31 Jan - 6 Feb)

Throughout the week, there are talks, new shows from Thank You Very Much and The Modern Institute, and a few last chances for some exhibitions that are closing soon...

Article by Holly Gavin | 31 Jan 2017

Tue 31 Jan: Scottish National Gallery

Don’t miss Turner in January on its last day at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. See Turner’s watercolours in this century-old annual display today from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.   

Wed 1 Feb: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Visit last year’s selection for the BP Portrait Award 2016 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery between 10am and 5pm daily and till 7pm on Thursdays. Admission to the exhibition is free; it is on display till March 26th.

Thu 2 Feb: The Fruitmarket Gallery and Market Gallery

Sign up in the Fruitmarket Gallery’s workshop Dialogue / Place / Politics taking place every Thursday this February, 6 to 8pm. Artist Jake Bee will lead these experimental workshops encouraging participators to make art inspired from works in the current William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition. Previous experience is not necessary; the workshops will be a social, informal, collaborative platform to develop works in several mediums, and with various techniques and different materials.

There are only fifteen places available so contact the Gallery at 0131 225 2383. Participation is free and reserved for people aged 16 to 25; this series of workshops is supported by the Robertson Trust.  

Art Talk Notes with Iain Morrison is taking place at Market Gallery this evening from 7-9pm. The event is part of Market Gallery’s continuing Night School programme. Pender’s research-based practice centers on education and communication, and their historical and contemporary methods. On display are a series of poem-texts rewritten from notes taken at artists’ talks; these notes are records of Morrison, and our (an audience’s), schooling and represent individual reactions to and potential friction or stimulation from shared information.

A Q&A with Morrison will follow readings by the artist; this event is free and unticketed.    

Fri 3 Feb: GFT, Crownpoint Studios

Olivia Pender’s Artist Talk and Book Presentation at the GFT from 11am to noon is organised in partnership with the CCA and Glasgow School of Art Lectures. Rise Early, Be Industrious is a monograph of Pender’s work from the last decade. Pender will speak about the role of the publication going beyond providing an overview alongside discussing upcoming ideas and recent work. Tickets are free and available on the door; Rise Early, Be Industrious will be available at the CCA’s Aye-Aye Books at a discounted price until February 8th.

Young curatorial and events planning group Thank You Very Much present a new group show in Glasgow East End's Crownpoint Studios (146 Crownpoint Road, G40 2AE). For this show, it's the curators themselves that'll be showing their work in a 4-person show titled Powerful Attraction.

Sat 4 Feb: Generator Projects and Modern Institute

Visit the Members’ Show at Generator Projects with work by over a hundred local artists in Dundee. This exhibition is presented by GENERATORprojects and Tin Roof, and will be on display till 19 Feb: visit Thursday to Sunday, noon till 5pm.  

Tobias Madison’s Crisis Tourism at The Modern Institute (Osborne Street) opens today; visit between 12 and 5pm, every Saturday. This exhibition will be on until 11 Mar; Modern Institute is open from 10am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays.  

Sun 5 Feb: Collective Gallery and Street Level Photoworks

Anastasia PhilimonosW.W.W (Whole World Working) closes at Collective Gallery today, visit between 10am and 4pm. This exhibition considers a world without borders and cites Buckminster Fuller’s World Wide Web utopia prescribing a computer with the ability to operate outwith political and financial pragmatic realities, and the solution to socio-economic discrepancies engendered by borders dividing the world into nation-states. Texts from various authors, which consider contradictions between information technologies without borders and geopolitical restraints, accompany Philimonos’ work.

Tabula Rasa II is also closing at Street Level Photoworks. The exhibition displays the work of five Glasgow-based artists: Alan Knox, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte, Frank McElhinney, Stephen Healy, and Julia Bauer. All artists have varying approaches to photography, but share similar interests in the passing of time and its effect on history, memory, place and the self in their work.

This exhibition follows a first installment, Tabula Rasa, in Kaunas, Lithuania. Please contemplate a PDF featuring an essay by Dr. Katherine Parhar about the exhibition here.

Mon 6 Feb: CCA

The Steven Campbell Trust Lecture 2017: Rimbaud Panel Discussion is taking place at the CCA from 6 to 7.30pm this evening. The influence of French 19th century poet Arthur Rimbaud’s work on popular culture will be discussed by a panel in this eighth annual edition of the Steven Campbell Trust Lecture. The panel includes: Professor David Kinloch, a poet and educator from the University of Strathclyde, Lach a poet and broadcaster from New York who founded the Anti-Folk movement, and artist Karen Strang.

The discussion will be chaired by poet and cofounder of Neu! Reekie!, Michael Pedersen. Rimbaud was an important source of inspiration in Steven Campbell’s work in the form of his image as a young rebel poet and his work in poetry. This event is free, but ticketed, so reserve a space on the CCA website here or call the CCA boxoffice at 0141 352 4900.