16 Nicholson Street | Glasgow G5 9ER
“I want to do something we’re not allowed to do.”
When The Skinny interviewed Tine Beck and Isabella Shields at the opening of their inaugural show in 2016, the mutli-faceted philosophy behind their gallery could most easily be broken down to that rebel instinct.
Situating themselves in a vast Georgian building that looms over the Clyde, they set out to take the experience they have accrued working with various galleries and academies over the years and produce something which pushes back against the boundaries of institutionalised art.
Focusing on the idea of art that grows out of natural conversation, 16 Nicholson Street provides a space for the kind of exhibitions that refuse to conform to convention or be easily curated away under neat labels. Beyond the exhibitions themselves, it also hosts talks, workshops and mentorships, all with the aim of further fostering connections between artists in Scotland and beyond in the same fecund fashion.
Glasgow has a plentiful supply of well-established galleries with proud pasts and robust reputations but a wander just beyond the river to 16 Nicholson Street will bring you somewhere quite unlike anywhere you’ve been before.