Over 60 students from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) made a trip westwards to visit a number of galleries in Glasgow in mid January. The students, from ECA's School of Art, were accompanied by artist and Painting lecturer Liz Adamson. In this short article, Liz explains the progress of their day.
"Our students were given bespoke talks at each of the day's venues and this was kicked off by Will Cooper, curator of contemporary art at GOMA, Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. After the talk the group paid a visit to the gallery's current exhibitions; of particular interest was John Samsun's videos which captured the artist’s interest in the period 1975-83, with Jordan (punk model and actress) and Malcolm McLaren (manager of The Sex Pistols) playing cameo roles. The video was filmed at Vivienne Westwood and McLaren’s London boutique, Sex.
"After a short walk through the Glasgow streets in a snake-like procession, we were welcomed at the Modern Institute on Osborne Street by project co-ordinators Jeremy Parker and Marta Perovic, catching Jim Lambie's 'Electrolux' while there. Lambie's coated matt pastel washing machines intrigued the Sculpture students particularly, assuming the likeness of a cast but playfully not so. At the gallery's nearby Aird's Lane venue, Shio Kusaka's beautiful porcelain vases and Andrew Kerr's paintings (placed in the atmospheric Bricks Space), provided a counterbalance to the white cube venues the students had experienced earlier in the day.
"At lunch, the nearby falafel shop benefited from increased trade and the weather remained fair.
"It was then on to the artist-run space Transmission, where one of the gallery's committee members talked the ECA group through the gallery’s history, aims and ambitions and invited them to become involved with this historically youthful enterprise.
"A highlight of the day was a 'behind the scenes' visit to Tramway, the internationally renowned art-space in Glasgow's southside. Holly Rumble, Tramways’ public engagement co-ordinator, took the group into the installation of artist Claire Barclay's forthcoming show. Claire was at work, with her technicians, rolling out reams of orange canvas and there were plenty of components being positioned to give the students a real taster of what was to come. I think many will be returning to Glasgow in the near future as they are excited to see the finished result of her work.
"This was a really interesting day of study and we are grateful to the galleries for the very warm welcome we received."