Glasgow is a maze of side streets and hidden gems – and the Virginia Gallery is a real find.
Under the exotic boutique Luke & Jack the 18+ venue specialises in and celebrates erotic art. But if you’re thinking smut – don’t be so prudish.
This wonderful little gallery showcases intriguing and interesting works that other galleries might shy away from – and has thankfully taken root and flourished.
Regal, raunchy, wonderful queens
Whatever you think about Queen Elizabeth II, Virginia’s latest exhibit 60 years, 60 Artists is definitely worth a look. It showcases the talents and interpretations of 60 artists for the Queen’s 60 year reign. Themed on ‘queen’ in all its many facets – works are daring and dynamic. Some like the much-hyped crowned nude porn star Le Majestié d’Issac Jones stirs obvious controversy – but there’s others that create a much deeper impression.
A stitch in time for Queen Quentin
The queen theme has inspired a variety of eclectic images of the flamboyant writer Quentin Crisp, portrayed with flair and depth in cross-stitch by artist Julie Robertson – icecream delight without a single calorie.
Another favourite is artist Yiannis Roussakis’ life size image of a regal Edwardian looking Queen (history’s not my strong point) in a London Underground tunnel for the Jubilee Line. The contrast between the two worlds is truly memorable – a perfect fusion of the Matrix and Doctor Who.
Go on, be amused
This imaginative and inspiring exhibition looks at queens from a variety of thought provoking angles – some that just might make you smile. On until the 30 June, it’s is not to be missed.
The Virginia Gallery is a wonderful space with an ever growing programme of events. I can’t wait to see what they’ll have in store for the Merchant City Festival and Glasgay. Watch that space.
Remembering blue sky bliss in Glasgow….
It’s 2:00pm – well past lunchtime. Lack of food starts to affect any ability to make decisions. After wandering aimlessly we meander down Cresswell Lane where we are rescued by Rudis.
Cool and inviting, we happily go in, collapse into our seats and survey the menu. Toasties, panini’s salads, sharing platters are all there for the eating – and that’s exactly what we do.
But it’s the amazing selection of cake that truly lures me in – my squeals of delight send my boys running to investigate.
Banana and Pecan, Chocolate and Beetroot, Victoria Sandwich, Carrot and Pistachio all crying out to be devoured. And who are we to say no to delightful sweet treats – especially when it’s going so quickly.
Our huge slices of cake are delivered to our table and silence follows. Mouths are moving but only to demolish the moist, sweet and gooey deliciousness.
Not just a pretty cake
But Rudis isn’t just about wonderful cakes, it’s a relaxed, welcoming space offering fantastically priced food ( £3-5 for lunch dishes) with equally helpful staff. And after 6:00pm you can Bring Your Own bottle. Sweet never tasted better.
The cheeky cherub knows Trongate’s Saturday night secrets…
A mid-week trip to the theatre is the perfect way to shake off the return of rain and kick-start the weekend.
So I head to the Citizen’s theatre in the Gorbals for a Samuel Beckett double bill.
Wonder awaits you inside
The outside of the building looks pretty functional but the foyer is a wonderful kitsch combination of life size elephants and bards. Shakespeare and Burns never looked better off set by shocking pink walls.
The grand Victorian auditorium is a wonderful contrast; step back in time to an impressive surroundings offering up balconies and private boxes at the side of the stage adorned in magnificent golds and red.
And don’t forget to look way up to admire the elevated domed ceiling. Despite its magnitude– the Citz still manages to be an intimate welcoming space rather than vast and overpowering.
On with the show
It’s one of those amazing venues that naturally exudes energy and excitement. I’m in my seat still trying to take it all in when the curtains open to reveal a very simple set. A lone man sits on his 69th birthday contemplating a recording he made about his life when he was 39.
And even though I am totally absorbed in the performance – I can’t help but realise that this man and I are caught in parallel activities. I listen to him review a recording of his life as I am set to review a part of my life that he is now part of. In 30 years will I reflect on this blog, remembering this moment? Possibly. And just what will I think of my younger self?
Theatre with charm
As the second oldest operational theatre in the UK, with an electric programme of events, classes and workshops, the Citz is a must see. Go for the experience but remember to appreciate the magical surroundings – because these walls talk so listen.