Hooray the Arches’ Behaviour Festival is finally here, kicking off over a month of live performances in Glasgow from 3 April to 11 May. And it’s certainly not short on choice – the weird, the wonderful, the must-watch are all on offer.
We’re debating about what to go and see. The work of international artists alongside home-grown Scottish talent like Gary McNair, Kieran Hurley and Nic Green is all very tempting and with ticket prices ranging from £5 to £12, very doable.
Stand up, rant and reveal intimate secrets
For me Behaviour is a particularly appealing because it’s actually all about us – how we act and react when we’re faced with the specific circumstances of a performance. Will you squirm in your seat, laugh uncontrollably or even be daring enough to try your hand at comedy at Gary’s Chuckle Hat pop-up comedy club?
I want to see Kieran Hurley’s RANTIN – part of the Auteur’s project – part living room gathering, part gig, part play, with live music, storytelling with a slew of intriguing (and possibly dangerous) characters. How can I resist?
T has fallen under the spell of Mammalian Diving Reflex – All the sex I’ve ever had. And admittedly I can see why. A total twist on that taboo topic but rather than your typical youth-fuelled take, you’re hearing from senior citizens from Glasgow sharing the evolution of their sexuality over the course of their lives. Intriguing, possibly uncomfortable and I’m betting endearing.
See it all
Maybe the best way to solve our debate is to simply see it all – the Behaviour Festival pass is a great deal at £45/£35, considering we’ll have our choice of incredible and diverse shows daily from now until 11 May. And that can only improve our behaviour!
I pop into Trongate 103 during my lunch break for some cultural sustenance and discover Blueprint 2013. The exhibition makes links between the alternative photographic processes and fine art photographic printmaking.
I’m not entirely sure what’s going on but I explore anyhow, freely roaming from the foyer into the Glasgow Print Studio (top floor) and on to Streetlevel Photoworks.
It feels quite luxurious being able to journey from one place to the next, discovering different layers of Blueprint’s seven different exhibitions.
There are technical drawings giving insight into how photos and prints are constructed, traditional blueprints revealing the inner workings of everything from locomotives to dressmaker dummies – and other images that deconstruct nature, people and objects.
Not so ordinary
Colin Gray’s scanned images are definitely my favourite. His images delve beneath the surface of- in some cases – some pretty ordinary objects that are transformed through this new view.
Alexander Hamilton’s camera-less photography is also pretty fab, taking inspiration from the natural world – plants meet sunlight. True to name, I was totally absorbed in his ‘contemplative work of art’.
Blueprint reaches out beyond Trongate 103 to lectures, demos and exhibitions also happening at locations across Glasgow like the Glasgow Museum Resource Centre, Riverside Museum and the Hidden Lane Gallery.
It’s only on till the end of February – so be quick and enjoy this captivating experience for yourself.
I’ve been wondering past the glass doors for months before I finally realise it’s the entrance to the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. And so I decide it’s time to take a peek.
Wandering and discovering
Inside I find an eclectic selection of art, but it’s the Nomadic Landmass drawing by Stevn Klint that initially charms me.
It’s a vast geological line drawing with so much detail – it’s almost difficult to imagine the work and energy that’s gone into this impressive large scale pencil sketch.
The striking portrait of Fraulein Engelhardt by Marie-Louise von Motesickzy is equally as mesmerising. Fraulein’s heavy lids can’t help but draw me in. In fact I’d like to meet this woman, hear her story – I bet it would be a good one.
If paintings aren’t your thing, the Hunterian also has ample collections of objects from the Bearsden’s shark to a Chinese map of the world… and then some. Whatever your taste, the family of china skulls decorated with blue sailing ships is a must-see.
Discover art across the eras
Impressively, the gallery houses the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Mackintosh House – including reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home. Impressive and unmissable.
Scottish Art from 1750 to 1960 is also on display – so you can pick your favourite era. Post-war artist Joan Eardley is definitely mine. Her love affair with Glasgow, captured in her words and paintings, is reason enough to pay this gallery a visit.
So get yourself through those glass doors and discover the magic.