Explore and experience the GSA exhibit at the Glue Factory.
Be quick – only on until 2 May.
Glasgow School of Art third years have taken over the Glue Factory for their annual Fine Art Photography exhibition.
This relatively new space at Speirs Lock is deceptively large with rooms off rooms, walls in unexpected places and tantalising doors round every corner. Perfect really.
The living installations that welcomes us offers hugs to all as we enter, though only some accept the gentle gesture. Beyond their embrace is a range of exhibits including video installations of hearts being sewn up and people eating their favourite foods, though not together – thankfully.
The variety of photos and prints include an eclectic range from a man standing on water to a stark and honest depiction of someone’s stay in hospital. There’s even a screening room with a selection of short films and a makeshift auditorium.
See, experience and enjoy
For me the highlights include a compelling video installation, Look by Pavel Dousěk. The simplicity of a guy initially sideways then turning to look directly at me – intensely – as if he truly sees me, well it sends shivers up my spine. I can’t help but watch him in the video again and again – and still believe that in some way he actually sees me. Haunting.
To restore my sense of peace I turn to Hannah Blackwell’s 124 – a large square print cut into literally 10,000 tiny squares then intricately reassembled on the wall, maintaining the overall image. It’s easy to get lost in the gaps between the tiny squares and look for the image – it almost seems to move.
Bring out your inner artist
But my favourite exhibition is Frank McElhinney’s interactive Safe Passage. Initially I’m greeted by a wall of hand-drawn medieval ships representing the thousands of people who died at Bannockburn. I’m then invited to draw my own ship using coloured ink and rollers laid out by the artist. Once I complete my drawing, I exchange it for a ship from the wall and my picture replaces it, actually becoming part of the exhibition.
An ever evolving selection of ships, change from moment-to-moment as people take existing prints and add their own. And although my mighty ship remains on the wall throughout the exhibition and my friend’s disappears after only minutes – I’m not letting that dampen my spirit. Because not only did I visit an exhibition, I became part of one.
See the extraordinary talent on offer – it’s free and fantastic but fleeting – only on till 2 May.
Rain or shine, Glasgow doesn’t falter. Simply put, this city has style for miles. Whether you’re West End vogue, city-centre slick, South Side style savvy or anywhere in between – flair is celebrated in all its many facets.
Glasgow revels in individual style
It’s about interpreting, experimenting and revelling in illustrious, individual expression.
And never more so than at Glasgow School of Arts’ annual Fashion Show.
This invigorating event showcases new and innovative designs by the art school’s talented third year textile students. Last year’s show had me skipping all the way home and vowing to wear sculpted creations that would rival GaGa and be at home in the Tate. This year’s show promises to be just as sensational, not least because it’s being hosted in the SWG3 studio warehouse – a fantastically creative space.
Go FROW* and discover Glasgow’s fashion talents close up
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself FROW* and meet tomorrow’s design innovators today. This style extravaganza is only happening on the 13 and 14 March (5pm, 7pm and 9pm), so snap up your tickets quick . At only £5/7 a pop it’s a steal and even better – it goes towards funding their graduating exhibition at New Designers 2013 in London.
* FROW (Front Row)