January 10, 2013

The Saracen Foundry in Possilpark


A view of the Saracen Foundry in Possilpark, home of Walter Macfarlane & Co, ironfounders, c 1890. The foundry’s own railway branch line is in the background.

Founded in Glasgow in 1849 by Walter Macfarlane (1817-1885), the firm was originally based in Saracen Lane, Gallowgate. They relocated briefly to Washington Street, 1862, and then moved to a purpose built foundry on Sir Archibald Alison’s former Possil Estate in 1872, creating the suburb of Possilpark to house the firm’s vast workforce. more

January 10, 2013

Cowcaddens, 1950s (Burrell Collection Photo Library)


Photograph taken from city centre looking north to Cowcaddens, c 1950s.

Cambridge Street is in the foreground, and its junction with Hill Street is bottom left. Phoenix Park is visible through the smog in the middle distance, with Buchanan’s Confectionery Works and its distinctive chimney stalk (demolished in 1967) to the right. more

January 10, 2013

Ruth Barker: Cowcaddens Underpass


Once it was infamous for its graffiti, but the Cowcaddens underpass has been transformed with a series of screen prints by artist, Ruth Barker.

The Cowcaddens pedestrian underpass, recognised as a key link point between Glasgow City Centre and the Canal, is now home to a new artwork that aims to raise awareness of the ongoing regeneration of the canal.

Called “The shores of the familiar”, Ruth Barker’s artwork has radically altered the Cowcaddens underpass, making it a much more effective and attractive route
between the canal and the city. more

January 10, 2013

Queens Cross Housing Association


Queens Cross Housing Association (QCHA) is a community-based housing association. They provide nearly 4,500 homes that stretch north from Glasgow city centre, following the historic Forth and Clyde Canal. They are part of the community and run lots of projects, events and activities that bring people of all ages and backgrounds together. more

November 14, 2012

Ai WeiWei with Milk – Interviews

November 14, 2012

Ai Weiwei does Gangnam Style

Chinese dissident activist and artist Ai Weiwei shows off his moves to the worldwide music phenomenon that is Gangnam style. The 55-year-old adds an element of his own when he appears handcuffed to a fellow dancer in one scene.

January 31, 2012

Marcus Coates: Shamanism and anthropomorphism; public art and ‘getting back to nature’

‘Why do cats understand what you say?’ ‘Where does hair go when you go bald?’ ‘How can the city control illegal bicycle parking?’ These are just some of the questions that Marcus Coates has attempted to answer by descending into the ‘lower world’ and consulting the birds and animals that he encounters there. Usually they respond in cryptic clues; uncharacteristic behaviour is what he is looking out for, which he then does his best to interpret for his audience on his return. more…..

January 19, 2012

Is the future social? Interview with Sonia Boyce


Can you describe the ‘social’ in arts practice and how this concept informed the Future is Social experience?

The interconnectedness of art with the world is important to me. In my formative art training I was taught by feminist artist Margaret Harrison, who placed great value in these connections of where the social content and the aesthetic form meet. Her work, along with other feminist artists of that time, introduced me to the possibility of art making as a comment about, and even having an impact on, the world around us to create a possibility for change.

Re-reading your question, I think you are asking me ‘why’ is the social an important focus for art, and my immediate response is to look back to a moment in art practice which seemed to promise the possibility of art changing our perceptions of social relations and value and political agency (including its aesthetics). I think I still have that utopian ambition. more………….

December 12, 2011

Guillermo Gómez Peña in Performance

December 12, 2011

Chris Burden : Shoot, 1971

December 12, 2011

Yoko Ono – Cut Piece 1965 – Music Yoko Ono Darkness Georgia Stone

December 12, 2011

Tehching Hsieh – One Year Performance 1980 — 1981 (Time Clock Piece)

October 7, 2011

David Nash

Some fantastic Documentation at David Nash’s workshops in Blaenau Ffestiniog between September 2008 and January 2010. more

February 22, 2011

Aeneas Wilder: Untitled # 88

February 22, 2011

Ulay & Abramović “Rest Energy”, 1980

January 20, 2011

Artists at Work: Mark Manders by Audrey Chan

The works of Dutch artist Mark Manders present a number of possibilities for viewers. On a material level, his sculptures and installations appear as carefully constructed assemblages of furniture, human and animal figures, newspapers, networks of welded metal piping, tea bags and other ephemera of daily life found in his studio and on the street…………more

January 10, 2011

Craigmillar Community Arts

CCA exists to: uncover; encourage; support; promote the artistic talents of the residents of the Greater Craigmillar area of Edinburgh

January 5, 2011

Aeneas Wilder: Disturbed Silence

The installation Untitled # 151 was commissioned both as part of the exhibition and as a permanent public art piece within the grounds of the Psychiatric Centre. The work consists of a spherical structure with an opening, allowing the public to enter into the structure and enjoy/use the interior space

January 3, 2011

The Royston Road Project

The Royston Road project was a combination of artist-community collaborations and artist-residencies supporting the regeneration of two public spaces in the North of Glasgow.
Artists Graham Fagen and Toby Paterson worked as part of the design team with landscape architects, Loci Design to develop the two spaces into community parks: The Spire Park and Molendinar Park. Located at opposite ends of the “Royston Corridor” the creation of the parks involved local residents and community groups at the various stages of design, development and implementation of ideas. This involvement inspired an ongoing programme of arts and sporting activities and the forming of a community board motivated to continue the momentum generated by the redevelopment of the area. Public Art Scotland

January 2, 2011

Shauna McMullan: ‘Traveling the Distance’

And I think part of what the work was also about was about trying to deal with what Stuart Hall says in his essay ‘The Local and the Global’, ‘to try and recover some of the broken histories and invent appropriate narrative forms for them’. So, I was trying to kind of go back to that idea of the pen and the mark and understanding what that space was and how do I fill it. And also addressing an idea or fact and a situation of the history being broken.