I’ll be showing as part of Tea Green Pop Up Events on Saturday the 26th of July in the Assembly Hall at Glasgow School of Art. The show is open to the public from 12pm-5pm and features a fantastic collection of makers selected from across Scotland and beyond.
If in Glasgow be sure to have a look, there will be some brilliant work on display.
Images from my trip to Saint Kilda in early May. The small group of islands lay isolated in the north Atlantic ocean 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides, just over 100 miles from the Scottish mainland.
The islands supported a small but steadfast community of native Saint Kildans who clung to existence on these wind-thrashed rocks for thousands of years up until 1930. That year, following decades of increased contact and dependence upon the outside world, the population of the islands fell to below forty and the inhabitants wrote to the government to request evacuation.
Its astounding that the original St Kildans survived in such isolation and perilous conditions. Their way of life only crumbling after centuries of gradually increased contact with the mainland which led to waves of diseases such as smallpox, wiping out three-quarters of the population and also resulting in many able-bodied men abandoning the island in search of work.
Today, you can still see the remains of the settlements built by these islanders - some dwellings having been restored by the national trust. There is also an active MOD military base on the island, built during the cold war.
I dream of returning. Someday.
Thanks to Sea Harris for an amazing trip. http://www.seaharris.co.uk/
Some images of my glass castings will appear in an upcoming issue of Scottish Islands Explorer magazine. The July/August edition will feature images of my work along with a short bio and description of my practise based in the Highlands and Islands.
The issue will become available in mid-late June 2014.
I’ve been doing a bit of drawing lately, here’s a jakey sketch to give you a wee taste.
Some images taken recently onsite of Glasgow’s Red Road flats. The 1960’s development of flat blocks is in the process of being demolished. As of Spring 2014, with two of the buildings demolished, only Tower 2 (33 Petershill Drive) remains occupied; the deconstruction process now having begun on the remaining five.
The site visit was inline with a current body of work being developed alongside Alan Horsley. The proposed result incorporating glass, metal and concrete alongside sound installation.
The first thing that struck me during our time at the Red Road was the bleakness of the situation, the desolation and despondency of the site was stark. To observe the development in this state of dismay, condemned and partially demolished, with only a single forlorn tower block still occupied, its really quite harsh. We see the remnants of a community still existing in amongst ruin. There’s an undoubted poignancy in that these towerblocks were built with the best of intentions and in their inception were relatively sought after. Indeed to many inaugural residents they were considered luxury in comparison to the decaying tenements and slums which they replaced.
Now though, the wind can be heard rattling through the empty shells of the bare structures which have been stripped of their facing in preparation for scheduled demolition; the buildings’ barren frames groan and creak in the silent air. The scars are visible where the first blocks have already been brought down.
It really is overwhelming to think that these huge building which have dominated the Glasgow skyline for over five decades will soon be totally destroyed.
For more information, images and videos documenting the redevelopment of Glasgow I recommend you visit Chris Leslie’s ‘The Glasgow Renaissance’.
Also fascinating to look at is www.redroadflats.org.uk, which tells the human story of the development featuring accounts from former residents throughout the years. www.redroadunderground.co.uk is another interesting webpage with images and film from the Red Road well worth a visit.
Red Road flats, Glasgow - in the process of being prepared for demolition. Image taken on a site visit over the weekend to get the ball rolling on a new project.
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Work-in-progress audio based on a site visit to Glasgow’s Red Road flats - due to be fully demolished by 2017.
Working in collaboration with Alan Horsley (http://alanhorsley.wordpress.com/about/).
Further developments soon.
'When The Bold Kindred in the Time Long Vanished' (1/3) will be exhibited in Edinburgh as part of the RSA Open 2013. The show will run from the 23rd of November 2013 until the 26th of January 2014.
Monday - Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Closed 25th & 26th December.
Open New Year’s Day 12-5pm
For further information visit http://www.royalscottishacademy.org/pages/exhibition_frame.asp?id=409
‘Bliadhna nan Caorach/ The Year of the Sheep’ will be exhibited as part of the 34th Annual Scottish Glass Society Exhibition at The Briggait in Glasgow. The exhibition runs from the 16th - 29th of November, opened daily from 10am until 5pm. This will show a variety of contemporary and traditional glass from makers currently practising in Scotland.
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