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01 Apr 2012

“The rise and rise of the Glasgow art scene”

photo of frontage of the organic, Art Nouveau architectural forms of the Glasgow School of Art
The front (north) facade of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art on Renfrew Street, Garnethill in Glasgow, Scotland © Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons

“When visitors descend on Glasgow later this month for the fifth Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, they will arrive in a city with a reputation as an artistic centre that is rising high. In winning the Turner Prize last December, the Glaswegian Martin Boyce became the third artist in a row who was either bom in the city or studied at its art school … The city’s success, in contrast with the notion of a “Glasgow miracle” now promoted by the school of art and others, was founded on carefully balanced conditions and events- a strong art school, a dynamic artist-led scene, experimental art venues, funding from public bodies and an art world actively looking beyond its traditional centres.” (Ben Luke in The Art Newspaper, April 2012)

Views of York : portrait of a city 1610 to present day, Fairfax House, York, 1 April – 31 August

“On view are over 100 paintings, watercolours and photographs. These focus primarily on the setting of York, the rivers, its medieval streets, the famous walls, plus panoramic views of York, all of which have inspired artists over the last four centuries. Atmospheric studies by the like of Turner, Girtin, Marlow and H B Carter are displayed alongside more recent modern paintings by York artists, John Langton and Jake Attree, plus a dramatic watercolour of the Minster by M. H. Bradley, painted on V.E–Day 1945 with the nearby anti aircraft searchlights trained onto the West Front. Private loans for this exhibition have been supplemented by loans from public institutions, including the British Museum, the British Library and York Art Gallery.” (see here)