Along Grassy Borders
Preview 6pm, Thursday 17 November 2016
18 November – 4 December 2016
Opening times: Monday – Thursday by appointment, Friday – Sunday 12 noon – 5pm
Opening on Thursday 17 November at 6pm, Civic Room presents an exhibition of new work by recent graduates from the Glasgow School of Art Masters programme. Using different research methodologies, the artists Shona MacPherson, Sarah Wilson, Annalise Wimmer, and Jan Simon Weins will examine the history of Civic Room and its possibilities for transformation. All four artists will uncover and explore the buildings’ history and architecture within its environs – using the site as the material itself.
Civic Room is based in the former British Linen Bank, a precursor to the Bank of Scotland, and was designed by William Salmon and built in 1895. A highly detailed building, including a wooden turret and statue overlooking the front, it now sits isolated as one of the only remaining Victorian buildings on High Street.
Shona MacPherson connects Civic Room´s former function as a Linen Bank to her long-term fascination for landscaping and gardening, using the Greyfriars Community Gardens as a starting point for her research. The work of Sarah Wilson investigates the production of Glasgow Marble – a cheap plaster replica of its valuable sibling in order to question the buildings prior status of wealth, and Annalise Wimmer’s focuses further on the socio-economic status of materials and concepts of Liquidity, by using the transformative nature of materials. Jan Simon Weins uses alchemical processes to intervene in existing structures found in the space itself, exploring the spirit of Thomas Campbell. Thomas Campbell – one of Scotland’s most prolific poets – was born on the site of Civic Room in 1777.
Along Grassy Borders has been supported by Hope Scott Trust and Civic Room supporters Carson & Partners and Oran Mor.