Friday, 10 June 2016


5pm to 9pm, Barrowland Ballroom


We are delighted to present an exhibition and new projected work by the Scottish photographer Martin Gray, hidden in the heart of the Barrowland Ballroom.

Revisiting his work Barras People, a major exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (2002) the installation also unveils a long term study of the Barrowland Ballroom. The event includes recorded voices, ambient sound and original music and is available for one evening only.

Ongoing research regarding the history of the City of Glasgow by Civic Room has focused on the hidden river of the Molendinar. As this now culverted burn moves through the city, it travels under the World Famous Barrowland Ballroom and Barras street market. ‘Barrowlands’ looks at the relationship between iconic cultural landmarks, their place in the National psyche, and effect on the surrounding community. The work also leads the viewer to explore what the future might be, as challenged by the question: What does progress mean today?

Tickets FREE

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Martin Gray studied Fine Art at Central St Martin’s School of Art, London. He is particularly interested in examining the links between communities, migration, food and music. His work, both in traditional and audio-visual forms, has been shown nationally and internationally, including a major exhibition of his social documentary photography ‘Barras People’ at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow in 2002. Martin’s personal project A Sideways Glance which focuses on documenting everyday life in existing, shared spaces has been described as “A strangely poignant, often wryly amusing, but ultimately very human look at the world around us.”