What Was Here Before

GSA Summer Series at Civic Room – Show One

What Was Here Before

Sam Cook and Callum Monteith

Private View: 6pm – 8pm, Thursday 21 July 2016

Exhibition: 22 July – 31 July 2016, Tues to Sun, 12noon – 5pm

Civic Room, in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art, is delighted to announce the first exhibition in the GSA Summer Series at Civic Room. Show One, What Was Here Before by Samuel Cook and Callum Monteith previews on Thursday 21 July 2016 until 31 July 2016.

This collaborative show seeks to investigate locality and place, by investigating both historical and current social characteristics of the area in which Civic Room is located. Civic Room is a non-profit gallery within a former British Linen Bank built in 1897 by William Forrest Salmon in the east end of Glasgow.

“From Memory:

He is dressed in an archetypal fisherman’s waterproof (in the ‘expected’ sunshine yellow colour) and I in a wooden utilitarian-type black overcoat defined by its sleek practicality, but out of context, it is useless in the heavy rain. We are balanced by bicycles, and it is no coincidence that they were both made around the 1980’s.

What was here before

We both mutter simultaneously in our separated subconscious. We are searching for questions and for answers, desperately clutching at any kind of immediately telling matter.”

The GSA Summer Series at Civic Room is supported by the The Glasgow School of Art and Civic Room core sponsors, Oran Mor and Carson & Partners.



Image: Urpflanze by Callum Monteith. Oil on Canvas, 165 x 125cm, 2016. Photo credit – Greig Jackson