Alasdair Gray Season: Spheres of Influence II
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Reid Gallery, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RF


22 Nov 2014 - 25 Jan 2015

Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Tue 11:00 - 17:00
Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Sun 11:00 - 16:00



Leaf from Ledger Alasdair Gray, (1962), biro on found ledger page 42 x 60 cm
Photo: Ruth Clark

Alasdair Gray Season: Spheres of Influence II

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Alasdair Gray Season: Spheres of Influence II
22 Nov 2014 – 25 Jan 2015 (gallery closed 24 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015 inclusive)
Reid Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RF

Aubrey Beardsley, Oliver Braid, Eric Gill, Alasdair Gray, Peter Howson, Dorothy Iannone, David Kindersley & Lida Lopes Cardozo, Stuart Murray, Denis Tegetmeier, Hanna Tuulikki

This exhibition provides an alternative reading of Alasdair Gray’s visual work, through the prism of others’ works, both historical and contemporary. The exhibition will include a series of Gray’s work from Alasdair Gray’s personal archive. The Alasdair Gray Season celebrates Gray at eighty years old. This exhibition is part of a season focusing on Alasdair Gray’s visual work, with exhibitions and events across venues including The Glasgow School of Art, GOMA, Kelvingrove Museum and Glasgow Print Studio.  ‘Spheres of Influence I’ is at Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

New commissions and event programme funded by Outset Scotland in association with YPO

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The Alasdair Gray Season devised by Sorcha Dallas

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From The Personal to the Universal, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, 11.10.14-22.02.15; A Life in Print and Posters, Glasgow Print Studio, Trongate 103, 11.10.14-16.11.14; A Life in Print, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, 03.10.14-16.11.14; Spheres of Influence I, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 21.11.14-25.05.14; Spheres of Influence II, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, 22.11.14-25.01.15


Oliver Braid talk: 'The Certainty of Insignificance'
Reid Auditorium
4 December 2014, 5:30pm

Oliver Braid lives in Glasgow. He decided to ‘become an artist’ in 1997, at the age of thirteen, after visiting Sensation: Young British Art from the Saatchi Collection.

The Certainty of Insignificance is a new 90 minute overview of seventeen years-worth of ideas and artworks from Oliver’s studio; offering, through its accumulation, a deeper understanding of the artist’s current practice.

Rachel Maclean: 'Brawny Bachelors & Macho Maidens'
Reid Auditorium
Fri 19 December 2014, 1pm 

In response to the Spheres of Influence project, Rachel Maclean will discuss themes of emasculation, class and the grotesque within the work of Peter Howson. The presentation will take the form of a visual narrative, in which Maclean will use a juxtaposition of contemporary and historical reference points, including examples from her own work, to reflect upon a broader understanding of contemporary Scottish identity.  

Edwin Pickstone: ‘A potted history of the alphabet and its designs’
Principal Seminar Room 1, Reid Building
14 Jan 2015, 1pm

Looking at the histories of type design, Pickstone will speak about particular fonts linked to works in the exhibition, including Eric Gill (Gill Sans) and Alasdair Gray.

Double-Bill: The Bedfords and A Life in Progress
GFT, Rose Street
Sunday 14 December 2014, 19:45

This event is part of the wider Alasdair Gray Season and brings together two films starring Alasdair Gray, with introductions by both filmmakers.

The Bedfords is a brooding re-imagining of the relationship between celebrated Victorian painter Edwin Landseer (1802–1873) and the Duke and Duchess of Bedford.

A Life In Progress is an intimate portrait of Alasdair Gray, filmed over a fifteen year period. The resulting piece is revealing, incisive, chaotic and laugh-out-loud funny.

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