Building Blocks: GSA Designers Group R&D Residency
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Reid Gallery, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF


16 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

Mon 10:00 - 16:30
Tue 10:00 - 16:30
Wed 10:00 - 16:30
Thu 10:00 - 16:30
Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Sun 10:00 - 16:30



Marie O'Connor, Make_Shape, Installation and workshop. Norrköping Konstmuseum, Sweden 2011.
Courtesy of the designer

Building Blocks: GSA Designers Group R&D Residency

Event info

Building Blocks: GSA Designers Group R&D Residency
Reid Gallery
16 - 30 September 2016

This group designers research and development residency will see the Reid Gallery at The Glasgow School of Art turning into their studio space.

The four designers selected are: Sam Johnson, Ross Hogg, Marie O’Connor and ‘Design by Zag’, a collaborative graphic design studio run by Alice Rooney & Kat Loudon.

The four between them cover the design disciplines of service design, animation, textiles and graphic design.

Building Blocks Residency Events Programme

Glasgow Doors Open Weekend
17 & 18 Sept 2016
10.00am - 4.30pm
Reid Gallery

All designers-in-residence will be in over Open Weekend. The workshops are free, drop-in events open to people of all ages. Children must be supervised.

Sat 17 Sept 10.00-16.30:

'Cut. Link. Wrap'. Join designer-in-residence Marie O’Connor in this drop-in workshop on material-led play. Participants will have a hands-on experience exploring different qualities, surfaces and structures from a pre-selected range of components. Come along and experiment with making tactile combinations and connections, with a free interpretation and renewed appreciation for cloth and everyday materials. (Sat only)

'16mm film loops': A drop-in, hands on workshop with Ross Hogg, introducing the fundamentals of moving image where participants have the opportunity to draw directly on to a length of 16mm film strip. Each participant will receive their own section of 16mm film to draw or make marks on, creating their own animation, which can then be played through a 16mm projector and projected on the gallery wall. Once loaded through the projector, each completed film strip can be physically looped by connecting the ends, allowing the animation to play continuously. (Sat & Sun)

Watch the collaborative film animated by members of the public on the day comprised of 106 five-second lengths of film: Vimeo link

'Board Games: Drop-In Research Session':Sam Johnson will use the opening weekend of the residency as a multi-day research session. Open to the public, he wants to explore what board games people have played, continue to play, enjoy and even avoid. This research session will help to inform the design direction he takes in the later weeks, so every piece of user insight is crucial. Whether you've just got a minute to chat or half an hour to play a short board game with him, he's more than willing to hear what you have to say. (Sat and Sun)

Sun 18 Sept 10.00-16.30:

As well as designers’-in-residence Ross Hogg and Sam Johnson’s drop in workshops, this is happening on Sun 18 Sept too:

'Trype 1': Using tradition letterpress equipment Design by Zag will print handmade calligraphic marks made by gallery visitors using a variety of mark making tools. (Sun only)

Thurs 22 Sept: 2-5pm
Caseroom, Floor 2, Reid Building

Trype 2’: Letterpress Workshop, led by Design by Zag with Edwin Pickstone: 10 places, book your free place by emailing: T.Kotze@gsa.ac.uk Get to work with letters from GSA’s case room, working in pairs to create new letters from part-printing existing type. Meet at Reid Reception.

Wed 28 Sept 6-7pm
Reid Auditorium, Reid Building

An Animated Retrospective: Ross Hogg: film screening and discussion. Ross will show a selection of his recent short films and animations. There will be a Q&A with Marc Baines, his former tutor at GSA. This event is free but ticketed, please book via Eventbrite.

Supported as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, an initiative delivered by VisitScotland.

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