'Dance Number' - Louise Hopkins
GSA Exhibitions

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Opp. Reid Building, Mackintosh temporary wall The Glasgow School of Art 167 Renfrew Street Glasgow G3 6RQ


24 Oct 2017 - 15 Jun 2018
Tue - Fri, 00:01 - 23:59



'Dance Number' by Louise Hopkins (2017)
Digital print on metal, on wood panels. 2.44m x 12.2m. Copyright the artist. Photo: Alan Dimmick.

'Dance Number' - Louise Hopkins

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'Dance Number', Louise Hopkins

Mackintosh Building Wall Commission
The Glasgow School of Art

October 2017 - June 2018

Dance Number was a commission, situated directly opposite the Reid Building, on the temporary wall that surrounded the historic Mackintosh Building whilst restoration was underway. Following the Mackintosh Building fire in June 2018, the work is no longer available to view. Please see images below of work in situ.

The artwork responds to its location as part of a building site and busy loading bay. Dance Number forms and performs its own rhythm of hand drawn grid, with red, blue and black geometric shapes. It responds to the lines created by scaffolding, the pedestrian barriers and signs and the movement of people working on, in and around the building. Whilst Dance Number is a separate and unique piece, it evolved from a chain of reproductions moving from the handmade to the digital.

Louise Hopkins is an artist and part-time lecturer in GSA School of Fine Art. Her practice involves working with what already exists in the world; making paintings onto surfaces that already contain information – such as world maps, patterned fabric and pages from books. Dance Number was her largest scale work to date. Hopkins is currently developing several large-scale works for outside locations.

Louise Hopkins has exhibited widely overseas and in the UK. In 2017, her work was included in NOW, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. In 2015 a group of 7 works were included in Dévider le réel, at Les Abattoirs, FRAC Midi-Pyrenees. In 2014 she had a one-person exhibition ‘Black Sea, White Sea’ - part of GENERATION 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. In 2007 she was one of 6 artists who represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and in 2005 she had a major one-person exhibition ‘Freedom of Information’ at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

Public collections include Jumex Collection, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; MOMA New York, Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne; Arts Council of England, London and Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen.

 Some of the ideas for this project began during the international residency programme ‘Below Another Sky’ funded by Creative Scotland and were then developed at Edinburgh Printmakers in 2014. Louise Hopkins would like to thank Alexia Holt who curated ‘Below Another Sky’ and Alastair Clark of Edinburgh Printmakers.

With further thanks for the Glasgow installation to:

d8, Service Graphics, Kier and GSA Restoration Team.



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