Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow since World War II
Mackintosh Museum

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167 Renfrew Street Glasgow G3 6RQ Mon-Sun 11am-5pm (Doors Open Weekend times 15 & 16 September 9.30am-6pm) Free admission to gallery


7 Jul 2012 - 30 Sep 2012
Sat - Sun, 11:00 - 17:00



Cathy Wilkes
‘I Give You All My Money’ (2008), Mixed media installation

Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow since World War II

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7 July - 30 September 2012

Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow since World War II is an exhibition and accompanying publication examining the period between World War II and the present day when women artists in Glasgow have been at the forefront of the art scene in the city. The title of the exhibition comes from the studio located on the top floor of the Mackintosh Building which historically was the dedicated work space for women students.

In recent years, a number of highly regarded women artists have emerged from the Glasgow art scene, including Turner Prize nominees Christine Borland, Cathy Wilkes and Karla Black.  Studio 58 will contextualise the work of contemporary women artists in Glasgow through documenting and displaying the little known and under-represented lineage of women's art in the city from 1939 onwards, within the frame of the city's art school where all of the artists included in the exhibition either studied or taught.

The most well known period, 1890 - 1930, has been documented in several publications and the recent exhibition 'Glasgow Girls' (2010), however the post-World War II period has not been subject to the same level of analysis. Studio 58 is organised around four thematic strands:  landscape/still life, body/self, printed matter and photography/film and will focus upon the work of over 50 artists active from the late 1930s onwards.  The artists include Margaret Morris, Mary Armour, Ivy Proudfoot, and Kathleen Mann, as well as those that followed them including Joan Eardley, Margot Sandeman, Bet Low and Sam Ainsley and younger artists such as Cathy Wilkes, Claire Barclay, Victoria Morton, Hayley Tompkins and Karla Black.  

Studio 58 has been curated by Dr. Sarah Lowndes and features many seldom viewed works loaned from private collections and the collections of Glasgow Museums, The Hunterian Museum, The Glasgow School of Art Archives & Collections and Glasgow Women's Library.

The exhibition and catalogue is supported by The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Life and the Glasgow Society of Women Artists.

Preview: Friday 6 July 6-8pm

Symposium & catalogue launch: 25th September, 2-5pm

Film screening: 28th September, 6pm

Glasgow School of Art's Archives and Collections house material relating to the School's history, its people, courses and buildings. Our holdings are used to support research and exhibitions. We are interested in donations from former staff and students which relate to their time at GSA. For further details please see www.gsa.ac.uk/archives or contact archives@gsa.ac.uk or 0141 353 4524 / 4592.

Image credit: Cathy Wilkes 'I Give You All My Money' (2008), Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable. Installation view The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, 2012. Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photo Tom Van Eynde

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