An Art Trip To Glasgow

Last Wednesday all of Art and Media in DJCAD were given the opportunity to go to Glasgow for the day and tour the many art exhibitions the city holds. It was a well needed break between my two projects and offered a chance to gain some inspiration.

Firstly we went to Tramway to see this years Turner Prize nominees. Here are some of the works and their descriptions.

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Camplins work included a room full of books with TVs and headphones in the center.

To be honest, I wasn’t overly excited by any of the works nominated for the Turner prize this year in comparison to past years winners and nominees. I did however like Assemble’s piece as they are not only artists but also a kind of charity group who are not only making beautiful works but are making a positive impact in Liverpool.

We also went to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) to see the ‘Devils in the Making’ exhibition. My friend Kate appears in these photos, can you spot her?

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This exhibiton was more my style; unconventional, strange and fun. It was just more lively to walk in to and enjoyable to walk around.

Upstairs in GoMA there were many prints in display that I loved. Some were very large and meticulous and some were more abstract and included different textures which is again more my style!

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The last gallery we went to see was The Modern Institute. This held two exhibitions; Michael Wilkinson’s ‘SORRY HAD TO DONE’ and Hayley Tompkin’s ‘Electric Magnetic Installation’.

Wilkinson’s exhibition looked like a very modern installation that may be displayed in a celebrity’s mansion. I loved the rock pool, ‘Dream a Garden’, as an interior piece possibly more than an art sculpture but it was definitely aesthetically pleasing. The prints were exciting but my favourite piece was ‘Tower’ which was made out of lego. It was not only a beautiful sculpture it fit in with the building blocks theme and turned a tactile childs game into a very sleek, adult piece that screams ‘do not touch!’

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Lastly was Tompkin’s exhibition ‘Electric Magnetic Installation’. I wasn’t very impressed with some of the work but did photograph a couple of pieces that caught my eye. These are paintings on galvanised metal trays. I love how the metal effect of the painting compliments the trays and I enjoyed that she chose this base instead of conventional paper.

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I love going to see exhibitions to get inspiration and to also view in person work by artists who are successful in their field. It never hurts to go and look, even if you don’t always like what you see. Going to exhibitions allows you to understand what you do and don’t like as an artist and in doing so helps you to develop your own style and voice.

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