Visual Arts News - Picture perfect
As one of Glasgow’s most exciting creatives sets their stall, Anna Millar discovers there is ample reason to be cheerful in the world of visual art this fortnight.
The List are pleased to report that Washington Garcia has launched a new contemporary art gallery space in Glasgow. The already successful gallery will base itself beside the Glasgow Sculpture Studios and SWG3/Studio Warehouse in the Eastvale district and plans to host a series of high profile exhibitions and events, by emerging artists as well as better-known international artists. Its first exhibition, Use History Autonome, will feature new work by British sculptor Nick Evans, a former GSA student.
Washington Garcia has previously showcased work by Claire Barclay, Kalup Linzy and Miranda Whall, in spaces as diverse as a tenement flat, riding school and Victorian retail space, so we have high hopes that future projects will keep getting bigger and better.
In other visual arts news, the RSA has announced that Geoff Uglow has been awarded the 20th Alastair Salvesen Painting and Travel Scholarship. His prize, a three to six month scholarship of up to £10,000, will be accompanied by a solo exhibition at the RSA in 2010.
Elsewhere, the Jerwood Foundation has shortlisted the pieces for their award. They include a rice milk carton mosaic(see above) ‘Rice Dream’ by Alex Frost and ‘Close Encounter’ by David Worthington, a rotating marble sculpture. The high quality of entries to this year’s Jerwood Sculpture Prize caused the judges to award eight commissions to make maquettes of their proposals. The winning sculptor’s work will be unveiled at the Jerwood Sculpture Park, Warwickshire in 2010. See www.jerwoodvisualarts.org for more information.
Washington Garcia’s new location is at Arch 24, Eastvale Place, Glasgow. www.washingtongarciagallery.com