It’s now ten years since Stirling’s small artist/volunteer-run space The Changing Room opened its doors. In that time it has provided a supportive platform for emerging and established talent from Scotland and beyond. The continuing success of this gallery is surely a cause for celebration, and the wide array of artwork from over 20 different artists in this anniversary show aims to highlight its lively, dynamic nature.
The work on show ranges from photography and printmaking to site specific sculpture, with particular highlights including a sound and painting installation by Glasgow-based artist David McNeil and quirky, site responsive sculptures by Bea Drysdale. A number of artists have also been commissioned to make work specifically for the show including a series of unusual and original limited edition T-shirts by Scottish artists with graphic, colourful styles including Rob Churm, David Galletly, Rue Five and Amy Marletta.
The more established Scottish artist Kate Davis has also been asked to create a children’s-style activity book to accompany the show for ‘young at heart’ visitors. As the title suggests, the space enjoys widespread support from volunteers, and, to reflect this Jenny Brownrigg, director of exhibitions at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design has provided an insightful essay to accompany the exhibition. Despite its off the beaten track location, The Changing Room remains a challenging and respected base for local and national artists, and this exhibition should hopefully raise its profile.
The Changing Room, Stirling, until Sat 8 Sep