Artists from a variety of disciplines collaborate on Convocation: Colm Cille's Spiral

Artists from a variety of disciplines collaborate on Convocation: Colm Cille's Spiral

Thomas Joshua Cooper

The project features input from Thomas Joshua Cooper, Sue Brind and Hardeep Pandhal

Scotland's spiral knot forms the basis of this group exhibition, not just as its subject matter but its entire format as the work develops, evolves and expands from a single starting point: a residency in the Western Isles. For nine days in August, artists from Scotland and Ireland joined academics from King's College London on Raasay, Skye.

There, they discussed and responded to themes linked to St Columba and medieval thinking, as well as questions about landscape, spirituality, religion and identity. Individual ideas and collaborative responses were then developed during a subsequent event at CCA, which then evolved into the diverse work on display at Glasgow School of Art.

The project’s underlying objective was to create an open, rather than prescriptive, platform for creating work. The diverse range of disciplines among the participating artists (including Thomas Joshua Cooper, Sue Brind and Hardeep Pandhal) should produce some surprising results. The show forms part of the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture project 'Colm Cille's Spiral' and the work will be displayed there in November.

Glasgow School of Art, Sat 12 Oct–Fri 1 Nov.

Convocation

Work produced as part of a dialogue between artists and scholars, inspired by the work of sixth century monk Colmcille. Participating artists include Emma Balkind, Sue Brind, Caroline Dear, Hardeep Pandhal, Edwin Pickstone, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Michail Mersinis, Jessica Ramm, Johnny Rodger and Augustus Veinoglou.

Colme Cille’s Spiral Convocation

Scholars and artists share the results of their residency on the island of Raasay, off Skye, where they thought together on the legacy of sixth century Irish monk Colm Cille (St Columba).

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