The art of Scotland’s political awakening: Common Weal exhibit brings together 26 artists


Exhibition to include artistic works from the referendum as well as original material

COMMON WEAL is set to host a free art exhibition on the subject of Scotland’s political awakening involving a huge array of prestigious as well as up-and-coming artists from Scotland and beyond.

The huge ensemble of artists includes Ken Currie, Lorna Miller, Michael Fullerton, June Carey, Elspeth Lamb and Mark McGowan (the Artist Taxi Driver ). Artists will be displaying iconic works from the referendum alongside new material specifically produced for the exhibition.

A depiction of anti-war protesters from WW1 by Alistair Gow

Anti-war hardie

The exhibition, which will be held in the Glasgow Kelvin College – City West Campus, will run from Saint Andrews day, 30 November until 16 December on weekdays from 9am to 5pm with a preview on Friday 27 November from 6pm to 8pm. It will include sculpture, installations, paintings and original prints in a multi-media production.

Max Wiszniewski, the curator of the exhibit, told CommonSpace: “This multimedia exhibition will feature painting, sculpture, original prints and installation art over three floors of gallery space and seeks to add to the dialogue about how art, politics and society can inform one another.

“The very fact that so many great artists have chosen to partake in an exhibition of this nature is sign enough that Scotland has awoken politically.”

Wheesht by Ashley Cook


The exhibition developed out of Common Weal’s Butterfly Rammy art project which ran for three weeks during the Edinburgh festival season and hosted some of Scotland’s leading performance artists and commentators including David Greig, Kirsten Innes, Declan Welsh and Alan Bissett. The project also produced a book of art and articles relating to the independence referendum, which acted as the inspiration for the new exhibition

A preview of the exhibition will be held on Friday 27 November 6pm to 8pm, the opening night is 30 November at the Glasgow Kelvin College City West Campus, 75 Hotspur Street Glasgow. No Ticket purchase is necessary.

Pictures courtesy of Jisc infoNet , Max Wiszniewski