The art of Scotland’s political awakening: Free art exhibit launches


Free CommonWeal art exhibition features the work of 26 artists

AN ART exhibition exploring Scotland’s political awakening and featuring the work of 26 celebrated and up-and-coming artists is set to launch it’s free preview show tonight in Glasgow (Friday 27 November).

The exhibition, held at the Kelvin College West Campus, will feature a mass ensemble of artistic talent including Ken Currie, Lorna Miller, Michael Fullerton, June Carey, Elspeth Lamb and Mark McGowan (the Artist Taxi Driver). The gender balanced array of 26 artists have submitted original work as well as classic pieces from the Scottish independence referendum campaign.

This Kingdom is a State by Lorna Miller

Kingdom state

The exhibition will open its doors to the public for the first time at 6pm Friday 27 November for a free preview night. Artworks will include paintings, sculpture, video, installations and many other mediums, seeking to explore different aspects of Scotland’s re-engagement in political and social thought.

Fence Talk 2 by Nicola Carberry

Fence Talk 2 Nicola Carberry

Max Wiszniewski, the exhibition’s curator, told CommonSpace: “It’s been a privilege to have worked with so many great artists to put together what has turned out to be a very interesting and diverse showing of work. The staff at Kelvin College have been outstanding as hosts and it’s been fun to engage with students whose own art will be something to look out for in future.”

Either Or by June Carey

Either Or June Carey

The exhibition is a Common Weal production and developed out of an earlier arts project from the ‘think-and-do tank’ – Butterfly Rammy – which hosted live artistic talent throughout the Edinburgh Festival and produced a book of artworks, some of which will appear in the exhibition.

Following the opening preview night, the exhibition will run from 30 November to 16 December weekdays 9am to 5pm.

‘The Art of Scotland’s Political Awakening’ is showing at Kelvin College City West Campus, 75 Hotspur Street Glasgow. No ticket purchase is necessary.

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Pictures courtesy of Max Wiszniewski