Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Joan Eardley.

Unfortunately, our intended lecturer had to withdraw because of illness but we were ably rescued by Dr. Joanne Meacock who took over at short notice. In a well-illustrated talk, she gave a comprehensive account of Joan Eardley’s life and work and placed her firmly in the canon of twentieth century artists. Glasgow museums have been fortunate to acquire two of Eardley’s pastels from Mrs Kathleen Buchanan.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Who were the Blockade Runners?

If you don’t know the answer to this question you should visit Riverside Museum where there is a fascinating little display on the Blockade Runners – Glasgow’s role in the American Civil War.

On 15th March a group of Friends visited Riverside to see this display and to hear a fascinating lecture from John Messner, Curator Transport and Technology, on the ships built on the Clyde to transport vital supplies needed by the Confederacy because of the naval blockade by the Union side.

We also learned about local business man, John Smith, a supporter of the Confederacy, who is thought to have been the first to fly the Confederate flag in Scotland and were able to view that very flag in the display.

As the Friends enjoyed the lecture so much we hope to invite John to speak to us again, possibly on the subject of railways.

Liz Dent.

A D Vance
Samuel Waters
© CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Modern Scottish Women:Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965.

In February we had a most inspiring lecture by Alice Strang, Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and curator of the current exhibition, Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors, 1885 – 1965, at Modern Two in Edinburgh. https://www.nationalgalleries.org/modernartgalleries

In her lecture Alice Strang not only introduced us to some well known women artists but to many whose work richly deserved to be more widely recognized.
The difficulties the women faced, first in accessing training and then because of their gender, in practicing art, provided an interesting insight to the social conditions of the period.
We looked at their work in an entirely different light.

Just a week after the lecture a group of Friends visited Modern Two at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art where the exhibition is being shown.
We were ably led by Margaret Anderson, whose knowledgeable commentary on the coach through to Edinburgh, actually made the M8 seem quite interesting!

At Modern Two, we were divided into two groups for a guided tour of the exhibition
With Alice’s lecture still fresh in our minds we enjoyed the opportunity to see the paintings and sculpture “in the flesh”.

I was struck by how few of the works were landscapes – dictated in most cases by the artists’ domestic circumstances – with only the unmarried Joan Eardley and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham producing any body of work in this category.

A highlight of the show, among all the portraits, figure studies and still lives was Glasgow’s own “A Girl of the Sixties c. 1900” by Bessie MacNicol.

All in all it was a most enjoyable and enlightening trip.

E. M. Dent
Bessie McNicol: A Girl of the Sixties
©CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection