Friday, 15 June 2018

Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style


On Friday 15th June, Friends visited the exhibition, MackIntosh and the Glasgow Style, in  Kelvingrove. This was a popular event since we have early entry to the exhibition and tea and a bacon roll. We were gratified that 112 people attended.
 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
The exhibition covers not only works from MackIntosh and  “The Four” but also from embroiderers such as Anna MacBeth, artists such as Jessie M King and also from  stained-glass and furniture manufacturers.
Thanks are due to Brian and staff in the restaurant, to Catherine and staff in the shops and to Museum Staff for opening early!
It Is particularly sad that the day after such a delightful visit we had the tragic news of the fire at the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art.
Part Seen ,Imagined part by Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Saturday, 2 June 2018

What we did in 2017-2018


Once again the Friends have had a busy year, approving quite a number of Grants towards the acquisitions of works of art and supporting other projects carried out by Glasgow Museums.

The Children’s Art Exhibition took place last October and once more the Friends were pleased to support this very worthwhile project. The total Grant was £2,080.00 which covered the cost of the cash prizes, engravings and the cost of the evening’s prize giving.

The Executive Committee was asked to award a Grant towards the purchase of the Jessie M King Book covers and illustrations. It was agreed that a Grant of up to £30,000 would be approved. £15,000 in this financial year, 2017/18 and the balance of £15,000 to be paid in the following year.

The Committee was pleased to approve a Grant of £4,000 towards the renovation of The Wardian Case which is now on display at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. Also on display in GoMA is an Exhibition called “Inner City” and a Grant of £9,000 was awarded in support of this installation.

A catalogue of the Ship Models in Glasgow Museums’ Collection is being published and the Executive agreed to grant up to £10,000 to match the cost involved.

It was agreed by the Committee to support the purchase of a frame for the Degas painting and £11,000 was awarded for this acquisition.

Altogether another successful year for the Friends in helping Glasgow Museums to purchase worthwhile works of art and installations.



Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Van Gogh

Alexander Reid by Van Gogh

 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection


The lecture in May was given by Dr Colin Bailey on the subject of Van Gogh. He traced Vincent’s life as he moved from the Low Countries to the United Kingdom and to the south of France at Arles. It was good to see so many of his paintings and to follow the development of his art. We appreciate Dr Bailey’s visits and look forward to his next talk.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making The Glasgow Style


The May Queen, Margaret Macdonald
 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
We were privileged to have Alison Brown, who curated the exhibition currently at Kelvingrove, as the speaker on 24th April. In a wide ranging talk, well illustrated by a selection of images from the exhibition, she covered not only the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and “The Four” but also put the work in context with the times in Glasgow and Europe. We look forward to the Friends  visit to the exhibition in June though I am sure that many will visit before then.



Ayrshire-land and sea


Dalgarven mill owner with the collection donated by Glasgow Museums


On an unbelievably beautiful day, some Friends travelled to Ayrshire. First stop was Dalgarven Mill, a Museum of Country Life and Costume. We were welcomed by owner Mr Fergusson who told us of the history of the mill and showed us the costumes, which had been donated. Of particular interest were Chinese vestments and also a donation of adult and baby clothes from Glasgow Museums.



Then we drove a short distance to the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine .In an enormous shed, were ships’ engines, boilers and even a full size lifeboat! In the yard out side is a Clyde Puffer. After lunch, we were taken inside a tenement house of the 1920s and then we walked along the pretty sea front to the MV Kyle , the oldest Clyde built vessel still afloat. We boarded her and saw the crew’s quarters.

The Maritime Museum
The success of the day was due to the friendliness and knowledge of all the guides and to the meticulous planning of Margaret Anderson.  Thanks to all.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Visit to Inner city exhibition at GOMA

Mitch Miller with depictogram

On Thursday ,16th May a group of Friends visited the Exhibition Inner City . We were well looked after by the curator and guides, with coffee and biscuits in the 5th Floor studio and then tours of the exhibition with full explanations of the various exhibits. We were happy to meet Mitch Miller, one of the Associate  Artists for  2018 supported by FoGM. Details of this exhibition are already on the blog.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Merchant City Walk, Tuesday 20th March 2018

On an unusually mild and sunny March day, a group from FoGM did a walk 
from the Cathedral through the Merchant City.  In addition to seeing the 
historic sights and sites, such as the Tolbooth and Tron Kirk steeples, we 
saw the bright 2014 murals on the gable ends, and the pavement carvings 
at the Ramshorn and the City Halls.

Margaret Anderson

Visit to Cathedral 28th March 2018


      This was the second visit to Glasgow Cathedral for the Friends. Marian Maudsley introduced us to the Twentieth Century stained glass which had gradually replaced the Nineteenth Century glass. The sun was shining through the windows and showed them to perfection. There is so much to learn about them.


Anne Robertson walked us through the cathedral and ably covered 7 centuries of history. Tea and cake at Cathedral House was enjoyed by all.    
            

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Degas from the Burrell Collection, 27th March, 2018


We were delighted to hear from Vivien Hamilton about the exhibition at the National Gallery in London: Drawn in Colour, Degas from the Burrell Collection. She concentrated particularly on the frames for the paintings and on the choice of frame for Le Foyer De Danse, which was purchased with help from The Friends.  The book about the exhibition is very comprehensive and contains an essay by Vivien on Burrell.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Friends Visit on 13th March 2018


A last minute change to the outing on 13th March took the group to the
Royal Highland Fusliers Museums at 518, Sauchiehall St. It is located in a building designed for
Thomas Annan by Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh in 1903 and includes
some CRM ironwork in the interior. Part of the building is also in one of the
original houses of Albany Place, the line of villas and terraces from the early
19th Century, still to be found between Renfrew and Sauchiehall Streets.
 The Museum of the Regiment, part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland since
2006, previously an amalgamation of the HLI and the Royal Scots Fusiliers
in 1959, houses a wide range of artefacts. These deal with all aspects of the life of
the regiment, campaigns fought in most parts of the world, including the
two World Wars and up to the 1st Gulf War, volunteer units, the life of
soldiers, medals, regimental silver, and so much more. It was really
fascinating, was much enjoyed and, as was commented, needs several
visits to take it all in.

Margaret Anderson

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Natural History Societies and Museums in Glasgow


The recent talk by Richard Sutcliffe , the Research Manager of Natural History for Glasgow Museums , highlighted the close relationship between the numerous and varied natural history societies in Glasgow and the city's museums. This partnership , which has existed since the Victorian era , has been responsible for the many generous donations , both large and small ,which have been given by the societies' members to the museums , from the past to the present day ,making the Natural History acquisitions the largest part of Glasgow Museums collections. The significance , enthusiasm and influence of these natural history societies has lasted the test of time , with their membership , most importantly amongst the younger generation , increasing every year . 



Thursday, 15 February 2018

Inner City


On the 15th February, members of the FoGM executive attended Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art at the opening of Inner City, a group exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Michael C McMillen and Glasgow-based artists Alberta Whittle and Mitch Miller.  
Inner City explores questions about the modern city, hidden communities and cultural identity. The exhibition takes its name from its centrepiece, a multimedia installation by Michael C McMillen – an amazingly detailed and atmospheric fictional depiction of a Los Angeles slum, which is on display for the first time in 15 years. Works by Alberta Whittle and Mitch Miller bring a local context to the dialogue. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of related artist films.  
Born in Los Angeles, Michael C McMillen is a visual artist in the very widest sense. Often overlapping, his work involves sculpture, installation, printmaking and cultural anthropology. While building his reputation as an artist McMillen created props and special effects for the film industry, with his work featuring in movies including ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. 
Reflecting the artist’s concerns about the lack of investment in infrastructure and social care in the United States in the 1970s, Inner City is a hyperreal model of an imagined rundown area of Los Angeles. The installation, first shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1978, allows viewers to become immersed in the nightscape of a derelict neighbourhood, altering their sense of personal scale as they look at the miniature dystopian world. It was purchased by Glasgow Museums in 1996.  
 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
Local artist Mitch Miller’s publically engaged artworks also explore hidden or forgotten communities in an attempt to make them more discernible. As a social researcher he has created an art form he named dialectogram. Often pen and ink on mounted board, Miller’s work is the process that goes into the drawing after an extended period of time working with a community. It is the relationship and connections he develops that dictate the content of the drawing. Three dialectograms depicting a community flat in Edinburgh, Clydebank Library and a bar on the Red Road Housing Estate in Glasgow feature alongside an unfinished work portraying Britain’s longest student occupation at   the University of Glasgow.  


Whittle’s practice is grounded in her Scottish-Caribbean heritage and her works reflect her interest in migrating cultures and how the culture of a multi-stranded society develops. Her videos and collage works questions postcolonial power as articulated through memory and history. Often gathering documentation from private and public performances in different site-specific locations, Whittle has developed an archive of images to transform into her collage and film work. The artist’s pieces often respond to the sea as site of labour, capitalism, surveillance and death, but also survival and the possibility for rebirth and transformation. Two digital films, three digital prints and a bronze cast are on show as part of Inner City.
Alberta Whittle and Mitch Miller will be GoMA’s Associate Artists throughout 2018. The Associate Artist programme has been made possible by generous support from the Friends of Glasgow Museums (FoGM).
 
Gareth James
Museum Manager ,Gallery of Modern Art and Kelvin Hall

                                                                         



Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Maggie Hamilton-A Forgotten Glasgow Girl

Our lecture in January 2018, was given by Joanna Meacock, Curator of British Art. She gave us a fascinating talk about this Glasgow Girl which covered not only her life as an artist  but also how she overcame the difficulties she faced in furthering her career as a female artist in the late 19th century.
An accomplished artist and embroiderer, she was the sister of an artist, James Whitelaw  Hamilton, and married an architect, A.N.Paterson ,brother of James Paterson. She was well known to the Glasgow Boys and was painted by Guthrie. Despite the demands of family life, she continued to paint and embroider and her exhibits were well received in Glasgow, Helensburgh and Edinburgh. It is thought that much of her art is in private collections.