'FAKE GOLD RING' Sculpture has been adopted by The Centre, Cumbernauld.
We are delighted to announce the adoption of the sculpture by Glasgow based artist Janie Nicoll, as part of The Sculpture Placement Group's Sculpture Adoption Scheme. This is an adoption service for sculptures, seeking to match works of art with new guardians. SPG have worked with artists to identify sculptural works in long-term storage with no current future that they are happy to offer for adoption by community groups and other organisations. They have created a catalogue representing 95 sculptures by 54 different artists, which can be found on their website at https://sculptureplacementgroup.org.uk/sculpture-adoption-scheme/ 'FAKE GOLD RING' sculpture is a facsimile of a ring found by the artist, while out running in the Maryhill area of Glasgow, and plays with the notions of value, scale and context. It is a sculpture that was originally created for the exhibition ‘Meddle With The Devil’, at the Park Gallery, Falkirk as part of a year long SAC pARTners residency undertaken by the artist at Callendar House in 2008. It was subsequently exhibited in a variety of locations in Glasgow including the Vault Art Fair at The Briggait, in 2011. It has spent the rest of the time in storage in a dusty workshop in Maryhill, and was recently dismantled in order to fit into the artist's current studio in South Block. This adoption has seen the sculpture restored to its former glory, given a brand new plinth and relocated to The Centre, Cumbernauld, where we hope it will experience a new audience and a new lease of life.
'Greening Woodlands' project for Woodlands Community Garden, Glasgow Woodlands Community Development Trust asked me to get involved with their "Greening West Princes Street" now called 'Greening Woodlands' project in Woodlands, the area where I live in Glasgow. This has involved making banners and signs for the planters in the street using drawings and text created by the Pupils of Hillhead High School and other members of the community. It will also include a photography project that documents gardeners in the area. You can see a video of myself and WCDT manager Tim Cowen, talking about plans for the development of a new community hub and artists studios at the Woodlands Workspace. https://vimeo.com/175737872
Mapping the Arteries Commission, Lewis.
'Crossing Point', Mapping the Arteries Commission for An Lanntair, Stornaway, Western Isles. Installed Uig, Lewis, Western Isles June 2016.
Presentation at the Scottish Parliament In my role as President of Scottish Artists Union, I recently gave a presentation at the Cross Party Group on Culture at the Scottish Parliament on the current state of affairs for artists. You can video footage online here. http://www.cpgonculture.com/previous-meetings/1st-march-2016/
June 2015 I was one of four artists invited to exhibit artworks at AccaAtelier Open Studios event in Turin as part of an Artists Exchange for WASPS Studios, Glasgow. The other Glasgow artists are Anna Lomas, Bobby Sawyers and Jack Cheetham. The piece featured above, 'Moth Eaten Anarchy', and 'Fiasco' are from the exhibition in the studio of Carlo Gloria and Jins, who kindly shared their space and showed us some great Italian hospitality. Four artists from Turin will be coming to Glasgow in October as the second leg of the exchange. We will also being invited to Marseille, in France in October for more Open Studios and to plan further exchanges. More info to follow.
May 2015 I curated an exhibition with some of my favourite artists for Open House Art Festival http://www.glasgowopenhouse.co.uk/ 'Bowled Over' an exhibition of new works made in response to the theme of Lawn Bowls, at Willowbank Bowling Club, Glasgow.
East End Transmissions There is now a publication available to accompany the exhibition, which is available from Aye, Aye Books at CCA, Glasgow.
In December 2014, I did a spoken word performance for the closing event of the exhibition East End Transmissions, at the Pipe Factory, the Gallowgate, Glasgow on 6th December at 7pm. The documentation can be seen at https://vimeo.com/114445192 Check out the web page for the programme of events, including a rare screening of the film "The Bowler and the Bunnet" by Sean Connery, 1967.
'Bowling Club' a short film work on the theme of Lawn Bowls, commissioned by Glasgow Life for Festival 2014 for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and screened at the Bandstand, Kelvingrove Park and as part of Luminate Festival can now be seen online at https://vimeo.com/111531354
I was part of the exhibition DISCORDIA, for Patricia Fleming Projects, at South Block, Osborne Street, Glasgow, part of GENERATION, a landmark series of exhibitions celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland. More info on the PFP blog. T-shirts can be purchased from Culture Label here (while stocks last) for £25.00 - Bargain!!
I have been interviewed twice recently for SummerhallTV firstly in the studio https://vimeo.com/90310853 and then secondly during HALLelujah! 3 exhibition.... https://vimeo.com/92228801, (with quite a bad cold!) . After the terrible fire at Glasgow School of Art last Friday I was asked to write an article about it for the Bella Caledonia Website, you can read the article "Gutted" here.
In April I was interviewed for an article printed in the Scotsman, where I gave my response to the Creative Scotland 10 Year Plan, you can see the article here.
My work has been included in "the National Review of live art", for Modern Edinburgh Film School, as part of Atelier Public #2 on 12.04.14 at GOMA, (Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow) part of GI 2014.
Some of my recent artworks have been included in a new Publication - 'Inspired by Independence: 30 Artists Imagine A Better Scotland' for National Collective & Word Power Books. Avalable to buy online here.
Older News February 2014 Rough Mix Cross Platform Artists' Retreat, Cromarty, 24-28 February 2014 for Magnetic North Theatre Company. I'll be heading north for a week in fantastically beautiful Cromarty, on a Rough Mix Artists Retreat. Collabotastic!!