Exhibitions & Talks at RGI Kelly Gallery – the year ahead

New season of exhibitions & talks at the RGI Kelly Gallery  2012

The next few months see a packed programme at the RGI Kelly Gallery in Glasgow, fromsolo shows and sister exhibitions to a gallery talk by distinguished artist and writer Emma Tennant.

For further information,  please contact gallery curator Lynne Mackenzie on curator@royalglasgowinstitute.org or 0141 248 6386 or

(Picture shows Lara Scouller at work in her studio)


Skiology Lyndsey Redford 3 – 11 February

In skiology, award-winning Scottish artist Lyndsey Redford would be known as a gaper which means a skier who pauses to take in the scenery. It was when she took up skiing two years ago, that the ski slopes started to inspire Lyndsey’s work.

Says Lyndsey: “My paintings are of landscapes with human habitation or signs of it. They are frequently sparse and the scale of human presence small in comparison to these vast open spaces.

“Until I took up skiing, my inspiration tended to come from everyday life, but it was when I was driving back from the Cairngorms one that I began to think about introducing this more other worldly landscape into my work.”

Lyndsey was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Painting Prize 2011, was awarded The RSA Painting Prize and The Maclaine Watters medal 2011, and won The RSA New Contemporaries Award 2010

Now Lyndsey’s latest works, which include several large scale oil on canvas paintings of the Scottish ski slopes, will be showcased at her new solo exhibition called Skiology .

Reportage James Gilmour 14 – 25 February

A selection of black and white images taken throughout a distinguished career in photojournalism. Over the years, James has contributed to The Independent, The Scotsman and Scottish Field to name but a few. The images in this exhibition are a combination of street photography and photojournalism, with the majority of work shot in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. “I have always been attracted to the order in society and the way we all go about our various occupations – how we keep ourselves entertained, the life cycle,” says James. The exhibition features everything from male strippers and sheep shearers, to First Minister Alex Salmond.

Spring Frieze Hannah Frank 6 -17 March

Original drawings, sketches, bronze and plaster sculptures, and reproduction prints.

Born in Glasgow in 1908, Hannah Frank studied at Glasgow University and the Glasgow School of Art, and exhibited with the RGI throughout her career. From the age of 17, Hannah became known for her black and white drawing, resonant of the Art Nouveau period and with a hint of Aubrey Beardsley and Jessie King. Between 1927 and 1932, the Glasgow University Magazine, rarely came out without a drawing by ‘Al Aaraaf’, her chosen pen name.

Hannah took up sculpture in the 1950s, studying with Benno Schotz, and continued to produce sculpture till her early 90s. Hannah died at the age of 100 in December 2008.

The Glasgow Group 20 – 31 March

Always a must-see event since the inaugural exhibition at McLellan Galleries in 1958, The Group’s Annual Exhibition this year features works by Gregor Smith, Philip Reeves, Carol Moore, Shona Dougall, Jo Linley, Ian Cook, Peter Kleboe, Carol Dewart and Graham Govan.

Founded in 1957 by three Glasgow School of Art students, The Glasgow Group is a Scottish artists’ cooperative which encompasses a variety of media, including painting, photography, printmaking, and graphic art.

It is run by Glasgow based visual artists to promote the visual arts in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, and many of the group’s artists are represented in public, corporate, and private collections.

Robert McGilvray 3 – 14 April

This exhibition stems from Robert’s close affinity with the River Tay, with paintings recording an imaginary diary of the artist’s many years of contact with this magical river. The paintings reflect journeys of memory and responses to a sense of place. Robert is a lecturer in the School of Fine Art at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design and has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe. He is also a consultant and author on public art and design.

Relative Perspective Kim and Lara Scouller 17 – 28 April

This is the first joint show of paintings and drawings by the sisters, focusing on recent works. Both graduated BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and their father is renowned artist Glen Scouller RSW RGI.

While Lara prefers to work directly in pastels using nature as her inspiration, Kim’s work involves working in oils and water-based paints, with the human environments and interaction important elements.

Despite working at opposite ends of the country, Kim in London and Lara in Dundee, the sisters are in constant communication with each other which perhaps explains why there is a strong connection in their work. Says Kim: “While choosing different subject matter, we share a sympathy with the way we process that subject and the language we use.”

Gradients and Thresholds: Contemporary Perspectives on the Figure.

Claire Paterson, Louise Chang, Brian McCluskey 1 – 12 May

In this exhibition of selected new works by three recent GSA graduates, Louise Chang, Brian McCluskey & Claire Paterson, the artists explore a their common interest in figurative representation and its place within contemporary painting.

In these works, figurative representations often abandoned in contemporary practice, is a mirror tool, becoming a reflective gesture used to examine attitudes and relationships within contemporary artistic discourse. Claire was the winner of the inaugural Steven Campbell Hunt Medal for Creativity. Danish born Louise, studied printmaking and drawing at Bornholms Hojskole, the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and graduated from Glasgow School of Art BA (hons) in 2008.

Sule Ceylen 15 -26 May

These bold paintings reflect the changes in the artist’s home city of Istanbul. A frequent visitor to Glasgow and the RGI Kelly, Sule was particularly keen to exhibit in the gallery. In this exhibition, Sule says that she has tried to portray the unseen or flipside of Istanbul as opposed to the more familiar image of the city. “By abstracting the old streets and slums, my paintings try to reflect the Istanbul that has been changing ever since my childhood.”

Alec Galloway 29 May – 9 July

New work drawn from and inspired by materials gathered when commissioned to create ten new stained glass windows in Maryhill Burgh Halls.

As a glass artist, painter, and lecturer in Architectural Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, Ayrshire based Alec Galloway is an artist in demand, which is why we are delighted that he’s carved out time to exhibit at the Kelly Gallery. Since graduation from ECA in 1996, Alec has worked under the company banner of Cara Stained Glass, a studio he set up to accommodate his first large scale glass commission and the practice has grown into of the country’s most highly respected glass studios.

This new exhibition is inspired by the 10 stained glass windows created last year to represent modern Maryhill. They were designed by Alec Galloway and Margo Winning, based on the ideas and suggestions of over 200 local people, with key funding for the project provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

INTAGLIO SHORES-New Prints & Paintings by James McDonald

12 – 23 June

Born in Stirling, James studied at Edinburgh College of Art, exhibiting in mixed and solo shows worldwide, with his work held in public in public and private collections including, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Hunterian Gallery in-Glasgow and The McMasters Museum in Toronto. Past patrons of the artist’s work include James Herbert, Auberon Waugh and Jeffrey Archer.

“Technically the prints are all Intaglio, that is to say, engravings or etchings in copper or steel,” explains James, “and most of the paintings will be in oil. Difficult to describe the exact shape of the show at the moment, but water,words, paper and books seem to be appearing with some frequency.”


Timelines 6 June – 7 July

This diverse exhibition features 10 artists, all based in the Borders, presenting work in a variety of media and styles. To showcase both their creative process and finished works, the artists decided to challenge themselves by making works which explore and express the passage of time and the development of ideas over a single month. The group has been meeting regularly since 2009, discussing themes, sharing working process and studio practice. All have been part of the Spring Fling Open Studio event and this new show at the Kelly stems from a desire to incorporate and extend this aspect of exhibiting.

New Graduates July/August

An ideal opportunity to view the work of this year’s rising stars. Throughout July and August. the Kelly Gallery showcases a selection of painting, printmaking and photography by graduates and students from the three institutions in Glasgow that currently offer Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art and/or photography.

Tuesday Talks at the RGI Kelly Gallery

21 February Ray Mckenzie Sculpture in Glasgow – Precedents and Prospects

The title says it all but expect the unexpected when the author of Public Sculpture of Glasgow, Ray Mckenzie casts an expert eye on some of Glasgow’s historical public sculptures, looks at current trends, and the direction public sculpture may take in the future.

Ray is a part-time Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art where he worked as a Senior Lecturer in Art History until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2010. His publications include Sculpture in Glasgow: an Illustrated Handbook (1999) and Public Sculpture in Glasgow, which was published by Liverpool University Press as part of its comprehensive Public Sculpture of Britain series, and was joint winner of the Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award in 2002.  He is currently preparing a follow-up volume for Edinburgh.

20 March Emma Tennant Pomegranates & Pinks – A Scottish Painter’s Journey

Join distinguished author and artist, Emma Tennant for a fascinating insight into her work as a botanical artist. Emma spent part of her childhood at her family home in the Borders and has painting flowers and plants since the age of five.

It has been said that Emma’s paintings are ‘true to life in the best traditions of botanical accuracy, but they also capture the life of plants in a more fleeting way … the flowers and plants live on the paper as they do in nature’.

A former editor of Vogue, Emma is also a prolific author writing in a variety of genres, including thrillers, children’s books, fantasies and several revisionist takes on classic novels, including a sequel to Pride and Prejudice called Pemberley.

Aside from painting, Emma has been instrumental in the current revival of the craft of rag rug making.  Her book, Rag Rugs of England and America, explores the history of this craft, a centuries old tradition in both countries.

17 April – Kim and Lara Scouller Relative PerspectiveThe Scouller sisters discuss their art (see exhibitions).

29 May – Alec Galloway Discusses his work on Glasgow’s latest public art commission Maryhill Burgh Halls (see exhibitioins).

Talks start at 11am until noon approximately with coffee served at 10.30am.

All welcome Tickets:  £6 per person, £10 for 2 people

To book email: curator@royalglasgowinstitute.org Tel:  0141 248 6386

Gallery open Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 5pm   Saturday 10.30 am – 3pm   Sunday Closed

Head in green by Kim Scouller








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