Glasgow Print Studios - Featured Artist
Preview Thursday 2 June, 6-8pm.
Exhibition runs 3 June - 3 July
Helen de Main presents a selection of recent screenprints, the central theme of which is women.
The body of prints is characterized by her use of photographic imagery combined with graphics motifs. The photographs within the prints have been appropriated, found through a process of research focusing on differing aspects of women's lives – women in a washhouse, a team of swimmers, women dancing. Selecting images that represent active, uninhibited, everyday women, that are so often absent from mainstream culture, de Main is interested in subverting these conventions, presenting diverse depictions in celebratory acid tones. Diagrammatic structures, imagined from models of shared collective information and action, physically map alternative definitions of power into the prints.
Glasgow Print Studio, Trongate 103, Glasgow G1 5HD
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Without Real Work There is No Real Leisure
Without Real Work There is No Real Leisure was made for a group exhibition entitled 'Raoul Reynolds - A Retrospective' which was shown at Scotland Street School Museum as part of the Glasgow International programme.
A tall, four-panel screen made of ebonized oak and pigments on linen. Embracing the exhibitions theme 'Raoul Reynolds' as an alter-ego of an artist supposedly born in Glasgow in 1882, the work engages a variety materials and techniques associated with the Glasgow style and the Vienna Secession movements.
As a collaborative artwork Helen de Main and James McLardy wanted the screen to reflect the significance of Glasgow School of Art on Reynold's early artistic production, but also comment on attitudes towards gender politics in the early 1900's.
Developed from a process of studio-led experimentation and discussion the artists conceived an invented narrative; that the screen was produced by the young Reynolds shortly after the death of his mother and his graduation from Glasgow School of Art.
Suggesting that Raoul Reynold's had appropriated his mother's unfinished stenciled patterns to create this artwork McLardy and de Main further proposed that:
Raoul Reynolds wanted to celebrate the intensely inventive, widely travelled but little known creative presence of his mother and her impact on his life as an artist. As a student at GSA in the 1890's Reynold's mother could not graduate from the Art School with a full honors degree. The reason for this was that woman were not permitted to attend life drawing classes. It is thought that Reynolds intended the screen to act as permanent symbol of this injustice by gifting it to GSA for the female life models to undress behind.
Carved into the back of the screen reads a motto 'WITHOUT REAL WORK THERE IS NO REAL LEISURE'. Who decides what is real work or valued leisure in society anyway?
Raoul Reynolds publicly presented the screen to the painting department at Glasgow School of Art on the 27th of October, 1903 with a group of his peers. Needless to stay it was not accepted, but perhaps Raoul had purposely enacted this rejection as means of stimulating debate around the gender divide at the time.
8 - 25 April
Helen de Main, Samantha Donnelly, James McLardy, Rallou Panagiotou, Carla Scott Fullerton and Sarah Wright
Preview Saturday 9 April, 6-9pm
Semi-Gloss, Semi-Permeable presents new work by six artists who use distinct approaches to the positioning of self in relation to material culture. Working across sculpture, printmaking and installation their practices are tied together through shared interests in fragmented bodies, anatomised commodities, alternative histories and questions of gender. Each artist presents an intimate and sometimes personal exploration of these interests as they try to make sense and be attentive to how everyday experience and contemporary culture constructs both individual and collective identities.
A publication is available with invited contributions from Louise Briggs, Maeve Redmond and Sarah Tripp.
Commissioned by the artists in association with Glasgow International. Supported by Creative Scotland, Clyde Gateway and Hope Scott Trust.
24 -27 September
Bloc Projects will be presenting new work by four artists who have featured in their programme over the last 12 months - Helen de Main, Graeme Durant, Louisa Martin and Rebecca Ounstead - alongside editions and publications by Emma Cocker and Victoria Gray, Dale Holmes, Rebecca Lennon, Louisa Martin, David McLeavy and Rebecca Ounstead.
The fair previews on Thursday 24 September 2015, find out about the public events programme, location and opening hours here
Ripples on the Pond
1 May 2015 - 16 April 2016
Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH
Ripples on the Pond is a Glasgow Museums' collection exhibition and is designed as a conversation between works by women on paper and moving image. It takes as the starting point recent acquisitions from the Glasgow Women's Library 21 Revolutions series, relating them to other works from collection and sparking questions about gender and media choice in relation to women's practice and visibility.
Image: 21 Spare Ribs, January 1987, 2012, screenprint on paper
Thrive, Not Just Survive
17 July - 16 August 2015
Thrive, Not Just Survive
Thrive, Not Just Survive is a new print work that brings together images and graphics as part of an ongoing exploration of public representations of women for Bloc Billboard.
The work is accompanied by a new text from feminist art historian, Alice Andrews available here.
Bloc Projects, 71 Eyre Lane, Sheffield, S1 4RB.
Helen de Main, Sarah Forrest, Carla Scott Fullerton
with a new text by Joanna Peace
9 - 23 May 2015
Concrete Ribs is an exhibition of new work by Helen de Main, Sarah Forrest and Carla Scott Fullerton in the former 'ladies pool' at Govanhill Baths. Working in printmaking, sculpture, text and video, each of the artists respond in distinctive ways to the history and physical structure of the space.
Taking the context of the 'ladies pool' as a starting point, Helen de Main has produced a series of printed works that look at spaces inhabited by women or specifically created for women. Images have been drawn from research into women's communes, peace camps and swimming pools, as well as directly from the Govanhill Baths Archive. Grainy halftone images overlay clean graphic diagrams in a kaleidoscope of rainbow colours.
Carla Scott Fullerton presents new sculptural works that utilises the apparatus of printmaking within their construction. Images are exposed on taut screens that echo forms within the architecture of the space and are suggestive of bodies swimming. Intimate and experiential, her work is an investigation of materials and the processes that these materials can be manipulated and explored through.
She doesn't want to give it an edge but how else can she create a space?
For Concrete Ribs Sarah Forrest has created new time based work that involves pottery wheels, vessels, writing, still and moving images. Installed throughout the pool, the work's narrative explores the form of its content.
The three artist's works connect together in the exhibition through a shared interest in the exploration of space and how the body inhabits it.
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, Glasgow
Make Things (Happen)
Make Things (Happen) is a participatory project organized by Christine Wong Yap featuring artist-created activity sheets to make things or make things happen.
Artists: Lauren F. Adams, Oliver Braid, Maurice Carlin, Kevin B. Chen, Torreya Cummings, Helen de Main, double zero, Bean Gilsdorf, Galeria Rusz, Sarrita Hunn, Maria Hupfield, Ariana Jacob, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Nick Lally, Justin Langlois, Justin Limoges, Jessica Longmore, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Kari Marboe & Erik Scollon, Betty Marín, Mark Anthony Martinez, Meta Local Collaborative, Melissa Miller, Roy Meuwissen, Laura Napier, Susan O'Malley, Dionis Ortiz, Kristina Paabus, Piero Passacantando, Julie Perini, Ryan Pierce, Pavel Romaniko, Risa Puno, Genevieve Quick, Mary Rothlisberger, Pallavi Sen, Elisabeth Smolarz, Tattfoo Tan, Lauren Marie Taylor, sharita towne, Emilio Vavarella, David Gregory Wallace, Lexa Walsh, Alex Wilde & Emily Chappell, Brian Zegeer, Lu Zhang.
February 4–March 1, 2015
Interface Gallery, 486 49th Street, Oakland, CA
Gallery Hours: Wed–Sun 11–4
Or to download activity sheets online and participate remotely, visit
21 Stars in the East
7 November - 7 December 2014
Glasgow Women's Library's award winning exhibition 21 Revolutions travels to Platform in Easterhouse.
Featuring work by Sam Ainsley, Claire Barclay, Ruth Barker, Karla Black, Nicky Bird, Ashley Cook, Delphine Dallison, Kate Davis, Fiona Dean, Helen de Main, Kate Gibson, Ellie Harrison, Elspeth Lamb, Shauna McMullan, Jacki Parry, Ciara Phillips, Lucy Skaer, Corin Sworn, Sharon Thomas, Amanda Thomson and Sarah Wright.
Platform, The Bridge, Easterhouse, G34 9JW.
Open hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm and Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm
Make Things (Happen)
27 March - 2 October 2014
Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 Tenth Avenue, 14th floor (between W. 36th & 37th Streets), New York, NY 10018
Make Things (Happen) is a participatory project organized by Christine Wong Yap featuring 29 artist-created activity sheets to make things or make things happen.
Artists: Lauren F. Adams, Oliver Braid, Maurice Carlin, Kevin B. Chen, Torreya Cummings, Helen de Main, double zero, Bean Gilsdorf, Galeria Rusz, Sarrita Hunn, Maria Hupfield, Nick Lally, Justin Langlois, Justin Limoges, Jessica Longmore, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Meta Local Collaborative, Roy Meuwissen, Dionis Ortiz, Kristina Paabus, Piero Passacantando, Julie Perini, Risa Puno, Genevieve Quick, Pallavi Sen, Elisabeth Smolarz, Emilio Vavarella, David Gregory Wallace, Lexa Walsh.
Make Things (Happen) is intended to multiply creative activity. Artist Christine Wong Yap asked 29 artists to create activity sheets as part of her project for Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration. These are downloadable here and freely available in the exhibition. Anyone and everyone are invited to use them to make things or make things happen, then share their results (#mkthngs or #mkthngshppn) to encourage further participation.
8 - 30 September
as part of ReMap 4, Athens
KYPSELI is an independent publication initiated by a company of creators who live in or care for the neighborhood of Kypseli in Athens. The publication follows in the DIY tradition of fanzines, it is printed black and white on low gram paper; it comes out every two months in an edition of 300 numbered copies and is distributed independently in the city of Athens and abroad. The subject matter varies but they always relate –in a concrete or abstract way- to personal experiences of the neighborhood and the city and illustrate the ways and mores of a beehive –literal meaning of the word "kypseli" in Greek- of artists who live and work in this area of the city.
Contributors and guests from Greece and abroad participate in the show with small works, interventions, editions and printed matter. The fourth issue of the fanzine and limited copies of previous issues will be available at the venue.
Agelos Kyriou, Arbit City Group, Elliott Burns, Cacao Rocks, The Callas, Cathy Calvanus, Dimitris Christidis, Antonakis Christodoulou, Dora Economou, Elite, Gastão Frota, Zoltan-Bruno Gyarmati, Vassilis H, Myrto Iliadis, Elias Kafouros, Konstantin Kakanias, Menelaos Karamagiolis, Vassilis Karouk, Elias Koen, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Panagiotis Loukas, Loxodrome, Helen de Main, Theodora Malamou, Piper Mavis, Jack McConville, James McLardy, Margarita Myrogianni, Vassilis Noulas, Yasemin Nur, Rallou Panagiotou, Aliki Panagiotopoulou, Eleanna Panagou, Panos Papadopoulos,Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, David B. Smith, To Kefali Pou TragoudaeiManos Tsichlis, Kostas Tsioukas, Manolis Tsipos, Alexandros Tzanis, Kostis Velonis, Paki Vlassopoulou
White Teeth in the Planetarium
James McLardy, The Royal Standard Liverpool
13 - 28 April 2013
Screenprint designed and printed for the exhibition
Private view 12/04/13 6-9pm
Artist's talk 13/04/13 12.30-2pm
Friday and Saturday 12-5pm or by appointment
Drawing influence from either side of the Modernist movement, 'White Teeth in the Planetarium' presents a series of dystopian sculptures made from pigmented wax, fiberglass, clear acrylic, paint and plastic laminate. Monumental forms and fragmented arrangements are dressed up in fake-façades, forging unstable material relationships. Ziggurats, ellipses and fluting dissect more purposeful lines. Art Deco meets Brutalism – Liverpool's Queensway and Kingsway ventilation buildings in conversation.
A large folded screen divides the gallery, its thick waxy surface embossed with an Art Deco motif resembling a grandiose doorway or portal. Behind this sits a black shiny megalithic slab with a deep bowl containing a puddle of liquid. Upon this a fleshy lump of wax is sandwiched between the two sides of a clear acrylic shell form. Symbolism is embraced and abstracted here as with other works throughout the show.
Whether through detailed, opulently finished or more immediate processes, McLardy's sculptures represent an artist intent on questioning notions of aesthetical and materialist authenticity through quizzical and sometimes comic means.
The exhibition also features a commissioned text by Ruth Barker.
The Royal Standard
Unit 3, Vauxhall Business Centre
131 Vauxhall Road
Liverpool, L3 6BN
The Cockeyed Turkey and a Paper Pudding
05 December 2012– 05 January 2013
The Lighthouse, Glasgow
The Cockeyed Turkey team comes together in the spirit of Christmas to create a contemporary art and design pop up shop (of sorts) full of festive cheer and must-haves that will be gone quicker than you can pull a Christmas cracker. Don't expect a run of the mill Christmas store; this is no turkey. We have plenty of stuffing to feast your eyes on.
The Cockeyed Turkey team will be exhibiting a wide range of artists and designers who'll each be contributing work to our brightly coloured art canned food drive. We will also be showing a selection of works by the some twenty-seven artists and designers who have each contributed a page to the Cockeyed Turkey Jumbo Activity Book – a combination of colouring in, cut-out, dot-to-dot and other pieces suitable for all ages.
So, prepare for a seasonal selection box of colouring books, posters and furniture ready to take pride of place under your tree. With a portion of the proceeds going to MediCinema at Yorkhill Children's Hospital, you'll leave with your spirits and stockings filled high with a fantasia of good cheer, home-ware, print and all things Riso.
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
Open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am – 5.00pm and Sunday 12.00pm - 5.00pm
21 Revolutions : Two Decades of Changing Minds at Glasgow Women's Library
Intermedia Gallery, CCA, Glasgow
Glasgow Women's Library is a phenomenon: the sole resource of its kind in Scotland. We are celebrating our 21st birthday by commissioning 21 women artists to make new work inspired by GWL's library, archive and museum artefacts. Artists have created work that draws on sources including campaign badges, knitting patterns, suffragette ephemera, album covers, feminist newsletters and lesbian dime novels.
silent auction 2012
Fundraising exhibition for the duchy's forthcoming programme and 2013 projects
Friday 28 September 6-9pm
Pio Abad, Rachel Adams, Laura Aldridge, Amelia Bywater, Aimee Campbell, Neil Clements, Lauren Currie, Nick Evans, Lauren Gault, Lotte Gertz, Iain Hetherington, Lynn Hynd, Zara Idelson, Jake Kerray, Andrew Kerr, Niall Macdonald, Sophie Mackfall, Lila de Magalhaes, Helen de Main, Jack McConville, Emma McKay, James McLardy, Christian Newby, Nicolas Party, Alex Pollard, Alan Stanners, Tom Varley, Michael White, Little Whitehead, Gregor Wright, Laura Yuile and George Ziffo.
Screenprint, 29.7cm x 21cm
Art Lending Library
Art Lending Library was an ambitious new commission by Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich which took the form of an experimental library and public procession. Conceived and curated by Market Gallery it provides the unique opportunity for the people of Glasgow to borrow works of art and enjoy them within their homes, work places and community centres.
It brings together for the first time over 60 works by a diverse range of artists working across the broad spectrum of formats available within contemporary visual arts practice. The project has been made possible through the generosity of participating artists in gifting their works to the people of Glasgow for the duration of the festival.
Housed appropriately within the 100 year old Mitchell Library, one of the largest lending libraries in Europe, the Art Lending Library follows the model of a public lending library which members of the public can join free of charge.
The project stands to in resistance to the tide of narrowing access to the arts and education by creating an egalitarian space where art can be borrowed and enjoyed by all sectors of society.
Screenprint and vinyl, 40cm x 55cm
Artists include Penkiln Burn, Graham Fagan, Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan, Mark Vernon, Ellie Harrison, Katie Cuddon, Henna Rikka Halonen, Oliver Braid, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Mark McGowan, Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, James McLardy, Stephen Hurrel, Alec Finlay, Laura Eldret, Calum Stirling, Andrew Burton, Laura Aldridge, David Sherry, Chris Biddlecombe, Stuart Murray, David Faithfull, Yu-Chen Wang, Jonathan Owen, Nick Fox, Andros Semieko, Kate V Robertson, Peter Evans, Beagles and Ramsay, Jemima Brown, Ally Wallace, Dean Hughes, Fernando Arias, Salome Oggenfuss, Roos Dijkhuizen, Kevin Hunt, Clara Ursitti, Tessa Lynch, Helen de Main, Sandy Grant, Jasmina Cibic, Pilvi Takala, Razan Akermay, Rachel Maclean, Pester & Rossi, James Stephen Wright, Romany Dear, Jacqueline Donachie and Roddy Buchanan, Tim Savage, Ciara Phillips, Catrin Jeans, Chris Mackenzie, Ross Frew, Ewan Manson, Rachel Barron, Sarah Laing, John Vella, Tom Nolan, Kate Murphy, Deborah Kelly, Michael Needham, Ashley McCormick.
Join the opening ceremony, a public procession of the Art Lending Library through the streets of Glasgow from George Square to the Mitchell Library. Join artists, librarians and members of the public in launching this revolutionary project. Prize for the best librarain outfit at the parade.
PDA Curtain Showroom
23 - 25 March, 11.00 - 17.00
3rd Floor, 84 Miller Street, Glasgow
The Telfer Gallery opens its doors with a conceptual closing down - bringing you up close and personal with the best in elegance, selection, affordability and creativity, while stock lasts. For three days only, we invite you to indulge yourself in the exquisite offerings of the Telfer gallery, and secure your place on the international art map. Be seen, and enter the discourse! That's right – taking the idea of the 'final curtain' as a point of regeneration and new beginnings, artists Laura Yuile and Orsolya Bajusz are giving the Telfer gallery (an exciting hotbed of cultural activity and small trade – conveniently located on Miller Street, at the bustling heart of Glasgow's city centre) a discursive dust down and the chance for a fresh start!
Featuring newly commissioned works by 21 artists, the exhibition's transformatory intentions are met with the features of instability, uncertainty and loss of control so familiar to artists working in today's harsh reality. From bold patterns to sensational sheers, we offer a range of modern, contemporary and traditional-inspired pieces, sure to transform and enhance even the bleakest of situations. Showcasing the latest styles, colours and textures, the artists seek to explore the boundaries between public and private space, engaging the viewer in a conversation about freedom, value and décor. Shut out the blinding light of day and take refuge in our fine display of contemporary art, as our experienced consultants help your home enter the discourse with style. As a local company, service is our speciality!
Artist's for Athens Pride IV
Saturday 17 March, 18.00 - 22.00
The Breeder, 45 Iasonos St, Metaxourgeio, Athens
OUT OF RUBBLE
OUT OF RUBBLE reacts to the wake of war — its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow — physically, psychologically, culturally and spiritually. OUT OF RUBBLE presents works by international artists and architects who consider the causes and consequences of rubble, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery.
Facing the failure and wreckage of war, the poet Wislawa Szymborska wrote: "Reality demands that we mention this: Life goes on." Artists meet this demand through responses that are invariably somber, tender and unflinching. They mourn the havoc we wreak and, however imperfectly and inadequately, atone the atrocities we commit. Through images and narratives bound up in the crises of truth, they acknowledge yet strive toward the impossible task of comprehending the incomprehensible. Before and long after the rubble is cleared, they review, anticipate and sometimes lay ground for what needs to be rebuilt.
Lida Abdul, Adel Abidin, Diana Al-Hadid, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Taysir Batniji, Wafaa Bilal, Xu Bing, Liu Bolin, Enrique Castrejon, Lenka Clayton, Helen de Main, Decolonizing Architecture, Jane Dixon, Christoph Draeger, Monica Haller, IDEA, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Jennifer Karady, Mary Kelly, Osman Khan, Anselm Kiefer, Barry Le Va, MadeIn Company, Curtis Mann, Samina Mansuri, Raquel Maulwurf, Julie Mehretu, Simon Norfolk, Cornelia Parker, Walid Ra'ad, Armita Raafat Chicago, Rocío Rodríguez, Thomas Ruff, Elin o'Hara Slavick, Susanne Slavick, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Pamela Wilson - Ryckman, Tomoko Yoneda.
Edited by Susanne Slavick. Texts by Holly Edwards and Susanne Slavick.
Cover image: Lida Abdul, White House, 2005, ©Lida Abdul, Courtesy of Giorgio Persano, Turin