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As 2019 continues (with it’s own unique brand of chaos), you can rely on iota to bring you a great range of new work from across the arts disciplines and from Scottish and International artists.
‘Street Shapes’ presents the emerging talent of Photography Student, Ruaridh Fraser.(23-31 August2019)
Born and based in Glasgow, this urban context offers him endless inspiration and source material for street photography, which is his main interest. Fraser uses an old Pentax to produce carefully composed images. Packed with rich colours, shadows and shapes, this young view of the world is both painterly and punchy.
ITALIAN ARTIST, CLARA BRASCA: 'ATELIER'-NEW, LARGE FORMAT WORK, AND PROJECTION OF HER PREVIOUS WORK. 14th -29 June 2019
Clara Brasca was born, lives and works in Milan, where she graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic and from Brera School of Art. Interested in the development of contemporary work through classical language, and working predominantly in portrait and landscapes, she explores various techniques, scales and materials: oil on linen, mixed media, paper, glass, ceramics. As well as collective shows, her work has shown in solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Kyoto, California, Barcelona, Glasgow and throughout Italy.
Having started the year with a packed house for Lewis Waugh’s EAST-WEST:WEST-EAST show, we will sustain your cultural needs! Drawing, mixed media, photography, poetry, film, installations. We have it all in the bag! sign up for our emails or like iota gallery on facebook to get the latest info.
Lewis Waugh: ‘EAST-WEST:WEST-EAST’
15 February-2 march 2019
Inspired by travels and cultures from Morocco to Scotland, EAST-WEST:WEST-EAST opened on Friday to a packed audience at iota. We promised you art, poetry, calligraphy, Scottish & Arabic culture and VIPs. All duly delivered. A Meg Bateman poem was read in Gaelic, Iyad Hayatleh’s poem ‘50’, was read by the author in Arabic. The VIPs? Guests, Artists, Poets & Politicians.
David Campbell: Metta
This new exhibition by David Campbell challenges the nature of what western media brands as “Islamic terrorism” and “Buddhist oppression”
An Eyeful of Vincent 9-25 August
Saturday 25 August: Artist Talk @ 2pm
If the eye supplies the mind with a constant flow of information, the individual considers the meaning of what is seen, and then judges it against the known. However, art offers the mind a different experience; it can stimulate unfamiliar feelings of the ‘sublime’, ‘aesthetic’ or even the ‘tasteful’. The surrealist intellectual Andre Breton unleashed many new concepts for this ‘beyond space and time’ feeling and opened up a fantastic variety of possibilities.
In this show the painterly adventures by Rowena Comrie tap into Breton’s dreamworld to seek out the sharp and smooth evocations of colour possible with formal arrangements in abstract dissonance. Guided specifically by Vincent Van Gogh’s tantalising mix of form and colour in his painting of ‘Bedroom at Arles’ :
"The walls are pale violet.
The floor is covered in red tiles.
The wood of the bed and chairs is a warm yellow.
The sheets and the pillow are light yellow green.
The quilt is scarlet.
The window is green.
The washstand is orange.
The washbasin is blue.
The doors are mauve…there is no white in the picture"
Vincent Van Gogh - Letters
STREF aka Stevie White
Thursday 7 until 23 JUNE 2018
See the many talents of this illustrator, writer & graphic novelist. Acclaimed for his work on ‘The Dandy’, ‘The Beano’ & ‘Oor Wullie’ for D.C Thomson, as well as ‘The Broon Windsors’ in Viz, his graphic novel ‘Raising Amy’ and the first graphic adaptation of ‘Peter Pan' are pure joy in print. See various stages of production, from sketch book to publication. Original artwork & prints will be available for purchase.
CROSSING: 22 May - 2 JUNE
Saturday 26 May: Artists Talk @ 4pm followed by Private View.
10 years of meeting, making and exploring the boundaries of warp and weft.
From the freshness of first experiments, through developing technique and an emerging ‘voice’, each weaver’s journey is shown by a retrospective collection of tapestries.
14 artists, 14 outlooks, passion and palette. Paths crossing, converging, responding. Images of love and admiration, of landscapes dark and dense, scoured, vast, worked and wild.
Louise Martin, Judith Aylett, Lorraine Darwin, Alan Gilchrist, Eileen Hughes, Libby Hughes, Susan Hunt, Daphne Kirk, Robin Low, Margarett Maxwell, Gillian Morris, Gill Owen, Mhairi Stewart, Jan Watson Crossing
Richard Walker attic goes boom
iota proudly presents recent work by Richard Walker
Walker’s recent work is based on complex studio installations and attempts to investigate human vision and representation in its full complexity. Many of the newer paintings have a panoramic format and make reference to cinema, both in terms of spectacle and in the way the image emerges from the dark.
Emma Crichton+ Ian Graham+ Laji Varghese:
A group exhibition featuring work by three photographers with Glasgow connections, People/Place presents contemporary photography in a Scottish and International context. Uncontrived, natural reality and vulnerability is portrayed by all three artists in these works about people and place. Portraits, still lives & landscapes, with links to Glasgow, The Forth, Galicia and Himachal Pradesh, together these works suggest that we may all have more in common that we realise.
T. D. Coats 'Reflection, Deflection, Detourment'
IN THE PRESENCE OF AGNES by Rita McGurn
Until 3 March 2018
Did you get the wee pun there?
'borders' thematic exhibition by scottish members of the british tapestry group.
10-25 November 2017
roy Petrie: metamorphoses
10-25 November 2017
Laura a. hunter: Making light of things 13 -31 october 2017
Bill McQuarrie: High society, 16-30 September 2017.
a popular show, Inspired by contemporary themes – politics, religion, monarch & culture, the work creates rich fields layered with colour and texture.Thanks Bill.
John taylor, 4 -26 August 2017.
previously:3rd -17th june
COLIN ROBERTSON - POTTED HISTORY.GRADUATE OF DUNDEE COLLEGE OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY IN DESIGN & CRAFTS. POST-DIPLOMA YEAR WON A TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP. SUFFERING FROM SEVERE OVERDOSE OF ART IN ITALY, HE ESCAPED EASTWARDS AND RETURNED WITH DRAWINGS AND THREE- DIMENSIONAL WORKS IN RESPONSE TO THE INTERIOR SPACES OF THE MOSQUES IN ISTANBUL. EXHIBITED IN EDINBURGHIN LATE 60'S, OIL PAINTINGS OF DUNDEE BUS CONDUCTRESSES AND LIFE ABOARD A TRAWLER. EXHIBITED 'FROM YOSHITOSHI TO WINEHOUSE'AT IOTA 2014. COMPULSIVE HILL WALKER TO DATE.
Thursday 4th May 2017. Venue: iota
Thursday 6th April2017until 22nd April.
iota presents this stunning show by Sara Alonso. 'Not Alone' is the result of a phenomenal challenge the artist set herself in 2016: to walk the Camino di Santiago route in the searing heat of the Spanish summer, resist engagement with social networks & produce an artwork each day of the walk.
Saturday 22nd April 2017, from 6.30pm. Venue: Bridge of Allan Parish Church Halls
Book your place now… iota friend Carol Kidd will be performing at the Artlink Central Gala Charity Event 'Art off the Rock'. An evening of art and music, including a Charity Auction featuring original works by some of Scotland's leading artists and including a painting by Carol Kidd. Additional paintings by Carol will also be on sale along with affordable original artwork, craft and jewellery. Commencing at 6.30pm, drinks and light supper will be served and Carol's performance will take place at 8pm with the auction following at 9pm. For more information about the charity and to book tickets in advance please seewww.artlinkcentral.org or call Artlink Central on 01786 450971. Recommended donation: £15 per person.
Thursday 4th May 2017, Private View 6-9pm. Exhibition until 27th May. Venue: iota. Kate Charlesworth ‘Cartoonista!’
Curated by John McShane, iota is honoured to present the first solo show of work by Kate Charlesworth, Cartoonist, Illustrator & Writer.
You just missed
Saturday 18 March 2017
If you're near 'the Mile', you're in 'The Fringe!' Map courtesy of Google.
See examples (click the red link above): we aim to capture the essence of how people live in 2016, taking entries from a mile radius of iota, we want to see your creativity in a new social archive.
iota enjoyed taking 'Confessionals & Vending Machines' to Poésies en mouvement #7, with Makaronic in Geneva. A fantastic collection of performances made for a swathe of exchange on the subject of 'Confessions'
'Painting Life after Death.
The work of Robert McNeil'
Premiered at Film City, Directed by : Michael Hough and Emma Sanders. Filmed in Glasgow.
and Pascale Steenkiste, Solo Show hosted by iota.
AUGUST Exhibition & Interactive installation by Peter McCarey & Duncan Scott.
Glasgow School of Art M.Res. Creative Practices
Artists: Agnes Jones, Celia Garcia, Gina Lundy, Jade Jackson, Jane Walker, Julie Laing, Jonathan Webster, Leo Plumb, Marta Tokarz, Nicole Manley, Niki Taylor, Sebastian Tay, Struan Kenned, Stuart Nicholson GROUP SHOW
'Nothing is fixed it is always in a flux like transient murmurations.' Bill Millett.
EXHIBITION AT THE SCOTTISHPARLIAMENT:'WITNESS: ROBERT MCNEIL'.
Tommy Lydon 'CUT OUT ARTISTS'