Monday, 20 December 2010

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Glasgow Life or Death by Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt

An analysis of the privatisation of Glasgow City Council’s cultural and leisure services was met with legal threats when it was published a couple of years ago.

For the past six months, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt has been updating this research using as many of the investigative tools at my disposal as possible. A full report is now online

Please download it before it is threatened with removal.

Against a backdrop of growing inequality in the city, Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG), or Glasgow Life as the company now prefers to call itself, has: failed to attract the outside funding on which its financial model was predicated, which means that vital services will have to be cut. run up a staggering pension deficit during its time of operation. trampled on the rights of its workers, which were supposed to be protected under the terms of its agreement with the council. prioritised the attraction of tourists to the city over the needs of the people of Glasgow. allowed its board members to profit from skewed procurement processes.bypassed mechanisms in place to ensure transparency. In the current climate of cuts to the public sector, it is necessary to make these findings known to the broadest possible readership, so that this devolved model of service provision is thoroughly rejected as a future option.

Please disseminate this report to anyone you think might be interested.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

NAD/BAX WHATS NEW 60 HOURS SHOP - on the radio

As you know, I will have work for sale in the NAD/BAX WHATS NEW 60 HOURS SHOP on 21st, 22nd and 23rd December at the Briggait, Glasgow. Unfortunately I won't be there in person, but IT WILL BE WONDERFUL, and i hope you are able to go along.

Lee Ivett (one half of NAD/BAX) was interviewed on the Radio Show Subcity on Dec 13. He talked about NAD/BAX WHATS NEW 60 HOURS SHOP, and ran through the list of participating artists.

When on the subcity website, look for link on right to the programme and the interview is 23 min in to the show.


an alternative way of folding a map

Monday, 13 December 2010

NAD/BAX - WHAT'S NEW - 60 HOURS SHOP Dec 21 - 23rd.

this will be wonderful

Opening times Dec 21st - 22nd 11am - 6pm -
EVENT Dec 23rd 7pm - 9pm -
Closing Dec 23rd 4pm

23rd. NADFLY - Nicola Atkinson Does Fly + BAXENDALE - Lee Ivett creates a temporary shop in the Briggait Front Galleries, with other fellow artists, musicians, architects, writers, filmmakers, silversmiths, designers and ceramicists. They have created 100 gifts for the Holidays. The public can purchase these artistic gifts for £5 up to £50, making it affordable for everyone.

Nicola Atkinson Does Fly

Lee Ivett

Siobhain Forde

Hannah Buss

Aby Vulliamy

Stephanie Spindler

Carol Lambie

Chris Wallace

Julie Chapman

Marion Preez

Diane Dawson

Hanna Tuulikki
Rowena S Combie

Angharad McLaren

Helen Shaddock

Alison Macleod

Janie Nicoll

and more to follow

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

from a one-armed Helen

My work has taken a little bit of a back seat this week due to unforeseen circumstances. On Sunday I slipped on the ice and now have a fractured arm and a bruised spine - ouch!

So, my grand plans of casting sculptures have been postponed as I try to learn how to do everything with one hand and limited bending.

Recovery could take up to 6-7weeks, but hopefully I will get back into action before that. In the meanwhile, I will be doing more drawings, computer work, proposals and (hopefully) updating my website!

P.U.P.S Extended Opening Times

Due to the popularity of the Pop Up Print Shop, there will be an extension to the opening hours by two more days – 11th & 12th December. That’s just two more days to access some original fine art prints from the talented hands of 17 artists.

P.U.P.S will be providing the now famous mulled cider to help with the thaw, so pop in at 57 Byres Road before the shutters roll down for the very last time on Sunday at 6pm.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Solo exhibition at Here Gallery, Bristol in 2011

My exhibition proposal for the Here Gallery, Bristol was selected, and so in 2011 I will be having a solo exhibition down south!

Check out the gallery's website here:

I'm not yet sure of the dates, but will keep you posted

I emerge from the paperwork!

It seems like i have spent the past month writing various applications, reports and proposals - all part and parcel of being an artist, but, oh how i am looking forward to focusing on my studio work again.

Having gained Professional Development funding from the Scottish Arts Council last year, I was required to produce a report detailing how i used the money, what was/were the outcomes, the benefits of having the funding, the audience of the work etc.

Taking the place of the SAC, Creative Scotland have a similar fund for artists, and so many hours were spent pouring over this application. I even took a special trip to Edinburgh especially to drop off my application at Creative Scotland - no offense Royal Mail, but I just couldn't take the risk of late delivery.

The following week was the deadline for the Glasgow Visual Artist Grant Scheme, and so another application was submitted for this fund. Fingers crossed.

A while ago I was approached by Here Gallery in Bristol, and encouraged to submit a proposal for a solo exhibition in 2011. So, I ended the month of November by submitting an exhibition proposal.

It's back to the studio tomorrow!