Acclaimed Scottish artist and writer Alasdair Gray’s talk at Taigh Chearsabhagh later today can be viewed live online (see details below).
‘A Life in Print’ – a satellite exhibition forming part of ‘The Alasdair Gray Season’ celebrating the artist at eighty years old – is currently open at the North Uist museum and art centre.
Brought to Taigh Chearsabhagh through Broad Reach, the retrospective programme is also running across venues including Glasgow School of Art, GOMA, Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum and Glasgow Print Studio. Devised by Sorcha Dallas, the season is focused on Alasdair Gray’s visual work.
At Taigh Chearsabhagh, Broad Reach has selected twelve prints from the artist’s personal archive. Rarely seen in public, the works carry Gray’s trademark illustrative style and dark sensibility.
The main prints on display are a series of seven works illustrating the ‘The Scottish Hippo’ poem by Robert Crombie Saunders, which explores the role of the Kirk within Scottish society.
Later today (Wednesday 15th October) Broad Reach will host ‘Afternoon in Print’, a conversation between Alasdair Gray with Gayle Meikle, assistant curator of Broad Reach, and Gray’s assistant Nick Harrington.
Gayle will also lead a Curator’s Talk on Wednesday 29th October and UistFilm will screen ‘A Life in Progress’, Kevin Cameron’s newly released documentary about Gray.
‘Afternoon in Print’ is a sell-out, but interested parties can view the event online at 2pm at: www.livestream.com/taighchearsabhagh
About the Artist
Alasdair Gray was born in Riddrie, Glasgow, on 28th December 1934 and trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art.
He worked as a part-time art teacher, muralist and theatrical scene painter before becoming a full-time painter and playwright. Later he wrote fiction, illustrating many of his own books.
His highly-acclaimed first novel Lanark was published in 1981. It won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Scottish Book of the Year award. A complex and at times surreal mix of fantasy, autobiography and social realism, the book provides a vision of contemporary society through the story of art student Duncan Thaw.
Alasdair has recently completed the new mural in the Hillhead Subway Station and continues to be a prolific writer.