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State of Play: Art and Culture in Scotland Today

Saturday 09 October 10am-5pm 2010
(Registration & refreshments 9.15am)
Gilmorehill Centre University of Glasgow
9 University Avenue Glasgow G12 8QQ
Tickets £10 Concessions £5
Ainsley, Harding and Moffat, aka AHM are in the second year of their Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS) Research Residency.
AHM will present State of Play: Art and Culture in Scotland Today their first of three symposia to be delivered over two years in different locations across Scotland; providing a forum to examine the significance of art and culture for society today. At this first symposium there will be four keynote presentations by Christine Borland, Dr. Neil Mulholland, Prof. Philip Schlesinger and AHM. Chaired by David Harding
The symposium will begin with a dynamic 30 minute performance of spoken one minute personal manifestos by a wide range of artists that include Ruth Barker, Justin Carter, Dalziel & Scullion, Ellie Harrison, JD Hollingshead, Peter McCaughey, Shauna McMullan and Jonathan Monk.


Christine Borlandtrained at The Glasgow School of Art and University of Ulster, Belfast. She was short listed for the 1997 Turner Prize and was a NESTA Creative Fellow from 2006 – 2009 and an Academic Researcher at The Glasgow School of Art until spring of this year.
Her work has been shown internationally in numerous museums and large-scale exhibitions including the Centre for Contemporary Art of South Australia, Kunstverein Munich, Germany, the Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, ICA London and at the Lyon Biennial, Manifesta 2, Venice Biennale and Munster Skulpturen Projekte 3.

Dr. Neil Mulholland is a writer, curator and artist. Mulholland read History of Art and English Literature at the University of Glasgow (MA 1995, PhD 1998). He is currently Associate Head of the School of Art, Head of Postgraduate Contemporary Art Practice and Theory programmes and a Reader at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Neil writes regularly for the art press and a range of academic journals. He has recently co-curated two projects as part of the Confraternity of Neoflagellants.

Prof. Philip Schlesinger is the Chair for Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research. Schlesinger has held a number of different posts, including a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE and at the Sorbonne.
Schlesinger has been a member of many committees and a board member of a range of organisations including Scottish Screen.He is joint editor of the academic journal Media, Culture and Society and a frequent contributor to various books and journals. He has led a variety of consultancy and research projects including work for the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Arts Council.

Sam Ainsley is an artist and teacher. From 1985-1991 she taught on the Environmental Art Course at Glasgow School of Art. She co-founded the Master of Fine Art course and was the programme Director from its inception until 2006. A respected and published spokeswoman for the visual arts Ainsley has contributed to a broad range of visual art initiatives in Scotland serving as a Board member on The Scottish Sculpture Trust and The Arts Trust of Scotland amongst others. Ainsley has exhibited in and curated independent exhibitions in numerous institutions and arts organisations across the USA, Australasia, Europe and the UK. Her work is in a number of public and private collections nationally and internationally.
David Harding was Town Artist in Glenrothes from 1968 going on to teach at Dartington College of Arts in 1978. He was appointed Head of the new Environmental Art Course at Glasgow School of Art in 1985. Teaching the course for over fifteen years he is, with Ainsley, widely credited with its international acclaim. He has written numerous articles and lectured internationally on public art and education in contextual art practice, and is an influential commentator and consultant on public art.
Sandy Moffat emerged as one of the Scottish Realist Painters. From 1979 Moffat taught at Glasgow School of Art where he was Head of Painting from 1992 to 2005 and where he encouraged a new generation of figurative painters including Peter Howson, Ken Currie, Adrian Wiszniewski and Steven Campbell. His work is represented in many public collections including the Pushkin Museum Moscow and the Yale Center for British Art USA.

Further Information

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