Since preparations began for Glasgow to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games there has been a keen interest in the redevelopment of the Barras Market – the key gateway from Glasgow City Centre towards the East End and Commonwealth venues. This has led to a number of regeneration projects of varying scales and new arts and culture businesses setting up within the area.
The Barras Banchetto was a theatrical dining experience which invited participants from all walks of life to discuss the regeneration of the Barras Market. Artists and cultural organisations newly working from within the Barras Market sat side by side with traders and residents who have occupied the area long before the Commonwealth Games. Over a specially curated lunch; each course designed by a Glasgow based artist in collaboration with a business in the Barras Market, the guests explored the perceptions and impact of the regeneration and, most importantly, discussed how the newly forming community could work together to retain the unique history and heritage of the Barras Market.
The Barras Banchetto provided an example of how the incoming arts and culture community could positively impact on the local economy of the Barras Market by using the event as an opportunity to engage with and support existing businesses and traders. All food was sourced locally and, where possible, all materials and tools were bought from local traders.
The project explored the process of regeneration through participatory experience and demonstrated the importance of an artist led approach in creating new ways to discuss and deliver placemaking projects.
Dear Green Coffee invited me to create an item to sell as part of the Glasgow Coffee Festival.
Meadow Road Cafe
I designed the logo and painted the exterior signage and interior blackboards for Meadow Road.
Glasgow Piano City
Glasgow Piano City asked me to design a new logo for them and to create a "Colour In" piano. This was for an event for the BBC. The piano now resides at Glasgow's Willow Tearoom. Go visit and play us a tune!
A wee lift up ~ June 7th 2015
All at Sea
I was commissioned by composer and sound artist Richy Carey to produce an animation and artwork for All at Sea, a collaboration with hisself and author Martin Cathcart Froden.
ALL AT SEA
A brittle twine strung between low expectations and an arrival at a place better than the one set out for.
All at Sea is a collaboration between composer Richy Carey, illustrator Libby Walker and author Martin Cathcart Froden. The project explores the highs and lows of an artist creating a new body of work, aiming to be both a question and catharsis, and end and beginning.
Deeply rooted in their shared connection with Glasgow, the works weave between stories of the city, the people who live there and the authors hopes and fears for capturing them. The result is a collection of intertwining illustrations, music and short stories which reveal layers of narrative illuminated by the artists’ experiences
All at Sea
Umbrella Objective is a project that I founded.
A simple and fun project engaging artists with the community. I asked 20 different artists to use an umbrella as a canvas. These where then paraded through the Gibson Street Gala and used over the years to protect artist stalls at the event.
They also wen ton tour, visiting summer festivals and art centres.
Many thanks to all the artists for contributing to this project.