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Scottish Contemporary Art Network

CLiC partnership Winter round up 

Our Curatorial Leadership in Collections (CLiC) project brings together a network of contemporary art curators from collections across Scotland and shares learning with the wider museums sector. The CLiC Connect and Activate Programme in 2020–2021 supported a new generation of leaders to think about how collections can be both resilient and relevant in challenging times.

The CLiC partnership project thinking sessions have brought engaging thought and discussions in 2022 both online and in-person.

Read more about the CLiC partnership project

The CLiC partnership project will conclude in 2023 leaving a legacy online toolkit for supporting organisations to commission artists
  • The group visited the Burrell Collection for a guided tour with Duncan Dornan and Caroline Currie from Glasgow Life.
  • Online, the group discussed the Touring Report from Creative Scotland and Art Fund with Amanda Catto from Creative Scotland.
  • In September, a session was led by Jeanie Scott from Culture Radar discussing Fair Works Framework in the context of collections working with artists.

Excellent resources produced by CLiC project network partners are available online now.

See the full suite of case studies produced as part of our CLiC Connect and Activate Project in 2021

The case studies

Curators Katie Bruce and Martin Craig at Glasgow Museums’ Gallery of Modern Art share their experience of collecting the work of Rabiya Choudhry during the pandemic, demonstrating how contemporary art inspires communities and future artists.
The Hunterian Art Gallery curator Dominic Paterson invites us to consider Jimmy Robert’s Tobacco Flower as an artistic intervention in the Hunterian Collection, showing us how artists can generate new tools and approaches.
The Team at Glasgow Women’s Library explore how working with artists can allow hidden histories to surface through Ingrid Pollard’s recent residency and exhibition No Cover Up.
Head of Creative Programmes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Emma Nicolson, shares the transformative potential of Climate House in gathering art and science together to imagine a better future.

Snapshot of partners' current activities

Working Memory Session, Glasgow Women's Library’s Three Decades Archivist interviews GWL founders Adele Patrick and Kate Henderson.
Vanessa Baird: I get along without you very well
Until 25th February 2023

Vanessa Baird is one of Norway’s leading contemporary artists, whose rich drawings and paintings are imbued with a deep, essential kind of storytelling that feels both individual and universal.

She draws on a wide range of references from her own lived experience as well as Scandinavian and contemporary folklore and literature, as well as her proud Scottish heritage.

For this exhibition, Baird is exhibiting a new series of works made in response to the Library and its archive.

Elizabeth Price: Underfoot
Until 16th April 2023

Underfoot is an exhibition of new work by visual artist Elizabeth Price. It takes as its point of departure the archives of Glasgow-based carpet manufacturers, and in particular those of the renowned firms of Stoddard and Templeton Ltd, now held in the University of Glasgow’s Archives and Special Collections.

The two-screen video work at its centre, UNDERFOOT, adapts archival imagery and digital animation to express the dynamics at work within the organisation of knowledge in a library building. The exhibition continues Price’s practice of questioning how archives represent, or fail to represent, social history and experience.

Glean: Early 20th Century women filmmakers and photographers in Scotland

Until 12th March 2023

This ground-breaking exhibition presents the work of fourteen pioneering women photographers and filmmakers working in Scotland during the early 20th century.

These women present different accounts of Scotland, covering both rural and city places and communities. The exhibition shows the breadth of their photography and filmmaking, mapping new narratives about women's work and the history of photography in Scotland.

The exhibition is a partnership project with Jenny Brownrigg, Exhibitions Director at The Glasgow School of Art.

Are you Sitting Comfortably?
Until 12th February 2023

Works on paper are vulnerable to light, which can cause them to fade if exposed for long periods. At this time of the year natural light levels are so low that it's an ideal opportunity to show works on paper, including prints, drawings and watercolours.

Inspired by Scotland's Year of Stories, this year's winter works on paper display celebrates storytelling in art. Drawn from the city of Dundee’s diverse collections, the selection of works span four centuries and explore mythology, religion, literature and everyday life, with stories for everyone to delve into.

You can follow the project @ActivateMuseums on Twitter and Instagram
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