Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Coming up this Friday: Cities, Colm Cille and Concrete

This Friday is shaping up to be very exciting and inspiring indeed, starting with this week's Friday Architecture Lecture with guest speaker Richard J Williams, professor of contemporary visual cultures at the University of Edinburgh. Richard Williams has researched and written about the contemporary city for the last 10 years, with a particular focus on urban regeneration, the place of culture in the city and the legacy of modernism in urban design. We currently have most of his books available in the library's main lending collection, except for The Anxious City, which is currently on order.


The Friday Lecture is organised by the Mackintosh School of Architecture and is the concluding event of the week for the Glasgow School of Art.  It will take place at 3 o’clock in the afternoon in the Mackintosh Lecture Theatre and seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Non-GSA people should contact Ambrose Gillick for information, via the main switchboard or by email at

Around the same time, one of the first public events of Colme Cille’s Spiral Convocation will be taking place at the CCA followed by the exhibition's opening in the Mackintosh Gallery. Colme Cille’s Spiral is a series of contemporary art and literature commissions and dialogues rethinking the legacy of sixth century Irish monk Colm Cille (St Columba), which in its entirety unfolds across Ireland and the UK, starting and ending in Derry~Londonderry for City of Culture 2013. 


The Glasgow School of Art leads on Scotland’s ‘Knot’ that forms the spiral. This public event, along with an exhibition in Mackintosh Museum at Glasgow School of Art (12 October - 1 November) will share the outcomes of a group of scholars and artists following their short summer residency on Raasay, an island off Skye, where they have worked together to engage with the ‘extreme past’. 
The CCA event is free and will be running from 2pm till 5pm and is followed by the exhibition preview in the Mackintosh building from 6pm till 8pm.

Finally, last but not least, this Friday also sees the opening of the exhibition Cast: Innovations in Concrete in the A+DS Gallery, Level 2 in the Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane. I got given a sneak preview of the exhibition as it was getting installed last night and it looks very exciting! I expressly recommend it to architecture and sculpture students alike. You will never think of concrete as boring again... 

There will also be a series of lectures associated with this exhibition, follow this link to find out more.