Featuring 27 works from the Fleming Collection, this exhibition celebrates work from the four key Scottish Colourist artists, alongside artists who were early influencers of their work.
The only festival to celebrate biography and memoir, the Boswell Book Festival is one of the most prestigious cultural events in Scotland. This year, a series of short talks under the theme of Scottish Portraits as Biography, will be presented throughout, partially hosted by Fleming Collection Director James Knox, along with James Holloway, former Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and David Eustace, internationally acclaimed Scottish photographer.
The Glasgow Girls and Boys were a group of radical young artists, who rebelled against the jaded Victorian passion for highland scenes and story-telling pictures. With thanks to additional loans from private lenders and the National Galleries of Scotland, this display of the pivotal, late 19th century group of artists will highlight their talent and breadth of work. Kirkcudbright, the Artists' Town, was itself a home and inspiration to a number of the Glasgow Girls and Boys, including E A Hornel, Jessie M King and George Henry.
Art has rarely been more needed than during this time of a global pandemic. Presciently, in 2018, the Sheffield Millennium Gallery staged an exhibition of works from the Fleming Collection, the Ingram Collection and the Jerwood Collection, which explored, largely through work chosen from the 20th century, art’s capacity to stir our emotions from deepest despair to unbridled joy. Its title, 'Darkness into Light', summed up today’s febrile mood, which is why the Fleming Collection has reprised an online version of this exhibition.
A lecture by Duncan Macmillan, Emeritus Professor in the History of Scottish Art at the University of Edinburgh where he pioneered the teaching of Scottish art as a university subject. This is the first event in a year-long collaboration between the Paul Mellon Centre and the Fleming Collection that will focus on aspects of Scottish art, both current and neglected. Recently, the Fleming Collection gifted its specialist library to PMC as a contribution to building an unrivalled resource for British art studies open to all.
Last year, on the advice of the Fleming Collection, Scotland House London chose the work of an emerging Scottish artist to hang for a year as part of a new award in support of contemporary Scottish talent. This award was given to Brandon Logan, a graduate from Edinburgh College of Art who showed work in the Royal Scottish Academy’s 'New Contemporaries’ exhibition in early 2020. Logan creates abstract wall hangings that explore broad themes of time, labour and tradition in the context of his place of birth, Orkney.
Please join us for a webinar on the 3rd February to hear the artist in conversation with James Knox, Director of the Fleming Collection, and to see some of his artwork.
Join Fleming Collection Director James Knox and Scottish Gallery Managing Director Christina Jansen on Zoom as they discuss our recently published book, 'The Glasgow Girls and Boys'. They will discuss how he came to write the book, the challenges in marshalling the lives and achievements of twenty artists, why the women artists have been neglected until now, and what his discoveries were while researching the book and curating the exhibition that it pairs with.
Today, the four artists known as the Scottish Colourists, S.J. Peploe, J.D. Fergusson, G.L. Hunter and F.C.B. Cadell, are acknowledged as one of the most talented and distinctive groups in 20th century British art. They emerged as a quartet relatively late in their careers when their Glasgow dealer staged a group show in Paris in 1924 and another the following year in London, turning a loose affiliation of friends bound by common artistic goals into a movement. The group's first show being in Paris was appropriate as their love of France and the influence of the Post-Impressionists and the 'wild beasts' of the Fauves became a defining characteristic of their development as artists.
The Glasgow Boys and Girls were a group of radical young artists, who rebelled against the jaded Victorian passion for highland scenes and story-telling pictures. The exhibition brings together over thirty paintings and watercolours and focuses on the period between 1880-1895, when thegroup was at the height of their creativity.
The Glasgow Boys & Girls seeks to bring new and greater appreciation for the talents of several female artists, including Flora Macdonald Reid, whose work Fieldworkers (1883), which was painted when she was just 22 years old, is included in the exhibition. It has since been recognised as one of the key early paintings of the Glasgow School. Other women artists in the show include Ressie MacNicol, Constance Walton and Katherine Cameron.
The Glasgow Boys and Girls is a virtual exhibition curated by the Fleming Collection and hosted by the charity Art UK.
The exhibition is one of the first to be showcased through Art UK's Curations, a new tool launched in conjunction with International Museum Day that allows any member of the public to curate their own exhibition, providing access to the nation's public collections.