This is an open call for artists working in a range of media, from painting to performance, sound and sculpture. We are looking for artists at all stages of their artistic careers to celebrate Christmas and support this independent Glasgow-based gallery.
Deadline: 30 October To apply, send us a copy of your artist’s statement and a few images of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 2nd of April 2010 Six Foot Gallery opened its doors for the first time and for the past 10 years we have made our goal to showcase the work of emerging and established creatives throughout the city and beyond.
So become a part of the history of Six Foot Gallery as we move into the future and our next 10 years. Join us in our showcase of a wide range of media and artists to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our independent Glasgow gallery.
Opening night: Thursday 22 October 2020
The exhibition runs from October 22 to November 10.
The trigger point for the collaboration between Clare and I was a hunger to express ourselves unapologetically as women artists experiencing the harsh environment that is the contemporary art world.
Both based in Glasgow, Clare and I have much experience practicing as artists and fine art lecturers as well. It was not until conversation in a joint studio crit planning our collaboration that we became aware of our separate battles with mental health and how much effect it had on our work.
Drawing and painting for me has always been a means to talk and make sense, a feathery pencil line or blob of paint explains what is going on in my head far more cleanly than the spoken word. But I came to respect or more value my skills, when my ability to speak and hear broke down.
Epilepsy: Condition and diagnosis
It was on a train in 2012 that I had an epileptic seizure, having not experienced one before. The fear and exasperation of loss of consciousness is immense and difficult to recover from. On the train that day I last remember talking leisurely with a woman (I think), then suddenly the voice and face of a paramedic in my face requesting that I get off the train. I did not know where I was, everyone on the train was looking at me, the embarrassment and anger at my confusion was harsh. An ambulance ride and a blunt phone call to my husband directing him to a hospital hundreds of miles from home lead me to the diagnosis after a brain scan to Epilepsy (Petit Mal), now more commonly known as Absence Seizures. According to my hospital notes, I had stopped mid-sentence and stared out of the window like I had switched off. I then slumped and began twitching and foaming at the mouth.
The wonderful passenger with me immediately reported this to the train attendant.
I had been struggling before this seizure with my memory. I had recently lost my mother, then grandmother before being made redundant from my job. The pressures resting on my head weighed heavily. I think that I had been having small absences leading to the long one on the train, which made me angry as I didn’t understand what I was doing. I recall arguing a lot at home, because others thought that I was ignoring them, which I wasn’t. I do not remember these episodes because I was not fully conscious.
When being diagnosed with this condition I felt I was in limbo. I am a strong and confident woman, artist, mother, and partner. But I needed help to support my brain: I had only known supporting others. Admitting illness was hard not only for me, but those around me who were not used to me needing help, and feeling guilty as adults to ask for it. Mental illness is scary because it is an ‘unseen’: a concept at the heart of my painting practice fighting against sexism and promoting freedom of thought. In my paintings I present the viewer with scenes of personal empowerment. Which takes me back to the beginning: in that it is my hands, as it always has been where the unseen can be seen and subsequently shared.
The visual journey
The drawing series ‘Barberium’ begun in 2017 is my contribution to the show that Clare and I present, a work made after a day of revelation, funny enough in a train station.
I am always enamoured and distracted by colour, pattern and light, so much so that I have to capture it with my hand before my brain forgets it.
I had no idea why every day I would do my daily walk between teaching institutions usually in a rush with backpack that I felt that I was walking in an Ilya Repin painting. Repin was a Russian Realist painter of the late 19th Century. I became familiar with his work as an art student in New York where I spent many hours ferreting around the Metropolitan Museum looking at them. His scenes of muddied mansions trashed by military men always swept me off my feet and lured me in. I had no idea why on earth I kept thinking I was in a Repin painting as I dashed under Central Station’s grand clock. I would berate myself to stop being so ‘loopy’. Until one day that the left hand of my brain screamed at me to stop and look, to ignore the pragmatic lecturing right side. So I did. I sat on a chair, plonked down my bag and watched the scene about me.
Then I saw it. Very slowly as I too in the scene I found myself sat in a Repin painting. Every man (well almost) around me, running, sitting, fiddling with their mobile phones was playing and twisting: a beard! The men around me were not part of the Russian military (as far as I knew); they were not hollering in Russian across the station, whilst marching and carrying rifles, but almost everyman around me had a beard! Sitting there 5-6 years earlier that would not be a scene I would have seen, it was apparent that the twenty-tens were one of beard and brow.
My hand started twitching. I immediately entered the barbers next to the station and politely asked if I could watch the men seated as they had their faces trimmed. The barbers were amused but easy going and so began a happy year of just sitting and drawing men being trimmed at the barber shop, listening to their conversations and enjoying the female gaze of the male face. These drawings were a revelation, a space to escape and enjoy the drawn line. In the works made I have drawn strangers and friends, where they told their stories as I drew from life. One of these drawings then came to be the most important that I have ever made: that of my father. My father had always sported a moustache, like my brothers now too. Whilst visiting in January in 2018 I drew him as he sat talking to my husband, never actually having drawn him. My little nieces came and sat with me giggling, and then asking to join me and draw him too. My dad laughed away and it was a lovely daft night of gossip and joking. Sadly however that came to be the last chance I had to talk and draw my father, as he was killed 3 months later in a road accident. This drawing became the frontispiece for his funeral brochure. History shone a very different meaning upon the drawing than that of a casual scribble.
‘Loopin’: An analysis
Sharing a space and concept with Clare has provided my practice a form of freedom, with both of us tackling subjects centred around issues with mental health that are not openly chatted about.
For us it is ‘normal’ to discuss hospital treatments, our medication, the realities of being mothers with conditions that require a certain amount of mothering back. Collaborating together to explore our conditions and its effect on the work that we make has felt like a stress reliever, but more it has opened a door to more dialogue, unintimidated by outside forces that codify what is bad and what is good.
The period of 2020, in which the world has been forced to ‘shut down’ physically, has forced it to sit in doors and entertain itself. For Clare and I this is a common occurrence for us. On many occasions we have had to sit outside ‘normal’ social structures and feel detached.
Our freedom mechanism has always been to draw or paint and one that has led to answers and important friendships.
I hope that 2020, which sets a stage for this exhibition, will be an awakening to the world of the vital importance of visual and spoken dialogue as a means to share personal experience; from which a learned future made of wise humans and social systems can be built upon.
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Six Foot Gallery invites you to ‘LoopIn‘: a collaborative exhibition of Glasgow-based artists Sharon Thomas and Clare Crines.
Via a wide range of media such as drawing, painting, installation and film animation, this show explores the boundaries that constitute ‘good’ mental health and wellbeing; applying personal experiences encountered in their own lives to offer insight to both the frustration and enlightenment that is cognitive struggle.
This project hopes to raise awareness of the commonality of mental health issues and the historical necessity of visual arts to express a personal comprehension of what constitutes reality. Please join us in breaking down the stigmas attached to mental health issues and instead celebrate the vast and still misunderstood complexity that is the human experience.
Opening night: Thursday 8th October, 6pm-8pm.
The exhibition runs October 8-21.
It is with a heavy heart that we the Volunteer Team have decided to postpone Six Foot Gallery’s 10th Anniversary show scheduled for the 3rd of April until further notice. The health and safety of our volunteers and exhibiting artists are of paramount importance to us and do not want to risk the spread of this virus any further. This decision has not been easy for us to make as we are a small team of volunteers who put a lot of time into making this show possible. We will be rescheduling our 10th Anniversary show a soon as possible.
If you are an artist exhibiting with us and would like to collect your work please email us and we can organise that for you or if you would like to drop off work for when we reschedule the show again let us know.
We have decided to close the office from 5 pm on Friday the 20th for the foreseeable future but will be checking our emails throughout this period.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused, but feel this is the safest option to stop the spread of the virus to vulnerable groups.
The SFG Volunteer Team
Hugh Gillan, Peter Murray, Sheena Russell, Sarah Grant
Chroma features the work of four contemporary painters, Peter Murray, Hugh Gillan, Sheena Russell and Sarah Grant. Expanding on the subdued palette of their previous show, Monochrome, some colour has crept into their images of the urban landscape.
Hugh Gillan shows a series of oil paintings and drawings made with charcoal pencil on gesso, the medium almost scoring and disintegrating the surface of the boards, echoing the decaying nature of his liminal subject matter. Peter Murray renders in watercolour and ink dreamlike scenes which cross continents and time zones in their depictions of zeppelins and cityscapes. Sheena Russell’s intricate technique brings to life subdued and fluid images of the city while Sarah Grant’s painting method of reducing tone and superfluous detail takes us to a time which seems to hover somewhere between the past and the present.
Six Foot Gallery is excited to showcase artist Alex McCallum’s works in his first solo exhibition this August. Only available to view for three days at the gallery, don’t miss out!
Exhibition dates: Wednesday 14th August – Friday 16th August, 10am – 5pm.
Born in Glasgow in 1935, Alex has been creating paintings (initially as an occasional pastime, but always primarily for his own pleasure) since near the middle of the last century. Moving from oils to acrylics for very practical reasons, Alex, now in his mid-80s,
still paints most each and every day.
Sources of inspiration have changed over time – initially from “everything and everywhere”, he is currently taking much of his inspiration from a narrower and more selective direction. Over the last decade he has been drawing together elements of form and colour from carefully observing the development in the work of international artists who are also working with colour and non-representational paintings. He has very much appreciated that more and more in recent years those with an interest can now get a glimpse into the creative direction of both well-known and relatively unknown artists from around the world.
Never having the time or opportunity to formally foster his interest through art education, the ex-Company Director and Management Consultant is enormously grateful for one thing. Chances and choices have in recent years have allowed him to spend most of the time doing what he loves best. His prodigious output of paintings that express fun and enjoyment through acrylics on canvas is strong evidence of that freedom.
Join us at Six Foot Gallery for a new exhibition by Showcase 2019 exhibitor Adam Boyd!
Synthespian: a computer-generated three-dimensional character, either in a wholly animated film or in one that is a mixture of live action and computer animation.
The title of Adam Boyd’s current exhibition refers to a rapidly evolving form of cinematic performance, where human traits and behaviours can be translated through data capture. This vestige of human performance is often subject to various forms of transfiguration in blockbuster movies.The small scale of Boyd’s recent paintings tend to reject the spectacle of the big screen, in favour of a more intimate and obsessional translation of the figure. The reference images employed in the production of these works, have been gleaned from paparazzi shots, illicitly taken during the awkward pre-production stage from several multi-million dollar releases. The resulting, close-cropped figurative paintings, revel in the description of the body reduced to a geometric formula. In Boyd’s rejection of spectacular scale, an emphasis on the physical characteristics of the paint layer is privileged, this movement from the virtual towards the material encourages associations with other cultural and art historical precedents.
Preview: Friday 12th of July, 6pm-8pm
Exhibition: 12th of July – 11th of August
Six Foot Gallery is based within the ground floor of the Pentagon Centre, 36 Washington Street just off Argyle Street, easily accessible from Glasgow Central Station.
WITH ROBERTA PEDERZOLI
Take home your own completely unique silver jewellery with this introduction to lost wax casting. Over the course of this 2-day workshop, jeweller Roberta Pederzoli will teach you how to use a saw, files and carving tools to produce a pendant or a ring in wax. Your piece will then be cast in silver and you will learn how to finish it using soldering and filing techniques, leaving you with a beautiful, wearable work of art to keep.
The class runs on Saturday 25th of May & Saturday 8th of June from 9.30am – 1.30pm. **Advanced booking is essential** and you must be available for *both days* as each class will cover different stages in the process. The cost for the 2-day course is £90 + materials (cost TBC). Please get in touch with the gallery at email@example.com to register your interest and find out more information.
Roberta Pederzoli is the award-winning designer behind Quinta Essenza jewellery. Her elegant and tactile designs are influenced by an intertwining of Italian culture and Scottish environment. Their organic forms take inspiration from wood, stones, cracks, leaves, lichens and seaweed, highlighting natural beauty where it is often overlooked.
Six Foot Gallery
The Pentagon Centre
36 Washington Street