Shining a light on art at the Beacon

At Beacon Arts Centre we host a constantly changing programme of inspiring and thought-provoking exhibitions in our light and airy upstairs gallery space. Guest Curator Fraser Taylor presents a year-round programme by local, national and international artists – some exclusive to the Beacon.

Fraser studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. His internationally exhibited work includes large-scale sculptural installations, set design, print media, filmmaking and painting. From 2001 to 2017 he was a Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Professorship from Glasgow School of Art.

During these unprecedented times and as I commence my role as Guest Curator at Beacon Arts Centre, I would like to share with you a few of the upcoming exhibitions. The dates will be announced as soon as we are able. I look forward to working with a wide range of artists and presenting a programme of exhibitions which will be both compelling and inspiring.

Fraser Taylor, Guest Curator

Habitual by Lois Green

Lois says: ‘My studio practice is focused on creating small-scale tonal paintings and drawings from found imagery, photographs and film stills of intimate spaces, often domestic settings. They are produced by continuously removing and applying (usually) oil or charcoal on a variety of prepared surfaces to describe subtleties and drama in light and tone, revealing emotional weight within an image.’

 

Flowers by Ruby Flowers

Ruby says: ‘I have been a Glasgow-based florist for 20 years. My appreciation of flowers and their transient pleasures started at an early age. Both my parents loved gardening. I watched them so content in the garden. Cutting flowers and bringing them into the home comes naturally to anyone who spends time in their garden. It’s a way of mapping the seasons and appreciating the beauty of the present. My drawings are a gesture to the beauty of flowers.’

Lewis Elegies by Mhairi Law and Calum Angus Mackay

Lewis Elegies is a series of photographs from two artists of different generations from the Isle of Lewis. Law’s The Darkest Dawn from 2018 commemorates the Iolaire disaster of 1919, while Mackay’s rediscovered work from 1990 references local history and folklore in intriguing still lifes.

 

Part of ‘Everything Flows’, Street Level Photoworks’ programme for VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. 

Dynamic Drawing Workshop

Fraser will host a five-day workshop later this year, exploring a range of traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing

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