The Kelly Gallery’s summer season of new graduate shows is well underway, and at the opening of the latest exhibition Black and Blue Part 2 featuring works by GSA graduates, the artists all agreed that having their work showcased by the RGI is a huge encouragement; a bridge between the adrenalin fuelled degree shows, and the challenge of finding work.
Lee Hutchinson who studied Fine Art Photography at GSA said:
“When the email came through from Lynne and Amy that my work had been selected for the new graduates’ show, it was such a confidence boost. I came to last year’s exhibition at the Kelly to view my friend’s work and now it’s a great feeling to be part of this year’s show.”
Originally from Newcastle, Lee is staying on in Glasgow as he feels the city’s art scene is so vibrant. It’s encouraging that the RGI’s commitment to emerging talent is making a contribution to city’s reputation as an arts hub.
The current show which runs until August 4, is followed by Cartel, an exhibition of selected works produced by BA Visual Arts gradates from North Glasgow College. Then Assembly with works by photographers from Glasgow’s City College and UWS.
The private views are always an ideal opportunity for new graduates to meet and receive encouragement from established artists as well as members of the public. Amidst all this emerging talent, could well be the Turner Prize winners of the future.
Cartel: Artists from Glasgow’s North College. 7 – 18 August 2012
Assembly: Photography from Glasgow’s City College and UWS. 21 August – 1 September
A selection of works can be viewed online