RGIs at the Kelly Opening this Saturday!

RGIs at the Kelly
8 February – 29 March 2014

Opening Saturday 8 February 1-5pm

For the first time in its 152-year history, the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts is mounting a collective exhibition of artworks by current RGI artists.

It opens at the RGI Kelly Gallery on Saturday 8 February, runs until 29 March and aims to include work by over fifty RGI artists.

The RGI has established its role throughout more a century and a half as a leading showcase for contemporary art, with an unbroken record of hosting consecutive Annual Exhibitions – the largest open exhibitions in Scotland – the majority of them held traditionally at Glasgow’s distinguished McLellan Galleries.

The more recent award of ‘RGI’ to artists of distinction began in 1977.  Painters and sculptors are elected solely by their peers for artistic merit and their support for the Institute.  It is a lifelong award and there is a corps of around 50 at any one time.

This exhibition uniquely assembles a diverse range of works from the current range of RGIs, including:

George Devlin RSW RBA ROI ARWS FRSA, Patricia Cain, Jim Dunbar RSW, Jacqueline Orr RSW, Alice McMurrough RSW PAI, Neil Macdonald RSW PAI, Ronald F Smith RSW PAI, Ronnie Forbes RSA, Robin Hume, John Inglis PRSW HAWI, Simon Laurie RSW, Tom McKendrick RSW, James McNaught RSW, Sandy Murphy RSW PAI, David Martin RSW, Robert Murray RSW, Hazel Nagl RSW PAI, Glen Scouller RSW, Elspeth Lamb, and Helen Wilson RSW PAI.

The Royal Glasgow Institute is an independent charitable organisation promoting and encouraging Scotland’s contemporary art and artists.  Since its formation in 1861 it has honoured the work of generations of prominent artists from the Glasgow Boys to the Colourists and many other now household names.

This exhibition features small works by today’s RGIs, on show at the RGI’s permanent gallery space and headquarters.

The RGI Kelly Gallery is in the traditional Fine Art Quarter of the city, defined by the Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow Art Club, both of similar vintage and distinction and with whom the RGI has strong links, alongside the McLellan Galleries, now languishing uncertain of their future.

This exhibition spotlights contemporary artists who are respected by fellow professional artists.  It embraces and encapsulates the significant talents destined to contribute to the fine art heritage of the future!

RGI Kelly Gallery, 118 Douglas Street, Glasgow, G2 4ET

Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm

0141 248 6386

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