Mashing up: Curating/Practice

Women@Play © and courtesy the artists and Red Road Family Centre

I have been working with Katarzyna Kosmala on a round table event as part the 2 day seminar programme exploring Mashing Up: Curating /Practice. The GoMA round table will involve Women@Play as a project to explore ideas of knowledge exchange as participatory practice. There will also be a chance to hear papers from other people Katarzyna has invited and later I will lead a tour round Blueprint for a Bogey.

The programme for the afternoon is as below.

University of Glasgow and UWS event
Translating Russian & East European Cultures Centre for Russian, Central & East European Studies, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

GoMA Roundtable Event
Thursday 12 May 2011
Top Floor Studio GoMA

2:30 to 6pm

To include a roundtable on knowledge exchange as participatory practice – exploring links
between play and visual pedagogies and the private view of the exhibition Blueprint for a
Bogey, which includes the artwork, Women@Play
This event is part of GoMA’s ‘Blueprint for a bogey’ seminar series.

2:15 – 2:30 Tea and Coffee

2:30 – 2:45 Introduction
Katarzyna Kosmala, Jon Oldfield, Katie Bruce
2:45 – 3:45 Workshop
women@play, led by Katarzyna Kosmala
This session will involve the project co-ordinator, Katie Bruce; the artists Rachel Mimiec and Anne Elliot as well as the Development Worker from the Red Road Family Centre, June Aird, talking around the project. There will also be time for Q&As.
3:45 – 4:30 Impulse paper session
Short impulse papers will be delivered on aspects of knowledge exchange as part of participatory practice. These will be given by Rebecca Kay, Zuly Mail Zada, and Jon Oldfield.
4:30 – 5:00 Group activity/discussion
Revolving around the themes of participation as learning/knowledge exchange, experiential learning, and related areas.
5:00 – 6:00 Exhibition
Viewing, guided by curator Katie Bruce followed by drinks reception.

A little update

Installation shot of General Dynamic F.U.N, Eduardo Paolozzi© the artist and his estate

It’s been a while since the last post. That’s not to say things haven’t been happening it’s just almost too many things have been happening to post. On April 15 one of our Learning Assistants chose the next print in General Dynamic F.U.N. for display. It was easy enough for her as Liz Taylor had not long died so when she saw the print where Paolozzi had included an image of Ms Taylor she thought it would be a perfect way to celebrate her life.

installation shot of General Dynamic F.U.N. by Eduardo Paolozzi,© the artist and his estate

Other Blueprint for a Bogey things…

Well we are busy planning Up to Mischief which is part of this year’s Festival of Museums. I am hoping to post a final programme on the blog later this week but  at the moment we know there are several things afoot including a balloon making workshop, chain reactions, silly sports and den building in the portico.

A couple of the workshops run by our lovely Learning and Access Team have taken place. The Saturday Art Club made Miss Muffet bonnets and scary spiders while the GoMA Bites Adults session explored printing using Attention! by Corin Sworn, Nicolas Party and Ciara Phillips as a starting point.

installation shot of Attention! by Corin Sworn with Nicolas Party and Ciara Phillips© and courtesy of the artists and Kendall Koppe

I have been working with the University of the West of Scotland and International Play Association Scotland on a couple of seminars, one of which is coming up this week. I will put information about them in separate posts.
some young people were in last week to look around the exhibition and select the works they liked to talk about when they act as guides at Up to Mischief. They were brilliant and worked hard for the 2 hours they were in.. we even ran out of time  to finish their artworks.The young guides raised interesting questions about the work in the exhibition and all particularly liked Women@Play, as they were intrigued to see adults participating in the same games that they know and enjoy.


Women@Play, Image © the artists and Red Road Family Centre and courtesy of Glasgow Museums

I forgot to mention a couple of tours I have given as well. They have been small numbers ie: 1 & 2 people turned up but really interesting. One was with a dancer who was keen to chat about some of the ideas I had tried to develop in the exhibition, as they resonated with projects and interests he has been involved in. The chat with him lasted about an hour and it was great to explore ideas of Play and Dance which are not necessarily on my radar. The other tour was with 2 guys, one from the Basque Country and the other from Japan.. . a really lovely evening with them exploring ideas from different cultural backgrounds and generations as well, again that tour overran.

Social Inclusion Coordinator, GoMA

Corin Sworn and Nicolas Party, The Thursday Exchange

installation shot of Attention! by Corin Sworn with Nicolas Party and Ciara Phillips © and courtesy of the artists and Kendall Koppe

The Thursday Exchange, April Edition

Thursday 21 April

5.30pm to 7.30pm

Blueprint for a Bogey

5.30pm – Join a tour of Blueprint for a Bogey by the exhibition curator

6.15pm – Featured artists Corin Sworn and Nicolas Party talk about their work.

There will also be refreshments and an opportunity to network.

GoMA is pleased to present a talk for our April edition of the Thursday Exchange by Corin Sworn and Nicolas Party where they will talk about their work and more specifically Attention!.

The gallery is also excited to be able to announce that as part of GoMA’s recent acquisitions it has purchased key works from Blueprint for a Bogey by Corin Sworn, Faktura and Attention! (Sworn with Nicolas Party and Ciara Phillips).

Blueprint for a Bogey explores the right to play and is this being met for children, young people and adults. One aspect explored in the programme is how children’s play is questioned, interrupted and neglected. How do we create safe spaces for children that allow them the freedom to play and develop? We create spaces that minimize the risks they can take – they are wrapped in our concern for their safety and their play is couched in rules and regulations.

This idea is developed in Faktura and Attention!. Faktura flits between documentary and animation. The documentary explores an adventure playground in Berlin, Germany, which allows children to create the environments they play in. The animations, which interrupt this documentary, are experiments using shapes from a children’s pattern book. Attention!, which Sworn developed with Nicolas Party and Ciara Phillips, has taken its inspiration from safety books from the 1980s and questions the restrictions we are putting on play.

Further info:

Corin Sworn works in Glasgow and Vancouver, Canada. She uses a range of media including drawing, sculpture, video and installation. Informed by her background in psychology and her on-going interest in social and cultural anthropology, Sworn’s research-based practice investigates the notion of individual agency from a number of different perspectives. Her works have focused on subjective accounts of modernist architecture, utopian experiments in social development – including the implementation of alternative pedagogical models – and fictional narratives of youths in a state of rebellion.

hear more from Corin in a talk from her recent show at Tramway (part 1 )

Part 2

Nicolas Party lives and works in Glasgow. He is originally from Lausanne, Switzerland, and studied and worked there before moving to Glasgow and graduating from Master of Fine Art course at GSA. His work ranges from an individual painting and drawing practice to a collective based artistic activity, as well as independent exhibition’s curation

The Thursday Exchange programme of events aims to provide a welcoming, social and creative atmosphere in which anyone can enjoy tours, talks and exchanges with artists, curators, gallery staff and volunteers.

Flying the flag for Play


On Saturday 2 April our Saturday Art Club was slightly different from usual as we asked everybody to make buntingFlying the Flag for Play. This was to create and assemble flags that will be displayed at the IPA World Conference in Wales in July 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Play Association.

Thanks to all the families who came along and made all the fantastic bunting which will represent play from Scotland at the conference.

making bunting

making bunting

Bunting in the window

I’d Play all day and night if I could

IPA 50th Anniversary Reception at the Scottish Parliament


International Play Association:

Promoting the Child’s Right to Play

 50th Anniversary Reception at the Scottish Parliament

on 21st March 2011, 6.00 – 7.30 pm

 Last night Robin Harper MSP hosted a reception at the Scottish Parliament to mark the International Play Association’s 50th Anniversary which falls this year. The association promotes the child’s right to play under article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 In this 50th year IPA is also celebrating the announcement from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child that it will issue a ‘General Comment’ to governments worldwide to aid implementation of the Child’s Right to Play (article 31). IPA is looking forward to working with the Committee on this endeavour.

 Other speakers at the reception were Irene Hogg (Chair of the IPA Scotland Branch), Theresa Casey (IPA’s international President) and Tam Baillie (Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People)

 Theresa Casey spoke about the history of IPA and its influence on the development of article 31 in the Un Convention of the Rights of the Child,  Members in Scotland have been active since IPA’s establishment in Denmark in May 1961 and formed a Scotland Branch in 1994. The Branch has contributed greatly to the international IPA network and is represented on the international Council. The international positions of President and Secretary are currently held by Scottish members (Theresa Casey and Margaret Westwood respectively).

 Originating from a desire to promote adventure playgrounds along the Scandinavian model, over the years the association took on a more consultative and campaigning role on children’s rights in support of clause 7 of the 1959 UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child. This declared that public authorities should endeavour to promote the enjoyment of the right to play and recreation.

 Reflecting this role, the association issued the ‘IPA Malta Declaration of the Child’s Right to Play’ in 1977 in preparation for the International Year of the Child in 1979. This gave rise to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 of which article 31 includes the child’s right to play.

 The association has expanded its membership and now has active groups and branches in over 50 countries throughout the world. It has gained recognition by a number of UN agencies including ECOSOC, UNESCO and UNICEF.

 Finally, as part of the event, the guests were able to view the results from the recent IPA Scotland and Children’s Parliament consultation with Scottish children on their experience of the right to play. Their responses are published this week in the report ‘I’d play all day and night if I could’.  I’d play all day and night if I could – report  (see last week’s post)

 The report shows that Scottish children have rich play lives indoor and out, with friends, with friendly adults and without them, in all weathers and at home, school and in their neighbourhoods. Some of the things that get in the way are told in the children’s own words, such as:

 “It would be good to have streets where cars can’t get up – where spiders come down and stop the cars getting up…hmmm or cones.” (Boy of 4, Aberdeen) and

” It’s not good enough to have adults around when you’re playing because they stop you doing secret stuff…spoils the game.” (Boy of 5, Kelso) or

“You need to be protected but not that much that you can’t learn anything.” (Girl aged 11, Dunbar)

Chris Dooks, 24 March 2011

Artist, Doctoral Researcher and ‘Polymash’ Chris Dooks presents a talk and performance in response to the exhibition “Blueprint for a Bogey” at The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (GoMA) on the 24 March 2011 : 6.00 – 7.30 pm.

The title of Dooks’ bizarre hour is:


Or in other words, why a forty year old man is devoting months of his to recomposing 1970s’ children’s records and re-collecting vintage Ladybirds.

Chris has been emailing various stages of the performance which has been a lovely insight into his work. When it was suggested that he did talk way back in the early stages of planning the Blueprint for a Bogey programme I thought he meant a straight talk. Instead this is much more interesting and has developed legs and arms and voices. The thought and the work that has gone into this event on Thursday is fantastic and I am really looking forward to it all.
Here is a link that he sent me a while back in the early stages of discussion and is one of a number of collaborations he has made with his son, who is now 9 months old. This was made when he was 4 months old.
Now I am off to chase cables and talk to technicians to make sure that it all goes to plan on Thursday.

Electrical Appliance, David Sherry, 17 March 2011

Electrical Appliance, David Sherry, 2011 © the artist, image courtesy of Glasgow Museums © Alan Dimmick

Lots of great images images from yesterday’s performance of Electrical Appliance by David Sherry. It was an exciting day for GoMA, as this was one of two performances we have bought from David for the Contemporary Art Collection. It is the first performance that Glasgow Museums has bought and represents an exciting new path for our aquistions.

There were loads of fantastic comments from visitors and one school group were even able to discuss the work as part of their visit exploring sculptures and materials they are made from. They decided that this was real and made of ‘meat, bones and skin’.
Dave gave a talk later on in the evening which gave a greater insight into his thinking on this work and recent drawings, films and performances.

Electrical Appliance, David Sherry 2011 © the artist, image courtesy of Glasgow Museums © Alan Dimmick

Electrical Appliance, David Sherry 2011 © the artist, image courtesy of Glasgow Museums © Alan Dimmick

Electrical Appliance, David Sherry 2011 © the artist, image courtesy of Glasgow Museums © Alan Dimmick

Electrical Appliance, David Sherry 2011 © the artist, image courtesy of Glasgow Museums © Alan Dimmick

Electrical Appliance, David Sherry 2011 © the artist, image courtesy of Glasgow Museums © Alan Dimmick

Electrical Appliance, David Sherry 2011 © the artist, image courtesy of Glasgow Museums © Alan Dimmick