Friday 22 April saw Glasgow’s art lovers flock to the top floor studio at uber-cool hangout, The Art School, to witness a special exhibition of recent work by artists Jackson Marlette and Robin Leishman.
The two students in their final year at Glasgow School of Art put together the unique event, calling it By All Means Necessary, in a matter of weeks, and greeted the many guests with a cold beer and a polite eagerness to discuss the concept for the exhibition:-
“The idea was to show that massively differing personal inspirations can sit side by side in a harmonious habitat through linking imagery,” said Robin.
“We wanted to show that art doesn’t need to be consciously curated together to work collaboratively in this sort of space. There just needs to be an overlap in passion to allow the work to make sense together, and in our case what links our work is the psychology, imagery and military motifs.”
Indeed, walking into the exhibition space, sparse but for the adorned walls, visitors were confronted with two very different fine art styles.
Jackson Marlette’s work used primarily paint and spray paint on canvas (materials that are sometimes considered ‘primitive’ in a contemporary sense), and focused on memory and paranoia.
The most striking aspect of his work was the imagery of guerrilla militia and live arms, set against a background of vivid primary colours and erratic brush strokes to create a contrast between the unsettling and the childish. Needless to say, the result was disturbing, yet captivating.
Like Jackson, Robin’s work also focused on childhood and memory, however the materials used in his case included photography, and pine and steel etchings.
A favourite among visitors was a mural of photographs showing toy soldiers carrying a wounded comrade away on a stretcher. The photos had been stitched together with thread to create one large, touching scene.
Robin said: “I wanted to explore the relationship that we all form with inanimate objects in order to stimulate an organic memory of the past.”
“It’s privately a shrine to the memory of my father. By using the military toys that he once played with as a child, I was hoping to create a bridge to a man that I never knew by developing a relationship with his possessions, and using their motifs to engage in a visual dialogue.”
If the effect of By All Means Necessary was to show that different styles of art can exist in the same space harmoniously, linked only by one single inspiration, then the brief was undoubtedly met.
Guests at the exhibition marvelled at the unique notion of a joint showcase, and Leishman and Garrett have certainly caught the attention of Glasgow’s art luvvies, which will surely stand both artists in great stead for the future.
You can next see Robin Leishman and Jackson Marlette’s work displayed at the Glasgow School of Art’s Fine Art degree show from June 11- 18.
Mochridhe work with people with disabilities to help them live independently. The care organisation says it left RBS following dissatisfaction with their services.
Clydesdale Bank has now given the company a refinancing package of £415,000. This includes £200,000 of funding arranged through the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.
This financial boost will allow Mochridhe to roll out four different pilot sites throughout Scotland over the next twenty four months.
Managing director of Mochridhe, Jon Fleming, explained why he decided to switch bank.
He said:- “I was becoming increasingly frustrated with RBS’s service at a time when we have ambitious expansion plans in place, and are seeking to build the business significantly over the short-term. It seemed the RBS healthcare team no longer had the power to make decisions based on their personal knowledge of the companies they dealt with. I therefore approached Clydesdale Bank, who stepped in immediately and supplied us with the financial package we needed.”
Mochridhe’s move from RBS to Clydesdale Bank was assisted by Derek Breingan. Mr Breingan had previously been RBS’s health care manager with responsibility for the Mochridhe account until last May, when he moved to work for Clydesdale as their National Lead for healthcare sector.
He commented on why he believed it was important for the care organisation to expand:- “Mochridhe is an established Scottish business with a commitment to supplying the best possible personal assistance and living support to individuals and help them to lead independent lifestyles.”
He added:- “The company has an excellent strategy for future development, backed by a knowledgeable and well-known team and I am delighted to be able to support them in meeting their objectives.”
More information about Mochridhe and their services is available from their website
Students from throughout Scotland are to descend on Glasgow today and tomorrow to attend masterclasses and workshops on television, radio, film and digital media.
The Creative Loop Student Media Festival is being hosted by Creative Loop members, Aberdeen College; Adam Smith College in Fife; Cardonald College, Glasgow; Dundee College; Perth College and Reid Kerr College in Paisley.
Says Creative Loop: “[We work] to develop talent for Scotland’s creative media industries and aim to ensure that students are fully equipped with the skills and flair required by this constantly evolving and competitive sector.”
It continues: “The two-day festival will provide a platform for emerging talent in film and television, radio and digital media to network with industry professionals, showcase their work and pitch their ideas to media commissioners for instant feedback. This festival will feature a variety of workshops and master classes across the different platforms led by leading industry figures.”
The event is taking place at the CCA. For more information, click here.
Tipped as the perfect one-stop-shop for all your hair and beauty needs, the spacious and luxurious La Cherie salon offers hair, body and facial treatments all under one roof.
And the list of services on offer is extensive. From your basic cut and blow dry to nail enhancements, tanning, threading, waxing, teeth whitening, micro dermabrasion and IPL laser hair removal – the list goes on!
La Cherie manageress Saadya Mohan said: “You might come in for a haircut and then realise you can get your nails done or your legs waxed at the same time. It’s a great convenience for our customers to not have to source other locations for the services we provide.
“Our location on Cadogan Street in the city centre means it’s perfect for people to pop in after work, or even on their lunch break, to take advantage of our reasonable prices.”
La Cherie offers an innovative and comprehensive range of promotions, including Monday and Tuesday hair days where, for every adult cut or style, one child gets a free hair cut.
“No-one in Scotland has ever offered a comparable promotion in the history of hair styling,” said Ms Mohan.
The salon also operates a unique no appointments required system which means that customers can turn up for their beauty treatment and service at a time convenient to them. Simply call in to check for availability.
La Cherie – The House of Beauty is located at Epic House, 28-32 Cadogan Street, Glasgow
Tel: 0141 237 2217 www.lacherie.co.uk
The location for the much-anticipated next installment of Bold Souls had been a closely guarded secret since March, but it has now been revealed that from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday 30 April, Chambre 69 in Glasgow’s Stock Exchange House will be transformed into a stylistas paradise.
Bold Souls is a dynamic fashion event which aims to promote independent design in Glasgow and connect creatives working throughout the city. With local fashion and jewellery designers, makeup artists and free hair styling by Rainbow Rooms International, guests can shop, schmooze and be styled by the best Glasgow has to offer.
Their manifesto on their Facebook page, reads: “With so much talent within the city we feel the best way to show it is by inviting some of our favourite designers to come showcase under one roof – giving you the opportunity to buy direct from the designer (sans shop overheads) and learn more about the creative pool we have in Glasgow at the moment.
“Bold offers designers the opportunity to network with like-minded folk within the city, to help build up on collaborations. Bold Souls brings everything you need under one roof – designers, models, photographers, bloggers and stylists.”
Tickets are available on the door and are £3
What:Bold Souls pop up styling event
Where:Chambre 69, Stock Exchange House, 69 Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow G2 1BT
When: 1pm – 6pm
How Much: £3 on the door
To celebrate a decade of support for Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, Tesco has teamed up with a host of famous faces to encourage one million women to sign up to this year’s event series.
An inspiring video, starring Race for Life ambassador Paula Radcliffe and celebrity supporters Kate Walsh, Linda Barker, Jeff Brazier, Brian Dowling, Nell McAndrew and Fay Ripley has been released today to spur on as many women as possible to walk, jog or run 5k at their local Race for Life event, and you can watch it below…
Olympic athlete Paula Radcliffe and actress Fay Ripley have already joined forces with Tesco to star in a TV advert motivating one million women to take part.
Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series which, since it began in 1994, has raised a staggering £362 million towards Cancer Research UK’s work into all types of cancer. The charity hopes that with the help of Tesco, Race for Life 2011 will be the biggest year yet and that one million women will help raise £80 million at over 300 events across the UK from May until July 2011.
To sign up to Race for Life 2011 and for more information, visit www.raceforlife.org/tesco or call the hotline on 0871 641 1111
The Glasgow 5K takes place on 5 June at Glasgow Green. More details on The Cancer Research UK website.
And here is the pack to help you get on your way to running the race – go on you know you can do it!
Most girls’ days out might involve a spot of shopping for a few treats, followed by cocktails and lunch in a swanky new restaurant – but that’s decidedly tame compared to what thousands of girls are about to get up to at the SECC in Glasgow in a few weeks time.
That’s because, from Friday 6th May to Sunday 8th May, the SECC is set to become a man-free-zone when 20,000 women descend on the third ‘Girls’ Day Out’ show – Scotland’s biggest ever health, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty event!
Tom Lovering, organiser of Girls’ Day Out said: “There’s simply no other event when girls can get together at the one location and spend the whole day indulging themselves in whatever way imaginable!
“From exclusive fashions and pampering sessions, a whole host of health and beauty offers – including teeth whitening, manicures and pedicures, eyelash extensions to new hairdos – as well as everything from Thai foot massages to boudoir photo shoots, with in-house champagne and cocktail bars to unwind in between sessions – all under the one roof! It would take months to get around all that’s on offer at the Girls’ Day Out event at the typical girls’ day out!”
Set to be twice as big as last year’s event, tickets for this year’s Girls’ Day Out show are now available costing £12.00 each. Book now and you’ll receive a Boots goody bag worth at least £30.00, £10 worth of Boots advantage card points and two vouchers redeemable at the show for a glass of bubbly and a cocktail courtesy of 29 & One Up.
Book your tickets now at www.thegdoshow.co.uk
Following the launch of her company at the end of last year, with assistance from The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, 24 year old Glaswegian Emily Lamb was soon tipped as Scotland’s hottest new shoe design talent. Now her shoes can be bought online at www.emilylambshoes.com
The online launch follows Emily’s acceptance onto the prestigious Centre For Fashion Enterprise’s market entry programme. Having recently helped launch such upcoming designers as Peter Pilotto, Erdem and Richard Nicoll, Emily hopes that the CFE will help her follow in their footsteps.
Lamb’s spring/summer 2011collection comprises 11 styles featuring a colour palette extending from nude, emerald, red, dark brown and silver to pink, the Emily Lamb spring/summer 2011 collection offers a choice of both high (4.5”) and mid (2.5”) heel heights with each shoe having its own original feature, whether toe shape, pattern or stitching, in materials ranging from suede, patent and nappa.
The Cordwainer’s graduate said: “This collection is aimed at discerning women who are looking for the very best quality footwear that combines wearability – they are designed to be suitable for every occasion – with real style. Featuring an original yet timeless design, the collection will appeal to women who treasure high quality, beautiful footwear not found on the High Street.”
Emily Lamb shoes are handmade in the UK by craftsmen with many years of shoe making experience.
Interior Design specialists Cameron Interiors have today announced plans for a dual Easter cupcake event in both Glasgow and Edinburgh this Sunday.
Families are invited along to either of their studios, where they will be able to watch cupcake decorating demonstrations by a group of cooking experts, as well as take part in a fantastic Easter colouring competition, especially for kids.
In Glasgow, Michelle, of the West End’s renowned Auntie M’s Lounge will be on hand to demonstrate how to make and decorate wonderful cupcakes. While in Edinburgh, Marion, from the award winning Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes will be demonstrating how to create some delicious goodies.
The free ‘Sweet Secrets’ events are set to be a wonderful day out for the whole family and will take place on Sunday 17 April 2011 between 12pm and 4pm.
Elaine Cowan, of Cameron Interiors said: ‘We are thrilled to be hosting the Sweet Secrets events in Scotland at our two studios simultaneously. This will be quite a unique and fun day for all the family in a relaxed home from home environment.”
She added: “We have an excellent team of baking experts to encourage kids to get involved in cupcake making in their kitchens at home over the Easter break and we are all looking forward to sampling the cakes!”
The popular outlet, which aims to provide customers with the best value fresh food available anywhere in town, has invested heavily in the creation of a top of the range outdoor eating and drinking space so that customers can spring into summer by making the most of the warmer weather.
Manager Graeme Hosie said: “The Wise Monkey is very fortunate in that, on sunny days, our outside space on Great Western Road is bathed in sunshine from dawn till dusk – that makes it a very popular place to while away an afternoon people watching whilst enjoying a bite and a beer, or somewhere to hook up with friends after work or university.
“Our new al fresco terrace now adds to the enjoyment of that experience through the creation of a welcoming, relaxed environment that distinguishes the space from the rest of the street – and with the clocks set to spring forward in a few weeks, we’re sure it will prove very popular with our customers long into the evening!”
The Wise Monkey is all about the music and the great grub. A frozen food free zone (right down to the hand-cut chips), it uses only the finest of fresh ingredients and all dishes are made to order from scratch.
Offering great live music five nights a week, fab food and a broad selection of cask ales, premium lagers, malts and wines, The Wise Monkey, where the food rocks and the music’s cookin’, can be found at 508 Great Western Road (underneath Viper) in Glasgow’s West End.