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At the Hunterian – UNDERFOOT – an exhibition about carpets

The Hunterian will host the first solo exhibition in Scotland by Turner Prize winning artist Elizabeth Price. Referencing and employing never before exhibited  archival material, the commission will focus on the textile heritage of Glasgow’s industrial age and in particular Stoddard International Plc and James Templeton & Co. Ltd, world-famous carpet manufacturers based in Renfrewshire and Glasgow. The exhibition opens to the public  from 11 November 2022 – 16 April 2023. 

UNDERFOOT is being developed in partnership with The Hunterian, Panel, Fiona Jardine (The Glasgow School of Art) and Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. Working with these partners, Price will create an ambitious new moving image work and bespoke textile piece – the artist’s first in this medium – both of which have been commissioned by The Hunterian for its permanent collection. The textile piece also marks Price’s first major commission in a medium other than video in over five years.

Carpet designs, industrial machinery and architectural interiors will all feature within the moving image work UNDERFOOT and the textile piece, SAD CARREL will take the form of a hand-tufted rug. Though it reflects the process of its production in largely abstract ways, a recurring vinyl record motif is a key point of connection to the themes of the moving image work.

Price said: “As an artist working in digital media, I am also really fascinated by the shared technical histories of woven textiles and computing, and most of the industrialised carpet production of Templetons directly employed jacquard technologies, or processes derived from the Jacquard loom. Understanding the relation between carpets and data in this way, perhaps also offers ways to think about the realm or terrain they visualise: related to the creation of digital or virtual worlds. But, I am always also interested in the political and social histories and/impacts of cultural artefacts, and this is why part of the project focuses upon the use of carpet in civic and public space – specifically the Mitchell Library with its intensely coloured and patterned carpets, which have unexpected psychedelic effect. If carpets imagine another space, what space was/is imagined here?”   

Elizabeth Price is an artist who creates powerful, accessible and innovative works that address social history. Her 2012 Turner Prize-winning work, The Woolworths Choir of 1979, stitched together news footage of a fatal fire in a Manchester branch of Woolworth’s with a TV performance by the Shangri-Las and digital animations analysing the cultural and political relationships between the two, to profoundly moving effect. Throughout her oeuvre, Price creates narrative works that feature historic artefacts and documents, often of marginal significance or derogated value. Her selection and treatment of them is shaped by a politics of gender and social class and she often uses historical material to consider and give expression to the adjacent blind spots, oversights and erasures of particular archives and museum collections.

UNDERFOOT was developed by Price’s 2020 Research Fellowship with the University of Glasgow Library that facilitated access to the archives of the Stoddard and Templeton carpet and textile factories, held within the University Archives and Special Collections and which encompasses thousands of design sketches, photos, books, journals and carpet pieces. Stoddard International Plc and James Templeton & Co. Ltd were world-famous carpet manufacturers based in Renfrewshire and Glasgow respectively, operational during the 19th and 20th century. The artist looked at the Stoddart Templeton pattern books and also at photographic records which showed industrial manufacturing processes. A particular interest was in the way these framed the bodies of workers themselves, often showing them only partially, as working or gesturing limbs.  

UNDERFOOT is funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland with support from The Glasgow School of Art and Kingston University.

Alongside the exhibition of new work by Price, The Hunterian and Glasgow School of Art will present a two-day symposium in March 2023 as well as a public programme of talks and events during the run of the exhibition, aimed at bringing new audiences to The Hunterian for the first time. 

Dominic Paterson, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Hunterian, said, “The Hunterian is honoured to be working with our collaborators to bring new work by Elizabeth Price to our audiences. We are very grateful to receive Creative Scotland funding to support this project and are particularly excited that this public funding will enable Elizabeth to make an ambitious new body of work that will become part of The Hunterian’s permanent collection. This project has been developed through close collaboration with Panel, Dovecot and Fiona Jardine, and it was supported by a research fellowship at the University of Glasgow Library which gave Elizabeth access to the remarkable archival resources held there. UNDERFOOT is a key moment in our ongoing effort to make our exhibitions and collections more meaningful and relevant to audiences today. Elizabeth’s work considers major issues in contemporary culture: using digital animation, she has raised questions of power, gender, value and language in post-war history, often thinking in particular about how technology and culture intersect. In UNDERFOOT these themes will be explored through the specific context of the Stoddard Templeton archives, giving the project a profound connection to Glasgow and its heritage. We are thrilled that Elizabeth and our collaborators have been so committed to the project and can’t wait to share its results with our visitors in November.”

Catriona Duffy and Lucy McEachan of Panel said: “Panel is delighted to be working with Elizabeth Price, The Hunterian, Dovecot Tapestry Studio and Fiona Jardine of The Glasgow School of Art on this exciting new commission, investigating classified ideas of social space through design and making.” 

Celia Joicey, Director of Dovecot in Edinburgh, said: “The exhibition is an outstanding opportunity for Dovecot Studios to explore Elizabeth Price’s thoughtful approach to creating art, craft and design with hand and machine processes. Price is a world-class contemporary artist and this commission will showcase art made in Scotland to an international audience.” 

Fiona Jardine said: “I am thrilled to be working with Elizabeth Price, The Hunterian, Panel and Dovecot on UNDERFOOT, sharing expertise and resources. The Glasgow School of Art holds the Stoddard Templeton Design Library, actively used in teaching a new generation of students for whom Elizabeth’s powerful, intellectually curious approach will be inspirational. The opportunity to reflect on the legacies of local textile and manufacturing histories through this project is especially resonant today, as we reimagine what it means to inhabit and construct our social spaces.”

Press view 10th November, 9.30am to 12 noon at The Hunterian Art Gallery.

COP26 – video projections at St Luke’s to bring message of hope

Together We Can  – video anthem Heal the World will be projected at St Luke’s Church in the east end on Tuesday evening at 7pm.

A video anthem created by Hollywood actor, Paul Hampton, will be projected on the walls of St Luke’s Church in the east end of Glasgow on Tuesday. Paul (84), the American singer and writer behind hits such as Sea of Heartbreak, has travelled to Glasgow to deliver his Message of Hope from America. 

Glasgow and Nashville, two of the world’s major music cities, will be united as the city’s Lord Provost Philip Braat is connected live with Nashville’s Vice Major Jim Shulman. Glasgow’s Youth Choir accompany this musical video reveal and the Guardian of the Forest (a group of over 80+ indigenous tribes in Central and South America attending COP26) close this very special event with a prayer for humanity.

This campaign is an initiative by HealRWorld, the American globally-driven company that connects socially conscious consumers and businesses. It encourages global citizens who are concerned about the unjust effects of climate change on the dispossessed, to purchase goods from small and medium sized businesses committed to environmental and social justice through the HealRWorld community and ecommerce platform. 

COP26 – Welcome to Glasgow

Ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021, the leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Susan Aitken has released a video welcoming delegates to the conference. 

The UK is the host nation and Alok Sharma MP for Reading West has been appointed as full-time President of COP26, and today just one month from the start of the important conference in Glasgow, Pre-Cop began in Milan.

In addition the council has issued a Glasgow Broadcast Guide to help all visiting journalists and has set up a Destination Media Hub in the city to host members of the press which will open on 28 October just ahead of the conferencebeginning. 

The ‘Made in Glasgow’ showcase will highlight the city’s innovative approach to sustainability – particularly through circular economy principles – and also profile its creativity across art, architecture, design, film, fashion, food and drink.

Cllr Aitken said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the world’s press and broadcasters to Glasgow for COP26 and understand their need to access vital information on the city quickly and efficiently.  

“We hope that the creation of these bespoke resources will not only assist media in their reporting from Glasgow during COP26 but also contribute to the conference’s legacy by providing inspiration and story ideas for future coverage of the city’s climate change ambitions as we work towards achieving our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.”

The council is working with groups and organisations including Bloomberg, C40 city network tackling climate change, Core Cities UK, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, faith and third sector groups to work up a programme of policy meetings, receptions and events that will complement the main COP26 programme.

This activity will not only be an important legacy opportunity for Glasgow but it will also help reinforce the city’s position as a “world leader in the race to net zero and a place where green business can be done”.

Ashton Lane in Glasgow’s West End

BoConcept move out of Sauchiehall Street after fire

Following the devastating fire at Glasgow School of Art the BoConcept store at Sauchiehall Street will close at the end of this month. But it will be replaced by two new pop up stores at Princes Square which is already open and Buchanan Galleries as part of a bigger plan to relocate the business.

An example of a BoConcept sofa

Adam Davidson, Director of BoConcept Glasgow says: “Due to uncertainties around the Sauchiehall street location which has been caused by the recent disastrous fire of the iconic Glasgow School of Art, it is with great regret we have been forced to find a new location for our thriving business. The two new pop up inspiration stores in Princes Square and Buchanan Galleries will offer the same excellent service level provided by BoConcept Glasgow but with our long term plan to open in a new permanent location in Merchant City”.

BoConcept provides contemporary designs for living, dining, sleeping and working areas of the home. BoConcept offers a high quality yet affordable range of furniture and home accessories, many of which can be tailored to suit today’s constantly evolving lifestyle needs.

Originally founded in 1952 BoConcept’s unique furniture customisation sets it apart from other furniture brands allowing it to establish more than 260 retail branches worldwide.

Patrick aims to turn the town green!

The co-convener of the Green Party in Scotland and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie launches his Westminster campaign today outside Glasgow University.

Harvie, who represents Glasgow at Holyrood, would become the first Scottish Green MP. He wants voters in Glasgow North to “take the fight to the Tories” and elect a Green MP who will not just vigorously oppose their agenda but will offer a positive, hopeful alternative.

Harvie will also reach out to young voters, who the Greens say are at risk of losing huge opportunities given to generations before them unless radical change is delivered.

The rally takes place just days after a successful council election for the Greens in Glasgow, where a record seven councillors were elected across the city, including Hillhead in the heart of Glasgow North, where the Greens topped the poll.

Patrick Harvie, who will stand down from Holyrood if elected an MP, said: “By electing me, Glasgow can show that we reject the Tory Hard Brexit disaster and fight for our future in Europe. We can show Theresa May’s government that Scotland rejects its cruel attacks on disabled people and the vulnerable, including the vile Rape Clause. The Tories might well wish we didn’t exist, so nothing would get up their noses more than the sight of more Green MPs being elected.

“But at the same time, we need to say clearly that our future can’t be based on everlasting tax cuts for oil & gas companies or sticking with the economy of zero-hours contracts and poverty pay we have now. Greens have a plan for a new industrial revolution, which will create over 200,000 new jobs, lift people out of poverty and tackle climate change.

“Scottish Green voices at Westminster will be critical in these next few years, as the Tories try to inflict terrible and lasting damage on Glasgow, Scotland and wider society. We need to take the fight to them with bold, progressive voices in the House of Commons.

“I want to make a real impact as an MP, joining forces with the incredible Caroline Lucas who, as the first Green MP, has been doing the work of a hundred politicians. Caroline and I will always look to work constructively with other parties where we can, but we’ll never back tax cuts for big business while so many people are struggling, or subsidise the fossil fuel industry while the climate crisis grows.”

Texas launch new album with video


You may be struggling a little to get tickets to the two outdoor shows in Kelvingrove Park this July as they are already sold out, but they are playing other dates in different places.

Texas return with a new video to accompany their anthemic single ‘Tell That Girl’. Written and produced by Texas founders Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri with Karen Overton joining them in the studio following their successful collaboration on 2013’s The Conversation, Tell That Girl is a soaring modern pop song and the second single from the forthcoming album ‘Jump On Board’, out on 21 April 2017.

Filmed in a few hours at The Poetry Club in Glasgow (owned and programmed by Turner Prize nominated artist Jim Lambie) the band is joined by Game Of Thrones star Rory McCann (The Hound) on drums, along with Sharleen revisiting her former adopted home city, Paris.

One of the album highlights and a certified pop hit, the track powers along with punky guitars and more than a passing nod to classic British New- Wave.

Other shows later in the year :

Mon 11th CARDIFF, St Davids Hall
Tues 12th CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
Weds 13th OXFORD, New Theatre
Fri 15th IPSWICH, Regent
Sat 16th SHEFFIELD, City Hall
Sun 17th LONDON, Royal Albert Hall
Tues 19th LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
Weds 20th GRIMSBY, Auditorium
Thurs 21st YORK, Barbican
Sat 23rd EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
Sun 24th DUNDEE, Caird Hall
Mon 25th INVERNESS, Leisure Centre
Weds 27th NEWCASTLE, City Hall
Thurs 28th MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
Fri 29th LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall

Sun 1st BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
Mon 2nd NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
Tues 3rd SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion
Thurs 5th LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru Theatre
Fri 6th BRISTOL, Colston hall
Sat 7th PLYMOUTH, Pavilions


Swinson hopes to return to Westminster

Jo Swinson, who represented East Dunbartonshire in Parliament for ten years, will stand for election in the upcoming general election in June. She lost out last time in 2015 to John Nicolson by a margin of 2,167 votes despite having been a high flier in the coalition government before that.

Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie along with Jo Swinson and Mike Crockart at the manifesto launch in April 2015

At the time of the election in 2015 she campaigned along with the Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and was a high profile casualty of the SNP onslaught along with Mike Crockart who lost his seat in Edinburgh West.

Jo Swinson said : “This next Parliament will be pivotal for our country, both for Scotland’s place in the UK, and the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe.

“I’m standing in the general election because I’m passionate about keeping Scotland in the UK, and averting the disaster of the Tories’ hard Brexit.  Most people in East Dunbartonshire agree – 61% voted to stay in the UK and 71% voted to remain in the EU. They deserve a pro-UK, pro-EU MP.

“East Dunbartonshire is the SNP’s second most marginal seat, with a majority of just 2,167 over the Liberal Democrats.  The result last time makes it absolutely clear: this is a fight between the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, and one I fully intend to win.”

2015 result in East Dunbartonshire

SNP (John Nicolson) – 22,093 (40.3%)

Liberal Democrats (Jo Swinson) – 19.926 (36.3%)

Labour – 6,754 (12.3%)

Conservative – 4,727 (8.6%)

Green – 804 (1.5%)

UKIP – 567 (1%)

Tablet maker helping the honey bees


A Giffnock tablet producer has introduced honey bees in hives situated at its factory in a bid rot do its bit for the decline world population. The company Aldomak has worked with Motherwell-based bee experts Plan Bee in its latest ethical initiative.

The company which produces Scottish tablet, fudge and toffee has ethical production as its main ethos sourcing locally and with new plans for producing its own gas with anaerobic digestion and electricity with turbines and solar panels. The company is already buying green electricity from National Grid.

Dario Riccomini, managing director of Aldomak, said: “Bees are responsible for pollinating around 70 per cent of UK crops and initially we have around 80,000 bees and we are hoping that the colonies might grow to some 400,000, depending on the weather.

“Our company is already successful, but this initiative is not about profit. We take very seriously the concept of corporate social responsibility and we want to take practical steps in that direction.”

Although honey will not be used in the factory owing to strict regulations, the honey products which result will be sold through Plan Bee.


Simon Community Scotland’s Rucksack and Handbag Appeal


A Scottish charity to help the homeless is looking for 500 sleeping bags this winter. They have also put out a call for rucksacks and handbags filled with essentials such as food, clothes and toiletries.

The campaign run by the Simon Community Scotland is called the Rucksacks and Handbag Appeal, and is intended to be a practical way of helping those who are homeless or in danger of living on the streets.

The charity operated in Glasgow, North Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire, but has chosen Edinburgh actor Moray Hunter to star in its promotional video.

A team of volunteers is ready and waiting to accept donations.

Donations day, December 4, is being held at a warehouse on 24 Rosyth Road, Shawfield, the space donated by Robert Morris, of Morris Furniture. Donations are being collected between 10am and 4pm.

There is an additional venue, near the Simon Community Scotland HQ and open between 12pm and 4pm: The Barn Youth Centre, 37 Abbotsford Place, Gorbals (the space donated by Crossroads Youth & Community Association).

For more details of the types of items being sought by the Rucksack and Handbag Appeal, visit www.simonscotland.org.

Or twitter.com/simoncommscot.


Glasgow University helping to fight disease spread by mosquitoes


Findings published today in a scientific journal put the University of Glasgow firmly at the helm of research into disease transmitted by insects. These arboviruses – viruses transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes – pose a considerable threat to both human and animal health. Despite that, not enough is known about the complex interactions between the virus and the host, particularly in the early stages of infection.

Now, research led by the University of Glasgow has discovered how arboviruses are able to suppress the immune system responses in the initial stages of infection.

The results published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), could aid better understanding of how arboviruses cause disease and ultimately help to combat these infections.

The team used the Bluetongue Virus (BTV) – a disease which, though not a threat to humans can be devastating in sheep and other ruminants – to reveal how an arbovirus first interacts with its host after initial infection. The research found that BTV subverted the host’s immune system by inducing a temporary immunosuppression (suppression of the immune system’s natural response) resulting in a delayed antibody production.

The study reveals that BTV enters the animal’s system through the skin via a midge bite, and then travels to the lymph nodes where it begins to suppress the natural immune system response. Researchers found that the virus disrupts key cells, known as follicular dendritic cells, that play a vital role in triggering the immune response of the host.

Data from the study also indicated that the severity of the virus’s suppression of the immune system was correlated with the clinical outcome from infection.

Professor Massimo Palmarini, Director of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research and senior author of the study, said: “Arboviruses are becoming an increasing global threat both to human and animal health. Globalisation, climate change and increased international travel mean that outbreaks caused by arboviruses are becoming more common.

“These viruses cause acute infection and, therefore, improving our understanding about what happens during the very early stages of disease is vital. The characterization of the complex interactions between virus and host are critical for better understanding the development of arbovirus infections.”
Bluetongue, which particularly affects sheep and cattle, causes symptoms such as fever, weight loss and haemorragic lesions in various organs including the tongue, which can turn blue. The subsequent reduction in milk and meat production in the infected animals can be devastating to farmers.

Earlier this year, the UK Government issued a warning to UK farmers about the high possibility of BTV spreading to the UK from France. Experts have predicted that infected midges being blown across the channel, combined with increasing summer temperatures, could provide the ideal conditions for another outbreak of the disease here in the UK – with the South of England at particular risk.  As a result, Defra announced in June that stocks of a vaccine would be made available in limited supply to UK farmers.

Eleonora Melzi, first author, added: “This is the first time that we have learned about the novel methods that Bluetongue virus employs to evade the immune system of its host. Significantly, this knowledge can help to understand how other arboviruses of humans induce disease.”

The study, ‘Follicular dendritic cell disruption as a novel mechanism of virus-induced immunosuppression’, is published in PNAS. The study was funded by Wellcome and in part by a W.B. Martin Scholarship. Further funding was provided by the Italian Ministry of Health and the Spanish Government.