Reserve a spot here to join us on Wednesday 7th December for an afternoon of tours around The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, The Alasdair Gray Archive, Glasgow Sculpture Studios and The Distillery co-working space to explore each organisations’ unique spaces and collections.. This will be part of a new series of tours called “Wednesday Wanders at The Whisky Bond”.
Each tour will last for approx. 40 minutes, visitors will be welcome to attend all tours or can choose to join a specific tour or tours on the day.
The Glasgow School of Art Archives & Collections
The Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections are a rich resource for the study of art, design, architecture and art education. Our holdings illustrate the history of the institution and the development of its teaching practices since it was established in 1845. For this tour we will focus on our Charles Rennie Mackintosh Collection, which is one of 50 Recognised Collections of National Significance in Scotland. Join us to see Mackintosh’s work from both his student days and from across his career, including watercolours, architectural drawings, furniture, fixtures and fittings.
The Alasdair Gray Archive
The Alasdair Gray Archive was established in March 2020 after Alasdair Gray’s death in late December 2019. The Archive exists to enhance the reputation and understanding of one of Scotland’s most significant cultural polymaths of the 20th century, and through his legacy support others. When you visit the Archive it is like walking into Alasdair’s front room with all the objects & items that surrounded him, many of which feature in his work. All this material is held here for research & learning purposes. When you visit you will be able to handle original artworks, prints, publications, transcripts and ephemera.
Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Glasgow Sculpture Studios is home to a vibrant community of artists working in contemporary sculptural practice. Come along for a tour of the largest art production facility in Scotland, with specialist workshops in metalwork, woodwork, plaster, resin, ceramics and digital fabrication! We support one of the largest communities of artists in Scotland with over 120 artist-members, 55 of whom are studio holders based at GSS. Through our subsidised studios, affordable workshops, and access to expertise, we support artists from all backgrounds, and at all stages of their career, to develop their practice through exploration of sculpture in its broadest sense.
The Distillery on the 3rd floor is a dedicated coworking space for freelancers, start-ups and creatives who require flexible, professional workspace. It will be open from 4:45pm for tea, coffee and biscuits, with an optional brief tour of its facilities.