Glasgow Sculpture Studios at CCA GLASGOW

Glasgow Sculpture Studios at CCA GLASGOW

Glasgow Sculpture Studios

April 14, 2008
Glasgow Sculpture Studios at CCA GLASGOW
Private Thoughts and Public Spaces; Public Acts and Private PlacesGlasgow Sculpture Studios

21 April 2008 from 10-4pm


GLASGOW SCULPTURE STUDIOS presents Private Thoughts and Public Spaces; Public Acts and Private Places a one-day, free public symposium that will explore the shifting relationships between what might be public, what may be private, and how that discussion impacts on contemporary sculptural practices.

Catalysed by both the curatorial theme of the 2008 Glasgow international Festival for Contemporary Visual Art and the work of renowned German artist and invited speaker Mischa Kuball, Private Thoughts… brings together a range of experts in their fields for a symposium of public thinking and private incitement.

Key figures from the local, national and international art world will share their thoughts and experiences, in dialogue with one another and with the public.


GLASGOW SCULPTURE STUDIOS is dedicated to fostering a vibrant community of artists by providing them with subsidized access to workshops, studio space, technical facilities and expertise. To this end, it presents this free symposium, examining some of the most pertinent questions faced by sculptors today.

The first decade of the Twenty-first Century has revealed a complex territory where the lines between the public and the private do not seem impermeable. In the social experience of areas as diverse as technology, ideology, and landscape, it may seem that the distinctions between public and private are becoming routinely challenged, and their positions inverted. What are the implications for how we chart the contemporary sculptural practices that exist within, challenge, and critique it?

As artists and others continue to navigate this capricious terrain, Private Thoughts… will provide a platform for new perspectives and the questions they may raise.

Pavel Büchler is an artist, lecturer and occasional writer. He is interested in what art makes possible to realise: both to think and to do. Summing up his own practice as “making nothing happen”, he is committed to the catalytic nature of art – it’s potential to draw attention to the obvious and revealing it as ultimately strange.

Claire Doherty is Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art at University of the West of England and Director of the Situations programme in Bristol. Situations is a research and commissioning programme devised to investigate broadening notions of context and place in contemporary art. The programme combines the commissioning of new art works, with public lectures, conferences, international symposia and printed and online publishing.

David Harding is an artist, writer and teacher. Harding was head of the Environmental Art Programme at Glasgow School of Art from it’s inception in 1985. He taught the course for fifteen years and is widely credited with its outstanding international acclaim. He has lectured widely, and written, on public art and education in contextual practice in art and remains an influential commentator in the field.

Mischa Kuball has worked conceptually with light for more than twenty years. Throughout that time he has encroached and altered public spaces with his temporary light installations, exploring the field of tension that exists between what is private and public. Predominantly located in urban architectural spaces and concentrated on the place, its history, and the social and political forces that come into play within that site, raising questions about physical space, dislocating the physical boundaries and adding a new spiritual dimension to them.

All discussions will take place in English.

For the announcement of the other two speakers visit Glasgow international

The symposium will be chaired by Ruth Barker. Barker is a Glasgow based artist, writer and editor of the Public Art Resource Research Scotland (PAR RS) website, a co-director of Washington Garcia Gallery, and a board member of Glasgow Sculpture Studios.

In conjunction with this symposium PAR RS has commissioned Glasgow based artist and writer Rhona Warwick to develop a new piece of critical writing in response to the work of Mischa Kuball. This text will be available on the PAR RS website.


Centre for Contemporary Arts
Glasgow international
Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Goethe Institut Glasgow
Public Art Resource Research Scotland


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