September 27, 2010 - Glasgow Sculpture Studios - Christine Borland
September 27, 2010

Christine Borland

Christine Borland, “SimBodies and Me, Photo Booth Portraits – Eargirl,” 2010.*

Christine Borland

Production Residency
1 August – 31 October 2010

Solo exhibition of new work
25 November 2010 – 25 March 2011

145 Kelvinhaugh Street
Glasgow G3 8PX

Glasgow Sculpture Studios is thrilled to announce our next Production Residency is being undertaken by one of Scotland’s most respected artists, Christine Borland.

Borland is working towards her first solo exhibition of new work in Glasgow since her acclaimed exhibition From Life at Glasgow’s Tramway, 16 years ago.

Borland’s practice negotiates territories in art, ethics, medical humanities and bio-politics. She gathers her source material as a result of time spent in institutions associated with medicine, observing and participating in their practices. Borland does not merely expose her findings within the gallery but creates deeply poetic works that reinvest clinical observations with a human dimension, introducing aesthetics and ambiguity to an arena dominated by function and objectivity. Her works often raise unsettling questions by making visible a world, which is usually inaccessible to the public. Given the sensitive nature of her work, Borland has devised a personal moral framework, which serves to inform her practice and her choice of materials.

Borland trained at The Glasgow School of Art and University of Ulster, Belfast, she has since collaborated with the Medical Research Council’s Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Medical Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow and the Penninsula Medical School in Cornwall. She was a NESTA Creative Fellow from 2006 – 2009 and an Academic Researcher at The Glasgow School of Art until spring of this year. Her work has been shown internationally in numerous museums and large-scale exhibitions including the Centre for Contemporary Art of South Australia, Kunstverein Munich, Germany, the Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, ICA London and at the Lyon Biennial, Manifesta 2, Venice Biennale and Munster Skulpturen Projekte 3. Recent solo presentations include ‘SimBodies & NoBodies’ Galeria Toni Tapies, Barcelona (2010) and at Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2009), ‘With Practise’ Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance (2007), ‘Preserves’ The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh touring to The Collection, Lincoln (2006), and Lisson Gallery, London (2004).

Borland was short listed for the 1997 Turner Prize.

Borland’s Public Events Programme

Saturday, 09 October 2010
State of Play: Art and Culture in Scotland Today
Organised as part of their Research Residency at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, AHM (Sam Ainsley, David Harding and Sandy Moffat) present the first of three, one-day symposia to be delivered over two years in different locations across Scotland. Keynote speakers include Christine Borland, Dr. Neil Mulholland, Prof. Philip Schlesinger and AHM. Chaired by David Harding.

The symposium will begin with a dynamic 30-minute performance of spoken one-minute personal manifestos by a wide range of artists.

Friday, 15 October 2010
SimBodies, NoBodies & Me

Borland will deliver a lecture as part of The Glasgow School of Art‘s prestigious Friday Event Lecture Series, organised by The School of Fine Art.
11am – 12:30pm Glasgow Film Theatre 12 Rose Street G3 6RB

Wednesday, 10 November 2010
In Production: a conversation with Christine Borland and Dr Dominic Paterson (independent writer and Lecturer History of Art Department, University of Glasgow).
6-7pm University of Glasgow G12 8QQ

The Public Programme is curated by Amy Sales, GSS Programme Development Manager to reflect the diverse range of approaches to contemporary sculpture, and Glasgow as a centre for the production and exhibition of internationally significant visual art.

Borland’s residency includes a private studio, access to specialist production and research facilities and the opportunity to work alongside over 120 professional artists who are at varying stages of their careers.

Aspects of the residency and exhibition are in collaboration with Art in Hospitals and Medical Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow.

For further information e-mail

*Image above:
© The artist & Galeria Toni Tapies Barcelona.

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