City's New Art Foundation

City of Glasgow College is realising its ambition to become a renowned venue for art exhibitions with the launch on Wednesday 28 June of its unique Art Foundation.

The City Art Foundation will see work of established Glasgow artists such as Tom Elliot and Ali Wylie showcased alongside work by current and former creative students. 

The launch was marked with the unveiling of a renovated bronze sculpture created by artist Neil Livingston. The Spirit of St Kentigern had stood for many years on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street.

Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, Paul Little, said:

“I’m delighted to see this almost forgotten sculpture reborn and at home in our City campus. Ultimately we want to create a world class collection which reflects our world class college as well as promoting the superb work of our students and providing a unique space for Scottish artists. Our new buildings offer an exciting opportunity to integrate art and architecture in a way that enhances the quality not only of the internal space for staff and visitors but also the surrounding environment for the wider community too.”

The Foundation’s chair, Frank Docherty, said:

“Art rises above racial, cultural, social, educational and economic barriers, and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the arts in some form. The Foundation aspires to establish the college as a major contributor to the cultural life of the city and beyond.”

A substantial collection of the best work of past creative students is also now on display at the college’s City campus on Cathedral Street.  Faculty Director for Creative Industries, Sandra Gunn, added:

“We wanted to populate our campus with beautiful and thought-provoking art works. We are very grateful to Sir Robert McAlpine, our building contractors who provided funding to commission work from our talented students and those staff who are also professional artists. Over 50 pieces of work have been gathered as result of that support.

“Some well-known artists have also given us long term loans of their work and we have a wonderful gallery space for varying exhibitions.”

Glasgow City Council has awarded City of Glasgow College a 10 year loan of the Spirit of St Kentigern sculpture which has been restored on a new plinth completed by Covanburn Contracts  and at the Allan Glen entrance to the college’s City campus.