Our walking group braved the Scottish weather last week to make a visit to Tramway in the South side of Glasgow to see a trio of exhibitions. First stop was upstairs to Narrative: The Koestler Scotland Exhibition 2017, a display of works from prisons, secure hospitals, secure children’s homes, immigration detention centres and community justice services across Scotland.
The work in the exhibition is hugely varied and thought provoking and produced a wide range of responses from the group. Author and poet Jenni Fagan curated the show and said ‘I believe creative projects are hugely important to rehabilitation in ways that we are probably only just beginning to understand’.
Next stop was the huge Tramway 2 gallery to see the Amanda Ross-Ho exhibition, Untitled Period Piece. The scale of the work with gigantic trousers and pattern pieces feels like a visit to a tailor’s workshop in Alice’s Wonderland. It felt like the perfect location to model the new rain-capes that were bought with a Scotmid community grant and have an impromptu photo-shoot – with help from one of the exhibition invigilators!
The last exhibition of the day was Momma! Momma! by Megan Rooney, a strange and in places unnerving installation that makes you wonder ‘what just happened here?’
Some of the group had a short walk in the rather wet Hidden Gardens before everyone went their separate ways.
You can find more information about these exhibitions at http://www.tramway.org/strands/Pages/visual-arts.aspx