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Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery – at last!

This is really the image that should have been in last night’s ‘Riverside – at last!‘ post.

It wasn’t, simply because it was too late to carry on past Riverside, and get the pic I really wanted.

So, although it doesn’t make a great difference, I couldn’t have said this was the first day I could completed a trip that began on 05 June.

The special Mackintosh event is still running – I never expected to see that.

Just for fun, since I’m slowly mastering perspective correction, I thought I’d see how well I could correct a façade view of Kelvingrove’s entrance. It’s so high to the tips of the two spires that it’s almost guaranteed that even with a decently wide lens, you’ll still have to tip the camera back, even just slightly, to get it all in, and that brings the lovely converging verticals.

You also have to remember to make ‘best effort’ to maintain left/right symmetry/alignment.

I may be commenting on my own effort, but overall, even I’m impressed by how this one turned out. Ignore the black bit at bottom right – I didn’t claim it was perfect.

On the other hand, I am slowly beating my OCD into submission, and no longer wait for hours until there are no bodies in the pic!

Boy, does this save time.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum

20/07/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

I’d rather have ‘Art Store’ back in Queen Street

While I don’t wish ‘Castle Fine Art’ any ill will (and probably the opposite if the imagery used on the murals they prepared to block their windows during refurb are anything to go by), but I think I’d rather have seen the return of ‘Art Store’ to the premises.

As a frustrated artist of some sort, I used to enjoy just being in Art Store after a visit to the (I’m afraid) increasingly depressing GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) across the road.

I’m really sorry to say this, but after a few good years, with interesting and entertaining static and visiting exhibits, GoMA seems to have lost all the intriguing static items it once displayed, and the visiting exhibits are pretty poor and sparse, often consisting of a handful of items almost lost in huge display spaces. I’ve looked in sometimes and thought the displays were just being prepared, only to realise that the half-dozen or so almost postage-stamp sized images on the walls WERE the exhibits.

I’ve also seen enough ‘shocking’ or ‘edgy’ exhibitions to last me a lifetime, and now consider they’re down to artists with little or no real talent, but the ability to gain sponsors who know it might attract some publicity.

I really did like the material appearing in the early days of GoMA, but in recent years, find that I enter in hope, but leave in despair after seeing what they have on show.

Oops… sidetracked again, sorry.

Art Store was a great shop, jammed with interesting material, customers, and staff.

When it closed due to other works in the building I was a little surprised it didn’t relocate, or that I could find any info online about its fate.

In fact, all I found was other people who had liked the place, and cared enough to mention it online.

We seem to be missing decent art stores now, while we have Millers, it’s a bit large and anonymous now, and has been so empty when I’ve visited recently that I’ve stopped going in for a wander, as I feel like I’m the only one in there, and being watched closely.

Castle Fine Art Preview

Castle Fine Art Preview

There’s also a big shed of shop in The Fort shopping centre, but it’s really more aimed at crafting, and the prices reflect the general rip-off this relatively new hobby represents as those who supply the material charge an absolute premium for both the stock material and tools.
As another little aside, I took quite a few pics, not out of interest, but because of all the damned poles!

It’s almost impossible to take a street level pic of most places in Glasgow these days, with poles for signs, traffic lights, surveillance cameras, and street lights getting in the way of a clean shot, not to mention the many bins, pedestrian barriers, parking ticket machines, and now bicycle parking supports doing the same for the lower part of any street shot. These obstacles are now so numerous it’s hard to go any further than a few metres without bumping into one, or tripping over another.

30/10/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Surveillance | , , | Leave a comment

Dunfermline to see new museum and art gallery delivered in 2016

Fife Council has allocated £6.8 million to a project set to deliver a new museum and art gallery to the town of Dunfermline. Work is set to start in 2014, with completion due in 2016.

The project has been supported by donations from The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, and a grant of £2.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The new facility  will be located between two of the town’s existing Victorian buildings, the B-listed Dunfermline Carnegie Library, and a B-listed building which was formerly a bank.

Part of the project will see archaeological digs carried out in the area being used as car parks behind the two buildings.

The new museum will feature the social and industrial history of the area, and host  temporary exhibitions. The new space will allow artefacts which have been stored unseen for many years to be brought out and exhibited  for visitors to enjoy in the new setting.

Via Funding boost for new museum in Dunfermline

A competition was held to select the design of the new Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery, and this was won by Richard Murphy Architects, who provide the following summary on their web site:

The revised design maintains a top-lit street as its organising device and has a secondary entrance at the southern end for direct access to the graveyard and St Margaret’s Street.  There are three main new spaces.  At the lower level is a major new facility for the research and study of local history and its archive and also new library facilities for children.  The café has been relocated to a first floor position with terraces looking out onto the Abbey and graveyard and above this on the same level will  be the museum and the exhibition galleries.  The circulation system is an ‘architectural promenade’ culminating in these facilities but also continuing back into the main building and allowing access to two main existing spaces in the library, the Murrison Burns Room which becomes a meeting / function space and the adjacent reference library which will become an activity and lecture space.

The following rendering is by Richard Murphy Architects, and shows the new facility as seen from the adjacent garden area. This combines the use of stone and steel, said to reflect the industrial history of the area, the main theme of the museum’s displays:

Dunfermline museum render

Dunfermline museum render by Richard Murphy Architects

23/02/2013 Posted by | council | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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