Stuart Kerr – DRAWN STEEL


Stuart Kerr poster

Exhibition Preview: Thursday 5th September, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continued: 6th – 25th September

Wasps and South Block were delighted to present Drawn Steel, a showcase of illustrations marking a decade of work by Stuart Kerr for his client Kobelco (Kobe Steel). In 2009 Stuart teamed up with client Aki(yoshi) Takamura to illustrate the cover of the bi-monthly magazine that is shared with the company’s 40,000 employees.

Stuart’s style is technical but loose, helping to soften the industrial subject matter. As Aki says, “it even looks Modern Ukiyo-e* which takes on a near-future look”.

Whilst living in Japan, Stuart met Aki by chance when cycling in Osaka in 2006. No details were exchanged and they each carried on their separate ways. Following this first encounter, Aki unexpectedly stumbled across Stuart’s blog and discovered his talent for drawing. Aki soon reached out to Stuart to discuss the potential of working together on a magazine that he described as “larger than the best selling cycling magazine in Japan.”

Kobelco has 218 subsidiary companies spread across Japan and the wider world. The use of a European illustrator helps underline the global ambition of the company.

The original scenes for these drawings are all sourced from locations within Japan. Every two months, Aki shares photos from these sites for Stuart to reference. Three sketch concepts are typically proposed and one is then chosen to be taken through to completion. Final sketches are usually in dip pen, scanned and digitally coloured using Photoshop.

* Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries

Stuart Kerr is an illustrator, best known for his depiction of the mackerel on the RBS £5 note.

He is also the owner and director of Stuco, an exhibition design studio working with clients such as National Museums Scotland, National Library of Scotland, The Hunterian, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Power, Interface and Electrolux.

1997 BA (HONS) Product Design, Glasgow School of Art

Past Forward: Stories of Urban Scotland


Wasps were delighted to be showcasing Historic Environment Scotland‘s ‘Past Forward – Stories of Urban Scotland‘, a touring exhibition, shown in two of our Wasps buildings: Inverness Creative Academy over June and South Block, Glasgow in August.

Exhibition open: 2- 26 August, weekdays 9am-4.30pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm, Free Entry

Explore Scotland’s urban past and the places that matter to community groups around the country in this free digital exhibition. Climb Ayr’s tallest tower, test your skills in the first skate park to be added to the National Record of the Historic Environment, and see Arbroath Abbey as it was in medieval times all in the one place.

Since 2014, Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP) has been helping people all over the country to explore the stories behind the urban places they love best.

SUP has worked with thousands of people sharing skills, from photography and oral history recording to using maps and undertaking surveys.

Past Forward – Stories of Urban Scotland celebrates this work with an interactive journey through the history of Scotland’s towns and cities, allowing you to experience some of the nation’s secret urban spaces without leaving the exhibition.

Find out more on Historic Environment Scotland’s website

UZ Arts Presents: Artists at Sura Medura Sri Lanka 2019

uz arts sura medura poster - july southblockWasps and UZ Arts were proud to present Artists at Sura Medura 2019 – their international artist residency in Sri Lanka.

Exhibition Preview: Monday 1st July, 5.30-7.30pm
Exhibition Continues: 2nd – 30th July, Mon-Fri, 9-5

Sura Medura is an International Artist Residency centre in Hikkaduwa, South West Sri Lanka. It was established in 2011 and offers funded and self funded opportunities for artists in all disciplines from Europe and beyond.

It continues the artistic programme of the Chandrasevana Centre that was established by the Hikkaduwa Area Relief Fund in 2005, providing support for the local community after the Tsunami of 2004.

Artists Maria McCavana, Pippa Taylor and Sue Hill originated in different artistic practices, but all worked with drawing and painting in their response to the environment and community of Sri Lanka during their six week residency in February 2019.



Wasps and South Block are delighted to present IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER a solo exhibition of recent work from Jonathan Wade.

Open: 6th – 28th June
Closing event: Friday 28th June, 6-8pm

The work in the exhibition reflects on the influence of personal memories and important developmental moments. Recollections might be specific, vague or incorrect, but powerful and formative on expression and personality.

Jonathan Wade is attracted to situations and things that express ambiguity, transience and coincidence. Perception and interpretation are equally important.

Wade is fascinated by many materials but ceramic objects have been the centre of his practice for a long time.

Project Ability X GSA

Project ability

A show displaying the collaborative works of GSA students and Project Ability artists.

Open Tuesday the 14th of May from 1pm.

Exhibition continued until Thursday the 23rd of May.

Exhibiting artists: Michael Earll, Michael Starke, Amy Di Rollo, Harris Burnett, Jonathan Mckinstry, Issy Arnold, Susan Breckenridge, Judith Abubakar, Alison Campbell Glass, Paul Connelly, Almudena Rocca, Dylan Esposito, Richard Anderson and Simon Mcauley.





SPIN was a fundraising exhibition by Pim-Pam Creative for the Drumchapel Table Tennis Club (DTTC) that featured paddles designed by artists, designers and illustrators from across Scotland.

Based in our ground floor gallery/cafe space, the exhibition ran until 18th April 2019 with all paddles and the display table being available to purchase as part of a silent auction.

DTTC is one of the biggest clubs in

Britain, with more than 300 members aged between eight and 80 actively playing each week. A key driving force in the Drumchapel Community Sports Hub, the club plays a huge part in the development of the sport in Scotland.

Exhibition preview: Thursday 28th March, 6pm-10pm

Exhibition continues Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm, until Thursday 18th April

Exhibiting artists included:

Kirstie Addis
Greig Anderson
Craig Black
Paul Daly
Dear Green x Selected Works
Design Engineering Workshop
Diane Dawson
Anna Dunn
Ciaran Globel
Robert Kelsey
Stuart Kerr

Ishbel Mackenzie
Roddy MacNeill
Marcus Marritt
Luke McCarthy
Peter McCaughey
Ellen McLean
Reiss McLeod
Kieran McMaster
Rachel E Millar
Alan Moore

Jonny Mowat
Siobhan Ogg
Darren Osborne
Stephen Paul
Poster Project
Frank Quitely
Social Recluse
Marina Rennee-Cemmick
Paul Revie

Niall Smillie
Spectre Creative
Conzo Throb
Barry Thomson
Want Some Studio
Andrea Westwick
Allan Whyte
Chris Whyte
Shaun Woods
Daria Zapala


Vava Art Collective presents: CLASH vol.1

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What is CLASH?

A show exploring alternatives and aiming to put emphasis on world’s diversity. Depending on social variety and personal interpretations of the topic Vava Art Collective has put together an exhibition through an open call.

The first ever CLASH we dedicated to the concept of Femininity!

What is femininity? Where does it come from? Why is it there? What does femininity actually stand for and who has the right to define it? Is it a personal interpretation or rather a social construct that we agree to obey. Is it actually contrary to masculinity and do they exist without each other? Does the concept of feminine identity have a place in a conversation from a non-binary perspective? How does the idea of womanhood change regarding different cultures, generations and social backgrounds?

Ella Mackenzie
Sasha Ballon
Justyna Miśkowiec
Molly Hankinson
Neha Apsara
Debora Maité Bottino
Rosa Hackett
Anita Owsianna
Allyson Keehan
Marjian Tsatsaros Tyagi
Erin Paton Smit
Maria Grazia Granati

Darae Baek
Cat Mc Clay
Éiméar Mc Clay
Maya Sundsten
Alexandra Beteeva
Daisy McManaman

Rosa Farber

FB: Vava Art Collective 

IG: @vavaartcollective

Exhibition Preview: Friday 15th March, 6-9pm with video screenings and live storytelling at 7:00PM
Exhibition continues: 18th – 23rd March, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Scottish Feminist Judgments Project


Exhibition Preview: Tuesday 12th February, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues: 13th – 15th of February 9am- 5pm

The Scottish Feminist Judgments Project is part of a global series that aims to imagine how important legal cases might have been decided differently if the judge had adopted a feminist perspective.

Bringing together legal academics, practising lawyers, judges, artistic contributors and representatives from the third sector, the project is a truly interdisciplinary effort to think about how laws can be made and applied in a more gender equitable way.

A multi-disciplinary selection of creative responses to individual cases, and the project as a whole, are on display to encourage interaction, confrontation and an empathetic exploration of the perceived dispassionate, inaccessible nature of the law.

Exhibiting are Rachel DonaldsonJill Kennedy-McNeillSofia Nakou – with a collaborative contribution from Becky O’BrienJo Spiller and Jay Whittaker

Terra Incognita: ‘From Her to Her’

9th November – 30th November 2018

From Her, To Her was a project created to mark the centenary of women in Britain first being given the vote. Terra Incognita worked with five groups from across Glasgow to explore the role women past and present have played in bringing about positive change on a local and national level. Workshops were co-facilitated by a group of visual artists and professional writers. Participants were supported to learn about women from Glasgow’s history who had campaigned against injustice, as well as sharing stories of women from their own families and communities who have brought about positive change. The work created by all the women involved in From Her, To Her was exhibited at South Block Gallery, Glasgow in November 2018

Created by : Castlemilk Seniors, Govan Community Project, Terra Incognita’s Young Carers Group, Saheliya, Women’s Creative Company,
with artists: Alexandra McEwan, Ruby Pester, Rachel Walker and Jen Smith,
and writers: Mariem Omari, Maryam Hamidi, Cathy Forde, Julie Brown, JC Marshall.

Beautiful Materials


Preview Friday 12th October, 6-8pm

Exhibition continues 15th October – 2nd November Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm

Beautiful Materials design studio is founded by Nicola Atkinson, artist and entrepreneur.The design studio is committed to the delivery of well-conceived and sustainable objects for a lifetime of use. Beautiful Materials is where production, design and entrepreneurship meet. Its philosophy is to consider that customers are participants and not just consumers, which enables the stunning designs to be created.With this in mind, the studio never has to compromise its vision or values. Each object created is rooted in personal history that enables it to be beautiful, sustainable, and long-lasting. The pleasures of objects that last a lifetime.

Established in Glasgow October 2018.


photo credit: beautifulmaterials