Time Being Programme: Kirsty Palmer – QUARRY

Wasps and South Block present ‘QUARRY’, an exhibition of recent work by Kirsty Palmer.

Exhibition Open: from 30th April

Rooted in interaction with materials, place and process, Kirsty’s practice addresses ideas surrounding landscape, archaeology and materiality. It is often driven by the materials themselves; their changing states and the wider making process. Recent work considers notions of territory and landscape(s) as sites of memorial; the histories of matter observed or collected and the human narratives constructed surrounding our experiences of place, events and periods of time.

Bodies of work often present as site-specific or temporary ‘archipelagos’ of forms, surfaces and images, inhabiting a given architectural space whilst recalling an external site.

QUARRY brings together a series of objects which speak of working processes and materials inherent to both the studio and land-based environments. Individual elements, formed or reclaimed during multi-layered or labour-intensive processes, become signifiers of their associated processes, fluctuating material states and time frames.

Kirsty Palmer lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated from the Master of Fine Art programme at The Glasgow School of Art in 2014, and with BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting & Printmaking in 2010. In 2020, she was artist in residence at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, supported by Creative Scotland.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Matter / Efni’, Skaftfell, Seyðisfjörður (2020); ‘LANDING’, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow (2019); ‘Of A Mountain/ Af fjalli’, Bræðraborg, Ísafjörður (2018) and ‘I S L A N D S’, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (2017).


Time Being Programme

Our Time Being exhibitions are available to view, 24 hours a day, from street-side through the gallery windows. While we can’t allow visitors into our gallery spaces, the Time Being programme allows us to showcase some of our tenants’ and waiting list artist’s incredible work.

Time Being Programme: Penny Anderson – Elegant Junk

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘Elegant Junk‘, a solo exhibition from Penny Anderson as part of Wasps ‘Time Being‘ Programme.

Exhibition Open: 11th December – 10th January

Taken from a quote from the film ‘High Society’ about the objects amassed by nouveau riches bourgeoisie, ‘Elegant Junk‘ explores the artist’s recent experiences of everyday interactions, snippets of testimony and conversational interactions via small objects and laser cut text onto mirror perspex.

“It’s elegant junk!” “But it’s shiny”

Glasgow based artist Penny Anderson works with sculpture, installations, and 3D work using adapted ready-mades from Wasps South Block Studios.

Anderson graduated with Master of Letter in Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art in 2020.

Recent exhibitions include: ‘Game of Life’, ‘Essential Forms’ group show, Saltspace; ‘Grabber’ 10 Past 6. Group exhibition, Six Foot Gallery; and ‘You Never Heard Me Sing’ Not Going Back To Normal Group Show and publication, CCA.

Time Being Programme

Our Time Being exhibitions are available to view, 24 hours a day, from street-side through the gallery windows. While we can’t allow visitors into our gallery spaces, the Time Being programme allows us to showcase some of our tenants’ incredible work. 

Time Being Programme: Alan Campbell – BATTLES

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘BATTLES‘, a solo exhibition from Alan Campbell as part of Wasps ‘Time Being‘ Programme.

Exhibition Open: 2nd – 27th November 2020

“To contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources” / battles is an American experimental group, founded in 2002 in New york city

BATTLES’ primarily comes from investigations into non-traditionally formatted ways of making. Alan challenges the tradition of work produced for a domestic setting and explores large configurations of silkscreens, composed of individual units, that can be assembled to create a variety of geometric arrangements. This permits the possibility to study scale and its relationship to a range of architectural spaces.

Alan Campbell is a multidisciplinary Artist based in Wasps – The Briggait studios in Glasgow.

Our Time Being exhibitions are available to view, 24 hours a day, from street-side through the gallery windows. While we can’t allow visitors into our gallery spaces, the Time Being programme allows us to showcase some of our tenants’ incredible work.

Time Being Programme: Gardner & Gardner – From time to time

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘From time to time….‘, an exhibition from Gardner & Gardner as part of Wasps ‘Time Being‘ Programme.

Our Time Being exhibitions are available to view, 24 hours a day, from street-side through the gallery windows. While we can’t allow visitors into our gallery spaces, the Time Being programme allows us to showcase some of our tenants’ incredible work.

Exhibition Open: 12th October – 1st November

‘From time to time….’, a kinetic installation by Gardner & Gardner, is a visual meditation on text found in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes. Originally written in Hebrew, sometime between the 5th and 2nd Century B.C, the ancient text lists in fourteen couplets the times and seasons of human experience. The artists have transposed the description of these times onto paper, setting them within the unifying structure and balance of a mobile, the movement of the piece causing the words to be both obscured and revealed.

Gardner & Gardner have been working together as visual artists for the last two decades. They make temporary, site-specific installations and interventions. Their work is created through a long process of consideration, distillation and paring back, involving elements of contemplation, observation and repetition of action, resulting in a simplicity of form.

Poly Chroma – Brittney Wenham

0001-51Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘Poly Chroma‘, a solo exhibition from Brittney Wenham.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 28th February, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continues: 28th February – 24th March

This body of work explores the ambient inner dance of the artist. By employing abstract, organic shapes and colours, Wenham layers washes of paint to conjure somatic experiences and introspection of self and sexuality. Her acute sensitivity to colour is, in part, gleaned from synesthesia; deep-rooted pain stemming from her struggles with disease provokes the recognition of these sensations as colours. Wenham is interested in unearthing this duality – beautiful, and yet agonising – in her compositions, striking a balance between peace and chaos, pleasure and pain. She is adherent to art’s faculty to transform pain into beauty and she uses the canvas as a withdrawn space for self-reflection; a means of transcending inner struggle and saturating the surface with the pursuit of the sensual.

Artist Statement

Brittney Wenham is an American abstract painter living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. At the centre of her work is a passion for process, discovery, and instinct. Her art is concerned with the perception and recollection of the sensory, with an approach suffused in intuition, responsiveness and the preoccupation for colour, texture and composition. Using an array of media including acrylic paint, spray paint, gouache, ink, pastel, and charcoal, she evokes sensual emotion in an immediate and biomorphic manner.

Wenham is interested in the connection between the inner and outer landscape, particularly as it applies to the exploration of the environments she inhabits – within her own body, in the natural world, or in the city. Nature is an enduring source of inspiration; the colours, the textures, the sheer quality of the air become permanently ingrained in memory, a visual vocabulary by which deeply personal environments are formed.


GRADVIS – Martin Irish

GRADVIS – Martin Irish

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Exhibition Opening: Friday 31st January 6-8pm
Exhibition continues: 3rd – 21st February, Mon-Fri, 9-5

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘GRADVIS‘, a solo exhibition from Martin Irish. Martin Irish is an artist tenant at Wasps Inverness Creative Academy, and we are excited to showcase his first exhibition in Glasgow.

As shimmering forms become transformed by the extremes of a frozen landscape, orderly and random textures, opaque and transparent structures encapsulate this new physical geography.

This work explores the beauty of the loss of animation from liquid to a solid state found in frozen pools. Some of the work shows a subtle interpretation of this landscape while other works take a bolder more dominant role. These later pieces become deconstructed to the extent that the meaning has shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By adding abstraction Irish attempts to increase the dynamic between viewer and painting.

With a pertinent thought process behind the work , the idea of the expected and the unexpected colliding is key, not knowing exactly the direction the piece of work in production might lead entices the artist.

Artist Statement

“My work takes me on a journey, a journey of discovery that immerses deep within myself existing as a thought, an idea. This idea can then go through many stages of development, underlying textures, the advance/retreat of paint layers. Erasing a layer of paint from a textured canvas can reveal a new direction for the work. Working in an array of media, gesso, artex, acrylic, oils, spray paint the images are created to evoke emotions in a nonlinear fashion.

Bold or subtle, each form their own conclusion; I invite the viewer to draw their own conclusion, what they see is their own personnel experience.”

Where has all the Light gone? (A Tinpot Opera) – Mark Campbell


Wasps and South Block are delighted to present a solo exhibition from Mark Campbell.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 13th December, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continues: 13th December – 21st January

Where has all the Light gone? has its origins in both Mark Campbell’s 2010 Glasgow International exhibition ‘A God given Light’ (Jelevision) and his 2012 woodcut show at Glasgow Print Studio ‘Jelevision’.

Campbell is interested in the “propaganda messages” that he believes children can be subjected to though various channels, particularly through manipulated media such as Television (Jelevision) and social media. In both ‘A God given Light’ (Jelevision)’ (2010) and ‘Jelevision’ (2012) Campbell explored the notion of nurture and growth in young people through creating a full size stained-glass greenhouse, etched and fired with imagery.

While the light in a greenhouse would usually fall to germinate seeds, Campbell’s images on the greenhouse panes filtered the light, disturbing the greenhouse’s main purpose of germination and growth, rendering it obsolete.

Leading from these ideas of nurture and growth, ‘Where has all the Light gone’ (A Tinpot Opera)’ reimagines the world as an Opera where despotic Tinpot rulers govern, risen to power through manipulated media. In this series of paper works, Campbell devises this world. Using recognised modern symbolism in constantly evolving collaged cut paper, he presents his criticism of the various ways he sees young minds being shaped.

The works exhibited in ‘Where has all the Light gone’ (A Tinpot Opera)’ are intended as a prelude to a future series of ceramic sculptures.

Abstracts – Ian Macpherson and Ernesto Vaz

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Exhibition Opening: Friday 15th November 6-8pm
Exhibition continues: Monday 18th November – Friday 6th December

Wasps and South Block are delighted to present ‘Abstracts’ from Ian Macpherson and Ernesto Vaz.

Ian Macpherson and Ernesto Vaz are graduates of Glasgow School of Art currently operating out of Wasps Gallowgate Artists Studios, East Campbell Street, Glasgow. Both have long-standing involvement within the Glasgow visual art context and both are currently engaged in the production of abstract drawing, printmaking and painting.

Ernesto Floriano Vaz
“The themes and preoccupations of my recent paintings have been an exploration of the idea of the colour field, realised in a variety of painting media.

My current fascination is with the immediacy versus the subtlety of colour and its ability to express emotion and provoke response. A concept of healing with colour to promote balance, health and happiness underpins my process.”

Group and solo exhibitions include: Compass Gallery, Gallowgate Artists Studios, ScotlandArt Gallery, Glasgow School of Art

Ian Macpherson
“My current creative activity may be described as a visual manifestation and distillation of intellectual and intuitive thought, finding physical form and movement on the flat surface.

A reaching for and expression of the largely verbally inexpressible, full of concurrences and contradictions, occupying a field where potentially anything can happen, where intellect and instinct are immersed in the existential flux of becoming, disintegrating, changing.”

Group and solo exhibitions include: Fruitmarket Gallery, Talbot Rice Gallery, Glasgow Print Studio, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow School of Art |


Transit: An Exhibition by William Moulding

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Exhibition Preview: Friday 11th October, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continues: 14th October – 11th November

Wasps and South Block were delighted to present Transit, an exhibition by printmaker William Moulding.

William Moulding started his career as a Visual Arts Practitioner, working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Peacock Visual Arts and many other establishments delivering workshops and classes to various private, community and school based projects around Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.

For the last 7 years he has been working offshore as a Hydrographic Surveyor/Engineer on various survey and construction Vessels in the North Sea and around the world. His laptop, tablets and sketchbooks become his studio while away from home.

When back on shore, William makes full use of the workshops at Peacock Visual arts, in concentrated periods of time. The drawings and ideas generated whilst away from home are starting points for work that is a celebration of colour, form, drawing and mark-making; balancing the spontaneous with order and exploiting process.


  1. The transition of the work in response to change.
  1. Periods of time spent in transit travelling to and from Vessels and through water in field.

Stuart Kerr – DRAWN STEEL


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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