Saturday 30th July – Sunday7th August
The Poundshop has set up shop at South Block for Merchant City Festival 2016! On their first visit to Scotland, The Poundshop 17 celebrates the tenth anniversary of the twinning of Glasgow and Marseille. Come to South Block to see low cost products produced by a mix of eclectic designers, all influenced by these two great cities.
The Poundshop 17 boasts a unique interior created by local designer Steff Norwood, and was comissioned by Wasps Artists’ Studios.
Open 11am – 5pm
Alice Jacobs for Flux Laser Studio // Alice Stevenson // And penguin said nothing // Beth and Betty // Benoît Bonnemaison-Fitte // Benoît Jacques // BOOM!BADGE // Charles Fréger // Custom Made // Claire Henry Ceramics // Dicky Bird // Doris does doodles // East End Press // Eva Abdulina, AUB VisCom // everyones electronic // FOTOKINO // Frédérique Bertrand // Glasgow Soap Company // Hanna Melin // Jenni Desmond // Jochen Gerner // Jode Pankhurst // Jolly Robin // Kablom // Lisa Jones Studio // Lollipop Designs // Mr Ps // Nikki McWilliams // PERF // Mr PS // Nikki McWilliams // RISOTTO // Sara Ferrari // Scout Editions // Sparrow & Wolf // Teresa Mum // The Poundshop // Tom Pigeon
This event was kindly supported by Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council.
Photography: Beth Chalmers
BEYOND WORDS: AN EXHIBITION BY THE POSTER PROJECT
FRIDAY 20TH MAY – FRIDAY 8th JULY
Showcasing a selection of their ‘classics’ and as-yet-unseen new work, Beyond Words is the first exhibition by Poster Project.
Poster Project is a collective—consisting of nine members—within Glasgow-based design agency Front Page. The basis of which is each member’s fortnightly interpretation of a single word, chosen randomly from the studio dictionary, as an A2 poster. With the archive approaching 300 posters, South Block are delighted to host an exhibition of their best work. Beyond Words will be the first time these posters are seen ‘live’.
In the spirit of Poster Project, a competition has been run to have the work of three other designers exhibited too. The word chosen was ‘Stress’, and entries were received from across the globe, with an eventual winner coming from Lithuania.
Check out the posters and buy your own on the Poster Project website.
Nick Adams // Martin Boath // Saeed Dickie // Lisa Henderson // Graham Higgins //Amber Keating // Vanessa Lang // Andrew Nicolson // Kathleen Oakley // Laura Service // David Shearon // Stuart Swanson // Rhiannon Walker // Mark Waters
Image Credit : Front Page
CHICHA STREET: ELLIOT TÚPAC
MONDAY 8th JUNE – FRIDAY 31st AUGUST
Wasps’ Studios present the work of renowned Peruvian lettering artist and designer Elliot “Túpac” Urcuhuaranga at South Block, his first solo exhibition in the UK. He presents a series of traditional Chicha posters screen-printed from free hand stencils in fluro-inks, as well as a number of customised traditional objects showcasing his unique style.
Chicha Posters are screen-printed on newsprint paper using fluorescent colours. The typography contrasts with the black background and is intended to resemble “Quechua Wanka” textiles from the Huancayo area of the Peruvian Andes. The bright colours used are inspired by the vibrant colours found in the Andean landscapes and wildlife. The designs are drafted by hand and with extraordinary skill each layer of colour is the result of a hand-cut paper stencil. The resulting posters are intensive, fluorescent and ubiquitous and have become an integral part of Peru’s urban identity. Chicha is not just a movement, but an aesthetic revolution. It is a collective movement with countless contributors reflecting dramatic social transformations that are reconfiguring the way westernised Latin America understands society.
Tupac’s work has been shown all over the world including Rio Negro University in Patagonia, Argentina; Pixelations 2013 in Cordova, Argentina; and in the Fundación Estándar Bank collection in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has travelled extensively around Latin America, offering workshops and undertaking significant advertising campaigns such as “Benditos Botines” for brand Puma for the Argentinian National team in the Brazilian World Cup 2014. He has also received commissions for magazines such as “Somos”, weekly supplement of El Comercio Peruvian newspaper and the British magazine Creative Review.
This exhibition is sponsored by Wasps’ Studios, School of Modern Languages of Newcastle University, ¡VAMOS! Festival, D8 and the Peruvian Embassy in London.
Produced by Ursula Cox
THE MAKING ROOM
FRIDAY 24th APRIL – FRIDAY 29th MAY
The Making Room brings together the work of an eclectic group of designers and makers working within a broad range of practices across Scotland. The project consists of a resource space located at South Block that includes objects pertaining to practice, relevant texts and the shared thoughts of the participating designers about making. The presentation is also accompanied by a programme of participatory making activity located in various studios and making-spaces across Glasgow and Edinburgh (please see included workshop programme). All workshops and talks are open to the public and creative professionals and are free of charge for participants.
The Making Room is aimed at exploring why and how designers make across a wide variety of practices from arduino programming to letterpress printing. The resource space and participatory workshops explore the contrast between research activity and hands-on experience and highlights the importance of both activities within design and making practices.
The project is designed to be generous in nature, offering great opportunities for practitioners to explore, discuss and share what they do with their peers, the public and other creative professionals.
THE POWER OF ZA : Natalia Palombo / Pidgin Perfect
MONDAY 16TH FEBRUARY – FRIDAY 27TH MARCH
In its 20th year of democracy, South Africa is brimming with innovation in the arts, producing a creative scene that is transforming society through storytelling.
Few countries have had to heal divides as deep as the ones created under apartheid, but through creativity and innovation, South Africans are bridging the divides and transforming lives.
And a new generation is emerging. Distanced from the political struggle of apartheid but living with the legacy of that time, a new generation of South Africans are using their ideas and energy to forge new identities and imagine new futures.
Through documenting their creative ideas and innovations on film, they create the potential to export their stories globally. Irreverent of mainstream Western narratives they are capturing contemporary culture in South Africa whilst imagining new African futures.
The Power of ZA was an official World Design Capital 2014 project conceived by African arts producer Natalia Palombo and the creative studio Pidgin Perfect in collaboration with the British Council’s Connect ZA project.
In May 2014, Natalia Palombo
and Dele Adeyemo (Pidgin Perfect
) travelled to South Africa to produce a festival of film, storytelling and design. Through a programme of film screenings, workshops and public discussions, they engaged with over 25 creative practitioners working across film, performing arts, visual art and architecture & city-making, to consider the role that film and design-thinking has in interdisciplinary practice in Johannesburg and Cape Town. An exhibition at South Block
documents these events and interviews, relaying a plethora of innovative ideas captured during the scoping trip.
Image Credits : Natalia Palombo
TYPOLOGY PROJECT: THE PUB
20TH SEPTEMBER 2014 – 10TH OCTOBER 2014
Dress for the Weather is currently researching the architecture and design of the public house. Drawings, graphics and text are brought together for this exhibition focusing on the historic and contemporary design features of the pub typology in Scotland and specifically Glasgow.
The evolution and design features of this typology in response to wider cultural, social and political contexts is important to the pubs own heritage as well as leading the way for many new architectural styles and languages to be introduced to the wider city. Dress for the Weather celebrate this heritage by charting an evolution of over 100 years of pub design using existing Glaswegian bars as case studies.
PRINT’S NOT DEAD – A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NEWSPAPER CLUB
3RD FEBRUARY 2014- FRI 23RD FEBRUARY 2014
South Block tenants Newspaper Club are putting together an exhibition showcasing the best of Newspaper Clubs publications over the years. A combination of arts papers and community papers displaying the diverse and actual use of a traditional print format, Newspaper Club will produce a custom made newspaper for the exhibition which will serve as a catalogue.
“We’ve been helping institutions, individuals, designers, schools, communities, families, artists, experts, amateurs, gardeners, restaurants, engineers, dreamers, thinkers, and grandparents to print their own papers since 2010. Our customers are a talented bunch – we find the newspapers people want to make can be beautiful, charming, funny and informative. This exhibition represents a little bit of everything we’ve found it a joy to print over the last four years.”
You can drop by at any time over the next month to the ground floor of South Block for a browse. You’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the Long Good Read every week – part of Newspaper Club’s collaboration with the Guardian, for the duration of the exhibition.