Kelvin Hall has a complex history that reflects the changing needs and attitudes of the people of Glasgow through the exhibitions and entertainment it has hosted. Barclay’s work draws upon aspects of the building’s past to create a large-scale installation within one of the near-derelict spaces before it is once again transformed as part of a major refurbishment.
By responding to archival material relating to the 1951 Exhibition of Industrial Power, Barclay explores past and present attitudes to our industrial heritage and its influence on culture.
The work suggests a disconnect between the glorification of industrial achievements and the raw, brutal nature of production. The sculptural forms reflect the artist’s ongoing interest in exploring how meanings are encapsulated within materials, in this case coal and steel that were given prominent status in the 1951 exhibition.
Commissioned by Glasgow International.
Supported by Outset Scotland.
Fri 8 April – Mon 25 April
Mon – Wed, 10am – 6pm
Thurs, 10am – 8pm
Fri – Sat, 10am–5pm,
Sun, 12pm – 5pm
1445 Argyle Street,
Glasgow, G3 8AW
0141 276 8384
Subway: Kelvinhall (9 minute walk)
Rail: Exhibition Centre or Partick (both 15 minutes walk)
This exhibition is located on the first floor via stairs.
Documentation will be available in the venue.