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Toby Paterson

Toby Paterson (b. 1974 in Glasgow, Scotland), lives and works in Glasgow.  Toby Paterson makes paintings, reliefs and constructions which explore the relationship between abstraction and reality. He has a keen interest in post-war modernist architecture which he deconstructs both materially and politically, developing a practice in which some works are almost understandable as architecture, while others are expressions of purely abstract form.

Toby Paterson



Penumbralism finds its impetus in the many ‘grey areas’ of townscape that continue to define the visual and spatial experience of the city of Glasgow. Whilst apparently neatly resolved districts and keynote buildings are held to convey the image of the city, this project looks at the obverse; locations that represent the unresolved, the overlooked or the simply discarded.

Toby Paterson is an artist with a long held interest in teasing out subjective perspectives of cities, not least with regard to his native Glasgow with this project being developed in collaboration with Agile City specifically for newly established venue Civic House.

Supported by Glasgow International.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun, 12 noon-5pm
Thu, 12 noon-8pm

Preview: Thu 19 April, 5-8pm

Partially accessible

Jedrzej Cichosz, Nick Evans, Charlie Hammond, Giuseppe Mistretta, Neil McGuire, Scott Myles, Toby Paterson, Edwin Pickstone, and Owen Piper

Early Learning - Curated by Mhari McMullan and Katy West


Early Learning explores the legacies of the Kindergarten educational method through unique commissions from a group of artists, designers and their young children.

Each of the commissioned artists’ practices reflect processes relating to Friedrich Fröbel’s 20 ‘gifts and occupations’ – play materials for young children ranging from building blocks to modelling clay, designed for the original Kindergarten. In exploring these processes with their own children, the artists present new possibilities and variations of the original system. More information available at

Supported by Glasgow International, the Hope Scott Trust, Glasgow Life and the Goethe Institute.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Tue – Thu & Sat, 10am-5pm
Fri & Sun, 11am-5pm

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