Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art
A photograph showing a wall painting of a repeating pattern of black six-pointed stars on a curved white ceiling. The stars diminish in scale from the top of the image to the bottom as the room recedes
A close-up of a complex geometric pattern composed of various triangles which come together to form hexagons, rendered in gold leaf on a plain grey concrete ceiling.
A black and white photograph showing the outline of a six-pointed star being painted in black on a white ceiling. The artist’s hand is visible in the foreground of the image and the bristles of his brush are gently compressed against the ceiling.
An open blue door in a small arched alcove opens onto a curved room. The white walls are painted with a repeating pattern of curved black triangles. Outside this door a garden is just visible along with a black cast iron railing. Sunlight streams through the door and from a window above it.
A photograph of a ceiling replete with an ornate circular alcove bordered with golden floral-styled cornicing. In the centre there is a symmetrical design in gold leaf. The shapes that make up the pattern resemble abstract flowers or avian forms.
Dates and Opening times

Thu 6 June - Thu 5 September

Thu 6 - Sun 23 June
Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm
Sat – Sun, 12pm – 5pm

Mon 24 June - Thu 5 September
Mon – Fri, 11am – 6pm
Sat, 12pm – 5pm


The Modern Institute
3 Aird’s lane
G1 5HU

Richard Wright
Presented by

The Modern Institute 


Limited level access: Some parts of the venue are level or ramped access, other areas can only be accessed via stairs

Toilets: The venue has toilets available for visitors

Gender Neutral: The venue has toilets not separated by gender or sex

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This exhibition of new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright responds to the architectural context of The Modern Institute’s Aird’s Lane space. 

Richard’s practice moves across drawing, glasswork, and installation. He is perhaps best-known for his site-specific and sometimes temporary wall paintings. His work is stylistically diverse, often colliding a variety of motifs and condensing them into striking repeated geometric forms or producing intricate decorative patterns which play with symmetry and perspective. Richard doesn’t consider these pieces as discreet autonomous paintings, but conceptual gestures, which consider context and architecture.

In Richard’s installations, he engages with pre-existing architecture and utilises natural light to create various luminous and transcendent effects with his detailed interventions. He has spoken about ‘drawing as a way of thinking’ – Paul Klee’s emphasis on letting images emerge organically has proved particularly influential. His work also engages with a variety of other sources: from the prog rock record sleeves of Roger Dean and Stanley Mouse to the custom painting of hot rod cars, from the concrete language of Constructivism to the English mysticism of Samuel Palmer.