Patrick Harvie MSP meets with artist Sogol Mabadi, collaborators Agatha Akpan, Rena Quinn and Foxy and Platform and Glasgow Womens Library staff on Monday’s Art in Action visit (photo: Julie Howden)


This week was our busiest week of #ArtInAction activity yet!

First up, on Monday 29th July, Clare Adamson MSP (Motherwell and Wishaw) met with Ann Louise Kieran of Culture NL to see the Harry Clitheroe paintings at Motherwell Concert Hall. Clitheroe is a recent graduate of Glasgow School of Art, completing his studies in 2018.

This was Harry Clitheroe’s first solo exhibition and Clare Adamson learned how important it can be for a new artist to have a solo show in a popular public space.

Also on Monday, Patrick Harvie MSP (Glasgow) visited Platform in Easterhouse. He met Glasgow-based artist Sogol Mabadi, from Iran, who collaborated on the Home is Where Home is Not exhibition with Birthe Jorgensen from Denmark. The exhibition runs at Platform and Glasgow Women’s Library until August 3. He spent the afternoon discussing the exhibition and the ideas of home it sparked, with Sogol and local collaborators Agatha Akpan, Rena Quinn and Foxy.

The group talked about how art had created a safe space for participants of widely varying backgrounds to have difficult, often emotional conversations about identity and home. Patrick stated that: “The visit highlighted why it’s important that we continue to support  art, which has a role to play in helping us all to face up to the big challenges that society presents us with.”

On Tuesday afternoon we accompanied South Renfrewshire-based artist and curator John McDougall to visit Tom Arthur MSP at his office in Johnstone.

John was keen to talk to Tom about how contemporary art can play a part in a number of contexts and how creative projects are often a model of good practice in local settings. We also discussed the success of visual arts projects in other areas such as those that connect people with food or play, and how some of these ideas could work in Tom’s constituency too.

Tom lodged the motion for the Art in Action campaign in the Scottish Parliament and reiterated that he believes that visual arts can play huge part in Scotland’s wellbeing capital. It was great to get the chance to connect with him again and discuss the outcomes of the campaign so far.

On Thursday 1st August, Sandra White MSP (Glasgow) will visit Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow and meet the GoMA Youth Group, who respond to work on show in the gallery and ensure young people are at the heart of its programming. Earlier this week GoMA announced a major new set of acquisitions from women artists, continuing their work to address gender inequality within art collections. 


John McDougall, Renfrewshire based artist and curator and Tom Arthur MSP


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