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Phil Collins, Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, 2014. Installation view, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 2015. Photo: Alan Dimmick

Phil Collins, Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, 2014. Installation view, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 2015. Photo: Alan Dimmick

Tomorrow is Always Too Long (2104) by Phil Collins opened on 9 July and is the final chapter in the Moving Image Season at GoMA since April 2015. GoMA would like to thank the artist, The Common Guild: Katrina Brown and Kitty Anderson; Sue MacDiarmid, Ivana Kličković and Siniša Mitrović for all their support to realise the work in Gallery 1 and we are looking forward to the Artist’s Talk with Phil Collins on Sunday 9 August. Screening times and information for Tomorrow is Always Too Long is available here.

You can also read brilliant interviews with Phil Collins on the film in an online version of the artilce printed in July/August 2015 issue of Modern Painters and the Q&A in a.n

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Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, 2014 Phil Collins
10 July –16 August 2015
HD video, Hi8 and VHS; colour and black-and-white, sound; 82 minutes Courtesy Shady Lane Productions, Berlin
Audio-visual installation: Sue MacDiarmid

Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, a new film by Phil Collins, is a love letter to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Commissioned by The Common Guild for Festival 2014, it was developed over the course of a year with various local communities and paints an idiosyncratic portrait of a place as seen through the scope of human experience, from birth and childhood through education and the criminal justice system to old age.

At the heart of the film is a six-song cycle by musician Cate Le Bon. Le Bon’s skewed and intimate pop gems are interpreted by non-professional singers, ranging from a 10-year old girl to an 83-year old man. Accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and filmed in their everyday environments, including an antenatal class, a high school, HM Prison Barlinnie, and a social club for the elderly, the performances play out as kaleidoscopic vignettes in a larger modern day city symphony.

Musical sequences, shot by acclaimed cinematographer Michael McDonough, are interspersed with public-access style broadcasts filmed in 1960s’ college TV studio. They star a cast of Glaswegians from every walk of life whom Collins met and befriended: socially engaged pensioners, burlesque animal rights activists, street poets, market traders, Elvis impersonators, club kids, and elderly star-crossed lovers.

The third strand comprises a series of intricate short animations, created by Matthew Robins and soundtracked by Barry Burns, which follow a group of characters duringa night out on the town. A new element, presented for the first time in this exhibition, is a track by Golden Teacher, local voodoo-rave sensations, filmed at Langside Hall and shrouded in mystery up until now.

‘Music was always going to be an essential part of any film about Glasgow. It’s one of those cities where music seems to run in the water, like Manchester or Berlin – turn on a tap and it sings,’ says Collins. ‘For me, there’s an undeniable transformative power in a pop song, an ability to tilt even the most mundane situation into the realm of the extraordinary and of heartbreak. It’s a form of artifice in some ways more authentic than “real” emotion. So I wanted to imagine the real through the frame of music, and make something where song emerges from a living, breathing, working space. If the film can be described to function as an update on the idea of a city symphony, it does very literally so, though the voices of its inhabitants.’

The improbable lovechild of musicals and documentary, late-night television and silhouette animation, Tomorrow Is Always Too Long defies classification and embarks on an immersive, hypnotic trip into the heart of the city.


An amazing exhibition up at GSA, curated by Jenny Brownrigg and part II of Spheres of Influence for the Alasdair Gray Season (until 25 January 2015). The Alasdair Gray Season celebrates Gray at eighty years old. Devised by Sorcha Dallas it is focussed on Alasdair Gray’s visual work, with exhibitions and events across venues including The Glasgow School of Art, GOMA, Kelvingrove Museum and Glasgow Print Studio. ‘Spheres of Influence I’ is at GoMA until 25 May 2015

Jenny Brownrigg

Reid Gallery, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RF

22 Nov 2014-25 Jan 2015

Aubrey Beardsley, Oliver Braid, Eric Gill, Alasdair Gray, Peter Howson, Dorothy Iannone, David Kindersley and Lida Lopes Cardozo, Stuart Murray, My Bookcase, Denis Tegetmeier, Hanna Tuulikki

This exhibition provides alternative readings of Alasdair Gray’s visual practice, through the prism of others’. Spheres of Influence II includes both historical and contemporary pieces from the realms of visual art, design and illustration. Gray’s work forms the central point around which the other works orbit. The broad themes drawn from Gray’s oeuvre include graphic style; symbolism; text and image; lettering and the alphabet; portraiture and identity; labour; religion; war; love and sexuality. The exhibition includes four new commissions by Oliver Braid, Stuart Murray, My Bookcase and Hanna Tuulikki. The new commissions and event programme are funded by Outset Scotland in association with YPO.

'Spheres of Influence II', Reid Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art (2014). Photo: Alan Dimmick ‘Spheres…

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Alasdair Gray Season: Spheres of Influence I

Alasdair Gray Season: Spheres of Influence I

Spheres of Influence I
22 November 2014 – 25 May 2015

Aubrey Beardsley                    William Blake
Rob Churm                              Albrecht Dürer
Paul Gauguin                          Alasdair Gray
Alan Fletcher                           Mark Gertler
Carole Gibbons                      David Hockney
Kunisada (Toyokuni III)         Chad McCail
Gilbert Spencer                       Stanley Spencer
Adrian Wiszniewski

We are looking forward to the opening of this exhibition on Friday 21 November celebrating the artist and writer Alasdair Gray who lives and works in Glasgow, part of the Alasdair Gray Season . Born in Riddrie in the east of Glasgow in 1934, he attended the Glasgow School of Art in the mid 1950s. Gray is a prolific poet, playwright, novelist, painter and printmaker, and is often described as a creative polymath – an expert in many art forms.

Spheres of Influence I looks at Gray’s practice, influences and work to re-present works from Glasgow Museums’ collection and explore the connections between them. Gray has talked extensively about influences on his work, such as William Blake, Aubrey Beardsley, Albrecht Dürer and Paul Gauguin. In exploring Glasgow’s collection we are able to bring some of these artists’ works together, along with more recent works by Gray’s peers and by younger artists who have in turn been influenced by his visual and writing practice.

Spanning over 500 years, the works in this exhibition provide an opportunity to explore new connections with Gray’s works, as well as influences of style, technique or subject matter.

Spheres of Influence I is part of the Alasdair Gray Season, devised by Sorcha Dallas, which celebrates Alasdair Gray at 80 years old. It focuses on his visual art work with exhibitions and events in venues including Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow Print Studio and the Glasgow School of Art. Spheres of Influence II is at the Glasgow School of Art until 25 January 2015.

Glasgow Museums would like to thank Sorcha Dallas, Ben Harman and Jenny Brownrigg for their support in the development of Spheres of Influence I, and Alasdair Gray for his generosity in talking about his work and influences for the short films which support the programme.

There is a programme including the events below:

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 7pm
The Killing Joke and Other Diagrams
Rob Churm in conversation with Gregor Wright
The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 6PH

Thursday 12 March 2015, 2pm Dr Michael Phillips, internationally acknowledged Blake scholar and curator of William Blake: Apprentice & Master (The Ashmolean, University of Oxford, 4 December 2014 – 1 March 2015) will offer a virtual tour of the exhibition, reflect upon it, and then welcome questions on any aspect of Blake, at the Lecture Theatre, The Burrell Collection, Pollok Park.

There will also be some workshops as part of the Saturday Art Club and Adult Art programme in the New Year. More details to follow.

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January is an exciting month if you like contemporary painting!

GoMA is teaming up with Glasgow School of Art for three events around the painting exhibition currently on in GoMA, A Picture Show, and they are all FREE you just have to book a place.

First up is a symposium hosted across both venues on Tuesday the 21st of January. The backdrop of this symposium is A Picture Show but the day will focus on wider issues within contemporary painting with key note speakers; artist Melissa Gordon and artist & curator at Norway’s National Gallery Gavin Jantjes. The day will start at GoMA in the morning and finish in the Mackintosh Lecture theatre in Glasgow School of Art in the afternoon. With a keynote speaker and panel discussion we hope the day will be engaging, challenging and thought provoking. A must for anyone with an interest in painting today.

 Book through Eventbrite via this link:

The other two events are informal conversation events by the artists in A Picture Show.

The first one on Thursday the 23rd of January at 6pm will see Merlin James, Hanneline Visnes & Charlie Hammond in conversation. Talking about their work in Gallery 2 the artist will walk around the exhibition discussing their work, the show and the wider context of contemporary painting.

The second event will take place on Thursday the 30th of January at 6pm and will consist of Neil Clements, George Ziffo & Andrew Kerr in conversation. The events will run 6pm – 7:30pm.

 Thursday 23rd of January event

 Thursday the 30th of January

Here’s a link to a full tour of A Picture Show by curator Sean McGlashan

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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