Learning programme

PlayDay @ GoMA
Wednesday 2 August 10 – 4pm
Throughout the gallery

Join artist Jane McInally and GoMA in day full of fun, play and creative chance. Activities for playful humans will be throughout the building – take a chance to try something new or revisit games of memories!

Follow the lines thoughout the building to find Play Day @ GoMA, which will be popping up throughout the building, as well as outside and a mischievious tour of GoMA online by Anthony Schrag (2011) ‘Stirling’s Demise (or the ghosts of GoMA)’

11am – 4pm for facilitated programme, some self-led activities will be available from 10 am

FREE, materials provided and bring your cameras to capture the play!



Installation shot of 'Deep in the Heart of Your Brain' with the works Deep in the Heart of Your Brain is a Lever, Pose Work for Sisters and Studio 1995, Jacqueline Donachie, photo Ruth Clark

Installation shot of ‘Deep in the Heart of Your Brain’ with the works Deep in the Heart of Your Brain is a Lever, Pose Work for Sisters and Studio 1995, Jacqueline Donachie, photo Ruth Clark

As we enter the closing weeks of Jacqueline Donachie’s exhibition Deep in the Heart of Your Brain, it is your last chance to see the exhibition and we are delighted to share details of the remaining public events in our exciting engagement programme.


Wednesday 26th October 2016, 6.30 – 7.45pm GoMA
Jacqueline Donachie in conversation with Professor Tom Shakespeare

This event will examine the role of creative arts in exploring and understanding the challenges that disability and genetics pose to individuals and families.  In particular, the discussion will reference the passage of time that relates to Donachie’s exhibition, and the film Skin Horse (1983), currently in the John Samson exhibition in Gallery 1. Tom Shakespeare recently re-visited eight of the participants in his 1996 book, The Sexual Politics of Disability, who now feel that their disability has become less salient, more akin to the general effects of ageing seen in the wider population. Yet with degenerative conditions, the disability becomes more prominent in the individual’s own biography. Art and social research can both tell these stories, but art captures the imagination and enables reflection, in ways that academic work rarely does.

Tom Shakespeare is professor of disability research at UEA.  He has written extensively on disability rights and bioethics and is author of ‘Disability Rights and Wrongs’ and ‘Genetic Politics: from eugenics to genome’ among other books and articles.  He was formerly a member of Arts Council England, and has curated three different science/ art exhibitions around the social and ethical impacts of the life sciences, as well as making work himself.


Installation shot of 'Hazel (2016), Jacqueline Donachie, photo Ruth Clark.

Installation shot of ‘Hazel (2016), Jacqueline Donachie, photo Ruth Clark.

4 November 2016, Day Symposium
(10am – 4.30pm, Platform. Transport provided from Glasgow city centre).

This day symposium will provide an opportunity to discuss in depth some of the issues raised by Donachie’s exhibition Deep in the Heart of Your Brain.

By taking the theme of expert culture and participation and examining this through a prism of ethics and academic practice, the symposium will look at lived experience as a model for radical practice to challenge social constructs around scientific and medical research, and knowledge exchange.  Can auto-ethnographic and participative art practice increase our understanding of disability and care in the fields of genetics, inherited disability and ageing? What is the role of lived experience within both creative practice and academic research, and how can the effects on participants be assessed, and valued?

Speakers come from a range of academic and artistic backgrounds, and each has been asked to address in some way the effects of their practice on specific communities of interest.

They include Jacqueline Donachie, Karen Guthrie, Jason E Bowman and Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley. The day will be chaired by Alison Stirling, with a narrative commentary provided by Moira Jeffrey.

Deep in the Heart of Your Brain: the symposium has been supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, The Marigold Foundation and Glasgow Life.

To book a ticket for the symposium please use this link: The Symposium

Information in PDF format here final-events-pdf

Scribbles by Hollybrook
13- 29 May 2016

Scribbles by Hollybrook is a social enterprise company established in January 2014 by the 3rd-year pupils at Hollybrook Academy, a school for pupils with additional support needs based in Glasgow.

They created Scribbles to display and sell pupils’ artwork as part of their 3rd-year business course. All proceeds from this go to The Royal Children’s Hospital, formally Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, a place the majority of them have attended throughout their life.

Since it was established, Scribbles have donated 100% of their profits, over £600, to Yorkhill Children’s Trust.

Scribbles has given the pupils an amazing opportunities to gain real world experiences and gain business skills while giving back to a great charity. They have partnered with IKEA, Glasgow, where they had an exhibition in 2014, and IKEA kindly supplied the frame for the exhibition in GoMA.

In 2015, pupils worked with McTear’s Auctioneers to set up an international online art auction. Natasha Raskin, McTear’s pictures specialist and a regular on the BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, visited Hollybrook and demonstrated how to catalogue the pieces to sell online.

For the exhibition in GoMA the pupils took part in GoMA’s Creative Industries  workshops. Learning about the variety of skills and job roles that are involved in producing an exhibition, the pupils visited the Gallery, held team meeting with various departments such as marketing and logistics. They curated and installed the exhibition which ran from Friday  the 13th of June till Sunday the 29th of June, 2016.

To learn more about Scribbles at Hollybrook their website
Once on the website, click on the ‘Scribbles’ tab

To find out more about the Creative Industries and other schools workshops, visit  click our online brochure, or phone our bookings hub on 0141 276 9505.


It started with an email conversation between the GSA lecturer Rachael Grew and GoMA about how her Gender and Identity course for 3rd year students at the GSA could connect in with the exhibition Ripples on the Pond. The team here at GoMA offered some ideas and the students met, firstly with Rachael, then with staff at GoMA. The interested students decided to do a workshop and spent time developing their ideas and responses to the works in Gallery 4.

The workshops took place last weekend and thanks to everyone who came along and took part, even the nursery group who turned up on Monday had a go! This weekend we have opened up a space in Gallery 4, currently between installations, for a pop-up exhibition of the collages made last weekend, which have been turned into a sculptural version of ‘consequences’: the game where you add a new body and limbs to the head you choose. It will only be open this weekend so if you took part in the workshop come along and find your work. Also we would love to hear your thoughts tweet or instagram using #MAKEYOURSELF or #GlasgowGoMA.

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From the GSA students:
The Make yourself?! workshop started as an extension of our studies on the Gender and Identity course at Glasgow School of Art. In response to the Ripples on the Pond exhibition at GoMA, we decided to focus on the themes of body and identity that are present in all the works shown. We worked with the medium of collage that invited children and adult participants to explore these deep and important themes in a more engaging and playful manner, allowing them to reimagine their own bodies and identities both individually and collaboratively.

We purposefully limited the amount of “human” collage materials to encourage participants to recreate themselves in an unconventional way, opening up the discussion about the nature of identity.

We invite you to take part in this exploration of identity and body, and interact with the collaborative sculptures exhibited.

Be playful.
Alina, Shareen and Vivienne
Thanks to everyone who took part in the workshops last weekend

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We had a lovely launch last week to celebrate the work done by the brilliant filmmakers as part of the Ripples on the Pond – Artist’s Interviews project. This work is now officially launched and available in Gallery 4 as part of the Ripples on the Pond exhibition. It presents a series of engaging and enlightening short films made by a group of volunteers, from Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL), interviewing artists whose work feature in this exhibition. The project was developed by GoMA and GWL to create an opportunity for women to learn documentary filmmaking skills and contribute to ongoing research of each institution. For the project the group worked with Helen de Main to identify the artists and coordinate the interviews and final films.

During the course of the project the group has received training and support, developing skills and confidence to enable them to produce these films. This has included bespoke tours of the exhibition and the GWL’s archive developing their research skills and knowledge about the artists, as well as hands on film making training covering all aspects of practical production, from cameras to sound to editing. This dynamic group of women has worked together tirelessly, bringing their individual skills and personalities to the project. As first time filmmakers, they have supported each in other in the production of this impressive series of films.

The films provide a fascinating insight into each of the artist’s working practices, told in their own words, and reveal some of the inspiration behind works featured in Ripples on the Pond. They make a valuable contribution to recording and archiving women’s creative practice, a core aim of GWL and this museum’s collection.

The films will be also released on the GWL website between January and April 2016, along with interviews with the filmmakers by a GWL intern Camilla – the first one with Morgan Fraser is online , along with the interview with Helen de Main here.

Ripples on the Pond film’s were created by Mel Bestel, Louisina Currie, Morgan Fraser, Jenny Kelly, Una McBurney, Lucy Stewart and Esme Williams
With special thanks to Lou McLoughlan

We would like to thank all the artists for their generous and thoughtful contributions, Jacqueline Donachie, Helen de Main, Sarah Forrest, Shauna McMullan, Ciara Phillips and Jacki Parry.

Project was supported and funded by Glasgow Life / Glasgow Museums and Glasgow Women’s Library

'Still from video: Hurrel & Brennan (from underwater footage by Howard Wood)' courtesy and © the artists

‘Still from video: Hurrel & Brennan (from underwater footage by Howard Wood)’ courtesy and © the artists

There are a host of brilliant events and openings happening  this month in GoMA, including the next installment of the Moving Image Season, Gallery 1. Clyde Reflections, an audio-video installation by the collaborative art/science team artist Stephen Hurrel and social ecologist Ruth Brennan, was selected by the curatorial team as beautiful and thought provoking work to continue the programme in the main gallery. It also relates to ongoing conversations that the gallery has been having about climate change, Glasgow and the visual arts while hosting Early Warning Signs, by Ellie Harrison and for Glasgow Green Year 2015.

 “We are delighted that Clyde Reflections has found a temporary home at GoMA as part of the upcoming Moving Image Season. Our approach to producing this film was to interview a diverse range of people connected to the Firth of Clyde as a way of gathering different perceptions of this important marine environment. It seems fitting that the film will be seen in a central gallery that attracts such a broad range of people, and in a city that is connected to the subject of the film by the River Clyde that flows through it.” Stephen Hurrel and Ruth Brennan, 2015

Clyde Reflections is a meditative, cinematic experience based on the marine environment of the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland. This new thirty-three minute film opens up space for contemplation by reflecting the unfixed, shifting nature of relationships between people and place.

Produced by Hurrel and Brennan, the film features underwater and microscopic footage, combined with voice recordings of people who have a close relationship with, or specialist understanding of, the Firth of Clyde. These include a retired fisherman, a marine biologist, a diver, a marine conservationist, a spiritual leader and a physical oceanographer.

By engaging with people who connect deeply with their environment, Clyde Reflections presents a multi-perspective representation of a particular marine area in order to challenge a simplistic representation of this environment. The film provides a creative example of how ‘landscape’ is not a fixed entity, or separate from people, but is dynamic in terms of its socio-ecological properties as well as how it can be perceived.

Since 2011, Hurrel and Brennan have produced work which reveals a multi-layered reading of place. Previous collaborative work includes Sea Stories, an innovative online cultural map of the sea, based around the island of Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, and the full-colour publication Belonging to the Sea, based around the islands of Arranmore, off Donegal in Ireland, and Barra (co-authored by Iain MacKinnon and Ruth Brennan, photography by Stephen Hurrel).

For links to all these collaborative projects see: mapping the sea

Clyde Reflections was commissioned by Imagining Natural Scotland with funding from Creative Scotland’s Year of Natural Scotland 2013 with additional funding from SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science) and support from MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland).

Clyde Reflections, 2014

Clyde Reflections, 2014

Events for Clyde Reflections

Clyde Reflections – Artists’ Talk
2pm, 30 May
Gallery 2
Stephen Hurrel and Ruth Brennan will discuss their collaborative art-science projects to date. This includes a publication, an online cultural map of the sea and the film Clyde Reflections, which negotiates boundaries traditionally defined as Art, Nature and Science.

Moving Image Season: Clyde Reflections Seminar
12.30 -4.30 pm, 13 June
Gallery 1
Book tickets here

Join us for a seminar developed with artist Stephen Hurrel and social ecologist Ruth Brennan bringing together academics and thinkers to explore social-ecological aspects of Clyde Reflections and the connection to current discussions on human-nature relationships.

Prof Andrew Patrizio, Professor of Scottish Visual Culture, University of Edinburgh
Prof Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment & Culture, Bath Spa University
Stephen Hurrel, Artist & Filmmaker, Glasgow
Ruth Brennan, Social Ecologist, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban
Chris Fremantle, independent researcher and producer, writer and initiator of ecoartscotland

Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th March 2015 This week-long event was created to celebrate the artist Alasdair Gray who lives and works in Glasgow and has just turned 80. 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. The concept of ‘Up a Snake and Down a Ladder’ was to introduce a larger and more diverse audience to Alasdair Gray in a fun, inviting and interactive way. The learning team at GoMA opened up the main Gallery 1 space to the public and invited them to learn and create by adding to the installation over the week. This event was low cost in terms of budget and resources therefore a key part of the success of the event was partnership working with the wider GoMA team including the library downstairs. The event also complemented the Spheres of Influence show in Gallery 3 which looks at the key influences of Gray and also those he now influences in current art practice. The idea of how artists, musicians and the like can influence one another gave the ideal starting point to develop into a week-long event. Through discussion and mind-mapping the learning team were able to create a wide variety of creative activity in the gallery from musical performances, jewellery making workshops and theatrical performances to book readings by Alasdair Gray and Tom Leonard. It was important to have something for all ages and to that end we collaborated with the Wee Write festival and offered storytelling sessions for visiting schools and nurseries. Along-side scheduled workshops and performances the main feel for the gallery was that of an open studio where the public could dip in and out of a wide selection of self-led activity including a library corner, giant games and board games. A highlight of the week was a chess tournament with professional chess players playing on a chess board from the contemporary art collection held in GMRC. ‘How the West was Wild’ by Victor Tiede (Canadian) was an instant hit with the public, people were very pleased to see something that had been in storage for so long especially as it was being used for its original purpose.

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