Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme to lay on legion of artists

By Emelie Fitzgerald | 08 November 2013

Generation, an ambitious exhibition programme to accompany the Commonwealth Games in 2014, will highlight contemporary art practice in Scotland

A photo of a sculpture of a head on a wooden plinth inside a contemporary art gallery
Christine Borland, L’Homme double (1997)© Courtesy Christine Borland
A series of works by Christine Borland, one of five winners of the prestigious Glenfiddich Artist in Residence programme in 2004, will feature among exhibitions by dozens of Scottish artists as part of Generation, the Cultural Programme accompanying the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Despite having solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Zurich, the Glasgow School of Art-trained artist’s work has never before been seen in Scotland.

Her work, which will appear at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Scottish National Gallery, consists largely of sculptural pieces, contrasting blue and white, often on bones to resemble porcelain.

Her art explores subjects from either side of the brain, balancing art and science – one theoretical, the other creative. She once commissioned six sculptors to create life-size clay heads of the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.

Generation has been in the making since 2011, produced through a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life. Exhibitions will be held at more than 50 venues across the country between June and October 2014.

With support from Creative Scotland, the programme highlights Scotland’s standing as a country full of great contemporary artists, with the programme focusing on work produced during the past 25 years.

Around 100 artists are involved. Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery will reveal the artistic development of the Scottish contemporary visual artist Jim Lambie through some of the sculptures from the early 90s which first brought him into the public eye, alongside his signature floor work, ZOBOP, and specially-commissioned new works.

Tramway, in Glasgow, will host a line-up of leading artists including Iain Hetherington, whose work addresses cultural hierarchies and the hypocritical perceptions among society.

Her reoccurring street gang motifs such as baseball caps and gold chains should target the younger generations as the project seeks to inspire a new generation.

An education and outreach programme will engage young people between the ages of 12 and 25.

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