Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh
Exhibition running until October 29
Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm
To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, North Lands Creative Glass has teamed up with curator Amanda Game and Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios to create a major exhibition from the North Lands Study Collection. In addition to the Study Collection, which represents two decades of Scottish and international glass work, ten masters who have taught at North Lands in previous years have been invited to each contribute a major work for the exhibition. The result is an amazing cross-section of the possibilities of glass working, from jewellery to hanging sculpture, and is a remarkable achievement in coherent curation of multiple artists from a wide variety of backgrounds.
The packed opening on the evening of the September 16 was a great success and also a great first look at some really exciting pieces. The first pieces which greet you upon arrival are the cast panels of Udo Zembok. Described as “a master of colour,” Zembok’s panels are eye-catching in the extreme. Although simple in design, they stick with you long after you have left the exhibition.
Another of our favourites was Tobias Møhl’s “Five Part Black Twill Collection.” This piece is the poster image for the exhibition and it is easy to see why. The striking free-standing sculptures are as eerie as they are fascinating. Colour is woven beautifully into the pieces and the viewer is left with an otherworldly impression. Special mention should also be made to the lighting of the piece, which brings out every little detail.
Every piece, both contemporary and retrospective, is certainly deserving of mention and each of the master’s works are beautiful, however the exhibition covers such a wide range of talents and mediums that there is simply not the space. The exhibition is fantastically curate and the pieces all have a great harmony about them. Although dissimilar in size, appearance and style it is obvious that they are all connected through North Lands. In this way, the exhibition has completely succeeded in giving the viewer a real impression of what the glass making centre is about.
The exhibition runs until the 29th of October and it is truly not to be missed as it may well be another twenty years before such a fine collection of glasswork is assembled again.