A feature exhibition at Dundee’s Gallery Q celebrates the 70th birthday of Robert McGilvray with a selection of new work. Born in Glasgow in 1952, Robert studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and graduated in 1975, becoming a part time lecturer until 2014, teaching in various departments, including Design, Architecture, Town Planning and the School of Fine Art. There will be the opportunity to meet Bob, as he’s known, on 26th February the exhibition’s opening, from 11:30 to 1:30pm.
A co-founder of WASPS (Workshop and Artist’s Studio Scotland Ltd) and Meadowmill Studios in Dundee, McGilvray also co-ordinated the Blackness Public Art Programme which became the long-running, pioneering Dundee Public Art Programme, and co-founded the forerunner of Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) – the Seagate Gallery; public art initiatives followed in Coatbridge, Perth, Arbroath and Ullapool Community School, he helped formulate arts strategies for Highland Council and South Lanarkshire Council, and has presented papers and lectures in the UK and abroad. His artistic career was rejuvenated in 2002 and he exhibited as an artist in numerous group shows throughout the UK, with solo shows in Scotland and Ireland.
His paintings can be seen as abstract but and at the same time rooted in the reality of landscape.
A mixed exhibition will be showing alongside McGilvray’s work, with pieces by Margaret Evans, Morag Muir RSW, Lesley Skeates, Stuart Moir, Helen Welsh and John Paul Raine, plus the gallery’s customary selection of glass, ceramics and jewellery.
The gallery supports the Own Art finance scheme, which makes purchasing artworks more affordable through payment by instalments.