The Vigorous Imagination revisited I Roger Billcliffe Gallery

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Presented at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 1987, the ‘The Vigorous Imagination: New Scottish Art’ was the lead Edinburgh International Festival art exhibition. Now, on its 30th anniversary the ground-breaking exhibition is coming back, this time to the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow.

It showcased the work of 17 young artists who were making waves on the international art scene. These included the ‘New Glasgow Boys’: Steven Campbell, Peter Howson, Ken Currie, Adrian Wiszniewski; renowned sculptor David Mach; photographer-installations artists Calum Colvin and Ron O’Donnell, and painters Sam Ainsley, Philip Braham, Gwen Hardie, Ian Hughes, Keith McIntyre, June Redfern, Mario Rossi, Joseph Urie & Kate Whiteford.

This group came to influence the wider artistic landscape in Scotland and beyond and The Vigorous Imagination helped to pave the way for the current crop of international artists whose fame attests to the vibrancy of Glasgow as a pivotal centre for contemporary art.

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