Locked Out to Locked Up
Now that we’re barred from entry until the builders leave and I have to say I’m missing the Portrait Gallery. While Baden Powell House is in a prime location for nice wee sandwich places to try out and good distance away from the noise of the tram works, it’s all floor and ceiling tiles and strip lighting.
Miles away from gothic arches, antique charm and secret spiral staircases up to dusty attic rooms and without a gilt framed portrait in sight. It’s far too much like a ‘proper’ office up here and I can’t wait to get back into 1 Queen Street.
On a more positive note, the plans for the new gallery spaces are fully underway and in the last week I’ve had two interesting and productive meetings with curators regarding content for two of the galleries I am helping with. We also received good news regarding funding for our involvment in the Inspiring Change Project. Co-ordinated by Motherwell College and involving a whole host of other cultural institutions and academic researchers who will evaluate the impact of the project, the National Galleries of Scotland Outreach Team will support selected artists to develop portrait projects with inmates in five prisons across Scotland. The project is set to run for a year, providing an important part of our wider outreach strategy and undoubtably producing some interesting and worthwhile results.