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Glasgow Sculpture Studios - One of Britains largest resources for the production and promotion of contemporary sculpture and design. They provide open and flexible workspace totaling 13,000sq feet with an additional 5000sq feet of studios and communal space.The workshops are fully equiped to allow users to create work in a broad range of media and techniques. top
Formed in 1997, Grinneal is a group of four artists based in Glasgow. They make sculpture in temporary materials such as sand and ice, and have represented Scotland at international festivals throughout the world as well as exhibiting regularly in Scotland. They aim to make their practice of fine art accessible and public. While they have exhibited sand sculptures in galleries in Scotland, such as the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock and Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow they endeavour to create work in unusual places. top
Learning Stone - Sculpture and Carving : Sculpture, carving, workshops, quarries, geology, landscape, ... Learning Stone fosters mutual interests, understanding and contacts amongst people who work with stone.. Learning Stone is managed by the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust. They offer Workshops, Email discussion group, and Stonehoo links, their most-requested page, a very comprehensive list of stone-related Internet sites, mostly suggested by their visitors. Check here for links to suppliers of stone and carving tools, tips and instruction on carving, sculpture pages, personal web sites of other sculptors and carvers, the natural stone and quarry industry, stone geology. top
Oblique Partnership - Art and Design projects for public spaces. Oblique produce innovative designs for sculpture, integrated artworks, one-off street furniture and space design through various processes including: design, production, integration with design/development teams, consultation services and community involvement.
Company Profile. Portfolio.
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The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association aims to heighten public awareness of Britain's monumental heritage and to contribute to preservation, protection and restoration of public sculpture. This website is a guide to the history and the activities of the association, including their Public Sculpture of Britain series as well as the National Recording Project and Online Database. top
Kate Robinson has exhibited her sculpture in the UK and abroad. In 1997 she formed a web-creation company, Marigold Multimedia, and is a founding member of Grinneal (see entry above), which produces large-scale temporary art. Kate Robinson's sculpture and drawings can be seen at www.seedbed.net, as well as collaborative projects with Marigold and Grinneal. top
Established in 1998, Scott Assocciates Sculpture and Design are a unique company of professional artists, specialising in sculptural works in a variety of media and disciplines. Under the directorship of Andy Scott and Simon Hopkins, the company undertakes commissions for a wide client base, from small scale to monumental.They work on public art projects, from design through to installation and lend these skills to projects across the disciplines of architecture, interior design and theatre. The company is established in Glasgow maintains the website, ScottSculptures.co.uk which concentrates on their public sculpture projects. top
Sculptor.Org - A Comprehensive Resource for Sculptors - This is a truly huge site, supporting every category imaginable. They are located in the USA, but have many links to foreign sites. Their primary aim is to promote the profession, with many pages devoted to individual sculptors, but also pages for publications, materials, events, chat rooms, etc. Whatever your interest, this site is well worth a visit. top
Sculptors and Sculpture in Scotland. This is the Scotland page of Sculptor.Org and aims to provide a comprehensive profile of sculptors and sculpture in Scotland, to complement the pages devoted to other countries, from Australia to Ukraine. Plenty of space has been left for this section to grow, so bookmark it and keep checking back. (And take a browse though the rest of the site while you're there.) top
Sculpture.Org The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1960. Members include sculptors, collectors, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, museums--anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. The ISC advances the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique and vital contribution to society. Sculpture Magazine is the only international publication devoted exclusively to contemporary sculpture features criticism, reviews, studio visits, interviews, technical information, and Insider, which includes Opportunities-a timely listing of commissions, calls for artists, grants, residencies, and workshops. top
The Home Page of Bob Speel. This page is dedicated mainly to 19th century art, especially Pre-Raphaelites and illustration, but more broadly Victorian and Edwardian paintings, sculpture, architecture and other arts. The most useful part is the list of artists, which leads in to the artists' biographies. The total number of sculptors represented on these pages is now around 50, out of a little over 300 artists covered here altogether. top
Architecture Sites
The architecture.com site contains over 250,000 pages of useful information about architecture, architects, and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Visit the RIBA library catalogue; a free index to 175,000 articles from 300 journals in 20 languages, 35,000 books, and over 1 million items in the Special collections. Also visit our President's Medals student competition. top
Building Portraits. This site by Gerry Blaikie is very aptly named. It contains a large number of very fine "portraits" of Glasgow buildings, all expertly drawn by Gerry Blaikie himself. This page is just a part of the Cathcart Circle Architecture site, which is an architectural tour through the South Side of Glasgow. top
Carnegie Libraries of Scotland. This is another site by Gerry Blaikie dealing with the history and architecture of the libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in Scotland. It is illustrated by a great collection of Gerry Blaikie's art-work plus photographs. top
Glasgow and Edinburgh: A Trail of Two Cities. This site is dedicated to Scottish City Architecture with the many fine drawings of Gerry Blaikie exploring the buildings in Glasgow and Edinburgh in a way that cannot be achieved with mere photography. top
The Home Page of Bob Speel. This page is dedicated mainly to 19th century art, especially Pre-Raphaelites and illustration, but more broadly Victorian and Edwardian paintings, sculpture, architecture and other arts. The most useful part is the list of artists, which leads in to the artists' biographies. The total number of sculptors represented on these pages is now around 50, out of a little over 300 artists covered here altogether. top
Scotland's Virtual Architecture Centre . An online platform accessible to the general public, institutions and the profession, it is a central hub for information in the field of Scottish architecture and the built environment. Predominantly an educational and public resource it will provide communication and links between communities around Scotland and the Lighthouse. It is a resource for life long learning, outreach work, activities and events nationally. It also provides a means to co-ordinate the activities of a range of organisations concerned with the built environment. top
Vitruvio.ch - Architecture on the Web is a comprehensive international site covering all aspects of architecture and architects. It is written in English and Italian and has the objective of collecting and freely disseminating information to all who require it. It has an extensive menu covering architecture of all periods, schools, masters and archives as well as architecture from cities around the world. There is also a section covering architectural resources of all types. top
Glasgow Sites
Clyde Waterfront From community arts projects such as the Gorbals Arts Project to imaginative schemes such as HoldYourBreath and Glasgow Festival of Light, the River Clyde has a major part to play in the artistic life of Scotland. At the same time, stunning architecture and innovative building projects such as the proposed Riverside Museum by avant garde architect, Zaha Hadid, and the impressive SECC arena, also have a role to play in the physical revitalisation of the waterfront. top
Glasgow'sEvening Times is voted Glasgow's most popular newspaper. They also have an on-line edition, giving all the latest News, Sport and Entertainment, as well as Open Space, their editorial feature. top
Glasgow Art Club The Glasgow Art Club was established in 1867. The Club was founded by a group of extremely successful artists and their patrons. Early members included Sir D.Y. Cameron, Sir John Lavery, E.A. Walton and George Henry amongst others. Famous visitors to the club include Oscar Wilde, Buffalo Bill and many others.
Online you can visit their Gallery of members' work and Diary of Forthcoming Events.
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Glasgow Guide The Glasgow Guide website is a unique on-line information resource about the city. The site contains a wealth of valuable information, images, maps, discussion forums, games, quizzes, as well as up-to-date news and weather reports. The site also provides a comprehensive listing of city centre pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, museums, art galleries, cinemas, and places to visit in the city. top
Glasgow Members' Centre of the National Trust for Scotland. The Centre was formed to stimulate interest in the National Trust for Scotland and to add value to membership of the Trust in the greater Glasgow area. In addition to the social aspects Members' Centres provide a very valuable contribution to the Trust's work by giving financial and practical support. Some of our Members currently work in the Trust's Glasgow shop within Hutchesons' Hall, guide at the Tenement House, help during Trust events within the Glasgow area, or give talks locally to raise the profile of the Trust. Such work is entirely voluntary and there is no requirement for Members' Centre members to become involved in such areas. If you live within reach of Glasgow we invite you to join the Centre and share in our programme. Casual visitors are welcome at our evening and afternoon meetings (though we would prefer you to join us!). Follow our links for more details and related sites. top
Glasgow's Merchant City is the web-site for this historic part of the city. It contains an extensive history of the area with photographs, as well as full details of regeneration projects and facilities plus "What to do" and "Where to go". top
Hidden Glasgow attempts to expose the secret and hidden side of Glasgow through photographs, maps and images. They try to explain and explore closed, disused and unknown buildings and structures; they have started to gather together archives of the unusual, so if you have any extra information, stories, photographs or ideas please drop them a line. They will be happy to give you credit. top
Pat's Guide: Glasgow's West End. Pat's Diary becomes addictive. The whole site is written in the same friendly style and devoted to Glasgow's West End. This is a very extensive site but check out, after reading Pat's Diary on the Home Page, Buildings/History, Museums & Galleries, Lynne's Art News. The are very many more categories, too numerous to list. top
Based in Glasgow, The Herald is one of Britain's most distinguished titles. Established in 1783, it has served the people of Scotland for more than 200 years and it is the oldest English language daily newspaper in the world. Within its field it has long been the market leader.
Since 1995, The Herald has been posting an Internet edition to allow international readers the opportunity to follow the latest news and views from Scotland and obtain a Caledonian perspective on the stories of the day.
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Public Bodies and Organisations
BBC Scotland. News, Sport, Entertainment, Education, TV, Radio, and Web Guide, amongst others. This is an extensive site and essential to understanding Scottish culture, including sections for Gaelic speakers. BBC News Online Scotland was named Website Publication of the Year in the BT Scotland Media Awards 2000. top
Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city, with a population of almost 612,000. Glasgow is the best UK shopping centre outside London and has excellent business, cultural, sport and tourist facilities. That's why the City was European City of Culture 1990 and, in 1999, UK City of Architecture and Design. This web site gives information on Glasgow City Council and its services as well as access to city centre web cams and a brief history and guide to the city. top
The Glasgow School of Art is one of the very few remaining independent Art Schools in the United Kingdom. The School was founded in l845 as a Government School of Design. Towards the end of the l9th century, the study and practice of the fine arts and architecture became part of the curriculum, and since then the School has blossomed and flourished, creating a proud and unique identity.
The School has occupied its present site since l899 and at the heart of the campus is Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterwork, now known as the Mackintosh Building. Mackintosh, one of the School's former pupils, was commissioned in l896 to design this building to provide a home for the School.
It has subsequently become a place of pilgrimage for visitors from around the world but remains fundamentally a working Art School and a continued source of inspiration to those who work within it.
The School of Art comprises three schools: Architecture, Design & Craft and Fine Art.
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The National Galleries of Scotland, home to the nationís greatest collection of European painting, sculpture and graphic art from the Renaissance to the present day. The Galleries comprise four distinctive buildings right in the heart of Edinburgh:
  • The National Gallery of Scotland
  • The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • The Dean Gallery: Paolozzi Gift
This is a wonderful site to visit with many images online of the nation's greatest artworks.
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The National Trust for Scotland. The Trust was established in 1931, at the initiative of the Association for the Preservation of Rural Scotland (APRS), to act as a guardian of the nation's magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures. The Trust's conservation work is vital for the protection and survival of Scotland's natural and built heritage. The National Trust for Scotland owns a great variety of buildings ranging from castles and country houses to rural cottages. A survey programme every five years ensures that regular repair and maintenance procedures are carried out to preserve the 'great houses' and ensure that these important buildings are preserved for future generations. top
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) records and interprets the sites, monuments and buildings of Scotland's past, promotes a greater appreciation of their value through the maintenance of the National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS) and presents them by means of publications and exhibitions. The website also includes the database of the National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS), which contains details of many thousands of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and maritime sites in Scotland together with an index to the drawings, manuscripts and photographs in the Collections of the NMRS. top
The Scottish Arts Council is one of the main channels for Government funding for the arts in Scotland receiving its funding from the Scottish Executive. They also distribute National Lottery funds received from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. They fund around 80 arts organisations for annual programmes of work. The Scottish Arts Council is more than just a funding agency. Developing the arts in Scotland, by working with artists, arts organisations and other partner bodies, and promoting them as widely as possible, is central to what they do. See also their extensive links page. top
The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is the second oldest university in Scotland and the fourth oldest in Britain. The magnificent Main Building of the University, designed in Gothic style by Sir George Gilbert Scott , is one of the city's best known landmarks. The University has been on this site since 1870 when it moved from the city centre. Check out the University Directory, the Reference Section and the University Publications. top
The Virtual Mitchell Collection.Glasgow's Mitchell Library is one of the largest public reference libraries in Europe. It also houses the City Archives. As part of an ongoing project to make its resources more accessible, a selection of photographs and other images of the city has been digitised. The images are a small selection from various sources, mainly in the City Archives, but also from the History and Glasgow Room of the Mitchell Library and the city's museums. Private owners of images have also kindly lent them for copying. The selected material is of local and historical interest, mostly Glasgow street scenes and buildings, but also scenes of past working lives and of social life in the city. Most of the images are photographs, but a large number of older prints and lithographs of the city from the Glasgow Collection are also to be included, and some modern photographs, particularly of areas which have greatly changed in recent decades. top
Other Contextual Links
ARTCYCLOPEDIA - a truly fantastic Arts search engine, which is extremely simple to use and gives results drawn from all over the internet, as well as from their own extensive database of information. As of August, 2006, they have indexed 2,278 arts sites, and offer links to an estimated 180,000 works by 8,407 renowned artists. top
The Art Index. A research project at Robert Gordon University to identify subject-based internet gateways with a strong art and design focus. An extensive list of art and design gateways is already on the site; a full and fully annotated list will be the project outcome. top
Pivotal Art - fine art consultancy : They also host art exhibitions, including the one for sculptor Helen Denerley. top
The London Institute brings together in a single federated structure five of the world's most prestigious Colleges for art and design and related activities.
  • London College of Printing
  • Camberwell College of Arts
  • London College of Fashion
  • Chelsea College of Art and Design
  • Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
It operates on 18 sites in Central London. Its Gallery, located at the Institute's Davies Street head office, is the largest exhibition space in Mayfair. The Institute benefits from strong links with professionals working in art and design, the media and related professions and employs over 2000 of them as Visiting Tutors.
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The Menora (website in German). This is a very interesting project on the web, based on the Menora which stands in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem. It was a gift from the British Government on the occassion of the 8th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The sculptor was Benno Elkan. The main contents of the site are:
  • The 29 motifs of the Menora shown as a time line
  • Introduction and History of the Menora
  • The Menora in Jewish Tradition
  • Short Biography of Benno Elkan
  • Picture of the Victims of War Monument, Frankfurt
  • Details and Construction of the Menora in Jerusalem
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Rampant Scotland for everything about Scotland.
10,000+ Scottish-related Links, regularly updated.
1,000+ Web page features on Scotland and the Scots.
This site really does have everything; not just Arts, Archaeology and History, but also Castles, Tartans and Recipes. Take a couple of hours off to browse this site!
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Scotland Internet - a directory of Scottish web sites. Easy to navigate directory, with all the categories you could require. Try Art or Libraries or Reference. top
World Wide Arts Resources. Welcome to the largest gateway for online arts information: artists, museums, galleries, quality art, art history, arts education, antiques, dance, theater, and more... discover the largest collection of original art online! Sign-up for a Free Artist Portfolio today and sell your artwork! Apply for a Premiere Portfolio. top
Agora Gallery LogoAgora Gallery contemporary fine art gallery established 1984. Art consulting services to private and corporate art collectors are provided. Locations in the SoHo and Chelsea art districts. Exhibiting painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media. Artist portfolios are reviewed. The sponsor of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. top
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Glasgow's Public Statues. top
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