Who we are

A.Gallery is an independent art gallery specialising in the promotion of new visual art from around the U.K. We offer a unique support system to new graduate and emerging artists through exhibition and networking opportunities.
A.Gallery: 87 Saltmarket Glasgow G1 5LE
0141 552 9935

Wednesday 29 May 2013

'Meditations' at Pluspace Coventry


'Truce For A Space': A Review.


'Truce For A Space'
Karen Grant
15th May – 25th June 2013

A.Gallery Glasgow

Karen Grant's first solo exhibition at A.Gallery Glasgow, presented an opportunity to view the artist's recent body of work 'Truce For A Space'.

Grant graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2012, and has since exhibited in many group exhibitions, including 'Radius 6' at the CCA, Glasgow, and at the Candid Arts Center in London.

'Truce For A Space' sees Grant take over the entire A.Gallery with a selection of oils on boards, stretched linens and a 10ft hanging sculpture titled 'LOL Bear'. Inspiration comes from two main sources, Social media imaginary and the writings of Samuel Beckette.

Siege laid again to the impregnable without. Eye and hand fevering after the unself. By the hand it unceasingly changes the eye unceasingly changed. Back and forth the gaze beating against unseeable and unmakeable. Truce for a space and the marks of what it is to be and be in face of.”

Samuel Beckett writing about Avigdor Arikha in the act of drawing
Within the exhibition of 28 new works, Karen Grant transposes Beckett’s description onto today’s sculpting of personal identities through social networking. This exhibition is a contemporary examination of the impact of consumption and production of digital imagery on shaping our identity.

Much of the source material has come from Facebook, creating an absurd levelling effect in the work, where kittens and children sit next to images of war. All the stuff of life, in its sentimentality and brutality is there. A central theme in the work concerns the human relationship with nature. Suspended from the ceiling of the gallery is a 2 metre high bear with a pink halo, suggesting a kitsch iconography where our perception of wildness has become sanitised into a distant and distorted idolatry.

In contrast to the digital source of the imagery, the paintings on heavy linen have a strong sense of tradition, lending them a gravitas that belies their small size. ‘Anne’ is a poignant portrait painted in luscious oil-rich colour, but with the face wiped blank. This sense of intangible, vapour-like human identities also runs through the ‘Network’ paintings, where a figure in a surreal landscape is reduced to a cartoon of human identity. Telegraph poles fade into the distance suggesting connections to a distant world. In ‘Truce for a Space’ a shocked kitten is trapped in an explosive No Man’s Land – an image that feels both haunting and ridiculous. Through this series of works the artist allows herself to respond to the indifferent gaze of social networking sites, where the viewer never knows whether they are about to see images which are comic, tender, brutal or crass. Diverse images culled from countless Facebook accounts suggest the incessant carving out of identities and give a sense of Beckett’s ‘truce for a space’, the quiet after the fevering for something that feels real amongst the endless unknowing.

Karen Grant will be giving a presentation and guided tour of her works on Saturday 1st June 2:30pm at A.Gallery Glasgow.

'Truce For A Space' 15th May - 25th June

87 Saltmarket


Tuesday 28 May 2013

Saturday 25 May 2013

A.Gallery May Bank Holiday Opening Hours

SATURDAY 25th 10am - 4pm
MONDAY 27th 12pm - 4pm

Current Exhibition: 'Truce For A Space' New paintings from Karen Grant

Friday 24 May 2013

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We need your help in continuing our programme of exhibitions and events showcasing the best of tomorrows artists, supporting artists of all ages in becoming successful working artists. Just remember, you saw them here first!!
The money raised from this project will be put towards the organizing of each exhibition. The money will help pay for marketing of each exhibition in local press, advertising and poster campaigns as well as leaflets, invitations to public and private events as well as business cards for the exhibiting artists. It will alow the gallery to purchase specific materials and tools for installing the artwork in our premises and to help towards paying for framing costs if artists need their work framed.

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North Glasgow College HND Art 2nd Year end of term exhibition.

A.Gallery had the pleasure of attending the North Glasgow College Art HND end of term exhibition '(18)sixyt'. For one night only a mixture of instillation, photography, painting and printmaking was displayed by the artists of tomorrow. Highlights of the exhibition was Craig Black's nostalgic butcher shop instillation offering 'a rose tinted view of the past'. Fine art painters Jenny Reid and Lisa Marshall offered an alternative method to the portrait and landscape in their vivid coloured paintings. Also, Thomas Abercromby displayed an antique chair with accompanied video and photographs conveying concerns of abandonment, dereliction and the passing of human life. 
All in all, a fabulous effort from all and if this is what these young artists are producing in their second year, I cannot wait to see their degree show!

Thursday 23 May 2013

PSYBT Moffat Awards at A.Gallery Monday 20th May

A.Gallery was proud to welcome the 2013 PSYBT Moffat Awards on Monday 20th May. For all images click the link https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462556137160148.1073741834.196352210447210&type=3

A.Gallery OPEN this Bank Holiday

Due to public demand we will be open this Monday Bank Holiday (Monday 27th May) 12pm - 4pm
. Yes that's right- 'Truce For A Space' is that good we have to open on our day off!!!

Tuesday 21 May 2013

GRADUATES!! Sell your work at A.Gallery's Graduate Fair!

CALLING ALL NEW (or soon to be) GRADUATES!! A.Gallery is giving you the opportunity to sell your work at our fabulous Graduate Fair on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of July. You can rent a table and wall for one day at £30 or for two days at £50. A.Gallery take NO commission so any sales you make is all yours! If you are interested in taking part contact Jenni at j.fergie@hotmail.com or give her a call on 07411771431.

Wednesday 15 May 2013

A.Gallery closed 15 + 16th May

A.Gallery is now closed for cuartion and will re open at 6pm on Friday 17th May with our new exhibition
'Truce For A Space'

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Truce For A Space 17/05/13

A.Gallery will close tonight at 5pm and re-open at 6pm on Friday 17th May with 'Truce For A Space': An exhibition of new paintings from Karen Grant. Please join us for the public opening Friday 17th May 6-9pm.

Thursday 9 May 2013

A.Gallery will be giving a short presentation at The Velvet and Silk Briggait Event next week. Other speakers include Analogue Social, Make Works, EDO Architecture and artist Tin Taylor. 6pm Sponsored by West Brewery.


Saturday 4 May 2013

A.Gallery needs YOUR artwork!

A.Gallery is preparing for our 1st Birthday and we are asking for YOUR artist submissions. To commemorate a fantastic first year, we will be hosting an exhibition of past, present and future A.Gallery artists. This is an open submission, so if you would like to be involved email j.fergie@hotmail.com your proposal.

A.Gallery Gift Vouchers!

You can now buy gift vouchers from A.Gallery. Treat the art lover in you life, give as a wedding gift, or as something a bit different for a birthday. Vouchers can be for the amount of your choice and can be redeemed against any artwork. 
Available at A.Gallery, 87 Saltmarket, Glasgow, G15LE.

New Artwork for A.Gallery!

A.Gallery has had a little make over. Look out for our new logo, artwork and gift vouchers coming soon.....

Friday 3 May 2013

Bank Holiday Opening Hours 03/05/13

Remember, A.Gallery will close at 2pm today due to the Bank Holiday. Open as normal tomorrow 10am - 4pm.