Art On The Hill


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The story of ‘Art On The Hill’.
In January 2012 I set up a facebook group called Glasgow Independent Artists, with the long term goal of having enough members to stage a big artist run art show in part as a possible replacement to The Glasgow Art Fair previously held in George Sq through the 90’s until 2010.
At least a show that would encompass my desire to present art in a more accessible fashion without the barriers that both the artists and public face.

In late summer 2013 I got the chance to see my intended venue in the flesh, having only previously seen 1 photo. I met with the owners in January 2014 and secured the date, deciding to run the event during the Southside Fringe Festival, May 2014.

Art On The Hill showcases 95 artists, I wanted 100 but to ensure a good mix of style and standard of work I called it at 95. We have over 370 images in the room along with sculpture, ceramics, metal work, jewelry and stained glass. I would say as a initial run, with essentially zero budget and no funding or assistance this sets the template for future shows and hopefully this is the start of a new movement where the artists collectively work together to showcase their work and create a better art scene.

Here is a short film made by Summerhall Tv where I was interviewed about the show.

Peter Gillies : Art On The Hill from arts-news on Vimeo.

The show runs until the 31st of May. Venue ‘Church On The Hill’ which is located in the Southside of Glasgow in Langside/Battlefield.

This is a video I made of my artist talk I gave during the show. It was a last minute thought to tape it on my phone so the audio is not 100% but its listenable.
The full essay I was generally basing this on can be read on my other blog here and I used this essay as my base for this talk. It was nice to expand on certain areas but its such a wide cross direction multi layered set of ideas its hard to make it flow in a complete order, so I tend to jump around and come back to things. But I have edited that essay over the last few years to work as best as I can make it.

Artist-Talk-Peter-Gillies from pete gillies on Vimeo.

Photo collection from the show. Taken by myself and various participating artists.

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