The Glasgow Art Show opens tonight, and there is much speculation amongst artists and gallery owners as to what this new fair is going to be like.
The Glasgow Art Fair was a regular feature in a tented village in George Square for 15 years until 2010. And then, with a funding cut, it was no more, and it has been sorely missed.
It's ridiculous that a major arts centre such as Glasgow has had no annual showcase of this nature for its talent and its art businesses. Not only has it meant a significant loss of income for the city's artists and a financial blow to its galleries already hit by the recession (as well as to the hospitality industry who benefitted from the national and international trade that the fair brought), but it shows a lack of confidence and pride in Glasgow's art sector.
Now the same group that organises the Edinburgh Art Fair is organising an event in the Grand Ballroom at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow's city centre - which doesn't quite have the same punch or profile as the George Square settting. Notable by their absence are long-established galleries such as The Scottish Gallery, Open Eye and the Compass. You can read what the papers have to say about it all here in The Herald article.
I'm going to the opening tonight, so we'll see what it's like! I have work with the Cotswold-based Wren Gallery on stand A5. For more information about the fair, go to the Glasgow Art Show website.
Burnt Orange Moorland (Oil on canvas, 24 x 26) will be on stand A5.