This year, before the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, Frieze travelled up to the city to speak to some its most integral artists and curators about the nature of Glaswegian creativity. From the community “come one, come all” vibes of the 1970s, to the work inspired by the flattening of the tenements to make way for high-rise blocks, these wise talking heads portray a tough city of freedom and spontaneity, underlined with a brutal sadness from times when things weren’t too great. They speak of the time Allen Ginsberg came to town, the wonder of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the gallery boom of the 1990s, and the appeal of the grand buildings in Glasgow with their sweeping staircases and enormous, trademark bay windows providing such beautiful white, Scottish light.
In the wake of the fire that tore through the paint and turps-encrusted art school this year, all eyes have been on the city as to how it will be affected. If the positive energy in this film – strong enough to make you want to move up there immediately – is enough to go by, it looks as if the freedom, time, space and history of Glasgow isn’t fading, and perhaps never will.
Spend some time with this film, if not to see wistful shots of pre-fire Glasgow School of Art, then to hear David Harding talk about singing Icelandic and Scottish songs with with Bjork – brilliant.
- Christopher Golden creates colourful digital environments that utilise visual abnormalities
- Erin Aniker's quietly radical, feminist illustrations remind us that activism doesn't have to be loud
- Marion Jdanoff explores the historical context of the world's big cats in Léopard = Nuit
- Photographer Catherine Losing uses objects to tell stories referencing culture and history
- Friday Mixtape: A world cup special from the It’s Nice That team
- Peter Franklyn Banks’ series Cromer Pier is a melodic call to the sea
- “Create a flag which represents your own Island”: explore culture through design in our latest Insta brief
- Guang Yu on how everyday observations informs his design practice
- Sadiq Khan approves flight of Trump Baby blimp
- Plexopolis: a series of games to educate and inform students on accomplished design
- Chris Dorley-Brown’s sharp images of East London are actually made up of many multiple shots
- Suzanne Saroff's meticulously arranged photographs alter perceptions