Drawing (on) Riverside at Kelvingrove Art Gallery was a 5-month artist-curated solo exhibition and the culmination of a 4-year residency on the construction site of Glasgow’s Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum.


It’s narrative of how the museum became built, ran alongside others that explored the nature of collaboration and the processual connections between people and place - in particular,  how Clydeside has regenerated through its own re-construction. The story of each became part of the artwork, which in itself, forms part of the legacy of its regeneration.


Treated as a single installation, the exhibition made connections with the history of the museum’s site (a former shipyard) through the process of making. Using the building site as a place of questioning, progress and exchange, orchestrated collaborative pieces made with four other artists enabled visitors to experience the nature of the structure and the relationships between the parties involved.

Themes within the gallery spaces

Gallery 1 :

A solo exploration of the ‘work, energy, movement, and vibration’ of construction through observation.

Gallery 2 : Material Elements: A dialogue through printmaking (with Ros Lawless)

Making visible the ‘lines, forms, trades, texts, moments’ of construction in the placement and meeting of materials.

Gallery 3 : Research through Collaboration - Propping the Riverside (with Ann Nisbet)

Focussing on the nature of propping, a 3-d installation was constructed within the gallery which gave an experiential sense of the museum’s physical proximity through its fusion of historic shipbuilding and modern architectural design processes.

Gallery 5 : From 2-D to 3-D - Plans, Templates and Scaling Up (with Alec Galloway)

A narrative surrounding the creation of a large glass installation informed by ‘drawing out, mapping, piecing, and scaling up’ - all processes used in the movement between two and three dimensions in large scale building projects.

Galleries 6 and 7 : Construction and Deconstruction (with Phil Lavery)

Works (including a digital ‘peppers ghost’ and digital animation) that respond to the movement between old and new, informed by archival film and witness accounts from the blitz on Clydeside and demolition of Glasgow in the eighties.