The Hunterian announces 2023 Art Programme

Published: 5 December 2022

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow is pleased to announce its art exhibition programme for 2023.

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow is pleased to announce its art exhibition programme for 2023.

Hunterian Art Gallery Redisplay
From 1 April 2023
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission free

In April 2023, The Hunterian will reveal a full redisplay of its art gallery, framing questions about how these amazing collections and wonderful spaces can be more meaningful to more people. The works on display will reflect new themes, ideas and approaches and will ask questions, inviting dialogue and discussion. Does the art we choose to display reflect the world we live in? Should the gallery address the inequalities of the past? Whose works are valued or iconic and why? How can the gallery become a space to make connections? How can we experiment and be creative in the way we display art, not just in the artworks themselves. Challenging existing principles, including the hierarchy of art by looking at the margins of art production, the displays will include a significant number of works made by women, items that have never been on display before (or haven’t been on view for a number of years) and works that have undergone intense conservation, giving them a new lease of life.

Lis Rhodes
12 May–15 October 2023
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission free

An exhibition featuring works by pioneering experimental filmmaker Lis Rhodes which have recently been acquired for The Hunterian collection through a Freelands Art Fund Acquisition award. These range from Pictures on Pink Paper from 1982, a feminist exploration of gendered systems of value and power, to more recent works that track the social and political implications of neo-liberalism in the UK and internationally.

The Trembling Museum
1 December 2023–5 May 2024
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission free

Filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara and art historian and curator Terri Geis will collaborate with The Hunterian to create an exhibition that showcases and reinterprets its collection of African art. Drawing on the ideas of Martinican poet Édouard Glissant, and particularly his concept of ‘trembling with the world’, the show will connect diverse historical and contemporary material from The Hunterian collection and beyond.

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Lis Rhodes images
Lis Rhodes images courtesy Lis Rhodes.

Hunterian Art Gallery Redisplay images

The Hunterian Contemporary Art Programme

The oldest public museum in Scotland, with collections spanning arts, sciences and humanities, The Hunterian is at the forefront of university museums around the world. Since it opened at the University of Glasgow in 1807, The Hunterian has been an invaluable academic and community resource. It is committed to becoming a more meaningful place for more diverse audiences.

The Hunterian’s contemporary art programme responds to and interacts with The Hunterian collections, spaces and histories to make new connections and to reflect people, ideas and stories. The Hunterian collection’s historic foundation is a repository of knowledge that materialises the problematic history of Western society and its fundamentally colonial and capitalist underpinnings. Taking this as a point of departure and critical reflection, The Hunterian’s contemporary art programme seeks to interrogate the institution’s genealogy, and to introduce different perspectives into its spaces.

Working with a wide range of artists on acquisitions, commissions, exhibitions and events, our contemporary art programme allows The Hunterian to find new ways of using our historic collections to understand the contemporary world.

The Hunterian’s University context creates room for intellectual inquiry and a process of learning and experimentation. As one of the few purpose-built art galleries in Glasgow — a city renowned for its large art community—The Hunterian offers a space in which work by emerging local artists and more established international practitioners can be exhibited to wide and diverse audiences, enabling connection, reflection and experimentation.

Since 2017, The Hunterian has featured solo exhibitions by artists such as Neil Clements, Ilana Halperin, Alex Impey, Ulrike Ottinger and Jimmy Robert. Group exhibitions have included works by, among others: Sarah Browne; Phil Collins; Tacita Dean; Manthia Diawara; Andrew Kerr; Nalini Malani; Jade Montserrat; Shahryar Nashat; Otobong Nkanga; Charlotte Prodger; Carol Rhodes; Margaret Salmon; Simon Starling; Corin Sworn.

Hunterian has also supported projects with John Gerrard (a major outdoor video installation for COP26), Elisabeth Schilling (a week of dance performances and a symposium in 2019). They have undertaken collaborations with other arts organisations, including The Common Guild, Goethe Institute Glasgow, Glasgow International, Film and Video Umbrella, Leeds Arts University, and the Roberts Institute of Art, all of which have brought benefits through co-funding and knowledge exchange.

The Hunterian have commissioned new works from artists including: Claire Barclay, Alex Impey, Neil Clements, Minty Donald & Nick Millar, Louise Hopkins, and Georgina Starr (in partnership with Art Fund, FVU and GI). We have received funding awards from VNXXCAS 2021, CAS Rapid Response Fund 2020, Art Fund Moving Image Fund for Museums (2018), Henry Moore Institute (2018), the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy (2021).

First published: 5 December 2022