Elizabeth Price: UNDERFOOT

11 November 2022–16 April 2023
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission free

Elizabeth Price, SAD CARREL, 2022. Courtesy the artist.UNDERFOOT is an exhibition of new work by visual artist Elizabeth Price. It takes as its point of departure the archives of Glasgow-based carpet manufacturers, and in particular those of the renowned firms of Stoddard and Templeton Ltd, now held in the University of Glasgow’s Archives and Special Collections. Price uses the archival traces left by these companies to explore questions about work, cultural authority and value.

The two-screen video work UNDERFOOT uses archival imagery and digital animation to express the power dynamics at work within the organisation of knowledge in a library building. Here patterned carpets designed to imitate natural forms are transformed to suggest the potential crafting of a less hierarchical public space. SAD CARREL, a hand-tufted rug designed by the artist, elaborates a vinyl record motif found in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library into a new composition. It alludes to the emergence of independent cultural forms in the urban spaces forged by de-industrialisation. The exhibition continues Price’s practice of questioning how archives represent, or fail to represent, social history and experience.

UNDERFOOT has been realised through a partnership between The Hunterian, Panel, The Glasgow School of Art, and Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. It is generously funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, with additional support from Kingston School of Art, London and a University of Glasgow Library Research Fellowship. Research support was provided by Dr Jonathan Cleaver and the Museum of Carpet.

Image: Elizabeth Price, SAD CARREL, 2022. Courtesy Elizabeth Price Studio.


  • Elizabeth Price: UNDERFOOT is at the Hunterian Art Gallery from 11 November 2022–16 April 2023.
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am–5pm. Closed Monday. Please check our Opening Hours page before you visit.
  • UNDERFOOT is in Gallery 2, located upstairs in the Hunterian Art Gallery. The space is fully accessible via lift. 
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