Scots artist Gerard M Burns launches exhibition at GCU

23 March 2017

Scots artist Gerard M Burns launches exhibition at GCU

Gerard M Burns launches the exhibition at GCU

Students, staff and invited guests joined Scots artist Gerard M Burns to launch an exhibition of his work in Glasgow Caledonian University’s pavilion, the Page/Park designed centrepiece of the landmark £32m Heart of the Campus project which has transformed the University’s city-centre campus.

The first exhibition to be held in the pavilion, the show features portraits of Billy Connolly, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the University’s Chancellor, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, and celebrated Scots including actors Ewan McGregor and Karen Dunbar as well as a selection of current works including The Crossing.

Launching the show, GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE said: “It is a privilege to see our amazing new space graced by these extraordinary paintings by one of Scotland’s most dynamic, interesting and challenging artists. It is wonderful to see how powerful and important art and the creative industries are for our souls and our imaginations.”

Mr Burns said: “I would like to thank the University for this fantastic opportunity. I don’t think I have ever seen my work in a better context. It is being shown in a prestigious space that any contemporary art gallery anywhere in the world would envy and it is an amazing opportunity for my work to be shown in the community and seen by thousands of people who may not visit a gallery. I hope this show will be the first of many at GCU.”

Glasgow-born Mr Burns is recognised as one of Scotland’s greatest living artists and, as well as portraiture, his work explores contemporary interpretations of traditional themes.

In 2015, his exhibition capturing prominent Scots including actor Alan Cumming, broadcaster Kirsty Wark and Helena Kennedy QC, Brush with Inspiration, was hosted by GCU New York.

The launch gave guests a sneak preview before the show opens to the public from March 24 to April 14. It runs from 9am to 7pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 9am to 3pm at the weekends.