‘A mansion of many apartments: The visual art of Alasdair Gray’, Keynote, 17 June 2022, ‘Making Imagined Objects‘, 2nd International Alasdair Gray Conference, University of Strathclyde
In this keynote I aimed to move from the ‘unfinished’, the beginnings and stuff of making and materiality, through to the ‘finished’ artworks and how they inhabit the world. I examined Gray’s visual analogies in order to see how they informed on his working process and themes; and then moved through a chronology of his exhibitions from the 1960s’ to 2019 in order to place Gray as an artist, in a wider context.
This conference was hosted by the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow, and the Alasdair Gray Archive, in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Western Brittany, Aix-Marseille University, Edge Hill University, the University of Lausanne and the Tannahill Fund for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature.
‘Early Eardley’, (2021), Susannah Thompson and Jenny Brownrigg, The British Art Journal, XXII (3). ISSN 1467-2006
The career of the painter Joan Eardley (1921 – 1963) is regarded as being comprised of three distinct phases, reaching maturity in her distinctive paintings of children in Townhead, Glasgow, between 1950-57, and, from the late 1950s until her death in 1963, the land and seascapes of Catterline which constitute her ‘late style’. In contrast to the art historical preoccupation with the latter two phases, this essay focuses on Eardley’s early works of the 1940’s to ask how the artist’s formative period at Glasgow School of Art and her postgraduate study at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, informed the direction and development of her later work.
‘Early Eardley: Placing Arran works in context’, Susannah Thompson and Jenny Brownrigg, paper, In: Arran – An Artistic Legacy: The Arran Arts Heritage Trail Symposium, 29 April 2021, Online.
‘Bet Low: An Active Career‘ (2020), Brownrigg, J, ‘Women Painting: Scottish Art 1940-1980’, (2020) a special issue for Visual Culture in Britain co-edited by Marianne Greated and Susannah Thompson.
‘Draw from the well’, catalogue essay, P2-5, for Sam Ainsley solo exhibition, An Tobar Art Centre (2017). Designed by Graphical House.
‘Observing Women At Work: Franki Raffles’, P.33-40, essay for exhibition publication, Reid Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art (2017).
FREE CULTURE! Review of Michael Barr’s work inspired by book on Cuban culture policy, Jenny Brownrigg, April 2016, Cuba50, online, and magazine
‘Women in Art’, “Conversation Piece”, British Art Studies, Paul Mellon Centre, April 2016
‘The event which is in front of her eyes: 1930s’ Scottish Highland and Islands life – the documentary photography and film of M.E.M. Donaldson, Jenny Gilbertson and Margaret Fay Shaw’, Jenny Brownrigg (2016) The Drouth, Winter/Spring 2016 Issue 54 ‘Interstices’, Eds BACOS, N & RUSH, B, p64-82
Alan Grieve: Cemetery (2015)
Sogol Mabadi: Home Visit (2015)
Invitation no 1: Home Visit, a write up of Sogol Mabadi’s visit to my house.
Colin Lindsay: The Rules of the Room 2015 ESSAY
Finlay Mackintosh can dance, May 2015 ESSAY
Florrie James: O.K. Rick, Map Magazine, March 2015 REVIEW
Charlotte Prodger: microsphaeric howard hughes heaven movie, Afterall Online, Feb 2015 REVIEW
My chapter ‘Contemporary Curating in a Heritage Context’ appears in new publication ‘Advancing Engagement’ in ‘A Handbook for Academic Museums’. It details my approach to curating the public exhibitions programme in the Mackintosh Museum, Mackintosh Building, The Glasgow School of Art, from 2009-2014. Brownrigg, J (2015), ‘Contemporary Curating in a Heritage Context’, Gold, MS & Jandl, SS (Eds.), ‘Advancing Engagement; A Handbook for Academic Museums Vol.3′, Museums Etc, Edinburgh and Boston, pp 211-241
Alan Grieve: ‘Real Bothy’, Kirkcaldy Art Galleries and Museum Oct 2014 PROFILE
Hanna Tuulikki: Away with the birds Isle of Canna, 29/30 August 2014 REVIEW
CROSS BLOCK SPLIT, Mary Redmond REVIEW CROSS BLOCK SPLIT (27 June – 31 August 2014), Platform, Easterhouse, as part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, featured by Map Magazine.
‘Cabbages in an Orchard’: Graham Fagen (2014) Introduction text
‘Alphabet Chat Letter ‘O”, on Michael Stumpf’ (2014) ESSAY
‘Portraits of a Building’, Ally Wallace (2014) REVIEW
‘Suspended Sentences’, (2013) Turners Warehouse, Newlyn, Cornwall REVIEW
TAap in Glasgow (2013) ESSAY
This is the time: past, present and future at The Glasgow School of Art (2012) Published: ‘The Past in the Present’, Engage: the international journal of visual art and gallery education, issue 31, P.79-88. Editor: Karen Raney ESSAY
Axisweb Spotlight Feature: Lucienne Cole, ‘Dance to music’ (2012)
The Common Guild Commentaries no.10 (2011) Ulla Von Brandenburg: ‘Neue Alt Welt’, The Common Guild, Glasgow (2011). PROFILE
Excess energy in art, on Anthony Schrag (2012) ESSAY
The Late Night Artist’s Request, ON-AiR, Trans Artists (2011) ESSAY
Field Studies, Jo Roberts, (2010), Timespan, Helmsdale, Scotland. ESSAY
Forest Flashpoints, ‘Adding Complexity to Confusion’ (2009) Published Grizedale Arts , P120-122, (2009). ESSAY
‘But to Go Back’, on David Maljkovic (Hr) (2009), Map Magazine #17 REVIEW
Open Frequency Selections (2008-9)
Claire Todd PROFILE
The Lonely Piper PROFILE
Erica Eyres PROFILE
Here Now There Now: Pernille Spence (2008) ESSAY
AWOL in Romania (2006) CATALOGUE ESSAY, Young Artist’s Biennial, Bucharest. Published by Meta. On artists: Stuart Murray, Anca Benera, Miranda Blennerhassett, Louisa Preston, Tobias Sternberg, Will Duke, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, Marcus Coates, Olivia Plender, Ciprian Muresan
Will Duke (2006) CATALOGUE ESSAY, Young Artist’s Biennial, Bucharest. Published by Meta.
Four, Map Issue 5, Spring 2006: On Dan Perjovschi, Simona Nastac, Matei Bejenaru, Ioana Nemes FEATURE
Michael Mallett and Ellen Munro, The Changing Room, Stirling (2005). Untitled Magazine, Number 35, Summer 2005 REVIEW
Ganghut, Spike Island, Bristol (2004). Untitled Magazine Number 33, Spring 2005 REVIEW
Notes on the Artist and the Collector’ (2004), Sally Osborn: ‘A Sketch of the Universe’ (2004), Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee. ESSAY
Catriona Grant, ‘The Examination Room’, Portfolio magazine, #37 (2003) REVIEW
The Field Guides of Hans Waanders (2001) Pocketbooks 12, ‘The Libraries of Thought & Imagination’ (2001). On Hans Waanders (1951-2001). ESSAY