// Opening 6pm, Friday 18 July 2014, at David Dale Gallery.

As part of our participation in International Artist Initiated, alongside Clark House Initative, Cyprus Dossier, Fillip, Fresh Milk and Video Art Network Lagos, RM has temporarily set up office in Glasgow, undertaking a project with contributions from (in reverse alphabetical order):

  • Wednesday night pottery

  • Tamaki Housing Group

  • Raised by Wolves

  • Mata Aho Collective

  • Magasine

  • making do(ing)

  • lightreading

  • FKA Alterations

  • David Ed Cooper & James Wylie

  • Dave Marshall & Ella Sutherland

  • D.A.N.C.E. Art Club

  • Brun Alen

  • Ben Clement & Bob van der Wal

// Show runs until Saturday 3 August 2014

// At Glasgow Transport Boxing Gym, 136 Fordneuk Street, Glasgow, Scotland
(An auxillary space for David Dale and Studios during the duration of the Commonwealth Games)

The participants that we have brought together within this project are collectives and groups who work without a dedicated space, often moving beyond the confines of the gallery system. Though they operate independently of any fixed venue, there is still a strong sense of location in what they do. We have been drawn towards them because of the ways in which they activate local contexts and show a profound awareness of the communities that surround them.

RM is of course defined by the space it inhabits, but in these collaborative groups we see values we share, and things we aspire to. And given this opportunity it seemed to make sense to share this space with them.

Since 2009 an integral part of RM has been the project office – a dedicated part of the exhibition space that allows the co-directors of RM to be present and available for visitors. It is where meetings take place and also where we share food. During gallery hours it provides a place where visitors can sit, view the work, hold conversations and engage with RM’s slowly expanding archive. An open office, RM works on the principle that discussion, meetings, admin and paperwork are visible and not hidden away during exhibitions or events.

For IAI the structure of the RM project office has been transposed to Glasgow and activated by this selection of collaborative groups. Our office in Glasgow is being utilised as a meeting point for these disparate and fleeting, yet always collective and locally responsive activities.

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RM’s participation in IAI has been made possible with the support of Creative New Zealand, the British Council and Festival 2014 of the XX Commonwealth Games. The project has been commissioned by David Dale Gallery.

Artist-run-initiatives talking about artist-run-initiatives, and other such things:

During IAI there have been two panel discussions that are available to view online at thisistomorrow.info:

International Artist Initiated: Fresh Milk, 19 July 2014
(we’d recommend skipping to 30mins to get to the start of the discussion, unless you particularly like watching chairs being moved and plugs being plugged in)

Notions of common/wealth versus single/wealth’: a platform for representatives of the six invited networks to participate in conversations with each other and the Glaswegian audience. The aim of the conversations will, in part, be to unpack ideas related to the Commonwealth of Nations – the association under which countries gather every four years to celebrate sport, the XX edition taking place in Glasgow in the summer of 2014. The intention is to explore the context of IAI, as a gathering of Commonwealth Nations, and delve into how that relates to the work we all do as artist led initiatives. The concern is to unpack the Commonwealth as a macro, historical entity and understand our relationship to it, if any, and all that entails. Interrelated are ideas about the definition of wealth and value, both single and common, in our local context.

Fillip presents, Institutions by Artists,29 July 2014
(we’d recommend skipping to 18mins to get to the start of the discussion)
Sarah Lowndes & Matthew Richardson. Moderated by Jeff Khonsary.

Fillip presents a book launch and debate focused around current and past institutional practices by artists. Internationally, artists have produced institutional models that act as an alternative to the limitations of marketdriven priorities. Artist-run centres, collectives, and artists’ publishing initiatives form a network of activity that often stands in contestation to dominate economic models, while simultaneously appropriating their language and methods. Using an informal debate format, Sarah Lowndes and Matthew Richardson will address the performance and promise of contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives within the context of Glasgow, the UK , and beyond.