The Arts & Business Scotland 30th Annual Awards celebrate outstanding collaborations between the business and cultural sectors.
McLaughlin & Harvey’s collaboration with Glasgow International at the time of the Glasgow International Festival 2016, has seen us in the running for this award.
The awards are split into 8 different categories; we are shortlisted for the Placemaking Award. This category recognises a partnership which has shaped the cultural activities to celebrate the very best of Scotland's creative, cultural and historic wealth, and can show how cultural tourism can raise the profile of Scotland at home and abroad.
During the time of the Glasgow International Festival, there was an opportunity to celebrate the architectural value of the Kelvin Hall, which we were redeveloping at the time. We were able to host two large scale solo exhibitions from the Director’s programme by Australian artist Helen Johnson and Glasgow based artist Claire Barclay. The main foyer space, and former event space directly above, were utilised for these installations, meaning they were able to benefit from the original interior architectural features of the space, including large scale mirrors, detailed cornicing, ornate windows and chandeliers.
In opening up this building to the public during construction and engaging the space in a new way, we have not only been able to celebrate this historic building but also to showcase two contemporary artists to local, national and international audiences - housed within an amazing cultural treasure.
The awards party will take place at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls in the New Auditorium on Thursday 23 March 2017.