A diverse and increasingly high profile art scene has emerged in
Glasgow with Transmission at its centre. Transmission provides a place
where artists can meet, talk and exhibit along with local and
international peers and influences.
Transmission was set up in 1983 by graduates from Glasgow
School of Art who were dissatisfied with the lack of exhibition spaces
and opportunities for young artists in Glasgow. Through sponsorship and
support from the Scottish Arts Council they managed and maintained a
space in which to exhibit their work and the work of a rapidly growing
collective of local artists.
They began to invite artists who had influenced them to show
in the gallery and become part of this dialogue. The range of contacts
grew through projects with similar organisations such as City Racing in
London and Artemisia in Chicago and this exchange of ideas has
continued with Transmission providing a model for other collectives
like Catalyst in Belfast and Generator in Dundee.
The gallery is managed by a voluntary committee of six people.
Each member of the committee serves for up to two years and is then
replaced. Transmission evolves under the influence of each successive
committee member and continues to draw in a young peer group as active
We represent the needs and interests of our membership by
maintaining an image bank of slides which are made available to
visiting curators and artists. Members also gain the use of gallery
facilities such as fax, photocopier, video equipment and slide
projector and receive ten to twelve mailouts per year including a
newsletter detailing opportunities within the gallery and beyond and
invitiations to private views at Transmission. Members may also
'piggyback' the mail-out with their own information (flyers for shows
etc.) During exhibitions, full members may be asked to consider
proposals made by members throughout the year - the downstairs space is
an ideal area to develop experimental work, present projection based
projects and solo exhibitions.
The annual members' shows are an important part of
Transmission; they are open submission and allow the whole membership
to exhibit work - a good opportunity for less established artists and
valuable for our future programming. This is also the only time
committee members may show their own work in association with
One year's membership costs £5 to students or the unemployed,
and £15 to those with a wage. If you cannot afford the fee, you may
invigilate for a day at the gallery in lieu - during shows, members can
invigilate from 11am to 5 pm and receive £10 in payment. For legal
reasons we must ask that members choose either a full or associate
membership: full members are required to attend transmission's annual
general meeting; associate members are not required to attend the
annual general meeting. Individuals resident in or around Glasgow are
encouraged to become full members and to participate more in the
running of the gallery.
We try to represent the needs and interests of our membership
by maintaining an image bank of slides which are shown to visiting
curators and artists. Members also gain the use of gallery facilities
such as fax, e-mail, photocopying, video equipment and slide
projectors, and receive regular mailouts including a newsletter
detailing opportunities within the gallery and beyond and invitations
to private views at the gallery.
Private views are at the heart of the Transmission community:
come along, drink beer and wine and talk to like minded people. This is
where contacts are made and friendships forged.
To become a member of Transmission: Please send a cheque or
postal order for £15 (waged) or £5 (student/unwaged) with details of
your name, address, telephone/fax and e-mail.
28 King Street
Glasgow G1 5QP
T:+44 (0)141 552 4813
F:+44 (0)141 552 1577