25th February to 7th June 2008
Re/trato showed work by an international selection of artists working either with the figure or portraiture to tell stories of real or fictional people from different cultures or times. The exhibition included sculptures, films, paintings and photography.
Exhibits included Storm Sequence by Shaun Gladwell, a hypnotic and graceful film of the artist skateboarding beside a stormy Bondi Beach, a lightbox installation by Greg Grant featuring faces from internet dating sites, and sculpture by Kenny Hunter.
Visitors could also see paintings based on family photgraphs by Hideko Inoue, a video piece by Oscar Munoz which shows the artist painting a portrait with water, photographs by Ursula Sokolowska, and bronze figures by Francis Upritchard, as well as a film by recent Glasgow School of Art graduate Nafeesa Umar.
The exhibition toured throughout Scotland in the Travelling Gallery for fifteen weeks, and had over 9000 visitors. Here are some of their comments about Re/trato:
" All the stuff is weird and cool" Pupil, Secondary School, Highlands
" Challenging and thought provoking - an impressive collection of contemporary work" Visitor, Strathpeffer Community Centre
" I really liked 'Storm Sequence', I really like the way the flow of his movement worked with the skateboard and it was really beautiful" Pupil, Secondary School, North Lanarkshire
" Thanks for giving me more to think about what art is!" Pupil, Secondary School, West Lothian
" We loved the gallery, what a nice diversion to miserable shopping. Great variety of pieces." Visitor, Bathgate Town Centre
" I think it's really good how some of the paintings are inspired from something taken long ago but done in a modern way. My favourite is the woman having honey poured on her, it shows her patience" Pupil, Secondary School, Argyll & Bute
" My first and third years had a ball. Got lots of good ideas for their own work." Teacher, Secondary School, Argyll & Bute
"I enjoyed learning about everything today" Pupil, Primary School, East Renfrewshire
The exhibition was accompanied by an education programme, which included an education pack for each venue and ten artist-led workshops. Every visitor to the gallery also received a booklet about the exhibition. If you'd like a copy of this booklet just send us an email.
Pictures of artwork created during the workshops are on display in our online gallery.The full itinerary and visitor figures for the Re/trato can be downloaded below:
Top image: Re/trato exhibition
Second image:Storm Sequence - Shaun Gladwell (video still)
Third image: Wish You Were Here - Hideko Inoue (oil paint on paper)
Fourth Image: Pure Contemplation - Nafeesa Umar (video still)
Bottom Image: Drawing with water at Dunoon Academy