It is my pleasure to welcome Jane Gardiner as the latest participant in the local artists project. Jane's painting The Superwoman is on display in my constituency office where you can view it until the end of August.
Jane Gardiner graduated in Medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1998. Her paintings and drawings have been seen in group exhibitions including the Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Show, Royal Scottish Academy Small Works Open Exhibition and the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition as well as this year’s BP Portrait Award. She has a studio in the east end of Glasgow and the people she paints tend to be friends as well as fellow artists, although she does accept commissions on occasion. Recently she has expanded her subject matter to include museum interiors and displays.
Concept and Design:
The concept and design of Jane Gardiner’s work draws heavily from her own background and creative imagination. Jane describes her journey to art through the prism of development and play: “Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived by the sea and loved make believe. She grew up, as children do, to become a sensible type with a responsible job but still travelled whenever possible into other folks imaginary lands. One day she decided to have more fun and so discovered the joy of messing about with charcoal and paints - not unlike making mud pies or experimenting with lipstick. But needing training she then spent many hours in the life drawing room and journeyed to far lands to study with master painters. Like most girls she loves stuff so she gathered a wardrobe full of dress up things and props, many made from paper in memory of the books she adored. Inviting people to come and play make believe with her she made paintings from these meetings. As this land of imagination is much bigger than reality and everyone who comes bring their own unique map exploring this place where dreams can come true and potential made clearer will keep her busy and passionate for a while yet.”
More information about Jane Gardiner can be found online at http://www.janegardiner.co.uk/
Creative Industry Celebration
I launched the artist project in November 2015 to support rising creative talent in the constituency. Recently, I was delighted speak in Westminster Parliament Debate about the contribution the Creative Industries make to our society, and draw particular attention the project and the creative spirit of Glasgow North. I was delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the many wonderful artists who have already taken part in the project, and the important ways in which we can all support rising creative talents:
“There are also things that we as individual parliamentarians can do. In my office, I make space on the wall for a rotating display of works by local artists. In the past year, I have had Christopher Stephens—not the one who represents Glasgow South West, but a street artist and designer from Nautilus Inkworks; Michelle Campbell, who does geometric renderings; Andy Peutherer, who does landscapes; Frances Corr, who depicts everyday items; and John Martin, who captures characters, including our current and former First Ministers. There is therefore a range of ways in which we can sport a creative industries.. It is hugely important to nurture future generations, especially in the context of the Brexit result. We have a duty to open and expand our cultural horizons, and I hope that today’s debate goes some way towards that."
I also spoke about the wealth of creative talent in Glasgow North, not only within traditional areas such as music, art, writing and dance but also within the rise of digital, e-sports and gaming mediums. I drew attention to the Resonate festival, that took place in the SECC this summer, where thousands of people came together to celebrate talented e-sport and interactive computer games designers. Using the definition of 'creative industry' creatively, I highlighted the many new and experimental distillers in Scotland, and specifically Makar gin which has been made in Glasgow since 2014. The music scene in Glasgow, of course, is second to none and renowned across Scotland, Europe and indeed worldwide, and I could have spoken for hours about the many bands born and raised in Glasgow. It was also a pleasure to speak about the Celtic Connections festival, hosted in Glasgow in 2015, during which 1.4 million people attended music events, with 450,000 tourists generating £105 million and sustaining more than 1,000 jobs in the city. Finally, not forgetting the contribution of the Kelvin Meadow, and Children's wood, to the development of children's wild play in a creative space.
You can watch my full speech on parliament TV here: http://goo.gl/6ezYpC
Or read the transcript here: http://goo.gl/kejMOv