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Bill Drummond in Dumfries

‘Why Andy Warhol Is Shite’

In 1973 Bill Drummond was coming to the end of his first academic year at Liverpool School of Art. He was studying painting. He loved painting. He wanted to spend the rest of his life painting. But something was troubling him. He thought even if he became a successful painter, even a great painter, all it would mean that his paintings would hang on the walls of a rich man apartment in New York.

The young and idealistic Drummond instinctively felt that this is not what art should be about. He put down his paint brush, walked away from the easel and out into the streets of Liverpool, in the hope that he could discover a way of making art that… The rest of his professional life to date has been about trying to work out what the “that” might be.

Some months before he laid down his paintbrush, he had visited the first Andy Warhol retrospective in the UK. It was at The Tate (Britain). The exhibition had blown him away. But over the next twelve months what had initially done the blowing, began to trouble him. The troubling progressed to the point that he thought what Andy Warhol represented was everything that was wrong with Art in the world at that time.

All the first year fine art students were expected to write a 4,000 word history of art essay on a topic of their choice. This essay was to be handed in by the end of the first academic year. Although he had a title for the essay he was unable to put any more than a few unconnected words on the page.

Most of the several hundred thousand words that Drummond has written and published since the summer of ’73 have been a continuation of this uncompleted essay. What he hopes to present in Dumfries will be 45 minute performance lecture based on where he is at with the essay at the moment. The working title is, as it was then, the now rather naïve: “Why Andy Warhol is Shite.”

Mr Drummond standing in the Penkiln Burn (nr Newton Stewart) with a salmon and bluebells

You can be part of the audience for Bill’s lecture ‘Why Andy Warhol is Shite’ by coming to Greyfriars Church at 6pm on Thursday 8th November (free).

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Inspired by Dumfries

Dumfries and Galloway Standard has had its reporters oot and aboot:

“It wouldn’t be the first town you would think of if you were asked to name a fashion hot-spot of the world.

But thanks to visual artist Lisa Gallacher, a collection of bespoke pieces created and inspired by Doonhamers, and their town, will be exhibited here next month.”

Fabric based in Paling’s Window by Lisa Gallacher

TRDM: Dumfries is one of eight creative projects specially commissioned by artists’ collective The Stove for their exhibition InBetween:Dumfries. The project will culminate in a collection of “Dumfries Inspired” made-to-measure garments being shown at The Stove’s base on the town’s High Street throughout the beginning of November. The Dumfries born, internationally acclaimed artist has collaborated with ten local residents of all walks of life, to create an item of clothing, representing what the town means to them.

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Inbetween:Dumfries

Arts events in the week of 5-10th November

Artist-collective The Stove has put together a week-long programme that celebrates Dumfries and offers folk the chance to be part of the future of their town. Six specially commissioned art projects will be presented in public spaces along with public performances and talks by leading thinkers + film screenings and concerts.

Highlights include:

‘Why Andy Warhol is Shite’ – Performance lecture by International Artist Bill Drummond

Street Shrines – New work around Dumfries by one of Scotland’s leading street/public artists, Mike Inglis

Greyfriars 1 – World Premiere of Suzanne Parry-John’s song cycle about the Nith and the launch of artist Lisa Gallacher’s bespoke clothing collection.

Nithscoping – Environmental Artist Hannah Brackston invites investigation of Dumfries’ river

Also look out for Marion Preez’s blue ‘Frames’ around the town and whatever you do – don’t miss ‘The Lost Supper’ a simultaneous voyage back in time and into the future + great food!

WHAT’S EVEN BETTER IS THAT IT IS ALL FREE

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An Update and an Invitation

The Stove committee have been pushing forward on all fronts over the past year and we would like to invite you to a catch-up meeting on Wednesday 5th of September at 7pm at The Stove building.

At this meeting we will report back on progress with the building and projects and discussing the future structure of the Stove as an arts organisation. he Stove began as an open invitation and opportunity for D+G practitioners we’d like to discuss ideas we have for sustaining this ethos into the future and are eager to involve as many of you as possible in these discussions.

Some of you may also be aware that we have been commissioning artworks to accompany a 2 week long programme of public arts activity in and around Dumfries at the start of November. Artist Mike Inglis was award one of the Stove’s Inbetween commissions; Mike is one of Scotland’s leading street-artists and will present a short illustrated talk on 5th September about his practice and what he has planned for the November events.

Utopian Junk Dreams  
 kirsty whiten centaur/ fraser grey explosion/ martin mcguinness landscape / mike inglis spaceboy and the no9 junk dream /rab choudhry coins

We will also be introducing a two day symposium we are presenting in November where invited speakers will be addressing issues surrounding the identity of contemporary market towns in the UK: ‘Place Sustainability and Future Culture’ in Dumfries on 8 + 9 November 2012.

We hope you can join us, if so please RSVP via [email protected] with the text ‘ Stove Meeting Wed 5th Sep’ in the subject line.

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