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Big and Clever Show

Last night we attended the private view of ‘Big and Clever’ at City of Glasgow College and we must admit that, as far as names for the show go, we couldn’t think of anything more apt. Hosted in four different locations across City of Glasgow’s massive campus the show is jam-packed with thought-provoking and beautiful work, although we have to confess that we only managed to see part of the show before it closed for the night, but what we saw was so impressive that we fully intend on another visit before the end of the week.

City of Glasgow College has a great reputation for the arts and this year’s final show has done them proud. As you would expect, the work presented was to the college’s usual high standard with Graphic Design and Illustration really standing out, both in creativity and professionalism. Even though we only managed to take in half the show it is clear where the college’s recognition comes from; the diversity of ideas on display from a single brief is tremendous.

Even courses such as Architectural Technology, which are normally overlooked by visitors, were inspiring although for us it is not the clean, precise final pieces that excited us, but the workbooks that accompanied the completed works. The supporting material was truly fascinating and really helped us appreciate the student’s inventiveness.

We were so impressed by Architecture that we presented one of their students, Andrew Evans, with an award to help him continue his studies at The Glasgow School of Architecture. We were particularly impressed by his outstanding freehand drawings which complimented his final work. We believe is should be mandatory for all disciplines to incorporate life drawing into their courses, as it is a very effective way of increasing students technical abilities, confidence and creativity, all characteristics which can be found in Andrew’s work.

We also really appreciated the efforts made by the Product Design students to engage with their visitors. They added the lovely touch of providing personal tours of their show to explain their briefs and solutions, which we found very helpful and enjoyable.

The show is so good we insist you pop along to the show before it closes on the 10th of June, although we recommend you wear comfy shoes and perhaps stop half way through stop for a snack cause this is a marathon of a show!

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