Thursday, March 14, 2013

In Conversation with John Byrne

GSA alumnus John Byrne will be in conversation with theatre critic Joyce McMillan on Friday 22nd March at Summerhall, Edinburgh's newest arts venue and cultural hub. The Glasgow artist and playwright who attended Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1963 will be offering insights into his many creations spanning the period from the 1960s to the present day.

The GSA Library catalogue holds a number of John Byrne titles from artist monologues studying his painting and prints, to the BAFTA award-winning TV series 'Tutti Frutti' to examples of his plays. Of these, his script for 'The Slab Boys' is written with the artist's personal experiences of work for carpet manufacturers Stoddard and Co in mind. Alongside, lending holdings for John Byrne, the library also hold the in-house library of carpet manufacturers James Templeton and A.F. Stoddard as part of our Special Collections. Designers for the carpet manufacturers would have used the library to gather initial ideas and spark off the creative process. Its inclusion in the library complements any research into the life and works of John Byrne.

For further information about the event or to book tickets, look on Summerhall's website for details at the link below. For those interested but unable to make the journey, the repartee between the artist and another GSA alumnus, Peter Capaldi, recorded for BBC2 and held in our DVD section offers an anecdote of what to expect from the event.