Outset Scotland is delighted to have contributed to Glasgow Museums’ acquisition of 8 works from Kate V Robertson’s series Better Versions.
This gift from Outset Scotland followed an initial discussion with curators at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) about their interest in Robertson’s practice and desire to acquire her work for the Glasgow Museums’ collection. The involvement with Outset Scotland gave the GoMA curators momentum to bring forward plans for acquiring her work at a time when other commitments were taking priority. Curators Katie Bruce and Will Cooper selected the unique newspaper transfer drawings on paper, Better Versions #1-8, after a studio visit arranged by Outset Scotland in March 2018.
Better Versions #1-8 is the latest work acquired for a significant strand of Glasgow Museums’ recent collecting activities, developed in 2015 to address gender inequality. This strategy makes an unequivocal statement about the value and quality of work by contemporary women and non-binary artists and are a legacy of the conversations developed through the 2015-16 exhibition Ripples on the Pond.
Glasgow Museums is the first public collection to collect Robertson’s work and will be exhibiting this new acquisition in their 25 anniversary year (2021), focusing on women, landscape and nature.
Kate V Robertson (b. 1980, Edinburgh) is based in Glasgow, having studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2003 and completing a MFA there in 2009. Solo exhibitions over the last 3 years include – (2019) Terminal, Govan Project Space, Glasgow, (2018) Divided and Yet Mutual, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow; (2017) This Mess is Kept Afloat, DCA, Dundee and Object Appreciation Room, TRG3, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; (2016) Semper Vigilantes, OBJECT / A, Manchester, Semper Solum, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and Adaptive Expectations, ‘Figure Three’, BALTIC 39, Newcastle.
Glasgow Museums is the group of museums and galleries owned by the City of Glasgow, including the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).