Scotland Associate Circle

Urara Tsuchiya, Zoe WilliamsGlasgow International, 2016

Outset Scotland supported Urara Tsuchiya and Zoe Williams’ collaborative project, Châteaux Double Wide, for Glasgow International 2016.

From 8 to 25 April, Tsuchiya and Williams ran a space in the basement of Avant Garde on King Street, Glasgow, which functioned as a fluid social setting – lounge, bar, club, performance site, and exhibition space – for anyone to enjoy over the festival.  The artists hosted a perpetually changing series of installations, workshops and performances during the week, and turned the venue into a bar and events space over the weekends, culminating in Tsuchiya’s finale event ‘New Angel Collection A/W 2016.’

Tsuchiya and Williams collaborated with artists including Alice Brooke, Paul Kindersley, Amy Stickland and New Noveta, as well as producers and musicians Lord Real, Vicky Steiri and the band Ectopia to develop installation, sound and performance works for the space.  Châteaux Double Wide probed concepts of hosting, fashion, sexuality, fantasy and role play through the creation of an intricately crafted and intimate environment.

Urara Tsuchiya (b. 1979 in Japan) lives and works in Glasgow.  She works mainly with performance, video, and live events, often incorporating soft sculpture, costumes, ceramics and home cooking.  These function as props to set up an alternate environment for out of the ordinary behaviours to take place.  Solo shows include: Connoisseurs world, Queen’s Park Railway Club, Glasgow (2015), You have been selected, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (2012), Supercial Summer Club (series of events and performances) as part of 10 days in Summer, Queen’s Park Railway Club, Glasgow (2012), and The Naked Woodcutter, South London Cultural Centre, London (2009).  Group shows include: ARTBASH, Texas, USA (2015), Eternal Bronzer, The Penarth Centre, London (2015), Chew Crew, Transition Gallery, London (2014), and Statics, Transmission, Glasgow (2013). Residencies include: Shonibare Studio, London (2016), Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2015), CCA, Glasgow (2014), and Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva, Switzerland.

Zoe Williams (b. 1983 in Salisbury, England) lives and works in London.  Her work is concerned with the creation of immersive experiences which, holding a veneer of seduction, seek to access the cerebral through sensual experience.  Solo shows include: Movements in Love, Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris, France (2014), You Consume Me, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014), Soft Paste, The Studio Warehouse Gallery, Glasgow (2013), A Skvader, OUTPOST and The Contemporary Arts Society, Norwich Castle, Norwich (2010), The Flight of O, Spike Island, Bristol (2010), and The Sickly Trickle, Trove Projects, Birmingham (2009).  Group shows include: Eternal Bronzer, The Penarth Centre, London (2015), Spring/Summer 2015, DCA, Dundee (2015), Mood is Made / Temperature Is Taken, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2014), EXTRACT II, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012-2013), and Don’t Leave Me This Way, The MFA International Show, The Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2012).  Residencies include: The Troy Town Art Pottery Residency, London (2015).

Glasgow International is a world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art.  Glasgow International showcases the best of local and international art for wide-ranging audiences.  The next edition will happen in the city in April 2018, again under the guidance of Director, Sarah McCrory.  The festival will continue to showcase Glasgow as a unique major centre for the production and display of contemporary visual art.  Taking place in various venues and locations across the city, including Glasgow’s major art spaces and cultural institutions, the festival will be comprised of an ambitious programme which includes exhibitions, events, talks, performances and projects by international and Glasgow-based artists.

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