New home, new art for BBC Scotland
A new future for BBC Scotland's collection of contemporary Scottish art and a new public art commission for Pacific Quay was announced today, Monday 3 September.
BBC Scotland's collection, consisting of more than 100 works of mostly Eighties pictures, will be gifted to Glasgow City Council and their museums services, with the aim of keeping the works together and making the BBC collection more accessible to the general public. Glasgow's museums attracted four million visitors last year.
Works from the BBC collection, valued at an indicative figure of round £100,000, will be first seen on show as part of the Gallery of Modern Art's winter display in December. The works will also be available for Glasgow City Council's museums education and research activities.
BBC Scotland Controller Ken MacQuarrie welcomed the move: "The BBC has a long and successful record as a cultural patron and supporter of Scottish art. This approach means that more people will have access to our current collection across a number of venues. In deciding the future of our art collection, key elements were that the works should be kept together and should be enjoyed by the wider public.
"It is a great opportunity to share our investment with our audiences and it ensures the secure and long-term care of the works. Our new building environment offers another exciting investment for us to integrate public art and architecture in a way that enhances the quality not only of the external of the building for visitors and staff but also the surrounding environment for the wider community."
Councillor Robert Winter, Glasgow's Lord Provost, said the BBC collection was a major boost for the city's art heritage:
"This is fantastic news for Glasgow. There are some very high profile Glasgow names among the works such as Ken Currie, Peter Howson, Will MacLean, Elspeth Lamb and Alison Watt and all of the pictures represent a poignant snapshot of artists work from the Eighties. They will provide a wonderful addition to our existing collection and I am sure will be enjoyed by all our visitors for many years to come."
Alongside the transfer of existing works, award-winning artist Toby Paterson has been commissioned to create a major new artwork near the entrance to BBC Scotland's new world-class high definition broadcast centre at Pacific Quay.
Installation has started on his 20m by 10m high steel structure. Paterson has also worked with the BBC's appointed Glasgow interior design company, Graven Images, on adding creative colour to the building's interior.
The external sculptural piece draws together prominent themes within Toby Paterson's work of recent years and is a response to the location and architecture of the building and the nature of BBC Scotland as the national broadcaster.
Rather than placing objects within the building, Paterson chose to insert a further layer of architectural design into the surrounding space. He says he hopes it will be seen almost as part of the fabric of the architecture itself and stimulate public discussion:
"The piece is very much intended to have real impact when approaching the entrance to the new building. I hope it will engage visitors and encourage a personal response. It will create a dynamic focal point to the already impressive architecture."
Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland's Head of Programmes, said she believed Paterson's commission would become a Glasgow landmark:
"The size and scale of Toby's sculpture and the focused use of colour will introduce a different perspective to the image of BBC Scotland as a complete building. In doing so, it creates a whole new focal point in the regenerating Pacific Quay landscape. I hope it is the first of many more iconic art works along the Clyde."
Notes to Editors
Situated on the banks of the River Clyde and next to Glasgow's Science Centre, the new
34,000 sq m BBC Scotland broadcast centre, designed by leading international architect David Chipperfield, incorporates three key elements: digital broadcasting facilities, flexible offices/creative spaces and substantial public areas.
To provide an inviting environment for BBC visitors and staff, the 648sq m public reception area features leading edge interactive displays and a coffee kiosk.
The arresting building is clad predominantly with a triple-glazed system which provides a natural air-conditioning system. A defining feature is an internal, stepped street that rises throughout the entire length of the design, housing acoustically sensitive studios underneath and providing break-out spaces and informal meeting areas on top.
BBC Scotland's broadcast centre will be the world's first fully digital operation with high definition capabilities and is now fully operational.
The new development will replace the headquarters building at Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow which has been sold to QMD Glasgow Ltd who propose to develop it as a hotel, townhouses and flats.