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GENERATION: Christine Borland

18 July 2014

Scotland's most important artists of the past 25 years are being celebrated in GENERATION - a programe of exhibitions across the country in 2014. In a series of short films for BBC Arts, Kirsty Wark meets some of the creative minds who transformed the art scene in Scotland.

Christine Borland

Kirsty Wark speaks to Christine Borland at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock, Scotland

Forensics, genetics and family history are among the many themes Christine Borland has explored in her work.

Born in Ayrshire in Scotland, she returns to her home town of Kilmarnock for GENERATION to display her work Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen.

Christine Borland

Borland studied at Glasgow School of Art and Ulster University in Belfast. She was labelled as one of the Young British Artist movement, and her work has been exhibited across the world.

She was nominated for the 1997 Turner Prize for her installation The Dead Teach the Living - a collection of plaster cast heads that show different racial stereotypes.

She has researched potential collaboration between arts and medicine and is Northumbria University’s BALTIC Professor at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Scotland’s Art Revolution: The Maverick Generation is on BBC FOUR at 20:00 on Sunday 20 July at 20:00 and BBC TWO Scotland at 21:00 on Monday 28 July.


GENERATION is a showcase of some of the most important artists to come out of Scotland in the past 25 years. It brings together work by more than 100 artists to 60 galleries and exhibition spaces across the country.

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It charts Scotland's creative development during a period which saw the country earn an international reputation as a centre for contemporary art. It produced countless award-winning artists and exhibitions.

The artists featured in GENERATION came to prominence while working in Scotland. They laid the foundations for the contemporary art scene that exists there today.

The aim of GENERATION is also to help cultivate a future generation of artists, with a education programmes and events to inspire young people.

The project is part of Culture 2014 - the Glasgow Commonwealth Games cultural programme. It is being held in partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.

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