Warehouse of Horrors

ContemporaryArtETC… attended the opening of the Warehouse of Horrors at the ++44 141 Gallery in Glasgow on Saturday night and encountered a number of familiar and in some cases rather spooky faces.

The exhibition, curated by ex Telford Fine Art student and ContemporayArtETC… visiting lecturer Benjamin Fallon, brings together a range of artists who share a common interest in horror. Newly commissioned works by  Chris Walker, Catherine Street and our very own Alan Holligan sit confidently in the company of international art stars such as Mike Kelly, Paul McCarthy and Olaf Breuning.

‘Warehouse of Horrors’ is one half of an innovative exchange project between the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh and +44 141 Gallery, which sees the Glasgow based gallery bring ‘Way Out is The Way Out’ featuring seven artists, predominantly painters, curated by Jamie Kenyon.

Warehouse of Horrors @ ++44 141 Gallery, Glasgow.


Marc Bijl, Beagles and Ramsay, Olaf Breuning, Neil Clements, Alexander Hetherington, Alan Holligan, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Lyndsay Mann, Jon Owen, Emma Pratt, Aida Ruilova, Catherine Street, Chris Walker

A publication featuring images of the artists work and newly commissioned essay’s by John Beagles, Neil Clements and Norman James Hogg accompanies the Exhibition.

Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 18:00

until 15th November

Way Out is The Way Out @ the Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.


Alan Stanners, Benny Merris, Christian Newby, Dan Miller, Ragnar Jonasson, Sandy Smith, Sophie Mackfall

Thursday – Sunday 12:00 – 18:00

until 15th November

Embassy Graduate Show Curated by Alan Holligan with Exhibition Text by Jennie Temple



ContemporaryArtETC are delighted to be supporting CUT/PASTE a show of recent graduates at the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh.

The exhibition which is centered around the theme of collage and assemblage was conceived and selected by ContemporatArtETC course leader Alan Holligan after his voyage around the degree shows for Art World magazine.

In the most important times in our existence we try to make sense of our place and time by cutting up the past and re-ordering the future.

At the turn of the 20th century collage and assemblage came to the fore as a legitimate means of visual and cultural expression. The lineage of this act of creative destruction can be traced to the invention of paper in China in 200BC but it was the rise of Modernism that necessitated a technique, which took the pre-existing: the already, and tore, cut and slashed it before it was re-proposed giving rise to new understanding and meaning.

The artists who feature in CUT/PASTE have graduated during the most turbulent and uncertain of times. Nearly a full century since Picasso and Braque re-defined collage by taking the subject of the café and colliding it with the surface of the painting they are acutely aware of the contextual past & present and do not shy away or hide from it.

Alan Holligan 2009


Embassy graduates show 2009

19th September – 11th October

Thurs – Sun 12-6pm

Katherine Gallacher, Johnathan Long, Travis Souza, Diane Edwards, Thomas Nolan, Omar Z. Bhatia, Mikhak Mirmahmoudi

Selected by Alan Holligan

Art World 2009 Degree Show Report

The Art World 2009 UK Degree Show round up is available now in the August / September international edition of the magazine. This years round up features 20 graduates from accross the UK including 7 artists selected from Aberdeen, Cumbria, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Newcastle by our very own chief contributor and Curriculum Leader Alan Holligan.

“It was a real honour to be asked to contribute once again to Art Worlds annual reveiw graduating fine art talent. The opportunity to see, consider and comment on so much work from the colleges our students aspire too provides valuable insight into current concerns of emerging artists and the various schools they are graduating from. The quality of the work was very high this year throughout all the shows I visited and I am encouraged by the high standards and breadth of practice.”

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ContemporaryArtETC…to report on Degree Shows for Art World Magazine

After a successful 2008 round up ContemporaryArtETC… will once again be adorning the Deerstalker and heading for the richest of hunting grounds to report on this years emerging talent for Art World Magazine.

This year we are casting our gaze a little further by adding Newcastle, where we are today and Dundee, covered last week, to our hit list.

In the next 7 days we will visit:

Newcastle University, Cumbria University, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and Glasgow School of Art.

Caravan of Horrors to premier new work.

ContemporaryArtETC are pleased to announce that a new video work by staff member Alan Holligan will be premiered in the Caravan of Horrors at the Collective Gallery Edinburgh.

ONEZERO projects returns after an extended break to bring you ‘Caravan of Horrors’ the first outcome of a research project looking at the influence of Horror on Contemporary Art.

Caravan of Horrors will take place on Thursday the 30th of October in the Mobile Picture Salon which will be parked outside the Collective Gallery on Cockburn Street.

Onezero will be screening 5 works by:

Beagles and Ramsay
Alex Hetherington
Alan Holligan
Juri Ojaver
Catherine Street

Caravan of Horrors is running in conjunction with the launch of issue two of Fools in Print ‘AKA Tomfoolery’ as part of New Work Scotland 2008