Papers of Bet Low, 1924-2007, artist, Scotland

Scope and Content

Includes personal correspondence from artists and friends, material relating to exhibition and sale of her work, printed material including exhibition catalogues, some sketches, photographs, papers relating to Unity Theatre work, New Charing Cross Gallery and Compass Gallery.

Administrative / Biographical History

Elizabeth Low was born in Gourock on 28 December 1924. She attended Greenock Academy before going on to study at Glasgow School of Art in 1942. Bet Low was best known as a Scottish figurative and landscape painter, notable as one of the Glasgow Girls, and as a co-founder of the Clyde Group. She was also involved with the Unity Theatre in Glasgow creating set designs, and was a co-founder of the influential New Charing Cross Gallery in 1963. Low exhibited widely, and a retrospective exhibition of her work was held at the Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, and the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness. She was awarded a DLitt by the University of Glasgow in 1999. Bet died on 2 December 2007, in Glasgow, Scotland, aged 82.

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Acquisition Information

Gift : Bet Low : August 2008 : MS ACCN 4944

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Custodial History

Donated by Bet Low's executors. Received via Development and Alumni Office, August 2008.

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