Records of the Glasgow League of Artists, Glasgow, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes 1971-1981

Correspondence 1971-1976

Treasurer's reports 1972-1974

Catalogues of exhibitions 1971-1979

Ephemera - invites etc. 1971-1979

GLA Exhibition posters 1974-1979

Slide pack of members work, n.d.

Colour photographs of members work 1978-1979

Photographs of GLA members 1978-1979

Colour photographs of exhibitions of members work 1974

GLA Print Pack, n.d.

Film - We're all Big Boys Now - a quick look at the GLA 1974

Presscuttings 1971-1974

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow League of Artists , Glasgow, Scotland, was founded in 1971 as an artist's co-operative designed to overcome some of the difficulties encountered by the artist working in isolation. By pooling resources, and with the assistance of the Scottish Arts Council , they were able to provide workshop facilities and studios at 45 St Vincent Lane, Glasgow . The group saw themselves as "a framework within which artists have been able to exchange ideas and information; and from which lines of communication have been opened between the artists and the public".

The League exhibited frequently in Scotland , and also had exhibitions in England , Ireland , the Netherlands , Germany and Canada , often facilitating exchanges with artists from the host country. Members organised and supported other ventures including the Gable-end Scheme in Glasgow and an exhibition of prints and sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi at the Glasgow Print Studio in 1979.

Founder members included Ronald Forbes , Stan Bell , George Docherty and Gregor Smith . Members included several Glasgow School of Art graduates and staff, but there were also graduates of Edinburgh College of Art , Duncan of Jordanstone and other British art schools. They were usually no more than twenty members at a time.


The material is arranged hierarchically into series, sub-series, files and then by item.

Conditions Governing Access

Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections are open for research by appointment.

Other Finding Aids

An item level list of the collection is available in the search room.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Adele Ashley-Smith, Archivist, 2000-2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 18 September 2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002. Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.

Custodial History


Related Material

Further information concerning the Glasgow League of Artists may be gained from the GSA's collection of newspaper cuttings available in the search room.


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