Lord Provost’s Prize

Lord Provost’s Prize
Date: 5 April – 19 May 1996
Space: Temporary Exhibition (now Gallery 3)

Exhibition of short-listed artworks for Glasgow’s Lord Provost’s Prize, in 1996.

In 1996, GoMA displayed the short-listed artworks for the Lord Provost’s Prize, an annual event since 1992 which offers £12,000 to the winner. The rules, changed by the the director of Glasgow Museums – Julian Spalding, included a judgement provided by the public.  They viewed the works and voted during the previous weeks,  with the final decision made by three judges – Kirsty Wark, Liz Lochhead and Richard Morphet.

The exhibition showed Pond, by the winner Duncan Shank (1937), described as ‘a rich overload of painted stretches of orange, yellow, green and blue’; Archie Forrest’s (1950) Braque Poster, depicting a still-life displayed on a table in an interior scene; Celadan and Courbeau, by Alan Gouk (1939), ‘a psychedelic array of giant splodges of colour’; Sheila MacMillan, with a description of a village in Provence in pink and ochre shades; Mazzocchio, a 12-sided structure popular in Renassaince time, by Jim Pattison (1955); and Leon Vilaincour (1923).

Artists: Duncan Shanks (Winner), Archie Forrest, Alan Gouk, Sheila MacMillan, Jim Pattison, Leon Vilaincour

Susanna Beaumont, ‘Review: The Lord Provost’s Prize’.
• Clare Henry, ‘Viewpoint: Clare Henry believes the world of art in Glasgow has been knocked out of perspective by one man and that the future doesn’t present a pretty picture’

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