GRADUATES from The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) unveiled work on the top of the Glassford Street NCP car park yesterday.

A multidisciplinary show, the exhibition is a centrepiece of this year’s edition of the Glasgow Open House Arts Festival, an initiative established in 2013 to encourage artists to use alternative, domestic and public spaces to exhibit their work.

“This exhibition evolved in response to physical Degree Shows being cancelled due to the pandemic,” explain organisers Chao-Ying Rao (Betty) and Robert McCormack, both GSA graduates.

“What is particularly special about showing as part of the Glasgow Open House Arts Festival is that it is a grassroots event that has given us the opportunity to create and curate our own show in an unusual and exciting space.

“This space is uncompromising and it can be difficult, being open to the elements in a shared public space. But what it offers is egalitarian. The opposite of a traditional white cube, it is accessible to all.”

Supporting the exhibition is Turner Prize nominated artist Karla Black. She said: “It is so heartening to me to see these fresh GSA graduates taking the initiative to make sure that their art is seen in the city right now.

“After a terrible two years in which because of Covid art students have had no physical degree shows and little studio time, this group offer us all some hope and some light in an anarchic and irreverent exhibition on the roof of an NCP car park.

“How very ‘Glasgow’.”