Hold Me: Salon Discussion

Sat 16 April | 14:00 – 17:00 | Free but ticketed – Tickets Here


Hosted by #temporarycustodians, this salon style discussion considers how the artist’s body- the ‘labouring body’, and the ‘body of work’ is cared for by peer groups and institutions. Speakers will contribute insights from the perspective of the walled garden of art school to the open source DIY academy, the crumbling post industrial studio to the post-studio laptop in coffee shop. How do artists work, store, plan their future and make safe investments in Glasgow? We invite Glasgow based artists to come along to open the discussion into a local context for building the capacity to care.


Maurice Carlin artist and director of Islington Mill studios, founder of Islington Mill Art Academy

Lindsay Seers – artist, storing work with #temporarycustodians

Helen Kaplinsky – chair

Emma Balkind – lecturer, writer and researcher

Helen and Maurice are initiators of #temporarycustodians, a conversation that takes an ecological view of artistic practice, currently foregrounding the moment of storage.


#temporarycustodians is an R&D project initiated by curator Helen Kaplinsky and artist Maurice Carlin, asking how the shift towards the sharing economy, collaborative commons and peer2peer distribution might constitute an alternative to historical modes of public and private collecting. The term ‘custodian’ evokes responsibility, guardianship, and care taking; ‘temporary,’ the ideal of a TAZ (Temporary Autonomous Zone) and a property function of ‘holding without owning.’

The historically enshrined principles of collecting forbid deaccessioning, condemn art works to spend 90% of the time in storage, and remain in a constant and stable state. #temporarycustodians are seeking to consult and diagram the artwork as a networked resource to consider a repositioning in relation to collecting cultures: how do artworks become visible during the presumed invisible moment of storage, what are the alternatives to the arrogance of institutional commissioning, and how to approach the production of artwork as an ecological activity, where materials compositing an artwork may pass into another industry?

As part of Rough House, #temporarycusodians‘ process is progressed to take in the ecologies of the Glasgow art scene, working with the Woodmill and the Glue Factory to look at possible relations within the city, towards abstract notions of visibility, as well as spatial relations around autonomy, co-dependence, and more radical structures of artistic support.

The event is free but if your interested please register via eventbrite as spaces are limited.

The Glue Factory | The Woodmill | Glasgow International 2016

www.thegluefactory.org | www.woodmill.org | www.glasgowinternational.org