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    Keira Mclean : Stained glass course and residency at MERZ

    In April 2024 celebrated Glasgow stained glass artist Keira Mclean will be running a six day course at MERZ followed by a twenty-one day residency for artists to develop work with stained, coloured and etched glass. The course is suitable for artists considering using glass and will begin by addressing the fear of working with cut glass!

    Painting, collage, etching and text will feature in making leaded glass windows or panels. In particular the MERZ course will draw on ‘found’ glass, incorporating every-day glass as well recycled stained glass fragments recovered while repairing traditional stained glass windows. Small samples of pottery can be included. The course is inspired by Kurt Schwitters’ assembly of collage from found objects together with painting and text. The course will be run by Keira Mclean and begin on April 1st 2024 with six days of intensive tuition, followed by weekly visits during the residency offering tutorials and assistance to conclude with a tutorial on the 26th April and an exhibition at MERZ on the 27th and 28th April. Materials will be provided although artists are encouraged to bring small pieces of glass or ceramics to help localise and make personally relevant their finished panel.

    Keira’s work brings to prominence working class figures from Glasgow, political figures who are often ignored or overlooked. For MERZ Alan Robinson has brought to life facets of the residency in the MERZ buildings incorporating various techniques into his stained and painted panels to form part of in the repurposed buildings.

    For further details and an application form contact Numbers are limited so early interest advised.