Two City of Glasgow College students won major prizes for the art medals they made for the annual British Art Medal Society Student Medal Project, both of which expressed their experiences of isolation during lockdown, and another City student as well as one from Glasgow Kelvin received awards. They were cast in bronze by the Mobile Foundry in Dundee. One suggested theme for this year's project was 'Black Art Matters', to explore, celebrate and acknowledge the breadth and influence of black art of all kinds, historic or contemporary. Sir Geoff Palmer gave his support, and hoped that 'more black students would become engaged with this section of the arts'.
Art students from 14 colleges around the UK and one from Bulgaria had a lot to say with their art medals, seizing this opportunity to investigate creativity in such fields as cinema, textiles, painting, print-making, literature, sculpture, dance and more.
Advisor to this year's Project, Professor Emeritus Yomi Durotoye, said: 'African culture is dynamic and widely influential; it influences and borrows to create new expressions'. Indeed, students created narratives in bronze about the diversity of artists who inspired them, citing work by Steve McQueen, Mavis Pusey, Chadwick Boseman, Aissa Dione, Toni Morrison and others, writing impressive and meaningful statements to accompany their work.
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Hillaire Belloc effectively summed up the outcome of our recent Holyrood election a long time ago: 'always keep a-hold of nurse, for fear of finding something worse'. This advice to small children to avoid their being eaten by a lion, is aptly applied in examining the motives of the Scottish electorate. Theirs wasn't an outward-looking response fuelled by inspiration, but the clutching of a comfort blanket. Children grow up though, eventually having to take on the world on its own terms. Only Peter Pan can stay forever in Never Never Land.
Despite minor oscillations, the 50% solid bedrock of support for Scottish independence is indisputable, and can only grow. The movement may currently appear almost glacially slow, but it is evolutionary. To use a term from my Doric speaking childhood, evolution goes in 'stots and bangs', it doesn't run smoothly and regularly. Little may appear to change for a long period and then, almost suddenly, an embedded direction of travel becomes apparent. The election's re-confirmation of the undeniability of Scottish sovereignty is the essence of that.
Corruption and ineptitude at Westminster won't deliver an independent Scotland but it will force the Scots to again look beyond our shores and examine our options. The 'lad o' pairts' was a pragmatist, and migration and knowledge sharing has always been part of our universe. We don't need to look far to see our future. Only a narrow channel separates us from Ireland, where unionism is in its death throes, felled by Perfidious Albion. Meanwhile, Scots fishermen, farmers, our tourism industry and much of the rest of the economy have been thrown under the Brexit bus.
Nations with bigger neighbours avoid conflict, and seek resolution of differences by diplomacy and tact, bridge-building and emancipation. Vainglorious posturing is best left to those who think they can afford it. One of the most interesting post-election contributions has come from a former Labour MEP of 35 years standing, David Martin. He posits Scotland becoming 'a completely sovereign nation with total power over its domestic laws, services and taxation'. He terms this 'independence within the UK', but the key point is it would be an unambiguous and indisputable acknowledgment of Scots sovereignty. Only then can participation in any purported partnership of equals possibly be such.
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