As both a music writer and blogger, I could talk for hours about the personal and professional value of networks. I’ve lost count of the number of opportunities that have come my way simply because I had met a connected person who knew and liked my work, and given that writing is such a solitary occupation it is vital that I have people to turn to for support when I have issues or things are stressful. Scottish artist-led collective 2|1|4|1, whose annual members’ show gets underway this weekend, aims to provide the same support to artists at the beginning of their careers whose work can be just as lonely, draining, frustrating – and rewarding.
Founded in May 2013 by Glasgow and Edinburgh-based artists Rosie Roberts, Kirsty Macleod and Frances Lightbound, 2|1|4|1 aims to shine light on the “endless cloudy abyss” between graduation and a sustained professional career by providing the space for a community to correspond and collaborate both on- and offline. It has since grown to 12 core members who live and work across Scotland. Last year’s members’ show was held in the main gallery space at SWG3, but this year 2|1|4|1 has moved to the more central Old Hairdressers for what promises to be an exciting weekend of performances, events and discussions.
Kicking off on Sunday, 7th December and running until Tuesday 9th, this year’s show will feature an exhibition of work by members of the collective along with fundraising events, an ‘open crit’, the book launch of Glasgow-based artist Joanna Monks’ new silkscreen limited edition artist book and a panel discussion on the effects of the internet on creative practice. There will also be a chance to win some original artwork as part of a fundraising raffle. Other events including DJs, lectures and live performances are planned during the show – keep an eye on the main Facebook event page for more details.
2|1|4|1 is a vital initiative, and I’d strongly urge you to pop along to the gallery space at the Old Hairdressers and support the next generation of home-grown artistic talent if you get the chance.