GSA in partnership with CCA has been awarded a grant by the AHRC for a speculative research project that will open up previously inaccessible archive material to assist research and reflection upon the causes and conditions which encouraged the renaissance of the visual arts in Glasgow since the late 1970s.
Going through the articles by Cordelia Oliver, and
photographs taken by George Oliver is proving to be a fascinating and
enlightening experience. At the moment I am working through the articles by
Cordelia that review exhibitions, performances, events etc. and I am
beginning to get a feel for the person behind them. I can tell you, she does
not pull her punches. The brilliant thing about them is the simple frank
appraisal given without any kind of pandering or bias, seemingly to
either friend or foe. It has already been mentioned that Cordelia played a key
role in the set up of the Third Eye Centre and although I have not yet reached
the year when the Centre opened (I am currently still in 1970), I am looking forward to seeing whether her reviews begin to reflect its approach.
Some of the boxes I will be working my way through.
It is only recently that I have started looking at the
photographs taken by George Oliver and there is much work to be done judging by
these boxes. Fabulous hairstyles aside, these photos have already given me an
insight into the unusual and diverse activities that took place at the Third
Eye Centre. Below you will see one of the first photos I came across, the
ribbon cutting at the opening of the Third Eye. Stay posted for more updates.