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Preview, Monday 23rd April, 2018, 5-8 pm

an exhibition by Ally Wallace
Level 1, City Campus, City of Glasgow College, 190 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G4 0RF.

Show runs 23rd April – 7th May, 2018
Opening times, Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-5pm,  Sat 10am-12.30pm

A drawing project that focuses on the educational architecture and related public art in the Townhead and Rottenrow areas of Glasgow – encompassing the period between the mid 1960s and the present day.  Ink drawings, produced on site, have been developed as a series of animated films, which will be shown on the giant screen in the City Campus atrium, with the source drawings being displayed in nearby vitrines, allowing visitors to see the link between the drawings and the films.  Also on display will be a book of risographic prints of the drawings, an edition of which is being produced to accompany the exhibition.

Project supported by City of Glasgow College and University of Strathclyde



The Steeple

Just started a two-week residency – supported by Wasps – in the flat and studio at The Steeple, Newburgh, Fife.  Making work about the building itself. An exhibition will follow at the Briggait, Glasgow, in 2018.

Giacomo’s, Dunfermline.

Currently making new work based on the very excellent Giacomo’s – a proper old-school caff that I have been going to for years.  The business changed hands recently and I thought I should get in there quickly and make some work – before there are any changes that might affect the ambience.  I’ve been in a few times to make drawings and shoot video.  Also researching the history of the café and the building that houses it.  Hope to interview customers and staff soon.  IMG_4463.jpg

The Pathfoot Building.

As of 19th September, 2016, I’ll be working as artist in residence at University of Stirling’s Pathfoot Building – a self initiated project made possible by a Creative Scotland grant.  I’ll be there two days a week for six months – making work that focuses on Pathfoot’s modernist architecture in relation to the art collection housed there, the surrounding landscape and the people who use the building.


13th November 2017 update: The show ‘Low-Rise, High-Function’ has been up since 4/9/17 and continues until 15th December.  Book is just about to be published – a selection of drawings.  Not really using this WordPress blog much now, having shifted news items to Instagram and Twitter.  Details of the show are on my site:

Film 1. In and around Pathfoot (4 mins 3 secs).

Film 2. Sarah Bromage’s high jinks (44 secs).

Film 3. Jane Cameron & soul payback (27 secs).

Film 4.  Animation of Bertoia chair (44 secs).

Weekly posts throughout the residency – please scroll down.

Week 29 (w/b 24.4.17).  The final week of the residency.  Sorry to be leaving – it’s been such an excellent experience working here.  What a splendid building.  I spent my last day – Sunday –  videoing Sarah Bromage roller skating through empty corridors – reliving her childhood in pathfoot.Skates.jpg

Week 28 (w/b 17.4.17).  Pathfoot’s deserted rear entrance during the Easter holiday.  BackEntry.jpg

Week 27 (w/b 10.4.17). Roof access ladders.  Black ink brush pen on cartridge.Vert-Homescan6.jpg

Week 26 (w/b 3.4.17).  View from staff room.  My studio centre bottom, behind tree.  View-from-kitchen-.jpg

Week 25 (w/b 27.3.17).  Watercolour of Crush Hall interior with Mary Martin mural.HS3.jpg

Week 24 (w/b 20.3.17).  Diagram of my proposed hanging mobile for above the stairs.Diagram.jpg

Week 23 (w/b 13.3.17).  Hepworth view.  Pentel brush pen on A5 cartridge paper.Heppp.jpg

Week 22 (w/b 6.3.17).  The radiogram that lives in E corridor.radiogram.jpg

Week 21 (w/b 27.2.17).  Original 1967 Pathfoot chair starred in animated film today.Orange.jpg

Week 20 (w/b 20.2.17).    Misty morning Hepworth. Reading week.  Quiet everywhere.Hep.jpg 

Week 19 (w/b 13.2.17).  Paolozzi bronze sculpture ‘Forms on a Bow, No. 2’ (1949).Pao.jpg

Week 18 (w/b 6.2.17).  Stairs flanked by foliage. The first thing I noticed at Pathfoot.Stairfoliage.jpg

Week 17 (w/b 30.1.17).  One of the views from Oscars.Top-view.jpg

Week 16 (w/b 23.1.17).  A Bertoia chair.  Standard Pathfoot office furniture in 1967. Bertoia.jpg

Week 15 (w/b 16.1.17).  The view from the side window of Oscars refectory. HomeScan1.jpg

Week 14 (w/b 9.1.17).  Mysterious stone in the woods behind Pathfoot.Mystery-Stone.jpg

Week 13 (w/b 12.12.16).  The courtyard outside the Art Collection office window.Courtyard.jpg

Week 12 (w/b 5.12.16)The bridge behind C corridor.Bridge.jpg

Week 11 (w/b 28.11.16).  The view that greeted me when I arrived the other morning.IMG_20161123_090139035.jpg

Week 10 (w/b 21.11.16)  Watched a wren hopping amongst the ferns this morning.Wren.jpg

Week 9 (w/b 14.11.16).  Working on various ideas…Blue-Suzy-tee.jpg

Week 8 (w/b 7.11.16).  Post-outdoor sketching session.  Chilly.  Came inside to thaw.IMG_20161107_103933311_HDR.jpg

Week 7 (w/b 31.10.16).  Hepworth aperture.spa272-copy.jpg

Week 6 (w/b 24.10.16).      “There were views all around…spa282-copy.jpg

Week 5 (w/b/ 17.10.16).  Dynamics of tree / building / black painted timber.IMG_20161020_154149729_HDR.jpg

Week 4 (w/b/10.10.16).  1968 article from UoS Archives.IMG_20161011_145829278_HDR.jpg

Week 3 (w/b 3.10.16).  Wavy mowing traces with grey roof strip.IMG_20160922_14.jpg

Week 2 (w/b 26.9.16).  Internal courtyards integrate architecture and landscape.Blog2.jpg

Week 1 (w/b 19.9.16).  1990’s front extension mimics adjoining 1967 architecture.Blog-aaa.jpg

Bonnington Hydro Electric Power Station.

I’ve been interested in this Art Deco hydro electric power station for a while now and recently started making work about it – attracted to its architectural grandeur and position in this lovely rural spot, near the Falls of Clyde at New Lanark – its Art Deco lines, giant interior and the constant humming noise that fills the air around it.  I’m intrigued by the way that many of these power stations have their own private, manicured grounds – which nobody really uses but which just look nice. Bonnington, built in 1926, was the first large scale hydro electric plant in Britain. I’ve begun making weekly visits by train and bike – an adventure in itself – to make drawings, record sound and shoot video of the building and its surroundings.


Bill Day, who lives in the house which is attached to the power station, has this original pamphlet about the Lanark Hydro Electric scheme and kindly allowed me to photograph it.


Bonnington 1 from Ally Wallace on Vimeo.


I joined Glasgow Print Studio last year, having not done any printmaking since about 1983.  It’s been a voyage of experimentation and rediscovery.


A3 linocut on newsprint.IMG1330

A3 screenprint on white paper.IMG__1332

A3 linocut on painted fabric.IMG__1334

Screenprint on coloured card (width A3).IMG__1331

A3 screenprint on white paper.IMG__1475

A3 screenprint on white paper.IMG__1520

A3 screenprint on white paper.IMG__1517

Thistle Foundation, Edinburgh.

I’m working on an architecture related project at the Thistle Foundation in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, from July 2015 until January 2016.  I go there one day a week and spend most of the time outside – making observational drawings.

Thistle Foundation is a charity supporting people with disabilities and health conditions, originally established in 1944 to provide housing for disabled WW2 veterans.  The houses form an estate – mostly enclosed by a perimeter hedge – which was designed to allow disabled veterans and their families to live together.   Large areas of the estate have remained relatively unchanged since the 1940s.  I am interested in the relationship between the remaining original architecture and the new building developments which are taking place in and around the estate.  I am particularly interested in the area around the bowling green and Robin Chapel, which forms a sort of focal point within the estate.  Until recently, the bowling green had been in use since the 1940s but the Thistle Bowling Club finally disbanded in 2015 and the future of the green is uncertain.

The drawing process will kickstart ideas – through my looking at the buildings and layout of the place in relation to how it is used.  I also have access to the Thistle archive which will help feed into the work.

April, 2016.                                                                                                                Hoping to collate everything soon.  Ideas for permanent works in the new Thistle centre (due to open in June, 2016).  I’m working on a book of drawings and words gathered during the residency.  Also a short film from all the video footage that I’ve gathered.  And these engraved tiles (Photoshop visualisations below).  A4 size, 7mm thick, plaster resin panels with drawings laser cut into them.  The drawings are from a small notebook that I sketched in whilst exploring the areas immediately around Thistle during my residency – particularly the semi wasteland of Greendykes.  I was interested in Thistle’s perimeter hedge and how it created a feeling of the estate as being a safe haven within it.  I also thought about the historical relationship between the Thistle estate and the nearby housing schemes, many of which have since been demolished.  As the areas around Thistle are currently being redeveloped, I hope that my drawings will be a reminder of the history of those surrounding areas and of the houses and communities that were formerly there.  The tiles are a reference to the inscribed stone panels which adorn many of the Thistle houses.  They also look a bit like foundation stones – for a new building.

Looking across Greendykes, from a point near Matthew Street.1. Greendykes wasteland view from nr Matthew St

View along Greendykes Road, showing Thistle’s perimeter hedge.2. Thistle hedge, Greendykes Rd

Remains of defunct electricity box in Greendykes, in overgrown land near Tudsberry Avenue.Old electricity box in Greendykes wasteland nr Tudsbery Ave

Below – Various views from the Chapel tower.  ipad.Green_Lines_2.12.15-copyHouse_Details_2.12.15-copyPaths_2.12.15-copyChimney_2.12.15-copyBelow – Various architectural studies.  Pen in A6 sketch pad. 4_11_a4_11_b4_11_c4_11_d4_11_e4_11_f11_11_a11_11_b11_11_c11th November, 2015.  Apple tree behind Wighton House.IMG_20151111_121735749Below – More studies of old and new buildings.  Coloured pencil on A4 paper.Col-Pencil1Col-Pencil2Col-Pencil3Col-Pencil4Various views.  Felt tip pen on A4 coloured paper.PinkRedPurpleDk BlueL BlueBrownCream

A walk from Chapel Court to Harewood Road – stopping every 90 paces to sketch.F90-P-1F90-P-2F90-P-3From enclosed, post-war estate… F90-P-4F90-P-5to site of vanished 1930s council housing scheme… F90-P-6 F90-P-7F90-P-8to reconfigured 1930s school building and 21st century flat blocks.F90-P-9

The hedge runs around the perimeter of the estate.Hedge

Bowling green, no longer in use but still regularly mown.  Various views – ipad.Green_9.10.15B.G._hedge_29.9.15Bowl_view_10.9.15Green_view_10.9.15_More bowling green views – Felt tip pen on A4 cartridge paper.10.9.15_410.9.15_5While I was sketching, Ann from no. 8 made me a cup of coffee and gave me a KitKat.10.9.15_110.9.15_3I chatted with Davy the Gardener, who let me film him mowing the bowling green.10.9.15_2Guided tour from Tam the caretaker- looking at how the estate boundary has changed in recent years.  The hedge, which used to completely encircle the place, is still there but has been partly replaced by new housing.  Drawings of Wighton House (below).Wighton2_30.9.15Wighton_30. (Below)  Studies of the Thistle buildings.  Felt tip pen on A4 paper.5.8.15_15.8.15_25.8.15_35.8.15_426.8.15_126.8.15_226.8.15 (Below) More aerial studies of houses and covered walkway, as seen from high up in the Robin Chapel tower, done on the ipad. Crescent_26.8.15Walkway_26.8.1511_QW_26.8.1511_Queen's_Walk_26.8.1510_QW_Porch_26.8.1519.8.15  (Below)  Study of a house in Queen’s Walk.  ipad drawing.  I’ve been doing a lot of aerial perspective drawings from the Chapel tower.  It’s a good vantage point.  Fence_19.8.15

12.8.15  (Below)  Detail of covered walkway, as seen from the Robin Chapel tower.  ipad drawing.  The covered walkways were an integral part of the original 1940’s layout and, until recently, snaked their way all over the estate, allowing people to travel around under a sprawling shelter.  For various reasons, most of the covered walkways had to be removed recently.12.8.15a

12.8.15 (Below)  Aerial study of a porch.  ipad drawing.Porch_12.8.15b

Photographs and plans from Thistle Foundation archive.IMG_20150723_143952248IMG_20150723_133420835IMG_20150723_145101544IMG_20150723_144442707

Photographs by Ally Wallace – 30/7/15.IMG_20150730_133940671IMG_20150730_134317562IMG_20150730_133956357IMG_20150730_145654219IMG_20150730_155607638

The first day of drawing – 30/7/15.PicMix