Middlesex University fine artist Margaret Moore will see her second solo exhibition open this weekend in Glasgow after rekindling her love of art only five years ago when her daughter began studying the subject.
After running a successful physiotherapy practice in London for 19 years and being at the peak of her career, Margaret relinquished the comfort and stability of the familiar pattern of steady work and found her artistic ‘calling’ reawakened by her daughter.
Five years ago, with support of her family, Margaret set about a complete career change and decided to study for both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Fine Art at Middlesex University and the emerging artist is now gaining a large following.
Middlesex University student Margaret Moore who grew up in Glasgow said: “'It was when my teenage daughter Alex started to take life drawing classes that I felt inspired to start to draw again. And now she has also recently achieved a degree in illustration from Middlesex University.”
Her exhibition titled Still Sounds Scotland Street 2013 will run from Saturday 1 June - 11 August 2013 at the Scotland Street School Museum. Margaret’s mixed media installation includes textile prints, photographs, video and sound, and offers a unique insight into the lives of the former pupils of Scotland Street School, local residents and Clydeside shipyard workers.
It examines the period the school was open, from the early 1900's to the late seventies. It is one of the latest exhibitions by Scottish artist Margaret Moore, exploring history and heritage in the context of an increasingly globalised world.
The installation includes layered hangings made from lightweight see-through fabric with photograph images of former pupils of the School, video recording of interviews of former pupils and shipyard workers and audio recordings of discussions on the school experience. It reflects on school experience in Glasgow in the past and present by looking at the history of the School and surrounding area through the recorded experiences of former pupils alongside the sounds of schoolchildren today. This is supplemented with a focus on the city’s shipbuilding and industrial traditions through recollections of former Clydeside shipyard workers.
“My show’s developed from my on-going investigations over the last five years. It looks at the broader issues of identity and community through an examination of the interweaving threads of local history. I’m inspired by the tension between the power and fragility of nature and memory,” added Margaret.