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Infrastructure plans approved to secure Renfrewshire’s long term economic growth

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Plans to secure the long term economic growth of the area were approved by Renfrewshire councillors today following proposals for a £274 million investment in new infrastructure projects.

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The three City Deal investments – the Glasgow Airport Access Project, Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside projects were approved by councillors today and will also be considered by Glasgow City Councillors before being given the green light by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet in December.

The projects are intended to significantly boost the local economy by attracting investment, supporting businesses and creating jobs.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who holds the Glasgow City Region Cabinet’s enterprise portfolio, said:

“I am delighted Renfrewshire councillors have given their backing to this major investment programme which will create long term jobs and bring huge benefits not only to Renfrewshire’s local communities but right across our city region. In order for us to keep growing our economy, we need to create an attractive location for business that offers first class connections by land, sea and air, with excellent links across the Clyde and to our town and city centres. Together these projects will open up the area to tourism and businesses.”

The £39.1m Glasgow Airport Investment Area project would develop a world class business and commercial location right in the heart of Renfrewshire. It includes plans for the realignment of Abbotsinch Road, a new bridge across the White Cart, and new cycle routes, all aimed at improving connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks and as an enabler for the delivery of a world class business and commercial offering centred around the airport.

The Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside project would see the construction of a new opening bridge across the River Clyde. This £90.7m project would better link the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank, with new roads and cycle routes giving people improved access to employment, education, health and leisure locations.

Plans for the £144m Glasgow Airport Access Project were also approved which will deliver a hybrid tram-train system to provide the long sought-after direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.

A series of engagement events for these two projects will now take place to give people the chance to meet the project team and ask questions they may have regarding the initiatives.

Paisley Town Hall will hold an engagement event on Tuesday 6 December and a second will be held at Renfrew Town Hall on Wednesday 7 December.

As the proposed opening bridge linking the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank that forms part of the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) project affects communities north of the river, events will also take place at Yoker Community Campus on Monday 5 December and at Clydebank Town Hall on Thursday 8 December.

All four engagement events will be open from 11am to 7pm.

Anyone attending the events will also be able to see a video of plans for the separate Glasgow Airport Access Project, which will be considered alongside Renfrewshire’s other two City Deal projects by Councillors at Renfrewshire’s Leadership Board on 30 November then by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet on 13 December.

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PAISLEY WOMAN WINS STUDENT CITIZENSHIP 2016 AWARD

Amanda Allan with her award

A West College Scotland student from Paisley has been named Student Citizen 2016 at a prestigious event celebrating outstanding achievements in all Scotland’s 26 colleges.

of Amanda Allan with her award

 Amanda Allan with her award

Amanda Allan, who is studying Science and also working as a technician in the College’s labs, picked up her award at a ceremony in Glasgow city centre last night (Tuesday 22 November).  Her success means this is the second year in a row a West College Scotland student has won this award.

The judges said Amanda’s “determination to succeed and enthusiasm to help and support others has resulted in a wide range of key achievements”. They went on to say how impressed they were with her leadership skills and her many accomplishments.

Twenty-one-year-old Amanda joined West College Scotland from school in 2013 and graduated this year with an HNC in Applied Science, while also working and studying for a Modern Apprenticeship as a Laboratory Technician at the College.  She hopes to go on to study Biomedical Science at university.

Amanda is also a passionate ambassador for her subject, regularly volunteering to visit schools and youth groups to encourage young people to consider studying science.  She is especially passionate about engaging nursery and primary school children in science and even designs fun experiments for them.

Commenting on her award, Amanda said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award. I love science, I love learning about it, and I love engaging young people in it.  I have a lot of people to thank for this award, not least the lecturers and staff at West College Scotland who have supported me since I joined.”

Sharon Gardiner, who is the Head of Sector for Sciences, said

“Amanda is a wonderful asset for our College and a true ambassador for science. Having such a positive role model is fantastic for her fellow students and the school pupils she works with.  Amanda has engaged and enthused so many people. We are very proud of her and we know she will go far.”

West College Scotland also won the Essential Skills Award, which was presented to the College’s Head of Essential Skills, Grant Taylor. It recognises the college that has introduced the most imaginative and inspiring ways of allowing students to develop the relevant essential skills which will, eventually, help them get a job.

Grant Taylor and his team

Grant Taylor and his team

College Principal, Audrey Cumberford, said:

“Everyone at the College is delighted to win these very important awards. We are very proud of all our staff and students involved.

“These awards show that we are a College at the very top of its game.”

 

 

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Krispy Kreme has a sweet landing at Glasgow Airport

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Logan Air Cabin Crew manager Avril McEwan and Pilot Eddie Watt try out some doughnuts with Glasgow Airport airside operations officer Derek Paterson (centre).

Krispy Kreme has landed at Glasgow Airport! The premium doughnut retailer has launched its first ever Box store located Glasgow airside, offering all doughnut lovers the sweetest takeoff to their next destination!

Picture by Nick Ponty  19/11/16 Krispy Kreme opens at Glasgow Airport  Logan Air Cabin Crew manager Avril McEwan and Pilot Eddie Watt try out some doughnuts with Glasgow Airport airside operations officer Derek Paterson (centre).

Picture by Nick Ponty 19/11/16
Krispy Kreme opens at Glasgow Airport
Logan Air Cabin Crew manager Avril McEwan and Pilot Eddie Watt try out some doughnuts with Glasgow Airport airside operations officer Derek Paterson (centre).

Glasgow airport customers can experience the joy of Krispy Kreme, with its melt-in-the-mouth signature Original Glazed doughnut and 15 other delicious doughnut varieties on offer. Customers now also have the opportunity to purchase their favourite doughnuts and take on board with them. The store can be found opposite Victoria’s Secret.

Judith Denby, Chief Marketing Officer at Krispy Kreme, said: “We are delighted to open our first ever box store at Glasgow Airport. There has been such a fantastic buzz after launch and it is so lovely to see some of our newest guests getting their first experience of Krispy Kreme. We look forward to providing the sweetest take off to more Glasgow and Krispy Kreme customers”

Denise Gilmour, head of retail at Glasgow Airport, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome such a well-loved and popular brand to Glasgow Airport. Krispy Kreme’s world-famous and delicious doughnuts are already proving extremely popular with both our passengers and our staff – long may that continue.”

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 4am until last flight

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Businesses say direct rail link would boost Glasgow City Region economy

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Creating a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre is vital to the long term success of the regional economy, according to business leaders.

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A survey on behalf of Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils revealed around three-quarters of businesses believe such a link would benefit their sales or turnover, while half said it would have a positive impact on employment numbers.

It also found that four out of five think a direct rail link would boost their business by giving them better access to clients and customers.

More than a quarter of businesses reported the planned link – known as the Glasgow Airport Access Project – would help them recruit and retain staff, while 84 per cent said it would have a positive impact on the economy.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan holds the economic portfolio in the Glasgow City Region Cabinet.

He said: “The results of this survey send a clear message and leave absolutely no room for doubt. Businesses overwhelmingly feel that improving access to and from the airport with a direct rail link would break down barriers to their success and open doors for local people to find good jobs.”

“Glasgow Airport injects around £170m to the Glasgow City Region economy every year”, he added.

“We need to help it stay competitive and ensure we deliver the access needed for businesses to thrive, grow and provide positive employment opportunities.”

The Glasgow Airport Access Project will provide a direct rail link between the airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.

It is the flagship project of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, an agreement to fund major infrastructure projects that unites eight local authorities and to which the Scottish and UK governments have committed.

The survey was carried out by Peter Brett Associates LLP between 8 August and 6 September 2016.

It was sent to businesses registered with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and the Glasgow Tourism Initiative, published on the Glasgow City Council website and circulated via the Glasgow Airport Twitter account.

Of the 133 businesses that took part 85 per cent were small-scale enterprises, around 10 per cent were medium scale, and five per cent large scale.

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Paisley Art Institute Heads Art Prizes in Glasgow

The Kyles and Carrick Michael Durning

Paisley’s Art Credentials Confirmed at National Exhibition 

Paisley’s history is credited with an award at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Art’s 153rd Annual Exhibition. The RGI’s historic show which showcases the best of contemporary art, opened at the weekend at The Mitchell Library with a huge exhibition of artists work from all over Britain and as far away from the USA.

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The Kyles and Carrick Michael Durning

Paisley Art Institute (PAI) members head the prize list with former president Michael Durning PAI RSW and Kate Inglis sharing top prize, “The City of Glasgow College Art Foundation Purchase Prize” of £8000. Carol Dewart PAI received the award to commemorate the Kilbarchan artist, Mary Armour to the value of £500.

Inglis and Durning chose to display monumental images of Scotlands industial maritime history, Durning painting “Kyles and The Carrick” shows the Clyde’s oldest ship, The Kyles, built on the Cart, in Paisley in 1876 by the ‘Clyde’s oldest shipbuilder’, John Fullerton who was also a president of Paisley Art Institute. The smaller iron boat is older than its neighbour the famous clipper ship, The Carrick, now undergoing restoration in Australia.

Kate Inglis’s detailed image of iconic, art deco, architecture on the Forth and Clyde Canal will be placed, with Durning’s painting, in the City of Glasgow College art collection and appropriately on permanent display in the newly built Maritime School.

The 153rd Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition at Mitchell Library opened Sat 12th Nov. continues 12th Nov. 2016,  Mon.- Sat. 9am – 5pm, Sun. 12-4pm

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All Owen wants for Christmas is his two front teeth

Owen Macdonald, aged seven showing Santa at intu Braehead why he wants two front teeth for Christmas

YOUNGSTER Owen Macdonald tells Santa all he wants for Christmas is his two front teeth.

The seven-year-old from Foxbar, in Paisley visited Santa’s Grotto at the intu Braehead shopping and leisure centre and revealed what was top of his Christmas present wish list.

Owen Macdonald, aged seven showing Santa at intu Braehead why he wants two front teeth for Christmas

Owen Macdonald, aged seven showing Santa at intu Braehead why he wants two front teeth for Christmas

Owen lost the first of his front teeth a few weeks ago when he was playing hide and seek with friends and as he tried to climb a tree, banged his teeth into a branch. A few days later his other front tooth became shaky and fell out.

And just like the famous novelty Christmas song, Owen’s hoping Santa will bring him some new front teeth on Christmas Day.

Owen was one of the first to visit Santa in his new Snowman-themed Grotto the upper mall, next to the Schuh Kids store.

The Grotto is now open every day until Christmas Eve and this year, children will be guided to meet Santa through a snowy interactive maze, with moving and talking snowmen, thanks to the wonders of animatronics.

There’s even a snowball throwing game and Santa has a machine that tells who has been naughty and who has been nice this year.

Marketing manager at intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “If Owen wants two new front teeth for Christmas, Santa will no doubt, do his best to make sure his wishes come true.
“I’m sure it’s not going to be the only unusual present Santa will be asked for when he meets the children in our Grotto, which is always a popular attraction.
“We love this time of year and it’s great seeing the look of excitement on the faces of the children waiting to meet Santa. That really is the magic of Christmas.”

Admission to Santa’s Grotto, in association with Playmobil, starts at £5.50. Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead to book online.

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Glasgow Airport records busiest October ever

Derek Mackay MSP at Glasgow Airport with the Airport’s Managing Director, Amanda McMillan
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GLASGOW AIRPORT RECORDS ITS BUSIEST OCTOBER EVER 

5.7% increase on October 2015 passenger numbers

EU scheduled traffic up 16%

Glasgow has reported its busiest October in 50 years after 884,350 passengers travelled through the airport’s doors last month, representing an annual increase of 5.7%.

Derek Mackay MSP at Glasgow Airport with the Airport’s Managing Director, Amanda McMillan Pic Peter Devlin

Derek Mackay MSP at Glasgow Airport with the Airport’s Managing Director, Amanda McMillan
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International traffic was up 8.3% on last year due to strong demand for winter sun destinations, with Ryanair and Thomson Airways both introducing new routes last month. EU scheduled services were up by 16% and there was also significant demand for the airport’s long-haul routes to Florida and Dubai.

Celtic’s Champions League group game at home against Borussia Monchengladbach saw airline Germanwings add extra capacity to meet demand as thousands of German fans travelled to Glasgow.

Domestic traffic in October increased by 2.4% thanks to strong demand from both business and leisure travellers on London services. Regional traffic was also boosted by additional capacity on easyJet services to Bristol and Belfast and new routes from Flybe.

Amanda McMillan, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said: “It’s been another fantastic month for the airport in terms of passenger growth and route development, which included five new Ryanair destinations and our first-ever year round service to Cape Verde from Thomson Airways.

“In a year of many highs we recorded yet another with the 2016 October school break our busiest in a decade as more than 160,000 people travelled through the airport bound for their holidays.

”We are continuing to welcome an increasing number of visitors to Glasgow and Scotland. This in part is due to the city’s success in securing large scale events such as last week’s MOBO awards which help promote the inbound tourism potential of Glasgow and the wider city region.

“We are expecting a further increase in traffic later this month as the city prepares to host a number of major medical conferences. It’s also a big month for football as the Tartan Army sets off en masse for Wembley ahead of tonight’s England v Scotland game, while next week will see Braehead play host to the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships.

“We expect to see an increase in demand across many of our EU scheduled services towards the end of the month as passengers head off for weekend breaks to explore traditional Christmas markets on routes such as Dusseldorf, Prague and Berlin.”

Ryanair introduced five new routes from Glasgow Airport last month to Brussels Charleroi, Alicante, Malaga, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. The airline launched its first-ever base at Glasgow Airport in October 2014 and since then has carried over two million passengers.

SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the recently reported passenger growth at Glasgow Airport, which is in his constituency of Renfrewshire North & West.

The Airport recorded its busiest October in 50 years after 884,350 passengers travelled through its doors, representing an annual increase of 5.7%.

International traffic was up 8.3% on last year due to strong demand for winter sun destinations, with Ryanair and Thomson Airways both introducing new routes last month. EU scheduled services were up by 16% and there was also significant demand for the airport’s long-haul routes to Florida and Dubai.

Domestic traffic in October increased by 2.4% thanks to strong demand from both business and leisure travellers on London services. Regional traffic was also boosted by additional capacity on easyJet services to Bristol and Belfast and new routes from Flybe.

Mr Mackay, the MSP for Glasgow Airport and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, said:

“It is encouraging to see passenger growing at Glasgow Airport yet again in what has so far been a very successful year for the Airport.

“In a time of economic pressures, maintaining passenger numbers can be a challenge and this new increase in numbers is testament to the hard work of all the airport staff.

“Glasgow Airport is going from strength to strength which is good news for the whole of Renfrewshire.

“The Airport is a vital part of the local economy and any increase in passenger numbers has a positive knock on effect throughout the area.”

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Gavin Newlands MP raises ‘stain of detention’ with PM

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Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has urged the Prime Minister to use the closure of Dungavel as an opportunity to rethink her approach to immigration detention.

Gavin Newlands

The UK Government is planning on closing Dungavel Detention Centre and replace it with a short-term detention facility near Glasgow Airport.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Newlands said that the UK Government’s indefinite detention policy was a stain on the country’s human rights record and that Renfrewshire is united in opposition to the inhumane and ineffective practices that have been allowed to take place at the various detention centres throughout the UK.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The UK is the only country in Europe which allows the indefinite detention of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“This shameful record on immigration detention – which has also allowed pregnant women to be detained in prison-like environments – is a damning indictment on this government.

“With plans to close Dungavel and replace it with a short-term holding facility near Glasgow Airport, people in Renfrewshire are united – we will not tolerate these practices being allowed to take place in our local community.

“This new short-term holding facility could mean that detainees will be moved to longer-term detentions facilities which are hundreds of miles away from their friends, families and legal advisors.

“The Prime Minister should use the proposed closure of Dungavel as an opportunity to rethink her detention policy and end this stain on our human rights record.”

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Ryanair celebrates two years and two million passengers at Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair first officer Adam Sutton and cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan

Ryanair today (Wednesday, 2 November) celebrates carrying two million customers on the second anniversary of the airline’s inaugural flight from Glasgow Airport in 2014.

 Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair first officer Adam Sutton and cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair first officer Adam Sutton and cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan

The airline opened its first-ever base at Glasgow Airport on October 28, 2014 with seven routes to destinations such as Dublin, London Stansted, Riga and Warsaw. Two years on the airline now operates 20 routes, including 12 new destinations for Glasgow Airport.

Europe’s largest airline continues to grow its Glasgow Airport operation with the launch of five new services to Alicante, Brussels Charleroi, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga last week. A new route to Sofia in Bulgaria was also added in September.

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan and first officer Adam Sutton

Glasgow Airport’s Paul White with Ryanair cabin crew member Lynsey Sloan and first officer Adam Sutton

Ryanair also recently unveiled its summer 2017 schedule from Glasgow Airport, which includes a further four new routes to Lisbon, Palanga in Lithuania, Valencia and Zadar in Croatia.

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “Ryanair has continually responded to demand at Glasgow Airport over the last two years and this sustained growth is testament to the close working relationship cultivated by both the airline and the team here at the airport.

“To go from seven routes to 20, and carrying two million passengers in such a short space of time, is a fantastic achievement and Ryanair’s continued expansion of services in 2017 shows this relationship continues to thrive.

“We’re pleased to help Ryanair mark today’s two-year anniversary and look forward to celebrating many more milestones in future here at Glasgow Airport.”

Ryanair’s sales and marketing executive, Lisa Buckley said: “We are pleased to launch our five new winter routes from Glasgow International to Alicante, Brussels Charleroi, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Malaga, in addition to our new route to Sofia, which started in September.

“We continue to grow our operations at Glasgow International and we look forward to continue offering the lowest fares and best choice of destinations.”

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Paisley artist Joe Hargan’s Retrospective Exhibition – A Look Behind

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Paisley-based Joe Hargan has been at the forefront of the art scene from more than 30 years and his striking paintings are bought by collectors from all over the world.

Joe exhibits annually at the Paisley Art Institute in the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.

 

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A retrospective of the work of a major Scottish artist opened recently.

Paisley-based Joe Hargan, 64, has been at the forefront of the art scene from more than 30 years and his striking paintings are bought by collectors from all over the world.

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And now there is a chance to look back on his lifetime’s achievement in a exhibition at Glasgow Art Club.

Often large, often humorous in tone, and always strongly coloured, his paintings are eyecatching and memorable.

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“There’s 50 pieces in this show from the last four decades, including a piece of work I did when I was 16, all the way through to the present work, and it shows the sort of diversity on what I work on.”

Born in Govan, Mr Hargan went on to the famous Glasgow School of Art and from there to a teaching job.

“I taught for a number of years,” he said.

“I taught in my old school St Gerard’s, in Govan. I did that for about 14 years, and I was at St Mungo’s in Glasgow, and then Belarmine in Pollok.”

The world of art began very early for Mr Hargan, who has long been a leading figure at Paisley Art Institute, and has his studio at his house in the town’s Oakshaw.

“I think it’s just one of those things. As a boy you start at the age of three and pick up a crayon and just make marks,” he said.

“My mum always used to say I was copying the words off a piece of paper.

“So I was always looking and transcribing a drawing.

“I think it’s something that’s inherent in everybody but we tend to educate it out, and especially in Scotland we educate it out of ourselves.”

It was in fourth year at school, however, that it became clear the young Joe had a real talent.

“I went to a place across from Rothesay called Castle Toward,” he said.

“They brought us out of school and they had two weeks for art people. That was my first exposure to others.

“The small world I had been in Govan was very limited.

“And then you went to Toward and suddenly you found there were all these fantastic kids from better backgrounds, and they were all doing these wonderful things.

“And that really then set me to raising the bar.”

At first, the young artist was doing representational drawings of what he saw in daily life as a means of learning his craft.

“I found it difficult to develop a style so early, because you’re basically learning off everything you’ve seen before” he said.

“And out of that constant working, keeping the process going all the time.

“People, say: ‘How often do you paint?’ and I say seven days a week and I have been doing it for 40-odd years.

“You’re always working, always putting ideas down.”

And Mr Hargan’s ideas are, as he said himself, “quite diverse”.

“If you look at the show in Glasgow you’ll see the early work looking at the masters, the Velazquez’, the Rembrandts, Rubens and all that, you’re influenced by that.”

But by the time he left art school, his awareness had developed otospheres outside of art, such as the work of psychoanalysts Freud and Jung.

“Things that stimulated your mind,” Mr Hargan said.

“You suddenly started looking at the underlying symbolism and metaphor you could put into an image, how you can convert ideas and other subtle poetic themes.

“There are fairytale paintings that are fun to do and the more latter stuff will work from things like that.

“You’ll get characters.”

Joe Hargan’s striking works range from boldy coloured portraits to fantastical scenes such as a bath sitting on a grand piano. Often there are dogs standing stock-still and staring into space.

The overall impression is one of the fantastical.

But the artist says there is no such things as a typical Joe Hargan painting.

“I wouldn’t like to be typical just like Picasso,” he said.

“I like to fire off ideas wherever they take me.”

Joe Hargan’s retrospective show is called ‘A Look Behind’ and will be at the Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow, until November 12.

Article written by Kenneth Speirs for PDE.