Artists & Authorship

2018 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: Glasgow

The Nasher Sculpture Center in association with The Common Guild presents an event as part of the Nasher Prize Dialogues: Artists & Authorship, a panel discussion considering issues around the idea of artistic licence, and the use / re-use of existent material. The discussion will consider questions around ownership, originality, responsibility, ethics, and authorship in 21st century art production.

This event takes place at The Trades Hall of Glasgow as part of Glasgow International 2018 and includes speaker Katrina Brown (Director, The Common Guild) and artists Christine Borland, Sam Durant and Mark Leckey. 

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The Trades Hall of Glasgow was designed by Robert Adam in 1791-94. The medieval cathedral aside, it is the oldest building in Glasgow still in regular use for its original purpose. It is fully accessible.


Christine Borland (Kilcreggan, Argyll) is an artist whose work has often involved collaboration with institutions in other fields, including: forensic science, the history of medicine, medical ethics and human genetics. Borland frequently asks us to consider the fragility of human life and the way in which it is valued by social systems and institutions. Borland was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1997. Recent projects have included collaborative work with artist Brody Condon for Edinburgh Art Festival (2012), CCA, Glasgow (2015) and Stroom Den Haag (2016). Borland was the first BALTIC Professor at the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, Northumbria University (2011-16). She is currently developing a major research-led commission 'I Say Nothing' for 14-18 NOW and Glasgow Museums at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (supported by the Art Fund) reflecting on the centenary of the First World War.

Katrina Brown (Glasgow) is founding director of The Common Guild and a former director of Glasgow International Festival (2010 and 2012).

Sam Durant (Los Angeles) is a multimedia artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism. He has had recent solo presentations in museums LACMA, LA (2014), MACRO, Rome, (2013) and has participated in the Panama, Sydney, Venice, Liverpool and Whitney biennial exhibitions. In 2013, his work ‘Scaffold’ – the subject of controversy in 2017 - was exhibited at Jupiter Artland, outside Edinburgh, after first appearing in documenta 13 in Kassel, 2012. Durant teaches at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

Mark Leckey (London) works across multiple media and formats, including sculpture, sound, video, music and performance. Often citing existent artworks or making use of found footage, his notable video works have included 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore '(1999) and 'Industrial Light and Magic'(2008), for which he won the 2008 Turner Prize. Leckey’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, including recent solo exhibitionsat MoMA PS1, New York (2016) and Wiels, Brussels (2014). His new solo exhibition will be at Tramway as part of Glasgow International from 20th April – 1st July 2018.


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