The pictures from are amazing street art/ graffiti exhibition, Rough Cut Nation, I went to yesterday. Its a temporary exhibition in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which is being refurbished at the moment. Here’s some blurb from the organisers that explains things better than I could:
Rough Cut Nation is a collaborative project in which artists have constructed a remixed version of Scottish history. Informed by street art and graffiti culture, images have been painted, pasted and projected directly onto the walls of the Portrait Gallery.
Rough Cut Nation started with the idea of drawing on the Portrait Gallery’s bare walls and soon evolved into a full-scale installation in Room 1 and the Great Hall. The project is collaborative by nature and involves artists from different fields, ranging from street art to graphic design, working in a variety of media.
During the weeks leading up to the opening of the exhibition, artists have been inside the Portrait Gallery, creating a multi-media showcase informed by William Hole’s mural in the Great Hall. Hole’s mural of 1889-1898 depicts significant events from Scotland’s history and Rough Cut Nation seeks to build upon this idea of Scottish identity and update the work for twenty-first century visitors.
The characters included in Rough Cut Nation are not based on prominent Scottish figures; instead they represent ordinary people the artists have met. In representing less well-known figures, Rough Cut Nation provides a necessary counterpart to Hole’s mural and an integral contribution to our ideas of Scotland.
The opening of the show is not the end of its evolution: the walls will continue to be added to and transformed by the artists themselves and, at certain points, through participation by visitors to the gallery. This strong collaborative element is, in part, informed by the ethos of much street art and graffiti, and the project, with its ever-changing nature, provides a potent motif for a movement that thrives on new ideas.
I am so happy to live in a city where this kind of thing goes on! There are more pictures in my flickr set.