We envisioned Alchemy being part of the thriving creative community in Glasgow, with a calendar full of opening nights, workshops and events. Unfortunately thanks to Covid-19 those things haven’t been possible thus far. So when we were wrapping up our opening exhibition ‘Love in the Time of Covid’ we found ourselves in a difficult position.
Fortunately, our staff are artists themselves meaning with nothing else on the cards we turned to them for advice. The idea of a staff showcase was floated around and so ‘Last Resort’ was born.
Within our ranks, we have four photographers and two painters, each person bringing their own style to their chosen medium. From surrealist dreamscapes to portrait photography, the exhibition is strong and varied and we are proud to have been presenting it to the public for over a month now.
We have original pieces and prints available for sale online and in-store. Visit our website or swing by and talk to the artists themselves to find out more about what inspires them.
Brigitte Bregagna is a Glasgow based self-taught artist, originally from Italy. Working predominantly with acrylic and watercolour, her portraits and surrealist scenes offer a window into her mind and its gentle rebellion against the banality of life and its expectations.
Find more of her work via her Etsy and Instagram page.
Gosia Grant is a Glasgow based analogue and digital photographer. Her work focuses on the relationship between urban spaces and nature.
Marilena Vlachopoulou is a documentary and portrait photographer from Athens based in Glasgow. Since graduating in 2018, she has been involved with the documentation of the Scottish music scene on a variety of analogue formats. Following the outbreak of Covid-19, Marilena has been capturing moments of daily life in the form of a black-and-white photo diary featuring street scenes and portraits of local artists. Her work has been featured at this year’s Athens Photo Festival at The Benaki Museum as part of the Young Greek Photographers programme as well as the Scottish Portrait Awards currently on tour across Scotland.
Find more of her work via her Instagram.
Tom Houlihan is a multi-disciplinary fine art student currently studying at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD). He has recently released two short films; "The Values of Art" and "Cycles".
FInd more of Tom's work via his Instagram page.
George Clark is an artist and photographer based in Glasgow. His work focuses on how he sees the world through the lens of mental health. Featured here are a series of three photos taken at St Peter's Seminary.
George is currently working on an art therapy project. This will include a short film shot on 16mm and a zine.
Find more of his work via his Instagram page.
HELEN LEE ROBINSON
Working in ink and mixed media, Helen Robinson is based in Glasgow and graduated from Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art in 2018. Her practice focuses on feelings of good and bad in constructed narratives influenced by religion and fable.
Helen has exhibited in group shows at The Laurieston Arches, The Old Hairdressers, The Glasgow School of Art, as part of a collective open flat exhibition, and in a solo show at Ilkley Manor House. In 2019 she was selected for the BP Portrait Award in The National Portrait Gallery, London and was later part of the Cass Art Face to Face exhibition in Islington.
From February to July 2019, Peter visited his mother's home country of Bolivia and its neighbouring countries along the west coast of South America. This was one of the most inspiring times of his life and it was on this trip he decided that, despite being broke, he wasn't going to go back to his job in financial services but would pursue photography instead. These shots are just a small selection of the many photos taken on that trip. Soon he hopes to create a short Zine with his favourite shots.