Instant Whip

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Fraser Taylor, Design for Rita Rusk, 1986, Courtesy of The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections

16 March – 20 April 2024

Instant Whip: The Textiles and Papers of Fraser Taylor 1977–87 Revisited is a new project that focuses on Scotland’s fashion and textiles history through engagement with material held in a unique collection held in The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Archives and Collections, donated by interdisciplinary artist Fraser Taylor in 2014.

The collection encompasses drawings, printed textile samples, fabric lengths, garments and ephemera from when Taylor studied as an undergraduate student at GSA and The Royal College of Art. It also includes work he produced as one of the founding members of 1980s creative studio The Cloth.

Presented in partnership with the Reid Gallery at The Glasgow School of Art and Print Clan, an exhibition, publication and events programme will include archive material alongside newly commissioned work by Taylor. Together they intend to explore recurring links to Glasgow as a place of creativity during the period 1977–87.


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Fraser Taylor, Silk scarf, 1980, Courtesy The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections

Instant Whip: The Textiles and Papers of Fraser Taylor 1977–87 Revisited is co-curated by Dr Helena Britt with Panel and presented in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, Reid Gallery at The Glasgow School of Art and Print Clan.

It is generously funded by Creative Scotland and The Hope Scott Trust.


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