Dressing Above Your Station
31 March – 26 June 2022
Curated by Beca Lipscombe and Mairi MacKenzie, Dressing Above Your Station considers the life and work of the artist Steven Campbell from a fashion and textiles perspective. It examines the depiction of clothing and cloth in his paintings as well as the role of fashion in Steven and his wife Carol’s life and aspirations.
The exhibition is virtual, and accessible anywhere in the world via a smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. It is set within an exact, 1:1 scale digital model of Tramway’s largest exhibition space, Tramway 2. The exhibition appears as it would in real life and features digital representations of Steven Campbell paintings, clothing and personal mementos. An audio tour, narrated by Steven’s wife, Carol, guides you around the space.
Steven Campbell was a Scottish artist. Although best known as a painter, his practice encompassed a range of interdisciplinary media. He was a graduate of The Glasgow School of Art, which he attended after several years working at Clydebridge Steelworks. He was proud of his working-class roots and this social context informed his work, which included performance, community art projects, appropriation, writing and immersive installations as well as his much-lauded paintings. He passed away in 2007 aged 54 and is survived by his wife Carol and their three children, Lauren, Greer and Rory.
Dressing Above Your Station is generously funded by Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life, the charity that delivers culture and sport in the city. It is supported by ISODESIGN and The Glasgow School of Art and presented by Tramway, part of Glasgow Life.