Instant Whip

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Fraser Taylor’s RCA Degree Show, The Cloth, 1983. Courtesy of Royal College of Art archive.


Instant Whip: The Textiles and Papers of Fraser Taylor 1977–87 Revisited shines a light on the archive of interdisciplinary artist Fraser Taylor, acquired by The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections in 2014. The exhibition brings together this unique archive with new commissions for the first time. It explores through Taylor's work connections to textiles, fashion, design, style, identity, and recurring links to Glasgow as a centre of creativity during the period 1977-87.

The title Instant Whip is borrowed from an independent Scottish magazine, published in 1981, featuring a photoshoot from the GSA annual fashion show on the cover and offering "the latest in art, fashion and music."* Drawing on this energy and newly flourishing sub-cultures, and formed by the subjectivity of Taylor’s archive, artefacts are grouped by theme and presented collectively alongside private loans and new work. The exhibition surveys Taylor’s time as a student at GSA (1977-81), the Royal College of Art (1981-83), and as part of the pioneering creative studio, The Cloth (1983-87) with David Band (d.2011), Brian Bolger and Helen Manning.

*McKeich, B. (1981) Instant Whip - The essence of all communications is intention. Edinburgh: Radar Promotions.

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Instant Whip Posters, Artwork by Fraser Taylor, Design by Graphical House


16 March – 20 April 2024*

Reid Gallery and Window on Heritage

Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art

Access to the exhibition is through the main entrance of the Reid Building, which has step free access, and double width doors. Both Reid Gallery and Window on Heritage are located on the ground floor. Read GSA's full Accessibility text here.

*The exhibition is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4:30pm. It will be closed all day on Easter Monday 1 April 2024.


The accompanying publication, edited by Helena Britt and Panel, priced £15, is available to purchase from Panel’s online shop.

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Instant Whip publication, Photograph: Gordon Burniston


Relaxed Opening

Saturday 23 March, 10am – 12pm

Join us for a relaxed, sensory-friendly viewing of the exhibition for neurodivergent visitors, visitors with learning disabilities and those with additional sensory needs in mind. Numbers in the exhibition will be limited, lighting will be dimmed, and audio turned down. Refreshments will be served and friendly staff will be on hand to guide you through the building and the exhibits. There will be a quiet, comfortable space available at all times for you to use. At 12pm sound and lighting will be readjusted, but visitors are welcome to stay in the exhibition for as long as they like.

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Drop-in Screen Printing Workshop

Saturday 13 April, 11am – 2pm

Common Ground (CCA)

Come along to a family-friendly screen printing workshop inspired by the exhibition. Project partners Print Clan will lead this workshop for local families in the Garnethill neighbourhood. Participants will be working with pre-exposed screens, which means they will not be required to make any drawings or design work. All materials will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring in fabric items such as clothing or furnishings to be customised during the workshop.

Find out More

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Read the gallery guide here

Read the exhibition wall texts here

Listen to the exhibition audio tour here


Instant Whip is curated by Dr Helena Britt with Panel and presented in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections, Reid Gallery and Print Clan.

Supported by Creative Scotland and The Hope Scott Trust.

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