Monica Sosnowska
Architectural installation artist has recently been appointed to the Artworks Programme: Gorbals, Glasgow. Sosnowska (represented by the Modern Institute, Glasgow) is the latest in a line-up of leading artists commissioned by the programme, the UK’s largest Percent for Art scheme. Her appointment follows a major solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London.

Timorous Beasties
This is the first Scottish company ever to be nominated for London’s prestigious Designer of the Year award, worth £25,000 and run by the Design Museum. The winner will be announced in June, 2005. Regular exhibitors at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, which now represents 10% of their business, the Glasgow-based design duo have also just opened up shop in their home town. Stock of the fabric which has won them accolades, the ‘Glasgow Toile’, a not so timorous version of a 19th century French classic, first shown in Milan, is now available in three colours, red, blue and yellow.

Toby Paterson
A solo show at the Barbican, After the Rain, 10 February-17 April 2005, celebrates the work of Toby Paterson, a Glasgow-based artist represented by the Modern Institute. Paterson’s renowned architecural wall drawings, perspex paintings and sculptural installations have been specially commissioned for this exhibition and examine the processes of post-war urban reconstruction. This year promises to be a very prolific one for Paterson, who was commissioned in the autumn of 2004 to create two giant wall murals at the Home Office, London.

Franziska Furter
This Swiss artist, represented by doggerfisher, Edinburgh, is shortly to undertake a six-month residency at the ACME studios in Shoreditch, London. Painter Hanneline Visnes, also with doggerfisher, has been granted the Scottish Arts Councl’s annual residency in Amsterdam which she will take up early in 2005. Visnes will be the second artist linked to both doggerfishre and Amsterdam, following Janice McNab’s stay in 2000.

Lucy Skaer
Glasgow-based Skaer is one of around thirty artists selected to take part in the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art exhibition/event Populace . The event takes place in April/May 2005 in four different locations—Oslo, Amsterdam, Vilnius and Frankfurt and will examine the relationships between contemporary art and current cultural and political trends.

Rosalind Nashashibi
Winner of Beck’s Futures Prize 2003, Nashashibi (doggerfisher) is currently in New York on a Scottish Arts Council residency. During her six months there she will be working on new film pieces.

Kenny Hunter
Also bound for New York, to take up one of the nine residencies at Location 1, is sculptor Kenny Hunter. Beginning in March, the residency follows exhibitions at the CCA, Glasgow, 2003, and a solo show, What is History?, 2004 at the Conner Contemprary art Gallery, Washington DC.

Martin Boyce
Represented by the Modern Institute, Boyce has been awarded a residency in Berlin for nine months. Glasgow-based Boyce has most recently exhibited installations made from industrial materials such as fluorescent strip tubes and chain-link fencing, one of which was included in the British Council’s Sodium and Asphalt exhibition in Mexico July 2004-February 2005.

Roderick Buchanan
The Paul Hamlyn Awards for Visual Arts, October 2004, named Glasgow-based Buchanan as one of 5 artists to receive £30,000 spread over three years. The awards are the largest for visual art in the UK.

Kate Davis & Belinda Guidi
Davis and Guidi have been successful in their submission to Glasgow City Council’s Visual Arts Grant Scheme. Both have used the cash to produce new work for exhibitions in Glasgow. Davis had a two-person show along with John O’Reilly in February 2005 at the Transmission Gallery. Guidi is showing new work in Tramway’s Project Room in March.

Emma Pratt
A recent graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Pratt has just started out on a six month residency at CAMAC in Marney-Sur-Seine, France. Pratt had only just returned from Italy where she was on a sculpture award scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy.

George Wyllie
The inimitable Wyllie, builder of the ‘Straw Locomotive’ in 1987 and the ‘Paper Boat’, launched in 1989 and taken to New York in 1990, has been awarded an MBE for 30 years’ service to art. He has most recently taken part in a performance art programme held in the new Playfair Building, Edinburgh: Body Parts, 13 February 2005, brought together the Scottish Society of Artists, Royal Scottish Academy and National Galleries of Scotland, for the first time.