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Beagles & Ramsay’s Good Teeth, installation view at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2008

GSS is an organisation that has supported the development and creation of work for the last 20 years from its early days as an artist cooperative in Dennistoun to the more recent facilities offered in the Briggait.

With the move to 145 Kelvinhaugh Street, it has become a unique centre for research, production, presentation and the dissemination of contemporary sculptural practices. The new premises unite 45 artist’s studios alongside woodwork, metalwork, stone and ceramics workshops, and construction spaces for large-scale sculptures all of which are open to members. GSS offer access to research, library and social spaces. The studios are a constant hive of activity with work being produced for projects throughout the UK and across the globe.

We were invited to undertake the first of the new three-month production residencies and the outcome is our exhibition Good Teeth . What has been great about the residency is the opportunity it has given us to work in a larger studio for several months and to receive the support necessary to allow us to create an ambitious, sculptural installation.

This new dimension of our work has come to the fore over the past few years and we saw this as the perfect opportunity to push things on to another level in terms of both conceptual and technical complexity. This has been an important chance to work with a new set of materials on a bolder scale than previous work.

Another distinctive element of the residency has been the opportunity it has given us to work in the gallery space for a lengthy period, so that all of the individual elements of the sculptures have been made specifically for, and in response, to this particular space with some of the larger elements actually fabricated in the space itself.”

Beagles & Ramsay, Good Teeth, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 30 October 2008–28 February 2009