Stirling born artist David Galletly working on part of our collaborative mural for the exhibition 'How Children Learn' (2009).

I spent most of my childhood building makeshift forts from old doors and furniture scavenged from the vacant council flats that surrounded mine and my friends homes in Cultenhove or drawing pictures on the walls of a friends close. Which seemed like the normal thing to do at the time and it was fun.
I first became aware of Stirlings contemporary art gallery The Changing Room when I was 14 or 15. I had gotten into Skateboarding and that had coaxed me away from my usual haunts. I used to skip school and hang out at The Board Room, the skate shop in the old arcade. The weekend boy there was studying philosophy at Stirling Uni and we would go check out the exhibitions during lunch. He'd tell me something overly pretentious and I'd tell him I liked the colours.
I had stopped hanging out with a lot of the local YST kids during  High School they were always starting shit and by now most of them are dead or in jail. It didn't stop me from getting into similar troubles though and by 2007 I was a 19 year old college drop out with no fixed place of residence and a couple of outstanding arrest warrants looming over my head.
Around the same time as this my friend David (who I knew from the skatepark) put together a little exhibition in The Changing Rooms entranceway. Shortly afterwards I found myself doing one too and when The Changing Room moved up the hill to the new space we did one together. I've since exhibited my work throughout the UK and internationally, worked with and learned from some great artists. I still live in Stirling and continue to help out at The Changing Room whenever they need an extra hand during installs and openings.
The Changing Room picked me up and gave me a direction when I needed one. I don't want to think about where I'd be without this place.
Now Stirling Council want to close it down, don't let them.

Rue Five.

You can read a little more on David Galletly's blog here and here.
There is a little list of our local councillors here please email them and voice your opinion.


Ă€ireamh Z Exhibition

Folk-Life in association with Team Recoat presents an exhibition of new work from Elph, FiST & Rue Five.

Opening Saturday 16th February 2013, 4pm - 10pm
Exhibition runs 17th February - 1st March 2013

Live music from Skullwizard, Michael Anguish (Fox Face) and Dean Queasy. Laptop sets sets from DeeJay Skizzwang Spudd and A Haunting DJ's.

Get down early for some Mulled Wine and Beer.

SouthSide Studios, 17 Westmorland St. Glasgow G42 8LL
Viewings by appointment, email: info@folk-life.com
View Facebook Event.


Art For Advent at Recoat

Show Runs: Saturday 15th December until 23rd December 2012
Opening Party: Friday 14th December 2012 7pm-10pm

More info here.

Recoat Gallery
323 North Woodside Road
G20 6ND
0141 341 00 69


Festival Of The Rea Exhibition

Show runs throughout the Supersonic Festival: Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October.

“Four years ago the Outcrowd Collective stumbled upon some curious and bizarre old traditions based around the area of Birmingham’s birth place, the crossing of the River Rea, now known as Digbeth. Intrigued we delved further, eventually leading us to discover the lost Festival of the Rea, with roots in Pagan and traditional religions, echoed in similar festivals still celebrated throughout Europe.
For Supersonic we will re-create elements from the Festival of the Rea and build a shrine known as the “house of Beorn”, the first to be built in the area for over a century. A selection of artists with mythical potential will be invited to create offerings to this shrine and members of the public will also be invited to contribute their own offering to this ramshackle, weathered and sacred cabin during the festivities. As the sun goes down on the last night of the festival, past and present will come together in a climax of channeled energy and sound where the magic of the event and the natural powers of the river will awaken and release the long lost spirits of the city we call home.”

Artists involved are: Marcus Oakley, Jake Blanchard, Rob Flowers, Holly Wales, Stewart Easton, Steven Smith, Rue Five, Adam Higton, French, Arran Gregory, Simon Peplow, Lawrence Roper, Stef Grindley, Tsz Ludford, Lucy McLauchlan and Ben Javens.

Supersonic Festival
Custard Factory
Gibb Street
B9 4AA


Drawing Daggers, Residency & Exhibition

Show Runs: Saturday 12th May till 3rd June 2012
Opening Party: Friday 11th May 2012 7pm-10pm

“Drawing Daggers” is a solo show from Team Recoat member, Rue Five. The show, a site-specific installation will include a series of drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, video and sound work.

His work explores themes including alternate pasts and futures and frequently incorporates archaic imagery, styles, or techniques to evoke uncertainty, mystery, inexpressible fears, and unsatisfied longing. His work is beautiful and well crafted.

Rue Five uses foraged materials, from slates from his grandmother’s cottage, a childhood retreat, to antique paper and pencils hoarded by his deceased grandfather, re-valuing and validating these forgotten, often lost items, creating intimate pieces with connections to his personal history.

The exhibition includes a series of weapons, some adorned, some made by others, and a few built by him. His intrigue lies in their necessity, he encourages us to imagine a culture or time when they were made; was it now, are they ancient relics or is he suggesting we may need these for the future he imagines and wants for us?

Recoat Gallery
323 North Woodside Road
G20 6ND
0141 341 00 69


Patria O Muerte

My buddy Ross Fraser McLean (who I managed to snap rocking this sweet crab on the dancefloor last year)is exhibiting a selection of his photographs from Cuba at Such and Such in Edinburgh, opening at 7pm tonight.
After party at The Third Door with DJ Tsatsu (Soulsville) and Ricardo El Skintos (Rough Cut).


The Dark of Heartness

Bernie Reid has an exhibition opening at Superclub in Edinburgh this coming Saturday.