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10 Facts about Andy Warhol

10 Facts about Andy Warhol

Here at New Lanark, we are delighted to be exhibiting ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol until 29 April 2018. The exhibition traces 20th century art in textiles and vintage fashions with highlights including prints of work by Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse. ARTIST TEXTILES was curated by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and has previously toured internationally to the Netherlands, USA and Canada.

This will be the first time the collection of over 200 rare and vintage pieces have been shown in Scotland!

To celebrate the exhibition we are going to be sharing a series of ‘Artist in Focus’ blog posts, to let you know more about these fascinating artists whose work will be shown at New Lanark…

Artist in Focus: Andy Warhol

  1. Early Years

Andy Warhol was born on 6th August 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Andy Warhol’s actual name was Andy Warhola. He changed his last name and dropped the ending alphabet “a” when he moved to the state of New York to pursue a career in the arts after completing his Bachelor degree in the year 1949. Andy Warhol’s parents namely Ondrej Varhola and Julia were immigrants from Slovakia. His father was a laborer and his mother used to earn by cleaning houses and making handicrafts. The couple’s first child was born when they were still in Slovakia but he died before they migrated to the United States of America. They later had three sons namely Paul (1923), John (1925) and Andy (1928).

As a child, Andy Warhol enjoyed drawing immensely. He drew many portraits of his friends and family. In 1945, Andy graduated Schenley High School at the young age of sixteen. He started his studies at Carnegie Tech the following September and t wasn’t long before his drawing abilities became known amongst his peers. A small number of drawings from his time at college are housed in The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Warhol’s primary ambition while at Carnegie Tech was to become a fine artist and possibly teach art like some of his professors. Instead, the opportunity came up to leave Pittsburgh and pursue art in New York City with Philip Pearlstein. He immediately started into the field of illustration. His aspirations in becoming a fine artist were postponed since the illustration work earned him a very good income.

 

2. Illustration

Andy Warhol’s earliest work was for a magazine titled “Glamour”. It was his first ever assignment in which he was given a task to write an article. His article was titled as “Success is a Job in New York.”

3. POP!

Warhol is considered a pioneer of “Pop Art” which was an art movement during 1950s. The movement started in Britain during the mid-1950s and was initiated in America in the latter part of the 1950s. Pop art was contradictory to the well-known traditional ways of art.

4. Mixing Media

He worked with many forms of media, including: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and music. He also started a magazine (called Interview Magazine) and he wrote several books.

 

5. The Factory

Warhol’s studio was called The Factory, which was a reference to the mass-produced nature of his artworks. He saw art as a product, the same as the clothes you wear and the food you eat. He had a very particular personal style. He had a shock of white hair and was usually seen wearing a lot of black, leather jackets and glasses or sunglasses.

 

6. Born in the USA

In the 1960s he produced a series of paintings of iconic American images and objects, these included: Campbell’s Soup cans, dollar bills, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley and Coca-Cola bottles.


7. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

In the 1970s Warhol produced work for many celebrities, including: Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Diana Ross.

 

8. New York Academy of Art

In 1980, Andy Warhol was involved in the founding of The New York Academy of Art along with other artists, scholars and patrons of the arts including Stuart Pivar, Dennis Smith and Russell Wilkinson. The founders were passionate about fostering the resurgence of representational and figurative art and recognized the importance of classical education in drawing, painting and sculpture as a solid foundation for contemporary artists.

9. Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Andy Warhol died on 22nd February 1987 following post gallbladder surgery complications. He is buried at St John the Baptist Byzantine Cemetery, next to his parents. After Andy Warhol’s death, his will was read out. According to his will, his estate (except for a few things) was to be auctioned to create a foundation that would work for the advancement of the visual arts. The auction of his estate resulted in collecting around $20 million. This money resulted in the formation of “Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts”. The foundation has been contributing towards the enhancement of arts and overcoming the challenges it possesses since then.

10. Inspiration

Andy Warhol is an inspiration to many young and aspiring artists around the world. For this very reason, “The Andy Warhol Museum” has been built in his memory. The museum stands in Andy’s hometown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the largest museum in America solely devoted to the art collection of a single artist. It has seven floors with over 17 galleries, 77 sculptures, 900 paintings, 2,000 paper works, 1,000 prints, 4,000 photographs and 4,350 films and videos.

 

Thank you for reading. I hope we have inspired you to visit the fascinating ARTIST TEXTILES exhibition at New Lanark, where you can see prints of Warhol’s work alongside a host of  other talented artists including Picasso, Dali and Matisse. The exhibition now includes four more pieces of clothing made from printed silk textiles designed by Andy Warhol, all relatively new discoveries, with two of them never having been exhibited to the public before. The garments include two ‘ice cream’ dresses, the ‘Buttons’ dress and the ‘Candy Apple’ blouse.

Click here to book tickets and find out more about ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at New Lanark

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Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

Sources:

http://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-andy-warhol

http://www.warhola.com/earlyart.html

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10 Facts about Pablo Picasso

10 Facts about Pablo Picasso

It’s likely that most people will have heard of the name ‘Picasso’, even if they do not consider themselves an art lover. That’s because Pablo Picasso was a prolific creator of art who completed more than 1800 paintings, more than 1200 sculptures, more than 2500 ceramic works, more than 10000 drawings and many tapestries during his career. He was a painter, sculptor, print-maker and poet who is widely hailed as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

Here at New Lanark, we are delighted to be opening our new Exhibition Gallery with a stunning exhibition, ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol from 26 January – 29 April 2018. The exhibition traces 20th century art in textiles and vintage fashions with highlights including prints of work by Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse. ARTIST TEXTILES was curated by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and has previously toured internationally to the Netherlands, USA and Canada.

This will be the first time the collection of over 200 rare and vintage pieces have been shown in Scotland!

To celebrate the exhibition we are going to be sharing a series of ‘Artist in Focus’ blog posts, to let you know more about these fascinating artists whose work will be shown at New Lanark…


 Artist in Focus: Pablo Picasso

 

1. Picasso’s Full Name Has 23 Words

Picasso was baptized Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. He was named after various saints and relatives. The “Picasso” is actually from his mother, Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father is named Jose Ruiz Blasco.

Picasso at age 10. (Credit: API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Picasso at age 10. (Credit: API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)


2. Picasso’s first word

Picasso’s mother claimed that his first word was “piz,” short of lápiz the Spanish word for ‘pencil.’ It’s like he was born to be an artist! At the age of 7, Picasso’s father Ruiz, who was also a painter and art professor, began to give him a formal education in art, focussing on drawing techniques and oil painting.

 

3. Picasso’s first paintings

Two years later, at the tender young age of 9, Picasso completed his first painting: Le picador, a man riding a horse in a bullfight. At the age of thirteen, Picasso studied at the School of fine Arts in Barcelona – at this point his father vowed to give up painting as he felt his son had surpassed him!

Pablo Picasso, Le Picador (1890)

Pablo Picasso, Le Picador (1890)

At the age of 15 Picasso completed his first major painting, an “academic” work named ‘First Communion’, featuring a portrait of his father, mother, and younger sister kneeling before an altar. At the age of 16, Picasso entered the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.

First Communion, 1869 by Picasso. Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org

4. Picasso at school

Despite his clear artistic abilities, Picasso was not a committed student and he frequently missed classes. He particularly didn’t like being told what to do, and was often sent to ‘detention’, which might not have been much of a punishment after all:

For being a bad student I was banished to the ‘calaboose’ – a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly … I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping ” 
– Pablo Picasso

 

5. Cubism: Full of Little Cubes

In 1909, Picasso and French artist Georges Braque (whose work is also shown in ARTIST TEXTILES) co-founded an art movement known as cubism. Actually, it was a French art critic Louis Vauxcelles who first called it “bizarre cubiques” or cubism, after noting that Picasso and Braque’s paintings are “full of little cubes.”

Girl with Mandolin, 1910 by Pablo Picasso

Girl with Mandolin, 1910 by Pablo Picasso

 

6. “Minotaurs and Matadors”

In the 1930s Picasso became fascinated with the mythical creature the Minotaur, a creature with the body of a man and head of a bull. It appeared in many of his pieces of art such as La Minotauromachie VII (1935). Apparently Picasso identified himself with this creature,  its human and animal principle, locked in a maze, hidden from sunlight. In 2017,”Minotaurs and Matadors” – an exhibition curated by Sir John Richardson in partnership with Gagosian and Picasso’s grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, opened in London. The exhibition examined the intersection of Picasso’s bullfighting imagery with his mythological and biographical compositions of the 1930s.

If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a Minotaur.
—Pablo Picasso

La Minotauromachie VII (1935)

La Minotauromachie VII (1935), Pablo Picasso. Photo: Prudence Cumming Associates; Courtesy Gagosian; 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

7. Did Picasso steal the Mona Lisa?

Actually no, but in 1911, when the famous painting Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci was stolen from the Louvre, the police took in Picasso’s friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire fingered Picasso as a suspect, so the police hauled him in for questioning. Both were later released.

 

8. Most expensive artwork sold at auction

In 2015 Picasso’s ‘Women of Algiers (Version O)’ set a new world record for the most expensive artwork to be sold at auction after reaching $179m (£115m) in New York. The painting had been expected to exceed $140m before the auction but the final price far exceeded those estimates in a sale at Christie’s auction house at a time when collectors’ appetite for masterpieces of impressionist, modern and contemporary art was increasing.  Women of Algiers, once owned by the American collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, was inspired by Picasso’s fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugène Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-1955 designated with the letters A to O. It has appeared in several major museum retrospectives of the artist.

'Les femmes d'Alger' or 'Women of Algiers'

‘Les femmes d’Alger’ or ‘Women of Algiers’

Picasso’s record was broken at the end of 2017 when Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ sold for an astonishing $400m (£304m). The picture, of a serene-looking Christ dressed in blue and holding an orb, is one of fewer than 20 works by Leonardo still in existence, and was one of only 10 in history to be sold at auction. Yet most predicted it would sell for about $120m, less than the record-breaking $179.4m which was paid for Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger in 2015.

Salvator Mundi, Leonardo Da Vinci

Salvator Mundi, https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/16/salvator-mundi-leonardo-da-vinci-most-expensive-painting-ever-sold-auction

 

9. Moving to France

In between his Blue (1901 – 1904) and Rose (1904 – 1906) Periods, Pablo Picasso moved to France. In 1900, Pablo Picasso spent time in Paris for the first time. He shared a room with Max Jacob, a poet and journalist, and Picasso learnt how to speak and read French. In Paris he met and became good friends with the artist Henri Matisse (whose work is also shown in ARTIST TEXTILES). Throughout the early part of the 20th century, Picasso spent time living in both Paris and Barcelona. In 1918 Picasso got married to Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina. they remained legally married until 1955, but they separated in about 1927. During World War 2, Picasso lived in occupied Paris. He continued to produce art but he didn’t exhibit any of his work during the war years.

 

10. Taking on textile projects…

In the early 1960s, Picasso agreed to design for two almost unknown textile projects, both launched in 1963. In this period, Picasso was allowing his pictures to be printed on almost any fabric, save upholstery. The sofa was a line he wouldn’t cross, as the curators of ARTIST TEXTILES note: ‘Picassos may be leaned against, not sat on.’ Visitors to ARTIST TEXTILES at New Lanark will be able to see a range of Picasso prints used within vintage garments and large textile prints.

Picasso Unseen

Picasso Unseen, ‘ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol’

 

Thank you for reading. I hope we have inspired you to visit the fascinating ARTIST TEXTILES exhibition at New Lanark, where you can see prints of Picasso’s work alongside a host of  other talented artists including Warhol, Dali and Matisse.

Click here to book tickets and find out more about ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol at New Lanark

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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Textile Print design competition

Textile Print design competition

We are delighted to announce the launch of a Textile Print competition to celebrate the opening of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol exhibition at New Lanark on the 26th January 2018.

Textile Print Competition

Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread throughout New Lanark’s history, from the village’s early years as the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, to now producing over 60 shades of high-quality woollen yarn using historic textile machinery and launching the world’s first Organic Tartan in 2015. Through an exciting new partnership, New Lanark will be hosting a prominent touring exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museum in London in 2018. ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with highlights including prints of work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

To celebrate the arrival of this exhibition and the village’s textile production history, New Lanark are launching a design competition to commission a special ‘New Lanark’ textile print, to incorporate into a new range of promotional merchandise which will be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop.

Aerial view of New Lanark

The textile print should be an all over repeat pattern that embodies the theme of ‘Living and Working at New Lanark’. This theme can incorporate a number of topics such as the village’s social history & industrial heritage, textile production, New Lanark’s unique architecture, natural surroundings and the Falls of Clyde. This is a non-exhaustive list and entrants are encouraged to be inspired by conducting their own research into New Lanark by visiting the village or viewing content at www.newlanark.org , www.instagram.com/NewLanark and www.facebook.com/NewLanark

The competition is open to everyone including the general public, design students and existing designers. In conjunction with the Year of Young People 2018, New Lanark would be particularly interested to see entries from aspiring designers and young creatives and as such have designated an ‘Under 16’ prize category.

Entries are encouraged to be as creative as possible, whilst keeping in mind the commercial viability of the design and its appeal to New Lanark visitors including international tourists, visitors from elsewhere in Scotland and the local community.

New Lanark will work with the overall winner to incorporate the winning pattern into a range of promotional textile items to be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop. The winner will also receive a Place on a specialist workshop (‘Couture Inside Out’ OR ‘Fashion Drawing’) at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (Travel and accommodation NOT included), aswell as Remnant Kings fabric vouchers, a framed copy of print and  Complimentary passes to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition and the New Lanark Visitor Attraction. There will also be an under 16 Winner and runner up prizes.

To enter click here >> www.newlanark.org

Entrants should submit their work, following the T&Cs, by emailing [email protected]

Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday 11th February 2018.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

We are delighted to announce it will be hosting London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s international travelling exhibition ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol from 26 January – 29 April 2018 in our NEW exhibition gallery. This touring display from the Fashion and Textile Museum, London traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.

Picasso works image

ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol has toured internationally since 2014, visiting London, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA, making its return to the UK in 2018 at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before, including some of iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes personal collection.

Zhandra Rhodes work

Curator Dennis Nothdruft from the Fashion and Textile Museum, who developed the exhibition, said  “This exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art.  Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.”

3 dresses on mannequins

Behind the scenes, the stunning scenery and breath-taking views at New Lanark World Heritage Site offer a tremendous backdrop for the exhibition. A former 18th century cotton spinning mill village, founded by David Dale and Richard Arkwright in 1785, its history transports visitors back to the height of the cotton spinning industry.

Aerial view of New Lanark

Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Trust’s Events & Exhibitions Officer, who is working with the team from London to coordinate the exhibition, commented “We hope that this exhibition will allow visitors to learn more about the resurgence of the textile sector. We will be holding Printmaking workshops and will be launching a ‘textile design competition’ to engage and develop design skills within the community in due course.”

Located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde just under 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968. New Lanark village is now owned and operated by New Lanark Trust, a registered Scottish Charity (SC008552) who, since 1974, have been restoring and revitalising the village as a living and working community. Today, New Lanark is recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal value’ and welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually to the site.

Spinning Mule with green yarn

Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, commented “we are very proud that ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new Temporary Exhibition Gallery. This bespoke exhibition space will be housed within one of New Lanark’s 18th century cotton mill buildings which is also home to New Lanark’s woollen yarn production. We hope that hosting ARTIST TEXTILES will begin a flourishing relationship with the Fashion & Textile Museum, giving visitors to New Lanark and the local community a chance to see some truly fantastic designs on their doorstep.”

Click here to book tickets for ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City

10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City

New Lanark will be hosting the Brick City LEGO Exhibition over the summer period this year. Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons including the Colosseum in Rome, St Pancras Station in London and Arc De Triomphe in Paris recreated solely using LEGO Bricks. We’re looking for a group of volunteers to assist New Lanark Trust with the running of the exhibition…

 

Here are 10 great reasons to volunteer at Brick City!

 

Have fun

Volunteering is a relaxed and enjoyable way to pass a day, meeting lots of new people and taking part in an activity you may not have experienced before. Brick City is an exhibition made from an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks, the most popular toy in the world – so you can’t really get more fun than that!

 

Be part of something BIG

Brick City is going to be the biggest event New Lanark has ever hosted – even bigger than our annual Christmas events or when we hosted the Antiques Roadshow last year! The exhibition is running for 10 weeks and during that time we expect to welcome around 15,000 people to see the amazing LEGO models.

 

Support a local charity

New Lanark Trust is an Independent Scottish Charity and without the contribution of volunteers who provide essential staffing resource, New Lanark wouldn’t be able to bring these fantastic exhibitions to the local area for the community to enjoy, such as the Great Tapestry of Scotland in 2014 and now Brick City.

 

Increase your personal health

A number of studies have shown that volunteering is beneficial for your health as it reduces your stress levels by allowing you to focus on another activity or person, as opposed to your own problems. Getting out of the house and meeting new people also benefits your physical and mental health.

 

Improve your CV

Volunteering can be a fantastic way to boost your skills and enhance your CV. Brick City will be perfect for anyone who is interested in working in a whole host of industries including Arts & Museums, Heritage, Events Organisation, Marketing, PR or Education.

 

Inspire others

Quite often the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers inspires others to give volunteering, or something else new, a go!

 

 

Make friends

Being a volunteer is a great way to meet like-minded people from all different walks of life. Being brought together as a team builds camaraderie and teamwork!

 

Discover hidden talents

If you never try, you’ll never know! Volunteering gives you access to new experiences, approaches and ways of interacting with others. You may discover a new passion or develop a long-term interest in a worthy cause.

Promote your local community

Brick City will attract thousands of people from all over Scotland – and perhaps even further afield! By being a volunteer you’ll be able to meet these people  and tell them about your local community, the people who live here, and all of the other activities visitors can enjoy in Lanarkshire.

 

Enjoy a family day out!

Brick City volunteers will be given a Brick City family pass to allow them to come back ‘off duty’ and share the exhibition with their family members.

 

Interested in becoming a Brick City volunteer? Email [email protected] with your contact details by 20th June 2017!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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LEGO Events in Scotland for LEGO Lovers

LEGO Events in Scotland for LEGO Lovers

Are you a self confessed LEGO Lover or are your kids budding builders? If so, there are plenty of events happening right here in Scotland to keep all of you entertained this summer! Including, Brick City at New Lanark…

 

Brick City at New Lanark World Heritage Site

See the world in LEGO Bricks this summer at New Lanark. The amazing Brick City exhibition showcases over 60 models made from an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks, featuring world landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome and icons like the Mona Lisa! The exhibition will be hosted in Robert Owen’s School for Children, an historic 200 year old building which is the traditional home of education at New Lanark.

Dates & Times: 28th June – 10th September, 10am – 5pm daily.
Location: New Lanark World Heritage Site
Price: £16 for Family (2 adults + 2/3 children), £6 Adults, £5 Concessions, £4 Children, Under 3s Free
Booking: Book online via www.newlanark.org/brickcity
What’s included? Exhibition entry | Self-Led Play Area | Graffiti Wall | Voucher for 25% off the New Lanark Visitor Attraction
Extras: Robotics Workshops, Challenge Workshops, Storytime & DUPLO Sessions

One of the amazing models in the Brick City exhibition

Dale and Millie – New Lanark’s LEGO mascots!

Are you up for the Challenge Workshops?

Great for little ones – Storytime, Singing & DUPLO Sessions

Chomp Chomp – Robotics Workshops!

 


Brick Mania at Peterhead Prison Museum

Dates & Times: 15th July 2017, 10am – 4pm
Location: Peterhead Prison Museum
What’s included? A day of displays, play and competitions involving all aspects of the lego brick!
Click here to find out more


BRICK LIVE at the Glasgow SEC

Dates & Times: 20th – 23rd July 2017
Location: Glasgow SEC
What’s included? The UK’s largest LEGO exhibition
Price: Standard Prices from £21.75, VIP Prices from £38.00
Click here to find out more


BUILD IT at National Museum of Scotland

Dates: Until 30th July 2017
Location: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
What is it? A museum made from LEGO
Click here to find out more


Brick City Beach Bonanza

Dates: 4th & 4th August 2017
Location: Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
What is it? Granite City Bricks are bring a new improved Lego show to Aberdeen.
Click here to find out more


Brick City the Backstage Tour (Fringe show)

Dates: 4th – 25th August 2017
Location: Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh
What is it? LEGO artist Warren Elsmore is based in Edinburgh but his studio isn’t open to the public – until now!
Click here to find out more


Awesome Bricks

Dates: 26th & 27th August 2017
Location: National Museum of Flight
What is it? Build a mini vehicle then race it against your friends, get creative in our brick pit, see amazing constructions made by LEGO® fans and learn about the history of this iconic brand with renowned brick artist Warren Elsmore.
Click here to find out more

 

As you can see there’s plenty to keep LEGO lovers busy in Scotland this summer! There are also a range of LEGO themed events taking place elsewhere in the UK!

 

Click here to book your Brick City at New Lanark!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

This is an excerpt from Warren Elsmore’s book Brick City, which shares the same name as the exhibition created by Warren – Brick City – which New Lanark is hosting from 28th June – 9th August 2017. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now and selling fast.

Warren Elsmore…

“I’ve been a fan of LEGO® since before I can remember. Even my parents can’t recall when this started – I just always seemed to love it. I wasn’t content with the simple models, though. As soon as I had mastered those, I wanted to create a whole city. Ever January I would pore over the LEGO catalogue planning a whole year in advance and deciding which ones to ask for as birthday and Christmas presents, and which to save up for myself.”

“Before too long, my bedroom was filled with a huge city layout. It was planned to the last detail so that it really fitted together as a town. It had not only traditional LEGO® models of the fire and police stations, but also an airport, a garage, shops and a railway station – even if the track only ran around the city and back to the station again. It even had old ruined city walls, re-purposed from the LEGO castle range to add character.”

Dale and Millie checking out Brick City

“Sadly, I moved away from LEGO as I grew up, and only came back to it in my twenties, discovering my passion was stronger than ever. This time I built the city I had always wanted to build as a child. My station had multiple platforms and more than one train – even though they technically didn’t go anywhere. Next, I painstakingly built a copy of our house, scaled so that the LEGO minifigures could be placed inside. Then I built the train that occasionally took me to London and, after that, a working model of the 2.4-kilometre (1.5 mile)-long Forth Bridge for my new train to travel over – a beast of 3 metres (9 feet and 10 inches) long. By then I wanted to show these models off at events, so I decided to start on something more ambitious. Eighteen months and 120,000 bricks later, I unveiled my model of London’s St.Pancras railway station at the LEGO fair in Denmark. This showpiece has since toured both the UK and Europe, been featured on the BBC television, and paved the way to a new career as an independent LEGO artist.”

Warren’s amazing model of St.Pancras Station!

 

Brick City is running from 28th June – 9th August 2017 at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Tickets are on sale now at www.newlanark.org.

Melissa Reilly – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017 from 28th June – 9th August – with tickets on sale now.

Brick City Fun Facts

  • Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks.
  • Over 60 models will be on display at New Lanark.
  • The smallest model in Brick City is a New York Fire Hydrant.
  • At a whopping 2×4 metres the biggest model in Brick City is London’s St Pancras Station.
  • St Pancras is also the model with the most LEGO Bricks – an estimated 180,000!
  • Call in the Olympic weightlifters…the model of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium is made of an estimated 30,000 LEGO Bricks.
  • Brick City features historical landmarks from 24 cities around the world, from Cape Town to Copenhagen.
  • There are four ‘Scottish’ models in Brick City all from our Capital city, Edinburgh.
  • The exhibition has previously visited London, Newcastle, Belfast and Hamilton – to name a few locations!
  • The most northerly destination Brick City has visited is Thurso in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Brick City is open to the public at New Lanark for 43 days – 28th June – 9th August 2017.

LEGO Fun Facts (source)

  • The plural of LEGO is LEGO. It doesn’t matter if you have one or one hundred pieces of LEGO, it’s still LEGO – although many people call them LEGOs.
  • LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt. Leg godt means “play well” in Danish and LEGO is made from the first two letters of each word.
  • LEGO is 85 years old. The LEGO Group began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark and was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen.
  • Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter. He lost his business and began to make toys out of his leftover wood. He was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children and when they loved it he put them into production to sell.
  • In 2000, LEGO was named “Toy of the Century” by the British Association of Toy Retailers. LEGO beat both the common teddy bear and the Barbie doll.
  • Seven LEGO sets are sold every second. By the time you have read this fact, dozens of LEGO sets have been sold around the world.

Just some of the amazing models you can see at New Lanark this summer…

Brick City - Vegas Sign

Brick City - Trevi Fountain
Brick CIty - Macy Parade
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now! Book yours at http://bit.ly/BrickCityNL 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Brick City is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by The LEGO Group.

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New Lanark Remembrance Blog – November 2016

New Lanark Remembrance Blog – November 2016

Guest blog by Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning and Outreach Officer…

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on November 13 when we will remember all soldiers killed in combat in the world wars and in wars and conflicts thereafter.

100 years ago in November 1916, Britain was over two years into the First World War and 142 New Lanark men were fighting for King and Country. 29 of them were killed during the war and are remembered on our war memorial which stands beside New Buildings.

The New Lanark War Memorial was erected on a snowy day in January 1922. In attendance was Major Henry Birkmyre of the Birkmyre family who owned the Gourock Ropework Company and New Lanark Mills. He commented: “this monument has been erected for the purpose of telling their children and their children’s children what splendid things these men have done.”

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The opening ceremony of the New Lanark war memorial in January 1922

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The War Memorial Today

We have a biography for each of the 142 New Lanark soldiers and in some cases a well-rounded picture of the man’s life in the village before the war, of his time as a soldier and life after the war. It has taken over two years for me to research the soldiers and their families. Many living relatives got in touch to pass on their family stories, photographs and documents; a truly valuable contribution to the research. The task is by no means finished, but we now have a much broader understanding of the villagers’ role in the war, of war work and production in the mills and of the soldiers’ lives.

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New Lanark soldiers William, Matthew and Robert Bones who lived at Braxfield Row.

Our current exhibition, New Lanark & the First World War explores all these topics and focuses on four soldiers of New Lanark – Joseph MacPherson, Daniel Kirkhope, Thomas Jess and William Hawthorne. Of the four, only Thomas Jess survived.

 

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Surviving soldier Thomas Jess and friend Jimmy O’Connor.

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William Robert Hawthorne.

 

The exhibition is dedicated to all the soldiers of New Lanark and their families past and present. We wanted to remember and celebrate the lives of the men who did not come home but also of those who returned and the story of their war. The exhibition was co-curated by Evelyn Whitelaw, Exhibitions and Events Officer and Ruth Beattie, Learning and Outreach Officer.

To learn more about the stories of the New Lanark soldiers and the village during wartime, visit the exhibition in the Saving New Lanark Room in Robert Owen’s School for Children. This is part of the visitor centre experience or tickets for the school can be purchased separately at £5 per person. The school building is open from 11-4pm daily in the winter. (November > March).

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning and Outreach Officer

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Art Exhibition Opening Day!

Art Exhibition Opening Day!

Today (30/08/16) is the opening day of the Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups exhibition here at New Lanark. The Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups have painted a broad range of paintings which are now for sale. The paintings have been created with four different types of mediums. They range from Watercolour to Pastel to Acrylic and to Oils. The Exhibition can be found in the River Room, which is located in The Institute.

The art exhibition is here from today until the 26th of September, 10am-5pm. This is the second year the art groups have made New Lanark their chosen location to sell their paintings. There are many paintings available to purchase with prices ranging from £5 to £500! There is a broad selection of themes on offer; from an exquisite painting of a teddy bear to a colossal painting of waves crashing together generating the power for a storm. The theme that stood out was the New Lanark theme, which had paintings of the buildings here in the village. There was a full section dedicated to New Lanark with extremely impressive artwork!

New Lanark Paintings . . .

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I have personally picked out some of my favourite paintings…

‘Storm Bringer’ £500 . . .

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‘Wee Broon Dug’ £30 . . .

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Panda £30 . . .

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In charge of the opening day is ex school teacher, Heather Darling. Heather is an art enthusiast who loves to encourage adults to paint. All members in the group are keen artists who all contribute to the exhibitions. There are 3 art groups in Hamilton which are always looking for people to join! Heather and her team encourage any adult to join their groups, no matter what level of experience you have- from beginners to Picasso’s! The groups visit galleries and exhibitions mainly in Edinburgh and Glasgow areas. If you are interested in joining one of the groups feel free to contact Heather Darling at [email protected] for more information.

Here are some other paintings The Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups have to offer…

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So, if you are looking to indulge into some beautiful artwork, head down to New Lanark River Room to view Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups exhibition! There are plenty of impressive paintings for sale.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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