Junor Gallery in the Green Zone at COP26
It was a great pleasure to host Dr Bashabi Fraser CBE at the Green Zone during COP26 in Glasgow in 2021, for this insight into the wisdom of Rabindranath Tagore.
Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature but he was also an environmentalist with a global perspective. Rabindranath and his circle’s ecological consciousness is as relevant today as ever. His legacy can be seen in current sustainability policies. His spirit is alive in all voices calling for climate justice and urgent reform.
‘We may become powerful by knowledge, but we attain fullness by sympathy. The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.’
-Rabindranath Tagore, ‘My School’
Bashabi Fraser is also an award winning poet with a global vision. This was an event in COP26's Green Zone to refresh and nourish our minds and spirits, from one of Scotland’s finest academics and co-founder of the Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies (ScoTs). It was followed by audience discussion.
My gallery's open door policy, first in my physical premises on St Andrews' South Street and now online, together with the gallery's focus on art and poetry, discussion and debate, honours the vital role of culture in reflecting on our experience and effecting social change.
Image: 'Bridged: M8 at Charing Gross, Glasgow' by Ruth Nicol
150 x 150cm Acrylic on canvas £3800..
Sandy Moffat on his Suilven series
The artist talks about his series of paintings of Suilven and its association with poet Norman MacCaig.
Ruth Nicol on 'East Neuk' and lockdown
The artist talks about preparing for her solo exhibition and has some encouraging words about lockdown and returning to live cultural events.
Landscapes of Scotland & Italy
Alan Riach introduces and reads his poem written especially to accompany Sandy Moffat's and Helen Bellany's exhibition.
Sandy Moffat On Drawing
The artist gives an appreciation of his rigorous early training at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1960s alongside John Bellany (1942-2013) and Helen Bellany, exhibiting here for the first time since her art college days.
The Watergaw read by Alan Riach
One of MacDiarmid's moving early poems, introduced and read by poet, professor and columnist Alan Riach.