Glasgow based artist and filmmaker Callum Rice will present a solo exhibition in the Studio Pavilion in April 2019. Since graduating from The Glasgow School of Art in 2013 Callum has directed and produced a number of short films that intimately explore and depict social and personal histories and sites from across Glasgow and Scotland.
Following in the vein of previous film works the project and exhibition at the Studio Pavilion will take as it’s starting point Glasgow born architect and engineer Archibald Leitch. Leitch began his career designing factories with the sole surviving example being the category A listed Sentinel Works at Jessie Street, Polmadie but also went on to become Britain’s foremost football architect. In total he was commissioned to design part or all of more than 20 stadiums in the UK and Ireland between 1899 and 1939.
When Leitch died in April 1939, there was not a single obituary in any newspaper. There was one brief entry in the Journal of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. All it said was that Leitch had been a ‘consulting engineer and a factory architect’. No mention of which factories, and no mention at all of football grounds. As of April 2019, it will mark 80 years since his death, examining his work within the context of a gallery in the city of his birth would be a fitting obituary.
Rice’s film will focus specifically on Leitch’s Polmadie Sentinel works the only one of his factories known to have survived. It was the first steel-reinforced concrete building in Scotland and the third oldest to survive in the UK. Although it is listed category A, as a building of significant national importance, it is now derelict. Through moving image, sound-scape, original salvaged architectural objects, typography & print, the exhibition will explore the shared, transferable language of industrial design that translated into football grounds in the United Kingdom and its lasting social impact. As well as touch upon the significance of two places & sites (factory and football field) to the lives and history of many, particularly the working class, exploring how Archibald’s work spanned across the two. By bringing the building into the gallery through film and sound Rice will offer an alternate insight into an overlooked subject and disparate place and do so through the alternative medium of artist film and sculptural installation.
Rice’s first short film Mining Poems or Odes, 2015 won the Best Short Film at the British Academy Film Awards Scotland in 2015 and was nominated for Best Short Film at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016, as well as being selected to screen in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, Utah 2016, the British Film Institute, South Bank London 2017, and at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennale in 2018. Listen to Bridgeton, 2017 was chosen to screen at BFI Southbank and on BBC Four as part of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Listen to Britain, Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister’s poetic collage of British life. Rice’s most recent short titled Mary 2018 was commissioned by Film Roundhouse and shown on the BBC.