Welcoming The John Byrne Award September Judges
Each month our independent panel of judges review the shortlisted entries chosen by The John Byrne Award Team. The judges review each entry using our judging criteria seeking the most reasoned, constructive and compelling entry of the month.
A huge thank you to our John Byrne Award September Judges, Andrew Fleming-Brown, Brian McFie and Kathleen Morgan.
Andrew Fleming-Brown is the Founder and Managing Director of SWG3, which is widely regarded as the leading multi-discipline arts facility in Scotland.
Established in 2005 as an artist studio and gallery space the organisation now manages over 135,000 sq ft of space for cultural activity with 120 resident practitioners and over 80 employees.
Renowned for their electronic and live music programme, visual arts projects and entertainment events; the organisation works both on a commercial and charity basis with a real focus on access to all through the arts.
Brian McFie attended Glasgow School of Art between 1979 and 1983 where he studied Drawing and Painting under the tutelage of Barbara Rae. Whilst at school (Coatbridge High School) he developed a fascination for abstraction which intensified greatly when he discovered the work of Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell. On leaving GSA with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art he pursued a career in the music business as a guitarist, recording and touring with various high-profile bands and artists. McFie returned to artistic practice twelve years ago deciding to work towards professionalising his disciplines. Although abstraction remains the primary thrust of his output, drawing remains integral to his process and he continues to this day to learn from the rich lineage of the history of art, whilst using what has been learnt to experiment and innovate. Music remains inseparable from his artistic practice and he continues to compose with his own band Lola in Slacks, writing literary savvy songs with chanteuse Louise Reid.
Kathleen Morgan is editor of The RPS Journal, the magazine of the Royal Photographic Society, with the membership publishing agency Think. She has edited titles including The List, the Sunday Herald Magazine, and The Herald Magazine – named Supplement of the Year at the British Press Awards. She has lectured in journalism at Edinburgh Napier University, as well as leading the National Council for the Training of Journalists programme at Glasgow Clyde College.
Photo credit: Colin Mearns.