A wee post is in order regarding the prints that Alasdair has contributed to help us to make our financial goal.
Is Scotland a Possible Nation?
Silkscreen print, unframed, 69cm x 53.5cm. One of 60.
A key Songs for Scotland 2 image is Alasdair’s Is Scotland a Possible Nation? How so?
It was designed by Alasdair in 2014 for the National Collective (‘Artists and Creatives for Independence’) and features an adapted version of his ‘lucky dogs’ image, also present in the Hillhead Subway Mural. The image was originally designed in 1990 as a logo for the Dog and Bone Press.
Throughout the referendum campaign Alasdair often carried this image with him and sometimes used it as a personal prop; for example see this independence referendum debate sponsored by KILTR:
The point Alasdair wished to make back then was that the Union, run by London-based, globalised corporations, had been and will continue to behave towards Scotland ‘like a dog with a bone’ – and a very tasty bone we are at that.
How prophetic! Who can forget the Daily Record and its infamous ‘Vow’? – made at the last minute and contrary to purdah rules – and then after the referendum, instantaneously forgotten.
Is Scotland a Possible Nation? has been published opposite a photograph of Alasdair in the National Collective’s excellent 2014 book, ‘Inspired by Independence’ (on page 142).
We had ten of these to distribute as perks, and 1 week into the campaign two have already been claimed! If you want one, better act fast – and bear in mind that only 60 exist.
It’s worth adding that Alasdair is well pleased that we are creating tee shirts featuring his Is Scotland a Possible Nation? as a kind of ultimate democratic and collectivist expression of his art.
Silkscreen print. Dimensions: 28cm x 19cm. Unframed, signed and dated 2005. One of 125.
The Star was created as an illustration to a short story of the same name that Alasdair wrote when he was 16. The story with this image was first published in ‘Unlikely Stories, Mostly’ (1984).
From an Eastern Empire
Silkscreen print, unframed, signed, numbered and dated 1984, 38cm x 24.5cm. One of 200
Alasdair’s short story ‘Five Letters From An Eastern Empire’ was a brooding political allegory that some say predicted the Thatcher era. ‘From an Eastern Empire’ also featured in an adapted form as the cover art on ‘Unlikely Stories, Mostly’ (1984).
Your Personal Art Collection
You have a rare opportunity to acquire these prints through our crowdfunding campaign. They are limited edition and we don’t have many. The campaign ends on 20th October, so don’t leave it too late.
Please support us! We are aiming to create a collaborative cultural event to honour Alasdair Gray. It won’t be the work of one of us, or of a few of us. It has to be the work of all of us.
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