Jimmy Cosgrove

The importance of the Ingram Street Gallery Space in supporting printmaking
Clip Title The importance of the Ingram Street Gallery Space in supporting printmaking
Interviewee Name Jimmy Cosgrove
Interviewee Role Founding Member of Glasgow Print Studio in 1972
Interviewer Name Kerry Patterson
Interview Date 10 January 2013
Clip Length 1 minutes 33 seconds


JC: And it was only when they moved to um, to Ingram Street that it became a more open and available facility, you know?

KP: Yeah, I suppose maybe when you had the official gallery space at Ingram Street, you know and…

JC: I think that is the – I think that was the leap that probably Calum made, where he saw the potential in having a big gallery, and of course there was no possibility of that [at St Vincent Crescent]. Not only no possibility of it but no-one would have dreamed of doing that at that stage you know, because that wasn’t the objective. The objective was really to set up a facility that would allow printmakers, artists, to continue with their practice and not be reliant on the Art School – principally, the Art School. So, I think that was the driving force. But of course the more people made art, the more they wanted to show it. And the Print Studio being in Ingram Street didn’t see printmaking as a second-hand activity. So if you had a show there, it was a ‘show’ you know, it wasn’t – and big shows like the RGI and stuff it was all paintings it was like homage to painting and then there would be a little room at the side that would have prints or something. And I know that there are many reasons for that, one is probably the scale of the work as well. But the - Ingram Street was just proud of prints, you know, and of course it was a bit of an accolade to get a show there too.