Artist Talk: Will Knight

Saturday 6 April | 2pm | 54 Bell Street

Will Knight has developed his investigations of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings through an intricate method of recording, measurement and drawing which explore the limitations of architectural drawings. To coincide with our current Glasgow Landmarks exhibition, please join us for a very special talk by artist Will Knight, who will tell us about the themes behind the exhibition, as well as his artistic methods and processes, and the streets, businesses and places in Glasgow that inspire his work.

  • The exhibition will be open to the public from 12-5pm on this date for anyone to come in and browse at their leisure. Usual opening hours 10am-5pm Monday to Friday. All artworks are available for sale, with 50% of the proceeds going to support Glasgow City Heritage Trust (Scottish charity no: SC038640).


About Will Knight

Glasgow based artist Will Knight trained at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, which stimulated his interest in the significance of people and place, and the role that the environment plays in both reflecting and shaping community and cultural identity.

Will has developed his investigations of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings through recording, measurement and drawing by hand, ever since his Masters Research on Glasgow Tenement Bakeries. The architect Sarah Wigglesworth has informed this technique, as Wigglesworth says, ‘To capture something as large as a building on the size of a piece of paper, architects work to a reduced scale, using symbols and codes to represent the world’.

Unlike the survey drawings of an archaeologist, generated to provide an accurate record of a site as left by its inhabitants, Will’s drawings are produced in dialogue with the people who shape these places as their own. Will produces drawings that accurately show the nature of a space, or place, and the forensic details record its character; encouraging the viewer to engage in, and explore, thesubject matter as a new way to consider the spaces and places we inhabit. His drawings act as a lens and provide a framework for debate, a catalyst for a wider discussion as opposed to an end in itself.

Will has previously exhibited work on Independent Newsagents at the New Glasgow Society, and a series of Section Drawings Through Gibson Street at the Woodlands Workspace. Last Summer he won the Summerhall Award at the RSA Open Exhibition, and is working on a series of drawings for an exhibition at Summerhall in Edinburgh this Autumn.

The drawings here are a selection of works that attempt to record and recognise the breadth of scale, scope and style of the city’s built heritage from Victorian Villas to art deco cafes.