Steven Campbell Trust, Hunt Medal Winner 2019

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Steven Campbell Trust Hunt Medal Recipient is Tess Wood, for her most recent work ‘Cannot Contain’, which is showing at the Glasgow School of Art 2019 Degree Show.

This work is comprised of a specific, architecturally designed performance space and a durational live performance piece.

The piece looks to reclaim representations of power that are commonly found in depictions of the male body within popular culture. Tess Wood seeks to reframe iconic sports and music imagery within her practice. Regressive feedback loops, repetitive sounds and movements are central to the work.

Through the interplay of props and body, confined intimacy and on-display vulnerability, Tess Wood embodies the frustrations felt at being confined within a set of societal codes and regulations relating to gender expression.

We would also like to thank staff from GSA for their assistance and support and look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship.

Finally we would like to extend our warm congratulations to Tess and wish her a successful career.

The Steven Campbell Trust.


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Cannot Contain © Tess Wood 2019


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Cannot Contain © Tess Wood 2019

Steven Campbell Annual Lecture 2019, Dressing Above Your Station

Wed 12 June 2019

CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

6.30pm, Free (unticketed), Theatre / All ages.

Steven Campbell by Lord Snowdon, 1987, reproduced with the kind permission of Snowdon Archive and Condé Nast.

Beca Lipscombe and Mairi MacKenzie look at the life and work of Steven Campbell, considering what it means to dress for the life you want rather than dress for the life you have. They will reflect upon Campbell’s depiction of textiles and clothing as well as his personal wardrobe in order to recount their own aspirations growing up in Scotland and the routes they took in an attempt to develop a vernacular panache.

Beca Lipscombe is a fashion and textile designer and one half of Atelier E.B. Mairi MacKenzie is a fashion historian and Research Fellow in Fashion and Textiles at Glasgow School of Art.

The Steven Campbell Hunt Medal 2018.

The Steven Campbell Trust are delighted to announce that the 2018 recipient of the Hunt Medal for poetic creativity, is artist Nancy Dewhurst, Sculpture & Environmental Art Department, GSA, for her beautiful and evocative work ‘ Clepsydra’.

Nancy’s current artistic practice is focussed towards ‘time’ and different notions of this – geological time, ancient time, time dictated by labour, and punctuated by play. More broadly, her work is about systems (of which ‘time’ is one).

Trust directors had a wonderful afternoon at GSA, Trongate, looking at all Fine Art graduates’ work and having many illuminating and enriching conversations, which gave us much to consider. We were grateful for the invaluable assistance of Claire Paterson, GSA graduate and recent Steven Campbell Trust and Saltire Society New York Scholarship recipient, and our first Hunt Medal award winner in 2008. Many thanks also to Claire’s partner Brian McCluskey, writer and painter, who offered valuable insight and support.

We would also like to thank staff from GSA, particularly Fiona Robertson and John Quinn for their assistance and support and look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship.

Finally we would like to extend our warm congratulations to Nancy and wish her a successful and enriching career.

The Steven Campbell Trust

All images © Nancy Dewhurst 2018.


Steven Campbell: Love

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Tue-Fri 12 – 5pm
Sat & Sun 12 – 6pm
CLOSED Mondays

PREVIEW: Friday 19 January, 7-9pm

Love is an exhibition of twelve large scale multi-media collages made between 1988 and 1991 by Steven Campbell, one of Glasgow’s most celebrated artists.

Campbell began the works on his return to Scotland in 1987 following a five year period of living and working in New York. The collages represent a little known, experimental  area of  Campbell’s practice which also includes clay, plaster and papier mache sculpture, drawing, printmaking and textile design.

While Campbell’s paintings were often executed with terrific speed – a canvas, he claimed, could be completed in five days – these large scale, predominantly two- dimensional collages were each made over a period of weeks, in part because of the laborious way in which the artist chose to work with material (hand painting and then adhering individual strands of string rather than painting once they were integrated into the collage). However the artist’s wife Carol Campbell has also attributed this change of a pace to a need for an activity to accompany a period of reflection and contemplation, a form of therapy through which Campbell could come to terms with the changes in his life following the family’s return from America.

Completed at the kitchen table, amid the rhythms of family life the resulting collages are testament to Campbell’s modest needs, his restless imagination and experimental nature but perhaps even more so to his sensitivity to the world around him. In these works we see a manifestation of the most powerful cornerstones of his life, his family, the natural world and his boundless imagination.

Love is curated by Linsey Young in collaboration with Tramway. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue including a new essay by Michael Bracewell, supported by Creative Scotland.

The Art of Steven Campbell 13 September 2017 – 21 October 2017

Marlborough Fine Art is pleased to present a retrospective of celebrated Scottish painter Steven Campbell. The show consists of a selection of works made between 1983 and his untimely death in 2007.

This major exhibition is a rare insight into the career of an artist who is considered to have pioneered the renaissance of Scottish art in the 1980s. It is the first major exhibition in London since his solo show at Marlborough Fine Art in 2009.

Best known for his monumental figurative paintings, Campbell’s unique works emerged from an array of personal and literary inspirations to create surreal narratives which offer Campbell’s comment on social and human conditions. His paintings often depict recurring characters in dream-like scenarios, which are full of humour and ironic historical references.

Campbell enrolled at Glasgow School of Art in 1978, studying installation and performance art, which became influences within his theatrical paintings. Towards the end of his studies, Campbell was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and moved to New York in 1982 where he made an impression on the art scene, receiving acclaim for his thought-provoking works.

Campbell moved back to Glasgow in 1987, during this time his work became more expressive. As figurative painting became less fashionable in the 1990s, this proved a difficult period for Campbell and he started to experiment with different materials and themes within his work. Solemn undertones and dark irony became recurring themes, reflecting his own personal struggles during this period.

Despite the variations and changes within his practice over the years, Campbell’s works present a highly distinctive and original aesthetic, in an intelligent, powerful and a sometimes autobiographical style of painting.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an introduction written by novelist Michael Bracewell.

Besides several solo exhibitions in the USA in the 1980’s, Campbell also held exhibitions in Munich (1984), Geneva (1986), and Tokyo (1990). In 1990, the Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, organised a major touring exhibition of his work ‘On Form and Fiction’, which was seen in Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno; Marlborough Fine Art, London; Art Gallery, Aberdeen; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and Art Gallery, Southampton. His final major exhibition was The Caravan Club at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh in 2002.

Campbell’s work can be found in major museums and public collections including; Arts Council of Great Britain (UK), Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), Art Institute of Chicago (USA), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (UK), and Tate Britain (UK).


Steven Campbell, Autumn No Happy time if you have a heartbeat, 2001-2002

The Steven Campbell Hunt Medal

We are delighted to announce that this years winner of the Hunt Medal is performance artist Tamara MacArthur, Glasgow School of Art.

The Trust finances the annual Steven Campbell Hunt Medal for a student artist of great promise and talent at the Glasgow Art School. This is open to application and nomination for the students who display Poetic Creativity and the recipients are chosen by Carol Campbell, Glasgow School of Art Staff and nominees of the Trustees and Advisors to the Trust.

We wish Tamara a successful career and hope she is pleased to join a strong line of previous recipients of our award.



The Steven Campbell Trust Lecture 2017: Rimbaud Panel Discussion. 6th February 2017 CCA Glasgow


The Steven Campbell Trust Lecture 2017: Rimbaud Panel Discussion
6pm, Monday 6 February 2017 CCA Glasgow
On the occasion of the eighth annual Steven Campbell Trust Lecture, the Steven Campbell Trust were delighted to announce a panel of invited guests to discuss the enduring influence of 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud on popular culture.

The event was be chaired by Michael Pedersen, poet and co-founder of Neu! Reekie!
In essence an eclectic postmodernist, Campbell’s complex layered artworks reference multiple sources.

The iconic image of the young rebel poet Arthur Rimbaud is a recurring figure in Campbell’s paintings and drawings, poems such as ‘The Drunken Boat’ of 1871 were a vital source of inspiration.
Hailed by Patti Smith as “the first punk poet” the panel at the CCA, Glasgow included: poet and educator, Professor David Kinloch, University of Strathclyde; songwriter, poet and broadcaster Lach, a New Yorker in exile and founder of the Anti-Folk movement; and Scottish artist and flâneuse, Karen Strang.
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