Gray Day
Gray Day
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There’s rarely anything grey about colourful Glasgow writer and painter Alasdair Gray. This year, the man many describe as Scotland’s greatest living artist – and by himself as “a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian” – celebrates his 80th birthday, and it is being commemorated with a retrospective of his works, and a series of exhibitions around Glasgow’s museums and galleries in his honour.


And recently, as part of the celebrations, there was the ‘Up a Snake and Down a Ladder’, a week-long programme of gaming events with an artistic twist to them, that took place at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Glasgow. It included a light-hearted chess afternoon – but not with any old standard chess set. The special Cowboy & Indian-themed chess set and table is the creation of Canadian artist Victor Tiede; and competitors had to wear cotton gloves to play.


Olympus OM1 & 50/1.2 Zuiko
Kodak Tri-X (200)
HC-110 (Dil. B – 7 min)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan