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Pub School (Documentation), 2010

social event, homebrewed beer, bartenders, etc., Dimensions Variable, Duration Variable



A six-week socially engaged art and field-research project into Glasgow's beer industry and pub culture. The research led to the creation of participatory artworks for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art at The Market Gallery and other public venues.Included in the programming was the Pub School, an educational event series exploring the aesthetics of beer and brewing in Glasgow, and the Market Gallery Pub, a one night pub that presents Scotland-based homebrewed beers as artworks.


Pub School:

The Pub School is a weekly educational event-series that explores the aesthetics of beer and brewing in Glasgow. Beer making is an art form that influences our daily routines more than one might initially realize. Drinking beer, as pointed out by conceptual artist Tom Marioni is a social lubricant and I would add that it is also a social glue. The act of drinking a good beer, although a small action, is inherently a form of activism; it is a social act with political side-effects as it helps build community, place, and interest in local business. For the Pub School, the public is invited to consider the blurring of art and beer by taking part in homebrewing demos, beer sampling sessions, lectures, presentations, pub-crawls, and more.

April 7 - All-Grain Brewing Demo - 5pm -9pm

April 14 - Selected Readings About Beer - 7pm

April 21 - Meet the Brewer: Scott Williams - 7pm

April 28 - Brewery Tour - 7pm

April 30 - Market Gallery Pub - 6-10pm

Market Gallery Pub:

The Market Gallery Pub is an all-senses, one-night, pub that will serve homebrewed beers to the public. Homebrewers all over Scotland have been invited to create beers for this event, where they will be presented as expanded artworks. This event will be part of the programming of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and will serve to bring attention to beer as a site for social and creative artmaking. The Market Gallery Pub is the culmination event for the Pub School, a weekly educational-event series where visitors were asked to consider the aesthetics of beer and brewing and the blurring art and beer.

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