Monday, October 17

oPeration BoPo with Something in the Way She Moves

Ly is a plus size fashion/lifestyle blogger and freelance writer. She is a proud veggie, feminist & body positive advocate. You can find her blog at Something in the Way She Moves.

Recently, I have been devoting much of my time to launching what I hope will be an amazing organisation. oPeration BoPo is a body positive project designed to empower people to love the skin they’re in.

The body positive community has changed my life. Discovering plus size bloggers & proponents of self love has allowed to enjoy my body instead of hating it. I really wanted to share that freedom with other people. I looked for a body positive group/project locally and couldn’t found anything that fitted. So, I took a leap of faith and set up my own. oPeration BoPo’s first outing is an art event. The aim is to photograph bodies of all types & use the images for an art exhibit. The hope being that both participants & viewers will find beauty in the photographs.

I am a complete novice at all of this, but I have been surprised by own skills & the generosity of so many people. Our photo shoots took place last week with the help of amazing hair, make up & photographers. I have also been stunned & inspired by the models who have volunteered to take part in the project.

It was incredible to see our models step in front of the camera & really feel themselves. You could actually see how powerful the experience was for some; confidence pouring into their stance. I have had amazing feedback from participants. It is truly beautiful to see my dream of spreading body positivity actually happening.

Our first exhibit will be at Glad Rags, an amazing non profit thrift store. Our ethos happily met. The lovely managers, Bee & Ashley have not only styled some models with their fabulous stock, but have also modelled. The body positive art event opens on Oct 20th at 7.30pm. There will be gift bags, cakes & even some punch. All are welcome.

My hope is to continue with oPeration BoPo. I want to create more projects that allow people to see their bodies in a positive light. I’d also really like to reach diverse groups especially those who would particularly benefit from the self love message. If you are local (I’m based in Glasgow) and would like to get involved please get in touch!

Now for the money bit. Although professionals have very kindly donated their time there are still many costs. oPeration BoPo is not for profit and there is no cost to anyone who participates. If you would like to help me grow the body positive revolution, you can donate here.

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Friday, August 26

Leighan’s Top 5 Galleries in Glasgow with Pure/Dead/Brilliant

Hello, my name is Leighan and I’m the writer of Pure/Dead/Brilliant. Today I’m here to tell you about one of my favourite topics - the Glasgow art scene.

Glasgow is renowned for its art history and producing some of the best talent in the industry. It also plays host to, in high opinion, some of the best galleries in Scotland. I’ve decided to pick my top five and show you why art lovers and visitors alike should take a peek..

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse can be found on Mitchell Lane in the City centre. Designed by Rennie Mackintosh and opened in 1895 the building lay desolate until a project was put forward and funded in 1999. it has been showcasing phenomenal artists and been a highlight of tourists visits ever since. Following a fantastic renovation The Lighthouse boasts a bright, light space where you can enjoy its exhibits over several floors. Not only does it have galleries but also a gift shop dedicated to Mackintosh pieces and of course the infamous tower with magnificent views over the city. The observation deck holds information for you to learn a little more about the cities architecture while you enjoy the view, examples of which can be found all over Glasgow so one tip I would have to give when visiting is simply >Look up!

Lighthouse observation deck at the top of the tower
With easy access via lifts, elevators and stairs The Lighthouse allows everyone to take in the sights and exhibits and aside from the occasional ticketed exhibit (recently there was a very colourful Paul Smith exhibit!) entrance is FREE.

For more details visit thelighthouse


No visit to Glasgow is complete without a walk around the Merchant City which also happens to be the home of one of my favourite galleries -Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art!

The GoMa displays a wide range of thought provoking work highlighting issues of sexuality, gender, religious, politics…well anything goes really! Being a family friendly gallery exhibits do have warnings prior to entering the galleries. One of the great things about the GoMa is that its exhibits are ever changing allowing the exposure of loads of artists throughout the year. Past artists include David Shrigley, Cosima Von Bonin, Ellie Harrison and Andy Warhol.

Outside entrance
The building itself is beautiful with the inside spacious and bright holding four galleries bursting with exhibits as well as a gift shop that’s popular with tourists and weegies alike. The staircase windows reveal fine stained glass designs and downstairs there’s a cafe and adjoining library. Outside is also popular with large pillars and steps for people to rest and take a photo or two of the popular Duke of Wellington statue complete with traffic cone! The mirrored glass on the outside entrance of the building was designed by Niki de Saint Phalle and is entitled ‘Tympanium’ and was first showcased on the galleries opening in 1996.

For more information please visit glasgowlife

Trongate 103

Again in Merchant City we find a gem as Trongate 103 is also attached toGlasgow Print Studio, Street Level Photography, Transmission and Cafe Cassochok.

The gallery itself has several hubs such as Project Ability which holds workshops for people living with mental health issues. There is also theSharmanka Kinetic Theatre which is a magnificent show of choreography, tragedy and comedy performed by the theatres carved figures. There is often a variety of workshops throughout the gallery and its neighbouring galleries as well as ever changing exhibits.

Trongate 103 entrance
Trongate 103 calls itself a place to >see art, make art and to enjoy being creative’ and is a must see for gallery fans.

For more details visit peoplemakeglasgow


I couldn’t make a post about my best galleries without mentioning theGlasgow School of Art. Not only is it one of the most historic buildings in the city but its also home to the best Glasgow talent.

Glasgow School of Art
Why not book a tour with one of GSA’s tour guides? You know your guide will be passionate about the building because they’re either graduates or current students! Or explore yourself and visit the public galleries including the Mackintosh visitor centre. The school also has walking tours which you can book to really experience Glasgow and its design past. You’ll probably leave wanting to enroll yourself!

One of former students Peter Howson’s paintings
GSA’s building is said to be one of Mackintosh’s finest works and was established in 1845. Its Scotland’s only public self governing art school and its past students come from all creative backgrounds and include painterKen Currie, novelist (and muralist) Alisdair Gray, painter Peter Howson, playwright and poet Liz Lochhead as well as comic artist Frank Quietly to name just a few. The school has also taught Turner Prize nominees and winners. You can see why its held dear in the heart of Glasgow.

For more information visit gsa

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Just as I was compelled to mention one historic building I really should tell you about another - Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

Situated in the west end of Glasgow along from Glasgow Uni andKelvingrove Park is an art gallery you might first assume is the wrong way round. The myth behind the gallery, designed by E.J Milner Allen and Sir John W. Simpson, is that it was built back to front which caused one of its architects to jump from one of its towers. This isn’t true and in fact the building was purposefully designed for the entrance to face the park.

Kelvingrove Art gallery and Museum
Once inside you’ll be swept away by the size of the place which is packed with historic paintings featuring Monet and Van Gogh. There is something for everyone there and the gallery does like to get its visitors involved whether its by the talks which are given all over the building or the interactive features to keep the kids interested and also letting us learn a great deal more about the exhibits which span from Ancient Egypt to Victorian times and the present day.

Dali’s 'Christ of Saint John of the Cross’
A highlight is Salvador Dali’s ’Christ of Saint John of the Cross’ which was given to the gallery by Dali himself. Presented in a carefully lit space of its own you will learn about the painting itself, Dali’s appreciation of Kelvingrove as well as sketches and letters. It has become an incredibly popular exhibit and I would definitely recommend.

There are also specialised exhibits downstairs which are ticketed events but the rest of the gallery and museum is free. There is also a gift shop, cafe and if you’re lucky to visit at the right time you may see the organist playing a mix of songs from the balcony. It really is a great atmosphere to soak up some culture (and fun of course) for art lovers families and tourists alike.

For more details visit glasgowlife

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Wednesday, August 17

PaisleyMake Blogger Preview Event

Are you a blogger or vlogger? We welcome you to an exclusive blogger preview of PaisleyMake on Wednesday 31st August from 11am.

Renfrewshire Council together with Scotland Re:Designedand InCube warmly welcome you to preview the unmissable PaisleyMake, a heritage-led festival of creativity in Paisley with a unique line-up of internationally recognised industry and textile professionals.

At 11am, Dr Dan Coughlan, Textiles Curator at Paisley Museum & Art Galleries will kick-start celebrations providing you with a personal tour of the collection followed by brunch within the museums’ atmospheric surroundings.

You will then be first to browse the SR:D curated exhibition and shop within the historical Paisley Abbey including emerging designers at Fashion Foundry alongside the likes of Rebecca Torres, Elizabeth Martin Tweed and Kerrie Aldo. Expect big manufacturers such as Scottish Leather Group and MYB Textiles.

As a thank you, we invite you to take front row seats at our first speaker session ‘The Gentlewoman and I, The Making of a Women’s Magazine’ talk with Penny Martin, founding-editor of The Gentlewoman magazine at 2:30pm.

To round off your day of discovery, InCube are offering a fun filled workshop with InCubee, Misty Concepts – make your own origami creation! Then pop over to the InCube Shop to meet emerging Paisley designers and pick up a complimentary goody bag.

To book your free space, please RSVP to including whether you will be attending InCube’s afternoon workshop and store visit asap.