David Dale Gallery and LUX Scotland presents: Owain Train McGilvary

22 September — 1 October 2022
12 — 6pm, Thursday to Saturday

David Dale Gallery and Studios
161 Broad St, Glasgow G40 2QR
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Poster design by Greer Lockyear.

David Dale Gallery and LUX Scotland are excited to present a series of three screenings in collaboration with Owain Train MacGilvary, Joanne Lee and Chizu Anucha, three Scotland-based artists working with moving image. Through September and October each artist will present a recent moving image work of their own alongside a film which they have selected from the LUX collection. The film programmes will be presented for two weeks each in the David Dale Gallery warehouse. During each programme, each artist will present a contextual event to explore themes within their practice.

For the first event Owain Train MacGilvary, will be showing his work I’m finally using my body for what I feel like it’s made to do’, and has chosen Margaret Salmon’s Mm’ to show alongside it.

Programme 1:

22 September – 1 October (Thursday to Saturday)

Owain Train McGilvary, I’m finally using my body for what I feel like it’s made to do’, 2022

Margaret Salmon, Mm’, 2017.

22 September 6 – 8pm: Opening and In Conversation Event at 7pm.

Description of works:

Owain Train McGilvary, I’m finally using my body for what I feel like it’s made to do’, 2022

Owain Train McGilvary, 'I’m finally using my body for what I feel like it’s made to do', 2021. Courtesy of the artist.
Owain Train McGilvary, I’m finally using my body for what I feel like it’s made to do’, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

A video portrait of a wrestling group in the Southside of Glasgow for women and non-binary people. The video explores the importance of sustaining this community as a form of friendship outside of masculinity and touches on themes around gender, sexuality, kinship and working classness.

Wrestling has evolved its own terminologies and motifs that describe the world created within a show, with origins in coded languages like polari and carny. In this way, there is a direct link to queer vernacular and camp aesthetic which is explored further with key references including the feminist text Against Ordinary Language: The Language of The Body’ by Kathy Acker and the artist’s own writing.

Funded by Arts Council Wales Create Fund & Hope Scott Trust

Margaret Salmon, Mm’, 2017

Margaret Salmon, Mm’, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and LUX.

Part-feminist linguistic investigation, part-child’s learning tool and celebration of motor sport, a voice-over of words and associations narrates 35mm verité footage of the Berwick Bandits, an all-male Speedway motorcycle team with the mantra No Brakes, No Gears, No Fear’.


Programme 2:

6 – 15 October (Thursday to Saturday)

Joanne Lee, body as/​is landscape’, 2019

Programme 3:

20 – 29 October (Thursday to Saturday)

Chizu Anucha, Exist React Respond Exist’, 2021

This is the third screening programme co-organised by David Dale Gallery and LUX Scotland. The first iteration was produced in collaboration with Hannah James, Sulaïman Majali, Alexander Storey-Gordon and Winnie Herbstein in 2019, and the second was produced with Natasha Ruwona, Siri Black and Saoirse Amira Anis in 2021.

David Dale Gallery and Studios

Image description 1: A portrait image poster with text LUX Scotland and DAVID DALE GALLERY present a series of film screenings in the warehouse’ in a white font that blurs against a blue sky with golden clouds. The names of the artists and dates of screenings are also included: Owain Train McGilvary, 22 September – 1 October, Joanne Lee, 6 – 15 October, Chizu Anucha, 20 – 29 October.

Image description 2: A figure with dark hair and black athletic clothes sits with their legs crossed at the edge of a boxing ring, they rest their arms on the ropes of the ring and look upwards. In the background of the room are a variety of weight training and gym equipment.

Image description 3: A closely framed shot of a figure in a motocross outfit in bright red, yellow, blue and black. The outfit is dotted with graphics and logos of sponsors. They wear a helmet and goggles. Their eyes are intensely focused on something off camera to the right as if waiting for the start of a race.

Owain McGilvary

Owain Train McGilvary is a Welsh artist working with moving image, painting & drawing. He is interested in modes of communication derived from popular culture and queer vernacular, investigating the subcultures that engage with them. His work seeks to explore communicative intricacies through speech, gesture and images, considering oral history, speculation, found and archival material together via experimental documentary.

Recent solo exhibitions and projects include I’m finally using my body for what I feel like it is made to do, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (2022) and CARU’N DDWYS, Ty Pawb, Wrexham. He has been the recipient of the Visual Art & Craft Maker Award (2021), Hospitalfield Graduate Residency (2021), Hope Scott Trust Grant (2021) and Arts Council Wales Create Fund (2021). He holds an MFA from The Glasgow School of Art (2019) and a BA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (2015).

Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon (b. 1975, New York) lives and works in Glasgow. Concerned with a shifting constellation of relations, such as those between camera and subject, human and animal, or autobiography and ethnography, Margaret Salmon’s films often examine the gendered, emotive dynamics of social interactions and representational forms. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at institutions including DCA (2018/​19), Tramway (2018) Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (2015); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA (2011); Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2007); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007) and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2006). Her work has been featured in film festivals and major international survey exhibitions, including the Berlin Biennale (2010) and Venice Biennale (2007) London Film Festival (2018, 2016, 2014). Salmon won the inaugural MaxMara Art Prize for Women in 2006, was recently shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2018 and the 2019 Margaret Tait Award.

David Dale Gallery and Studios is a non-profit contemporary art space based in the east end of Glasgow.

Established in 2009, David Dale Gallery and Studios promotes pioneering contemporary visual art through the commissioning and year round programming of new work and projects by early career international and UK based artists. Maintaining a commitment to providing opportunities and supporting the development of artists, curators and writers, David Dale Gallery and Studios intend to encourage professional development, education and community participation whilst delivering our core aim of presenting outstanding contemporary visual art. The organisation operates an affordable artist studios facility, for the production and development of new work by emerging artists.

Venue Access

The warehouse is accessible via the main gallery entrance on Broad Street (please press the doorbell) and across the back courtyard.

Step free access is available through the gate to the right of the front door.

There is ramped access into the warehouse and there will be a mixture of bench and backed seating to view the films – please get in touch if you have any particular access needs or any questions about the screenings.

For more information on how to find David Dale Gallery please visit their website or contact David Dale on +44 (0) 141 2589124.

Closed Captions 'I’m finally using my body for what I feel like it’s made to do' includes open captions. A printed caption transcript will be provided to accompany 'Mm'.

Venue Access Ramped access to David Dale Warehouse