Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way


Fri, 11 June 2021 - Sat, 31 July 2021


Glasgow Print Studio - Trongate 103, G1 5HD

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Glasgow Print Studio

Type: Exhibition

Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way, Quilt 15, 2019. Photo Martin Boyce. Courtesy the artists and a private collection

Glasgow Print Studio is delighted to present the first major exhibition in Scotland of large-scale quilts by Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way, the collaborative powerhouse of London-based Annabelle Harty and Sheelagh Boyce, who lives and works in Glasgow.

Hand-sewn over hundreds of hours, Harty and Boyce’s abstract works are the physical manifestation of a long friendship between the pair. Influenced by collected images, travels, ideas and memories, they use old and loved clothes from friends and family and respond, either in intimate detail or through a broader contextual approach, to the architecture of a building, place or the garments themselves.

“We value the wear of the used clothes and the memories and secrets they hold and try to bring these into the narrative of the quilt. A dark square exposed behind an unpicked faded pocket reminds one of the younger garment/person. The crisp shadow, along with the faded pocket help to tell both sides to the garments stories – much like the front and back of the quilts themselves. We work closely together, and have created a mutual way of seeing that works exclusively to neither of us. Glasgow Print Studio seems the perfect space to launch them out into the world to be viewed, in most cases, for the first time in the flesh.”

Harty and Boyce’s exhibition is a modernist nod to the Glasgow International’s 2021 theme of ‘attention’ and mirrors the collaborative nature and materiality of printmaking.

“There is a happy unity between our work, and the work of the Print Studio, under the theme of GI 2021 ‘Attention’. Having been working with Scott Campbell, the master printer, on a print for the show, we have noticed many parallels with the working processes – an intimate layering of ideas that make up the whole, where all the constituent parts remain visible – but only if you look for them.”

Sheelagh Boyce

Sheelagh Boyce lives and works in Glasgow. She studied Education and taught in Primary Schools in Glasgow for 20 years. She lived in Berlin with her family from 2005 – 2007. Boyce started quilting in 2013 before establishing Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way with Annabelle Harty in 2016. She has a strong interest in architecture, art and design. Through the combination of teaching and nurturing her interest in the arts she has developed a strong understanding of the importance of design and communication.

Annabelle Harty

Annabelle Harty lives and works in London and Wiltshire. Having lived in Havana, Cuba for a year she moved to Glasgow to study Architecture at the Mackintosh. In her year out Harty worked for Martorell, Bohigas and Mackay in Barcelona on the Olympic Village, before returning to complete her Diploma in Florence and Glasgow. After graduating, she worked for Benson + Forsyth for five years on the Museum of Scotland project in Edinburgh. She is a model maker and skilled crafts person and in 2002 formed Henderson Press, a publishing business, through which she handmade artist’s books. She established Harty and Harty Architects in 1997 with her partner, Stephen Harty, where she still practices.

Selected for Glasgow International 2021 Across the City Programme.

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