Milngavie artist takes up new college post

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Former Milngavie artist Ben Risk has been appointed as guest artist in residence at Glasgow Kelvin College’s west Campus.

The Bristol-based artist is supporting students at the city college with a range of projects ranging from art and design programmes - from NC to degree-level.

The successful printmaker said he was delighted to be back in his native Glasgow and has already put together an exhibition last week of his exciting work entitled ‘Glaswegiana’, with all proceeds going to support local organisation, Impact Arts.

Ben said: “I’d done a lot of major exhibitions and wanted to do something other than simply making work for sale. If you’re working to benefit others then you work differently and it’s been great to explore it from that approach.

“My cousin pointed me towards the excellent work being done in the community by Impact Arts and, with sponsorship from the ‘Art Store’.

“I’d come back up to Glasgow to produce the exhibition and decided to raise some funds for a creative and innovative organisation.

“A lot of my paintings still have imagery from Glasgow and there’s so much more to discover in your memories of places and people. I’m trying to make something that resembles those memories and that’s why I keep returning here.”

Art and design students have been able to see an artist at work on an exhibition and Ben has had an impressive input to their learning and motivation.

Glasgow Kelvin College lecturer, Alastair Strachan, said Ben’s added to the students’ lives, adding: “We’re very grateful for Ben’s time and talent which helps our students to see the creative process first-hand, revealing the practical side to printmaking and the hard work involved.

“He has already made his mark with us and it is marvellous that proceeds from his work will go to a well-respected community organisation such as Impact Arts, with whom Glasgow Kelvin has a long and fruitful relationship.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming him back in the future.”