22 January 2015
The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow is hosting a sleepover for an art project by Ellie Harrison next month.
Ever wonder what to do on a Friday night? Ever think back to those fun days of having a sleepover with friends? Bet it wasn’t in an art gallery though.
Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is hosting a special sleepover with artist Ellie Harrison in the building’s Great Hall for a project called Dark Days.
Ellie has been an associate artist at the gallery for the past year and Dark Days wants the guests to explore the idea of communal living. We’ve seen plenty of disaster and sci-fi films where municipal buildings are used in different ways and the overnight event wants up to 100 participants to debate future alternatives.
The project starts at 6pm on Friday, February 13 and runs until 10am the next morning.
Ellie said: “Dark Days borrows its title from a phrase used in the theatre to refer to the period in-between shows, and hints towards a time in the future when we might have to re-imagine how we make best use of the large public spaces in our community.
“I’ve been working closely with GoMA over the last year to consider some of the issues raised by my Early Warning Signs project around climate change, sustainability and the environment and Dark Days is the result.
“Registration has only just opened, and we’ve already received an overwhelming response from people keen to join in. Dark Days obviously hits a nerve with the people of Glasgow – keen to take part in a fun event, which also asks some important questions about how we might live together in the future.”
The sleepover coincides with GoMA’s participation in the Early Warning Signs project, now in its second year, which included a rotating green-on-black climate change sign in 2014.
Bailie Liz Cameron, chairwoman of Green Year 2015, said: “The city is proud to host its first themed year in 2015, a Green Year. This provides an opportunity to host high profile and exciting events, activities and projects all aimed at getting people thinking about sustainability.
“Glasgow has strong ambitions for a greener future as a European leader in environmental, social and economic sustainability. Ellie’s unusual artwork is a very powerful way of encouraging us to think about important issues such as climate change and how we might need to change in the future if we don’t make effective, lasting change now.”
Dark Days is a free event, it is open to anyone aged 18 or over. Registrations close on Monday, January 26 and participants will be advised of their place no later than Sunday, February 8. To register visit Ellie’s website.