18 March 2016
Evening Telegraph (p.12)
Dundee University is no longer supporting controversial art project The Glasgow Effect, it has been claimed.
Ellie Harrison, the artist behind the £15,000 stint which would see her confined to Glasgow for a year, has now removed the university’s name and logo from her website. Writing in her newsletter, the Duncan of Jordanstone lecturer added she would now have to take unpaid leave to complete the project.
The Glasgow Effect launched on New Year’s Day and is described as a “durational performance”, aiming to explore how an artist’s career, social life, family ties, carbon footprint and mental health would be affected by staying within the city’s boundaries.
Ms Harrison’s project, funded by Creative Scotland, has come under fire for promoting “poverty safari” and being apparently unclear about how the money will be spent.
A Dundee University spokesman said: “We consider this to be an external project, which we have allowed Ms Harrison time to pursue.”