SWG3 announce photography exhibition in celebration of The Poetry Club

The exhibition, titled The Poetry Club: est. 2012, will celebrate just over a decade of the iconic club.

Brought together by one of Scotland's leading contemporary artists, Jim Lambie, and SWG3 Founder and Director, Andrew Fleming-Brown, the exhibition opens on Thursday 26 October in the Acid bar, and will run until Friday 17 November.

A place of legends and I-was-there moments, The Poetry Club has established itself as a haven for alternative, underground culture since its opening in 2012. Its tiny stage has played host to the most cosmic of icons, on nights embedded in Glasgow cultural history. Where Patti Smith, Richard Hell, John Giorno, and Primal Scream have all shared centre stage with a host of other musicians, spoken word artists, and performers – and now, through a range of curated photography capturing moments from the major to the minor, the significant to the fleeting, The Poetry Club: est. 2012 exhibition will bring together just over a decade of art, expression and counterculture featuring pictures from a host of people including Mark Dickie, Jason McPhail and others.

The story of The Poetry Club is an interesting one – and one that's often never told. In its last life, it had no lights, no stage, no bar and no artists. Instead, it was a disused railway arch, lying vacant, waiting for someone to see its potential. 

Step forward Jim Lambie, one of Scotland's leading contemporary artists, and a leader in Scotland’s art, music and nightlife scene. With his flair in realising the potential of the everyday, and his requirements for a space to hold a reading, Lambie approached SWG3 Founder and Director, Andrew Fleming-Brown, with his vision for the space. The pair quickly realised the unloved space could become something special for the city of Glasgow and beyond, and so it was re-imagined, and emerged as an integral part of the multi-medium arts offering and the wider creative programme of SWG3.

The Poetry Club: est. 2012 opens in the SWG3 Acid Bar on Thursday 26 October (6.30pm). If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to [email protected]

More information can be found here.