Arts of Resistance: Poets, Portraits and Landscapes of Modern Scotand

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Arts of Resistance is an original exploration that extends beyond the arts into the context of politics and political change. In three wide-ranging exchanges prompted by American blues singer Linda MacDonald-Lewis, artist Alexander Moffat and poet Alan Riach, discuss cultural, political and artistic movements, the role of the artist in society and the effect of environment on artists from all disciplines. Arts of Resistance examines the lives and work of leading figures from Scotland's arts world in the ...
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Overview


Arts of Resistance is an original exploration that extends beyond the arts into the context of politics and political change. In three wide-ranging exchanges prompted by American blues singer Linda MacDonald-Lewis, artist Alexander Moffat and poet Alan Riach, discuss cultural, political and artistic movements, the role of the artist in society and the effect of environment on artists from all disciplines. Arts of Resistance examines the lives and work of leading figures from Scotland's arts world in the twentieth century, concentrating on poets and artists but also including writers, musicians and architectural visionaries such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Patrick Geddes. Poets studied include Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley MacLean, Iain Crichton Smith, Edwin Morgan and Liz Lochhead; artists include William McTaggart, William Johnstone and the Scottish Colourists. The investigation into the connection between the arts and political culture includes historical issues, from British imperialism to a devolved Scotland. Finally, the contribution to poetry and art of each major Scottish city is discussed: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee. Highly illustrated with paintings and poems, Arts of Resistance is a beautifully produced book providing facts and controversial opinions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781906817183
  • Publisher: Luath Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 172

Meet the Author


ALEXANDER MOFFAT is an artist and teacher. Born in Dunfermline in 1943 he studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art. He was the Director of New 57 Gallery of Edinburgh from 1968-78. A year later he joined the staff of the Glasgow School of Art where he became Head of Painting from 1992 to 2005. He is an elected member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the current Chair of RSA exhibitions committee. His exhibition of paintings entitled '7 Poets' toured throughout the UK from 1981-84. ALAN RIACH was born in Airdrie in 1957. He studied English literature at Cambridge University from 1976-79. He completed his PhD in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University in 1986. His academic career has included positions as a post-doctoral research fellow, senior lecturer and Associate Professor and Pro-Dean - Faculty of Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand 1986-2000. He is currently the professor and Chair of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow.

Alan Riach was born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, in 1957. He studied at Cambridge and Glasgow and worked in New Zealand at the University of Waikato from 1986-2000. He is the author of Hugh MacDiarmid's Epic Poetry and Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography. He is currently the Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow, and President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

Linda MacDonald-Lewis has been involved in promoting Scottish History in America for 20 years, and has sold Scottish books from her thriving shop on the American West Coast for over a decade. She works as a Master Performer at Highland Games all over the country, telling stories, reciting poems and singing. She also presents seminars on Scotland's history, mythology and folklore.

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