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Polly Staple

The Trade Halls of Glasgow, 85 Glassford St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1UH

23 April 2009

‘Detours’ is a series of talks introducing views from elsewhere by leaders in the visual arts. Speakers discuss the relationship between practice and context: how institutions and professional practice develop in response to specific situations, both geographic and cultural.

Polly Staple has been Director of London’s Chisenhale Gallery since 2008.

Polly Staple was formerly Editor at Large of frieze magazine, Director of Frieze Projects, Curator at Cubitt Gallery and co-Editor of Untitled magazine. Over the past ten years Staple has produced projects and exhibitions with a range of artists including Pawel Althamer, Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Rosalind Nashashibi & Lucy Skaer, Martha Rosler, Lawrence Weiner and Cathy Wilkes, among others. She has contributed to a range of publications and catalogues including frieze, Art Monthly and Afterall writing criticism and essays on artists, including most recently – ‘Film as Critical Practice’, ‘Feminism’, Seth Price, Clemens von Wedeymer, Michael Beutler, Micol Assaël, Johanna Billing, Hilary Lloyd and Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan. May 2009 sees the launch of her new programme for Chisenhale.

This event was a collaboration with Glasgow School of Art.

This event took place in the unique Trades Hall of Glasgow, designed by Robert Adam in 1791-94 and now – the medieval cathedral aside – the oldest building in Glasgow still in regular use for its original purpose.