Design School: WIP & RIDE 30th January, 2014


As the Reid building opened it’s doors, the echoing vertical funnels stretching from roof to basement reverberated with some notion of a return. Hunkered under the translucent green arm of the Reid’s apparent “creative abrasion”, the original facade of The Art School swelled with a fragmented archive of period haircuts and half-remembered nights out. These memories and archive meant little to the collective body of students who’d spent nearly three years in a repurposed office block, many of them with little memory of what stood atop Garnethill before. However, the impossibility of impartiality of what these changes in location have meant are ever present.

The possibilities of interpretations coming from these changes are somewhat explored by this weekend’s programme at The Art School. The WIP (Work In Progress) Show, organised by the VisCom department, is part of a series of interim exhibitions showcasing the recently re-located (read: located) Design School’s work. The opening is at the One Cube or Two gallery followed by an afterparty featuring (amongst others) Rinse FM affiliated Bake and Cleoslaptra. The School’s return to Garnethill is also being celebrated by the publication of Comeback, a collaborative zine which showcases the diverse selection of work being produced by the Design School.


On Saturday, representing this synthesis between the Reid and The Art School, between art and parties is textile student and DJ Francesca Stride. In 2013, Stride designed the winning jumper for Pringle in a competition set by The Campaign for Wool, a campaign set-up to encourage and promote the use of wool for its unique, natural and sustainable qualities. RIDE, the club she runs with Lauren Donachie, started back in 2008 (yes, two years before the Ludacris and Ciara track) at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, “we named it RIDE because Lauren and I worked in a bar together and late night finishes meant we tended to cycle into town on one bike” they add. Francesca is playing The Vic bar at Freaky Freaky, which she describes as “the ideal club for us to come and play […] we’re strictly about R’n’B and Hip Hop bangers.” Freaky Freaky have also invited London’s premiere hip hop party crew Livin’ Proof to ensure a two-floor slammer.

Welcome back!