My Bookcase is a project by Spanish born architect and artist Cristina Garriga. Garriga graduated from ETSAB Barcelona Architecture School in 2012, and after working as an artist in collaboration with various architecture studios in Barcelona and Berlin, moved to Glasgow to specialise in Sculpture. In 2014 she completed her studies at the Glasgow School of Art, MLitt in Fine Art Practice and was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award in Creative Practice for the project My Bookcase.

My Bookcase

I think you are using the word archive inaccurately is the new project by My Bookcase in collaboration with Market Gallery.

This summer the Market Gallery committee has decided to devote time to opening and examining the contents of its archive. My Bookcase has been invited to provide the platform for multiple perspectives concerning archival practices to convene.

During August, as part of the first phase of the project, My Bookcase founder, Cristina Garriga, is inviting individuals and organisations within Glasgow and Scotland to join Market Gallery for a series of informal conversations around archival practices. These conversations will be opened up to the public and together we will examine the tools that are used to make an archive, and consider the archive in relation to educational methodologies.

Conversations will revolve around key issues that the committee is facing:
-Who is the Archive for?
-The Archive as a physical space
-Ways of encountering knowledge
-The Archive as a network in contrast to an isolated resource
-The Digital Archive

Contributors and attendees are encouraged to bring along with them a publication/object/folder/print from their archive and/or archival practices, which could be lent to us for the duration of the summer as a way of opening up conversation and documenting this collaborative process.

The programme of informal conversations include contributions by: Jenny Brownrigg (GSA Exhibitions Director), Viviana Checcia (Public Engagement Curator at CCA), GENERATOR Projects, Sally Harrower (Manuscripts Curator at National Library of Scotland), artist Rachel Lowther, Nicola Maksymuik (archivist at Glasgow Women’s Library) and Francis McKee (director of CCA).

The summer programme will culminate in a one-day forum in Autumn 2015 (date tbc) at Market Gallery where speakers from the UK and Europe will be invited to open up the conversation to new influences and possibilities.

If you are interested in the project, would like to attend the programme of informal conversations or want to contribute by lending us an item from your personal archive, please send an email to:

More About My Bookcase:

My Bookcase is a social enterprise based in Glasgow dedicated to explore the book as a physical object of cultural, social and historical significance.

Founded in September 2014, the organisation’s main aim is the creation of an online platform that explores the concept of the library in the form of an innovative service through which members can catalogue the content of their own bookshelves, and arrange to meet and borrow books from each other in their locality.

To complement the new platform, My Bookcase engages with a number of satellite projects with the book at its heart. My Bookcase’s programme of public activities include the participation in exhibitions such as the major Alasdair Gray Season and The Making Room at Southblock, the delivery of workshops and talks such us the upcoming Printshop! at Tramway, the ongoing project of gathering book donations for the reconstruction of the lost Mackintosh Library and community projects such as My Bookcase @ The Whisky Bond.

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