“Building on a newspaper article of the time (1880-1920) that called Glasgow women artists ‘the offspring of a feminine gorilla,’ this brief performance also channeled the spirit of the New York based Guerilla Girls.

Emerging at the crowded reception from the Animal Room wearing a gorilla mask and a formal costume, the performer engaged in a game of ‘peever’ – Glasgow equivalent of hop-scotch – on the chequered floor of the Kelvingrove, distributing bananas to the guests. Her final gesture was a scattering of black roses across the floor, accompanied on the Celtic drum by a kilted musician.

Local Scots combining with international feminism to celebrate the defiance of the Glasgow Girls – 70 years on. A formidable combination of past and present.”

(Roland Miller, Art Monthly, Summer 1990)




Performance at opening of the exhibition, Glasgow Girls: Women in Art and Design 1880-1920. Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, August 23, 1990. The Glasgow Girls exhibition, curated by Jude Burkhauser, celebrated accomplishments of women artists often sidelined by the more commonly featured “Glasgow Boys” of the Scottish Arts & Crafts movement.