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10 . Glasgow Business March/April 2013


Turner Prize coming to

Scotland Glasgow has been selected as the first city in Scotland to host the Turner Prize. The prestigious art award

will come to the Tramway on Glasgow’s south side in December 2015. The Turner is awarded annually to the artist under 50 who is judged to have produced an outstanding exhibition or presentation of their work. Tate Director Nicholas

Serota said of the award: “Over the past 20 years Glasgow and Scotland have gained national and international recognition as centres of excellence in, and for, the visual arts. “For many years, artists

who are from Scotland or who have trained at the Glasgow School of Art have been nominated for, or won, the award.” Glasgow’s bid to host the

Turner Prize in 2015 was jointly submitted by Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland and EventScotland.

Institute of Design Innovation

Have you designs on innovation?

A new institute has been launched in Glasgow to help businesses innovate and become more creative. The Institute of Design Innovation,

part of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), will run programmes to help companies with design innovation. The new institute builds on a pilot

programme at the GSA called Creating Cultures of Innovation, which saw design specialists help companies to develop “innovation spaces” in which to conduct initiatives to encourage creativity within their businesses.

City gets on its bike to win top cycling event

Road race One of the top cycling road races of 2013 is coming to Glasgow. The city will host the Elite Men’s

and Women’s National Road Race Championships in June. The event will effectively be a

preview of the cycling events in the Commonwealth Games 2014, with it

being contested over part of the course proposed for the Games. British Cycling, the sport’s

governing body, said that it received approaches and offers from towns and cities throughout the UK but Glasgow came out on top. Most of the racing will take place in the heart of the city, providing a fantastic backdrop for the

title battles in the Men’s and Women’s events. The championships will take place from 20 June beginning with time trials and culminating in the Men’s and Women’s road races on 23 June.

It is headed up by Professor Irene

McAra-McWilliam, who is GSA’s Director as well as Head of its School of Design. Professor McAra-McWilliam said:

“There is much talk about the crucial importance of design, creativity and innovation in developing successful businesses and services. The question that is seldom addressed is ‘How do you do that?’ “Through this new institute, the

GSA will show clearly how design skills can be embedded in an organisation in a sustainable way.”

Researchers from the institute

can, for example, use design innovation to guide an enterprise through the rethinking of an aspect of its business model, to define new products and services or explore new markets.


For more information about the Institute of Design Innovation, please contact Carolyn Wyllie on tel: 0141 353 4734 or email:

The British Cycling

National Road Championships at Ampleforth, North Yorkshire in 2012.

Photograph courtesy of

British Cycling The award adds to Glasgow’s

growing reputation as a host of major sporting events with the city in the bidding for the Youth Olympics in 2018.

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