Award-winning artist event in adult learners programme

Portrait of Graham Norton by Gareth Reid

An audience with an award-winning art tutor at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) will form part of the centre’s newly-launched summer programme.

The one-off event, on Monday 19 June, will feature Gareth Reid discussing his approach to his craft and the works which earned him the title of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017. He won a £10,000 commission to paint TV presenter and comedian Graham Norton, which will hang in The National Gallery of Ireland.

Vast range

The event is part of a vast range of education and activity on offer in CLL’S summer programme. It offers daytime and evening classes, seminars and workshops, providing adults with extensive opportunities to gain new knowledge or skills during the summer months.

It features nearly 100 classes, covering areas including art, languages, genealogy, computing, outdoor activity and health and wellbeing.

Alix McDonald, head of the Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: “This is one of the richest and most diverse programmes yet. It is ideal for people who are looking to learn at any stage of adult life, whether it is for personal, professional or social reasons.

“The type of learning on offer has many proven benefits and we look forward to welcoming both new learners and those who have attended courses before.”

Classes on offer include:

  • Beginners’ Sculpture
  • Introduction to Family History
  • Canals of the West of Scotland
  • Talk French, German, Italian or Spanish
  • 12 Steps to Greater Happiness.

Most classes will be held at CLL in Strathclyde’s Graham Hills Building but some will take place at other venues, including Kelvin Hall, Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie, Lambhill Stables in the north of Glasgow and Ross Priory, Strathclyde’s Recreational and Conference Centre at Loch Lomond.

Several classes are being delivered in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Cappella Nova choir.           

Further information, including details on enrolment for classes, can be obtained by calling 0141 548 2116.

Gareth Reid’s event, Making His Mark, takes place in Room MC301 of the McCance Building from 6pm-7pm on Monday 19 June.

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CLL leads Strathclyde’s Age Friendly Academy, established in 2017, which is designed to highlight the University’s commitment to the concept of positive ageing, by offering learning opportunities throughout the course of life.

It combines the University’s provision of learning for people in later life with its extensive research in gerontology – the study of old age and older people – and other themes, such as health and wellbeing. This is informing the teaching done at Strathclyde and can help to shape practice in other institutions.