Joanne Dawson

  • Gallery Unit 140 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, G2 3DU United Kingdom

The New Savoy Picture House is a solo exhibition by recent painting and printmaking graduate from Glasgow School of Art, Joanne Dawson.

Exhibition Running time 

14 Sept - 10 October

The exhibition draws from past stories and exploring aesthetic identities of the Savoy through an installation of sculpture and print.

The title, The New Savoy Picture House, refers to the previous uses of the Savoy, primarily as a picture house. Film dominated Glasgow, with cinema culture as a ritual of escape from everyday life with over 130 picture houses across the city. Designed by prominent names at the time Guthrie and Wells, the Savoy acted as a safe place for women, with its palm court, marble pillars, fountain, chequered floor and Roman noble decor. 

Through the years, the savoy has also seen use as a music hall and ballroom. The building was demolished in 1972 except for the Grade B listed facade, which currently fronts Glasgow’s largest indoor market place, known now as The Savoy Centre.

Joanne Dawson (b. 1993, Sheffield, UK) 
Recent solo shows include 'Tontine', Tontine House, Glasgow and 'Loo roll', The Plinth, Glasgow.