Creative Stirling's "First Fridays" networking and pop-up art events take place bi-monthly in different spaces around the city. Themes vary according to the space, and a programme of exhibited work, installation and performance will be led by opportunity for local and guest practitioners to collaborate, inspired by ideas, events and other external factors relevant to the city’s Cultural identity and creative industries community.

Venue kindly provided by Neil McCulloch of Barnton Street music. Beverages provided by Douglas Ross of The Brewhouse Bridge of Allan (the tastiest beer around).

Moving image work by Jenny Baynes, installation by Gerry Thomson. Additional digital moving image installation work curated by Grahame Reid and Sean Hall with additional moving image content by Tina Coviello and Mark Ritchie. A mix of high end digital and skip raided analogue platforms and two rooms of projected images and viewing content in unexpected corners.

Live music performance from Louise McVey and The Cracks in the Concrete.

The Boomkat review:

Forever defying expectations, Optimo Music present another marvellous find in the form of Glasgow’s Louise McVey & Cracks In The Concrete. Following discs of NRG Italo (den Haan), Darkwave pop (Dollskabeat), and raucous pub rock (Big Ned), Louise and her band give the label four tracks of gorgeously refined gothic pop/rock noir strongly reminding of prime PJ Harvey backed by a band of whisky-worn players with a penchant for David Lynch scores. It’s their grasp of darkly-tinted experimentation, and the vintage classicism of McVey crushed velvet vocals that should make this a must check release for fans of well matured rock like Dirty Three or PJ Harvey.

Barnton Street Music
32 Barnton Street
Friday, 3 February, 2012 - 19:00