The Glasgow Boys

BBC Radio 3

Scottish writer and comedian A L Kennedy offers a profile of a group of daring young artists who rose to international fame by rebelling against the establishment. The Glasgow Boys, the most famous British painters of their day, are about to be celebrated for the visual revolution that they started in a major exhibition at London’s Royal Academy. But who were they? And in what way was their work and attitude a confirmation of the energy and vibrancy of the city of Glasgow, prefiguring the great flowering of the Glasgow Style? Does their rebellious spirit live on in Glasgow artists today?

Produced by Kate Bland

Broadcast: March 2010