‘Rocabarraigh, a phantom island in Scottish Gaelic myth, will appear three times, the last being at the end of the world.’

September 28, 2022 2:02 pm
A small grey rock being held by two white hands over a table.

Opening on Friday the 21st of October 6-9 pm. ***Please note that this exhibition is taking place at 105-109 French Street, Glasgow G40 4EH *** Drinks and refreshments provided. 

Market Gallery is delighted to present ‘Rocabarraigh’, a solo exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Thomas Abercromby, featuring a new film work of the same name. The film focuses on the small uninhabitable granite islet of Rockall and its overlooked history as the last territorial expansion of the United Kingdom.

The exhibition explores the history of the islet’s annexation in 1955 and subsequent occupation by climate activists in 1997, bringing to the fore environmental activists’ efforts from our recent past while drawing links to the current climate emergency. Rocabarraigh investigates the relationships between imperialism, sovereignty and ecological collapse, using this unique Scottish site to articulate a new perspective on the climate change movement. 

‘Rocabarraigh’ will run until Saturday the 29th of October at French Street. Open 2-6pm on weekdays and 11-5pm on weekends.

Supported by Creative Scotland, Covepark and Taigh Chearsabhagh



Car | Taxi | Drop Off

There is ample free parking directly outside the venue and surrounding streets. It takes only 5 minutes to drive from the city centre to the venue.​

Accessible Parking

There is accessible parking directly outside the venue on French Street with ramp access for wheelchair users.

Train | Bus

The closest train station is Dalmarnock Train Station, which is only a 5 minute walk to the venue.

Glasgow Central Low Level trains to Dalmarnock depart every 10-15mins and directional signage will lead you straight to the venue.

First Bus Number 18 and Number 263 both depart from Ingram Street opposite GOMA to Dalmarnock’s Bartholomew Street on Dalmarnock Road. Bus journey time is 14mins

Active | Foot | Bike

From Glasgow Green/Glasgow city centre it takes approx 20 mins to walk and only 6 mins to cycle, skate or scoot.

French Street is connected to several national cycle routes.

For more information visit French Street.

Photos by Bart Urbanski

Photo by Mathew Arthur Williams