Student Placements

The Archive will act as a centre for research, allowing a unique, unparalleled opportunity for students, academics and the wider public to gleam a fuller understanding of the expansive nature of Gray’s practice and the invaluable contribution he made to 20th century culture.

To date we have:

Co-convened Making Imagined Objects with Dr Rodge Glass and Strathclyde University, the 2nd International Conference on Alasdair Gray with key notes from author Ali Smith and GSA curator Jenny Brownrigg

Wat Dryhope Award with MLitt English Literature: Fantasy at the University of Glasgow

Postgraduate and undergraduate placements with partners from Edinburgh College of Art, The Glasgow School of Art and Strathclyde University

Created our 2nd Wee Gray Resource Magic Portals with GSA Sculpture & Environmental Art student
Lorna Kerr

Hosted 2 x SGSAH Funded Internships with Federica Giardino and Christopher Silver

Secured AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award for 2023 with candidate Lauren Forde, supervised with Dr Rodge Glass and Dr. Eleanor Bell at Strathclyde University


Education Resources

A core aim for the Archive is to support others via a series of tiered awards and residencies as well as fostering, promoting and developing education opportunities at all stages. Our first resource – an activity for young people and schools, responding to Lanark – can be downloaded by clicking here. View responses and submissions by clicking the link below.

Our second resource, Magic Portals by Lorna Kerr, can be downloaded here. It looks at windows to imaginary worlds.

See Submissions


The Alasdair Gray Archive and Strathclyde University Creative Writing Department are pleased to announce their collaboration on 2 x creative commissions focusing on Alasdair Gray’s seminal novel Lanark. These commissions will be delivered as part of  Lanark & , The 1st International Alasdair Gray Symposium on 23rd April 2021. This symposium ties in with the wider cultural program, Reflected Realities: Lanark at 40 (curated by The Alasdair Gray Archive), which will seek to assess Gray’s seminal work, offering new perspectives as well as using it as a generative force for a series of further commissions, exhibitions, online programming and innovative educational events.

The first recipients are poet Juana Adcock and artist Nick Harrington.

Creative Writing at Strathclyde

Awards and Residencies

A core aim for the Archive is to support others via a series of tiered awards and residencies.

The awards will be selected by a committee and granted on an annual basis, outcomes will be shared via The Archive website and other relevant channels. Funding is being sought at present for the 2021 series of awards, these include:

  • Wee Gray Grants
  • Gray Grants
  • Student residencies
  • Fellowship


More exciting updates coming soon!