Since its launch in 2015, Sogo Magazine has quickly emerged as the primary platform publications for the arts and creative industries in Scotland.
With an unmistakable timeless style owing much to editor Craig Wallace’s early career as a hot metal compositor, it has never been ashamed of the ink underneath its fingernails, or the paint streaks in its hair.
With front covers that have featured Scottish icons like Alasdair Gray, Rachael McLean or Timorous Beasties, Sogo has sought to showcase the very best of what its native Glasgow and Scotland has to offer, while wearing its identity lightly and keeping itself open to Europe and the world beyond its home shores.
Across a timeframe that has seen tension and upheaval at home and abroad, its is an openness that has seen the magazine run images and words of solidarity, universality and hope – including the inclusion of bilingual articles, something that may be innovative from an anglophone perspective but which is very much the norm in the German and Swiss publications that have very much influenced its distinct visual language. It was the pages of the magazine that first gave space to works by David Pratt and Brian McFie that have gone on to exhibit at the gallery, and so it hopes to take forward the other work seen in the magazine, from those established names to the lesser-known ones it was also able to give a platform to.