Zizzi’s Glasgow branch to be decorated by graduates

Italian restaurant Zizzi is opening a new branch in Glasgow that will be decorated by graduates from Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.

The live event on Friday will see guests dine in the restaurant while the artists create a permanent artwork on the walls, ceiling, floor and other surfaces.

Photographer and film-maker Omercan Cirit, from Glasgow School of Art, will film the event, which is called Tela Vuota, or ’blank canvas’.

Graphic design graduate Jaiwee Guo will be joined by painting and sculpture graduates Amy Murray, Linda Kutti and Katy Thomson in creating pictures to Zizzi design manager Nicola Bruce’s brief.

‘We always draw on the local area when designing new restaurant interiors, so for this one I went to the two colleges’ degree shows and chose people I thought would work well together and produce the best work,’ says Bruce. ’We have briefed them to create works inspired by any element of Glasgow and relating it to Italian food.’

The Botanic Gardens, Glasgow’s crest, the city’s shipyards and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre will all feature in the artwork.

Bruce came up with the idea, which was inspired by the Doodle Bar, which opened in London last year.

Zizzi Glasgow West End opens next week.

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