Glasgow School of Fine Art Sculpture & Environmental Art

Secretgroundsman (Edie Preece)


Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries: Selected Artist

Pitches that can regain function. Pitches that have gone beyond function. Spaces that can become pitches. Impermanence of the built environment. Gaps in the cycle of utilisation. Slow time. Open systems, open spaces. Observed. Passerby.

Potential of such spaces, and the possibility that any member of the public could reactivate/change/ call them to attention Why has it not been maintained? Who should maintain it? Who has the means to maintain it? Is this public or private land? Who has the right to change things in spaces? Why would they decide to do that?

Act on space in the city

Secretgroundsman Tool List
One Third Pitch
The Wash House, the Alternate Degree Show

Secretgroundsman Tool List

Pitch Line Marker

can mark out pitch lines anywhere now. A necessary tool for the secretgroundsman. Rubber wheels, Flexible MDF board, green scourers, threaded steel rod, OBS board, nuts and bolts, Sack truck

Team Sheet (4-3-3)

1. Ladder 2. Mallet 3. Broom 4. Pitch Line Marker 5. Wheelbarrow 6. Shovel 7. Shears 8. Rake 9. Fork 10. Lawn Mower 11. Sandbag

One Third Pitch

This is a Secretgroundsman project. The site used to be a full sized football pitch. This is an attempt to make the remaining third of the pitch playable again. An area for penalty shoot-outs, practicing corners, headers and volleys, free-kicks just outside the box and for a place to sit and watch.

Gravel Grid

January - April (2021) Ongoing An attempt to make the playing surface even again. The gravel is shifted using a wheelbarrow, rake, shovel and broom. I begin with raking the gravel into small piles across the site. These are then moved using the wheelbarrow and shovelled to the back end of the site behind the tree logs. I then begin this process again. Each layer takes around 2 weeks to finish

Layer 1 of gravel removal

Layer 2 gravel removal

Layer 3 gravel removal

5th October 2020

state of goal when first visited site

17th March 2021

bushes and shrubbery removed from goal mouth

19th April 2021

rust removed from goalpost

22nd April 2021

goalpost painted re-painted white

11th May 2021

goal net added

current state of One Third Pitch

Site under construction.

The Wash House, the Alternate Degree Show

Secretgroundsman Noticeboard and Tool Rack