Jayne Taylor O’Neil Collection.

Reference Code

GB243 T/SOR/24


Jayne Taylor O’Neil Collection

Dates of Creation



1 archival box

Name of Creators

Jayne Taylor O’Neil

Level of Description


Administrative History

Jayne Taylor O’Neil formerly, Jayne Taylor, was born and brought up in Falkirk. She began studying for an English Degree at the University of Glasgow in 1977. She was pleased to have Alasdair Gray as a tutor, as she knew he was an artist and had studied at Glasgow School of Art, which is where she really wanted to go. Encouraged by Alasdair and others, she applied to the art school and began a degree in Fine Art Printmaking in 1978, graduating with a B.A. Hons in 1982. The following year she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art. Since then, she has been a practising artist across many disciplines including: printmaking; mail art; performance; environmental art; painting and music. She has a number of works held in public collections.

She has also been active in many artist-led and community projects including:

  • Chair and Secretary, Transmission Gallery (1984 – 1987).

  • Youth Training Instructor in printmaking and fabric arts, Cumbernauld (1985 – 1987).

  • Youth Training Scheme Instructor using silkscreen printing, photography, sewing and weaving, Cumbernauld (1984/85).

  • Chair, Secretary and Chair, Avalon Corner Housing Co-operative (1987 – 2001).

  • Art Tutor, teaching watercolours in the community (1988).

  • Self Employed Community Artist, running fabric recycling workshops and community art projects (1988 – 2005) including Trash City Clothing.

  • Organiser of The Alternative Garden Festival, Glasgow (1988) which presented a wide variety of interests including: Food Politics; Allotments; Pollution; Organic Farming; Self-sufficiency; Third World Debt Crisis; Ecology; The Greens: Re-cycling; Conservation; Environmental Art and Performance.

  • Millennium Fellowship Award (1999) to develop a year long programme of fabric recycling workshops and activities for children culminating in the Patchwork Tepee Tour of children’s projects in Glasgow and beyond.

  • Arts Project Worker, delivering a programme of arts activities for vulnerable adults, Life Art Studios, Glasgow (2004).

  • Community Outreach and Development Worker, Annexe Healthy Living Project, Partick (2001 – 2004).

  • Events Organiser for Kelvingrove Local Exchange Trading System (LETS).

  • Assistant Secretary, Scottish Artists’ Union (2004 – 2008).

Her artwork has featured in many exhibitions and projects including: Artist in Residence, Glasgow Print Studios and Lillie Art Galleries (1983); Printmakers Workshop Edinburgh (1983); New Generation, Compass Gallery (July 1982 and 1983); Festival of Plagiarism, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow and Chiswick Arts Centre, London (1989/90); Working Women, Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art (1990); Carnival Arts Projects, 1998 – 2005; Bunting Project, Year of Architecture (1999); Transmission Members Show (2015) and others.

Jayne is also a mother and a musician. She has been in four celebrated local bands, We Are The Men (1988 – 1991),Take That Off (1991 – 1994), LovePirates (1992 – 1993) and from 1994 until present Clampervan.

Scope and Content

The material is mainly on paper and includes: correspondence with fellow artists, especially, Pete Horobin and Stewart Home; mail art; leaflets, flyers and posters from various projects and a small number of pamphlets and publications.

System of Arrangement

Items are arranged according to their original order where possible.

Custodial History

Material collected by Jayne Taylor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Jane Taylor O’Neil

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.


No further accruals are expected.

Access Conditions


Copyright Reproduction

Application for reproduction should be made to the Spirit of Revolt group.

Existence of Copies

No known copies.

Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives and on the Spirit of Revolt website.

Publication Note

No known publications.

Related collections

Other Spirit of Revolt (Ref: T/SOR) collections held at Glasgow City Archives.

Date(s) of Description

Compiled by Christopher Cassells (Project Archivist), May 2013.

Updated by Paula Larkin (Project Archivist), November 2019.


1 Correspondence
1 Letters from Stewart Home to Jane Taylor O’Neil. Read on line.
2 Letters from Jayne Taylor O’Neil to Pete Horobin.  Read on line.
c.1987 – 1988
2 Leaflets and flyers

Includes leaflets from Greenpeace, Save Pollok Estate, Scottish Artists Union, Recycled Art, Art Strike. Read on line.

3 Pamphlets and publications
1 The Psychosomatic Variations. By John Berndt. Read on line.
2 Return of the Moral Subject: An essay on class, identity & free will from The Pleasure Tendency. Further Theses 3. Read on line.
3 Ruins of Glamour, Glamour of Ruins. Booklet accompanying the ‘Ruins of Glamour, Glamour of Ruins’ installation at Chisenhale Studios. Read on line.
4 SCUM Manifesto. Valeria Solonas. Read on line.
5 The Festival of Plagiarism. Stewart Home. Read on line.
6 Beyond Social Inclusion, Towards Cultural Democracy. Cultural Policy Collective. Read on line.
7 SMILE. Issue 10. Read on line.
8 VAGUE. Control Data Manual. Issue 18/19 1986
9 Fluxshoe. Published by Beau Geste Press. Read on line.
10 Performance by Artists. Edited by AA Bronson and Peggy Gale. 1979
11 Art & Design Magazine: Fluxus Today and Yesterday. 1993
4 Posters

Posters include: Local Exchange Trading System Christmas Trade in Lansdowne Church; Yes, You Can Say NO!; International No Shop Day; Cactus Communication Network; Young Scottish Designer of the Year; Jayne Taylor O’Neil exhibition at CCA. Read on line.