In 1939 Margaret Morris and JD Fergusson moved to Glasgow. Together, they founded the Celtic Ballet Club and The New Art Club, intending to provide an informal meeting place for artists, writers, dancers and musicians.
In 1947, the Celtic Ballet Company turned professional and held successful tours in Scotland, France and America. Members of the Clubs helped design programmes, costumes and theatre sets, while others composed music for the dances. In 1943, under Fergusson’s lead, some of the painters formed The New Scottish Group.
2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of Celtic Ballet Company, and The Fergusson Gallery will celebrate the occasion with an exhibition that will include photography, costume designs, artworks, music and archival material related to the company.