Our Brilliant Create Crew had a day to remember on Monday 28th July when they went filming at Pacific Quay as part of their ‘BBC Lab’ training project. Not only did they learn some interview and film making techniques, they got to meet and interview the lovely Sir Chris Hoy. Happy days!
There’s been so much to see and do in Glasgow since the Games kicked off that we can’t believe it’s only been a week since the Queens Baton Relay passed through Govan. To be sure that we had a keepsake of the day, we sent Paddy on a mission to make a short film of the Commonwealth Family Event at the Pearce Institute. We think he did a great job…well done, Paddy!
Come along and visit Plantation Productions at our Commonwealth Craft Zone at Ibrox Library on Saturday 26th July 1.00-4.00 pm. The Commonwealth Family Day, hosted by Glasgow Life, will be full of fun for all the family. Visit our zone to try your hand at crafts from India, New Zealand, Jamaica and all the flags of the commonwealth in clay jewellery! See you there!
What a great turnout yesterday for the Queens Baton Relay passing through Govan. There was plenty of fun to be had at the Commonwealth Family Day in and around the Pearce Institute, where community groups, artists, street performers and musicians had gathered to keep the crowds entertained for the historic afternoon.
We wish everyone a happy Commonwealth Games…and don’t forget to check out all the great cultural events happening as part of the Glasgow 2014 Festival, including the free festival along at the BBC on Pacific Quay.
Re-cycling at its best! Woolly Wednesday had their first Masterclass in rag-rolling today… Take a stack of cut up t-shirts, assorted materials, and a few special tools – and check out the results we are aiming for! The tutor had everyone practicing a smooth and a fluffy texture and the look is perfect for touchy-feely cushion fronts, wall hangings or even a full size rug if you get carried away!
Jewellery making at Brand Street Resource Centre & the Stewart Centre is really getting into full swing! We have been busy getting to grips with double stranded beading and combining wire and cord. It always seem to be a sunny day when we meet so finished pieces seem to have that beach vibe! Great work! And loads of chat – an hour outside and still chatting I hear!
The AIR Space has been a hive of dusty creative activity recently, since the community ceramics project has got underway.
Through a series of talks and discussions, local walks and hands-on ceramic tile making workshops, people have been investigating the historic use of architectural ceramics such as tile and mosaic work in traditional buildings in Govan, discovering original features still existing in tenement ‘Wally’ closes, shopfronts entranceways and significant public buildings in the area.
People have also been designing and making new tiles, experiencing the entire ceramic production process through the stages of designing, sculpting, mould making, pressing, glazing and firing the clay to make the finished tiles.
The project will be running over the next few months – look out for an exhibition of the ceramic work made in the Autumn at Gallery 966.
The ceramics project is run by Portal Artists in Residence Sarah Bland, Fiona Fleming & Geraldine Greene, and is part of the Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative, funded by Glasgow City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We love ‘time out’ and our new class got off to a great start last week producing crafty wall-hangings in hessian and felt. Hearts and love was a popular theme! It’s a really friendly group, so looking forward to everyone getting to know each other a lot more over the weeks to come. Today our lovely artist, Fiona, will work with the group to create cut-out style art-works inspired by French artist, Matisse and American urban artist, Keith Haring. Sounds fab.