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  1. Wishing you a Merry Xmas from Creative Steps!

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    We have been full of Christmas cheer for the last couple of weeks at Gallery 966. Last week we were crafting away like wee elves in preparation for Govan Loves Xmas and this week we have been recovering and celebrating the festivities with christmas parties and some more casual craft sessions.

    First of all to thank everyone involved in Govan Loves Xmas! All of the groups worked so hard to get all the beautiful items ready for the sale – the stalls looked ace and that is thanks to you! Huge thanks to the members that volunteered to help to set up and work on the stalls despite the cold and wet. Thanks also to everyone who made it down to the fayre and visited the stalls – the funds from the sale will contribute directly to all the amazing activities and groups that take place in the gallery.


    After recovering (and defrosting!) from Govan Loves Xmas, we’ve had lots of fun this week eating delicious snacks, making gorgeous smelling orange pomanders (had to look up the real name – before it was ‘cloves in oranges’), swapping presents and cards, and giggling away together.


    What a great way to round off the year.. Groups will finish this week and recommence on the 14th Jan 🙂 see you then!

  2. St. Andrews Day concert – 30th November

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    What a fantastic night…there was singing, dancing and a film too!

    The film called,‘Time and Time again’ was about Govan in the 1970’s. The seniors’ acting was spectacular and gritty making a really captivating film with historical accuracy.

    The atmosphere was electric  as the seniors took to the stage. They sang their hearts out, and read out some of their own poems. Jack’s had the audience laughing out loud where as Bob had penned a very thought provoking, soul-searching poem

    They did themselves proud!

    We also had the pleasure of the Govan Allsorts choir who wore tartan skirts and performed a dance routine, they were ‘geen it laldy’ with old Scottish Songs, we danced the night away!

    What a cracking night full of fun, laughter and singing!

    A special shout out to Frankie and Alison who were unable to make it in person on the night but were there in spirit!

    Frankie thank you for the gorgeous flowers!

    #St.AndrewsDayConcert #Amazing #Dancingthenightaway #Singing #anightoremember

     

     

  3. Crystal Healing

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    Week 6 of our health and well–being course was all about the healing power of crystals.

    Our lovely tutor brought in her extensive crystal collection which included – clear quartz, rose quartz, tiger’s eye, jasper to name but a few.  Before the class started we all choose an Angel reading from a pack of inspirational cards to set the tone and help make people feel good about themselves

    In order to start the crystal healing process, we need to know where to start.  We do this by learning about our chakras of which we have 7.  These are our bodies main energy flow points and if one is out of balance, the wholes of our system can be out of sync.

    As part of the healing and well-being process it’s important to understand our “aura’s”.  Everybody has one which hover’s around us like a force field and is in tune with our mind and bodies. The aura can be pulled in by our bodies if there is a problem with any part so to be able to assess your or anyone else’s aura can help you to decide which area is needing healed.

    Working in pairs we sensed each other’s auras by standing two feet away from the person having asked them to close their eyes and to communicate to us if we were getting to close.  We stretched out our hands and then go around the body, without touching it, from head to toe in a circular motion. Some members of the class felt a warming sensation, others felt a buzzing sensation.

    The tutor finished up the class by giving us a pendant and explain how to use it to open our friend’s chakra’s and asked a member of the class to lie on the floor while she demonstrated.

    This class was beautifully inspiring and just what we needed on a Friday after a long week.

    #Thatfridayfeeling #Cystalhealing #Fun #Beautiful

     

  4. Health & Well-being – tea making

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    We are already into the 5th week of our health and well – being  course so it was time to take stock and reflect on our learning so far.  How better to do this than with a warm cup of comforting, home-made tea.

    The group made their own blends using different tea leaves and herbs to create a unique cup of tea tailored to individual tastes.  Using different tea blends we added herbs including – hyssop, thyme, four flowers, peppermint, chamomile and lavender, all of which are known for their calming and well-being properties.

    The ritual of tea making has been around for centuries across many different cultures and the process allows you to relax and be present in the moment rather than furiously squishing a tea bag in a cup because we are always stressed and in a hurry!  Taking time to let the tea infuse for around 5 minutes and gently pouring it into your favourite cup, then sitting down in a cosy corner and letting your thoughts be still for a while makes the soothing liquid taste all the better.

    So next time you make a cuppa, why not slow down for a bit and enjoy, taking time to be present in the moment and unplug from everything else that is going on.  You can even try making your own or go to a herbalist/health & well-being shop who will have blends of tea already made up for you.  Think its time for another cuppa!

    #ThatFridayfeeling #Tea -making #Relaxation

  5. Seniors

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    Thursday 22nd of November was the first studio rehearsal that the senior group had with their musical director.

    The studio was incredible, filled to the brim with keyboards, double basses and numerous guitars

    The atmosphere was electric and there were good vibes all round.

    This created excitement and nervous energy within the group as they were put into their semi- circle position ready to sing their hearts out! They sounded amazing.

    It’s only one more rehearsal until the show – Friday 30th November.

    It’s going to be a cracking show!

    #studio #rehearsals #St.Andrewsday

     

  6. Heath & Well – being

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    It’s a great way to relax and kick off the weekend.

    This is the 4th week of the health and well -being course that Gallery 966 is running  supported by Glasgow Clyde College.  This week, the class was creating hand cream with their favourite essential oils mixed in to create a calming, silky and lovely scented cream. The base cream that they used is fragrance and oil free body lotion.  The room smelt beautiful with the aroma of essential oils filling the air!

    After making the creams the class finishes up by meditating for five minutes, with the support of the tutor. The class has been learning the 4 -7 -8 meditation: breath in through your noise, for the count of 4 (in your head), holding the breath for 7 seconds and letting the air out of your mouth making a whooshing noise for a count of 8 and repeat four times.

    #health&well-beingfriday  #hand cream  #Relaxation #Meditation  #Thatfridayfeeling

     

  7. Autumn Extravaganza

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    This autumn, the seniors have been busy: dressed up for Halloween, while limbering up and getting their vocal chords ready for their concert at the end of November.

    During the Halloween party they sang their set of songs and they sounded on top form!

    There was a prize for the best costume; our Jack won – he was dressed up as a hippy!

    As the nights draw in, we need something to look forward to so come and celebrate in style with our St. Andrews Day Concert (30th November) – for more information and to book your free tickets click here

     

     

  8. St. Andrews Day Concert

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    Our Portal Seniors Film Club have been singing their socks off in rehearsal for their upcoming St. Andrews Day concert at the Pearce Institute.

    Working with musician, Dixie Lang, the group have put together a lively set of well-kent Country & Western and traditional Scots songs, with a bit of spoken word performance thrown in for good luck.

    Additionally, this will be the first Govan screening of “Time & Time Again” – a short film set in Govan in the summer of 1971.

    With special guests to be announced, it’s looking like a right guid night.

    Friday 30th November, Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Road.
    7.30 – 10pm. Free event. Soft drinks served. Family Friendly.

    Book your tickets here

  9. Gettin’ Spooky in Gallery 966

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    Today Bead ‘n Blether got their hands dirty carving pumpkins to celebrate Halloween.

    We had a great time and there were big smiles all round…

    The scariest part was tidying up!

  10. World Mental Health Day

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    Happy World Mental Health Day readers! To celebrate we thought we’d do a wee post to say a bit about our work towards positive mental health at Creative Steps.

    The Creative Steps programme is a highly successful programme which has been developing for several years, drawing on our experience of working with mental health service-users.  We believe that joining a peer support group with arts and crafts activities can have a big impact on mental health. It’s a chance to get out of the house, make friends, have a blether, get the creative juices flowing, overcome personal challenges, and to spend time with others who are in the same boat.

    What do our members say?

    It is important for us to get feedback on the project from our members. We’ve organised a few sessions over the past month for the groups to have a wee chat about the project and the effect it has had on their mental health. Here are some highlights:

    • ‘I feel safe and secure in class and supported by everyone. I’m so pleased that I started this class because I find it therapeutic doing crafts, especially in a group’
    • ‘I feel so much better after the group. I try to remember that good feeling when I don’t want to leave the house’
    • ‘I feel like I’m part of the world now’
    • ‘I used to think that I was the only one with mental health problems, but I’ve realised lots of people struggle and that I’m not alone’
    • ‘Being part of this project has given me the confidence to volunteer running craft groups myself’

    These comments speak for themselves! It’s clear from these powerful messages that everyone in the groups can be proud of their journey and the support they provide each other every week 😊.

    What can I do if I’m struggling with mental health problems?

    Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, the good news is that there is lots of support available for those who need it.  Here are some of the services you can contact for support:

    Breathing Space – a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
    Call 0800 83 85 87

    Lifelinks 
    – for counselling, stress management and group work
    Call 0141 552 4434

    Samaritans – offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you
    Call 0141 116 123; Email jo@samaritans.org

    Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – support for men
    Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day; Visit the webchat page

    Join Creative Steps!

    Entry is by referral if you are currently experiencing depression or anxiety or any other mental health condition. Contact Gallery 966 in Govan Tel. 0141 387 2596, Email plantationtina@hotmail.co.uk

    Members making wreaths in the group this morning!

  11. Pawm-Pawm Patrol

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    Pawm-Pawm Patrol has arrived at local nursery thanks to Bead ‘n Blether members Katie and Gillian.

    This month Broomloan Nursery came to ask Katie and Gillian whether Bead ‘n Blether could get crafty to help brighten up the school. Katie got busy and started making pom-poms! In no time at all, she produced a bag full of gorgeous multi-coloured decorations. Magic!

    The pom-poms will help to decorate the Macmillan Coffee Morning the nursery are hosting this month.
    The event will take place 9-11am and 1-3pm, Friday 28th September at Broomloan Nursery, 635 Govan Road. Please come along and show your support – EVERYONE WELCOME!


    In pom-pom world, I’m sure there’ll be no rest for the wicked with the festive season just around the corner..!

     

  12. Sew with Mo!

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    Gallery 966 is buzzing with sewing bees every Friday at the moment as our teacher Morag is running a 6 week sewing course, with one class in the morning and another in the afternoon.

    The morning class is for beginners and they are practicing different sewing machine techniques on cushions and bunting.

    The afternoon class is for improvers and they are working on all sorts of incredible independent projects! Watch this space to see the finished products! And meet our new mascot..

     

  13. Green fingers in the Gallery!

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    One of our regular tutors Vanessa brought the outside-in at Gallery 966 yesterday. In the morning Cre8 group made sculptures out of moss and in the afternoon Well Crafty were flower arranging. Bloomin Marvelous!

    Check out these moss sculptures – made using chicken wire and fresh moss that the group collected throughout the week! The moss will grow and spread over time, just need to remember to keep spraying it with water. The group made a wreath, a stag head and a mushroom to name a few of the creations. They even popped in a few succlent plants to make themselves at home in the sculptures!

    The gallery smelt amazing as the group in the afternoon arranged flowers in a tea cup first and then made free standing bunches!

    Thank you Vanessa and the groups for bringing a burst of colour into the Gallery on a cloudy Tuesday!

  14. Meet our new Creative Steps group – the Happy Crafters!

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    A new art and crafts group has recently started in Gallery 966 on Thursday afternoons, the Happy Crafters!

    They will be focusing on jewellery making at first and have already made some gorgeous necklaces and bracelets…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made floating necklaces this week using crimps to keep the beads ‘floating’ in sections along the wire:

    Welcome to the new members!
    Stay tuned for more jewels from the group…

  15. Book Folding with Katie!

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    Blog post from Katie – a member of the Creative Steps ‘Time Out’ group:

    Hi, my name’s Katie and I attend Plantation Production’s Monday morning Time Out project.

    I have mental health issues, mainly depression and anxiety.  Before joining the project I would isolate myself, but the group has helped me make friends with like minded people.

    Very often I would feel empty and didn’t know how to fill my time.  My CPN, Maureen would often suggest I try a hobby and on one occasion suggested book folding.  I’d never heard of it before so she showed me pictures (courtesy of Google).

    I went home, did some research and now I’m hooked.  I watched YouTube videos and searched for Facebook groups.  I joined a group ‘Don’t Judge A Book By The Cover’.

    The owner Michelle has uploaded some patterns and so I tried my first book fold, a simple heart.

    I also found a website that has free patterns to download ‘http://foldedbookart.co.uk/’.  They also have a Facebook page and, for a small fee to join, gives you access to a pattern maker.

    If I have any questions or are looking for advice, both Facebook group’s members are available to help.  Or there are many YouTube videos to watch.

    So now I’m able to create my own book folds and enjoy making customised ‘thank you’ gifts for friends, family and more recently Plantation Productions.

    Book folding has helped my concentration and confidence.  It’s a cheap hobby, all you need is a pencil, ruler and scissors.  I buy the books from Charity shops so they benefit too.

  16. D.A.F.T Media – The Documentary!

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    We interviewed and followed our brilliant D.A.F.T Media group while rehearsing for their Wizard of Oz production which produced this short film showing their wonderfully creative personalities.

    D.A.F.T Media are already well into their next (and even more ambitious) theatre production, The Travelling Companion and we’re so excited to see how it turns out!

     

     

     

  17. Upcycling – canal boat style!

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    Bead ‘n Blether art group saw an opportunity not to be missed when they spotted a pile of old wooden crates lying around in Home Bargains this month…

    They asked staff if they could take the freebies, and in just 2 classes they totally transformed them!

    First they painted the crates in bright colours, then looked at traditional canal boat painting for design inspiration…

    And built up layers of paint to create beautiful flowers and colourful patterns:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The finished crates are gorgeous! Upcycling at it’s finest!

  18. King and Queen on Green

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    Final day of our D.A.F.T. Media Summer sessions.  Filming, acting and fun.  Thanks to our amazing Amanda for her brilliant workshops and planning.  A great time had by all.  Wishing everybody happy holidays, and look forward to seeing everyone when the clubs start back on Wednesday 15th August.

     

     

  19. How Now Brown Cow?

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    Fantastic final day of our Kidz Summer Club was spent seeing how many folk could squeeze into a glass box at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries….. as you do!

  20. The Kidz Spark a Fire!

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    The weans were oot on another summer day trip yesterday to Moogety Garden learning how to make a fire and cooking fresh food! We learned how to spark a fire using steel & stone, discovered wild animals & smelt lovely flowers in the garden.

    Thank you so much to Roisin & Moogety for hosting a beautiful day!

     

  21. LISTEN UP … D.A.F.T. MEDIA ARE GOING TO BE ON BBC RADIO 4!

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    Treat your ears to a wee listen to BBC Radio 4 at 1655pm this Friday, 6th July.  “The Listening Project” will broadcast the first of 6 conversations between the young people from D.A.F.T. Media, and their parents. (Repeated Sunday 8th July at 2.45pm).  First up is Faith and her Mum, Funmi.

     

     

  22. New Job Post!

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    An exciting opportunity has come up for someone new to join our team!

    A one year contract for the position of Production Assistant is available, which will involve undertaking a range of supported project learning creative media skills for production and acting as general admin assistant to the team. This will include general administration/office duties, setting up for groups/activities, assisting with all elements of creative media projects, research, interviewing, facilitation, film production/editing, communications, social media, marketing, project development, content generation, digital production and community development work. A chance for additional training opportunities will also be possible with this role.

    Closing date for applications is Friday the 27th of July. You must be between 16 and 29 years old, and must currently be unemployed. For full details on the position click here, if you are interested please contact your local jobcentre and ask them for an application form.

  23. Scotland, Our New Home

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    To celebrate Refugee Week we’d like to share a piece of work we recently had the opportunity to develop with a fantastic group of young people who all arrived in Glasgow as young unaccompanied Asylum Seekers. We were able to run this pilot with the support of the Gannochy Trust.

    Click the link to check out Scotland Our New Home, a magazine for Glasgow’s New Arrivals. It was created by the New Young Peers Scotland; a group of young people from all over the world who have been learning together how to make Glasgow a better home for them, and for other young people. The group are supported by Ypeople, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership,and Anniesland Clyde College.

    Within the project the group also developed the map below, with invaluable help from Nahom at Freedom From Torture.

    This project is just one of the many amazing achievements this group have made, and are continuing to do so, having just began to support a whole new group of young people who will certainly benefit from their collective skills, knowledge and experience.

    We look forward to seeing what they achieve next!

  24. MORE DRAMA AT KIDZ CLUB!

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    What an achievement for our 5-10 year olds last week when, after just 7 weeks of rehearsals, set design, singing and acting lessons, they performed “The Winter King and The Summer Queen” drama to their friends and families.  Thanks to the brilliant Claudie Layden for pulling this together in such a short space of time.  Lots of happy faces.

  25. In Memory of Gerry Gilmartin

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    It is with the deepest sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the death of our dear friend, Gerry Gilmartin.

    Gerry will be greatly missed here at Plantation Productions by all the staff, volunteers and people who had the pleasure of knowing him. In his role as Chairperson he has supported the development of Plantation Productions and contributed to the success of the Creative Steps to Wellbeing programme. Gerry has been a true advocate for the power of creativity and peer support in his role as Chairperson and also as a volunteer and participant.

    Everyone who’s had the privilege of working with Gerry always found him a caring and generous person and this is truly a great loss to us all and the community as a whole. On behalf of everyone at Plantation Productions we send our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his wife Gillian and to all his friends and family. We will always remember Gerry with a smile upon our face.

  26. Dress Rehearsal Week

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    After just 7 weeks of preparation (learning lines, creating sets and gathering costumes), our brilliant Kidz Club groups have been putting the final touches to their Drama performances of “The Winter King and The Summer Queen”.   Can’t wait to see their incredibly cute performances next week.

  27. Sunshine and Yoga

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    Would you believe it? … 19 members of Kidz Club finally sitting down long enough to do 10 minutes of Yoga and relaxation in the Park.  Well done guys!  

  28. Portal Pink Ladies

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    Lots of “Summer Lovin'” at this afternoon’s Seniors Film Club.  And just look at our gorgeous Sandy from Grease and The Pink Ladies.

  29. Plantation Productions – Data Protection Laws

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    As you might already be aware, new data protection laws have recently come into force and we’re taking measures to make sure all our information adheres to these changes.

    If you’re receiving this email, you will have subscribed to our blog through a method that is compliant with the new GDPR guidelines and there is no need to do anything if you wish to continue receiving updates from our projects.

    We hope you wish to stay with us to keep following Plantation Productions events and activities, but if you ever wish to unsubscribe, you will find an ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of every email we send you.

    Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with any questions.

     

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  30. HOLLYWOOD FILMS COME TO GOVAN!

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    Oor Portal Seniors Film Club have been in the process of making their next calendar for 2019 around the theme of… Hollywood films!

    Using the magic of green screen and costumes, we’re transporting the group into the big films including sci fi epics and musicals.

    Can you guess which film Frank is posing for in this picture?!

     

     

  31. BUDDING BROADCASTERS

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    So proud of our young D.A.F.T. Media members and their parents for taking part in Audio Recordings for the BBC “Own It” website and Radio 4’s “Listening Project”.  They all did so well,and can look forward to their conversations being aired in the next few months.  

  32. May the 4th (be with you)! -“Time and Time Again” Premiere

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    We’re on the countdown to the long-awaited premiere of the Portal Seniors Film Club latest production, Time and Time Again.

    This project has been a fantastic collaborative experience for all involved. From the initial research, to the development of the script, rehearsals with actors, filming with the extremely talented crew, writing the soundtrack song…and now YOU, the audience!

    The film is being featured as part of the Radical Film Festival – a festival inspired by the events of 1968 – a time of uprisings across the globe. Although our film is set in Govan in 1971, it shares many of the the themes of the Festival, and the lessons we can learn from our collective pasts…

    Friday 4th May, 2pm-3pm
    Scottish Trades Union Congress building, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6NG

    https://www.facebook.com/events/208609506394224/

  33. The Seniors are Dressed to Impress!

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    The Seniors have been at the Dressing Up box again … but what’s their excuse this time?  A Panto?  A Play?  A photo shoot?   Watch this space over the next few weeks to find out.

     

     

  34. The Frieze is on at Kidz Club

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    It may be freezing outside, but this beautiful Spring Frieze, created by our talented Kidz Club members, will surely bring a wee ray of warmth and sunshine to brighten your day.  Happy Easter everyone!

     

  35. Thriving Places Community Film Project

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    What is “Thriving Places”?

    What could it mean for Govan?

    We are running a Community Film Project to find out how we can build upon and share the knowledge, history, culture, skills and resources that exists in Greater Govan. How might organisations and residents work in equal partnership towards a shared vision?

    Today we ran the first workshop and heard lots of brilliant ideas and we still want to hear more from you!

    Do you live in Govan and want to get involved? No film experience required.

    Venue: The Portal, Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    For more info, contact Angela@plantation.org.uk or call 0141 445 1666

  36. NEWS: Big Lottery Funding – Creative Steps Programme

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    We are delighted to announce that the Creative Steps programme has been awarded 3 years BIG Lottery funding! This is not only a much appreciated investment in the future of the Creative Steps programme but also a great endorsement of the power of creative participation.

    Creative Steps is a person-led programme working in partnership with mental health resource centres, local GP surgeries, and the community. Using creativity as a tool for engagement, to develop and share skills, building relationships and networks, this innovative programme supports individuals to manage their mental well being from place of treatment back into the wider community.

     

  37. Childline -v- Ninja Warriors

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    Loving that Friday feeling at Kidz Club following last week’s visit from Childline, and this week’s brilliant Ninja Warrior puppet making.  Great job guys!

  38. Creative Steps Programme Group – Cre8

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    Thanks to all for their suggestions recently for a name for our newest group in the Creative Steps Programme and of course all the members.

    The name they have chosen is Cre8! The Cre8 group joined forces with Bead n Blether, Woolly Wednesday and Well Crafty to have stalls at the recent Govan Loves Xmas Event.

    Despite the early downpours, the event turned into a great success for all.  Well done everyone!

    Merry Christmas from everybody in Gallery 966! See you in the New Year!

  39. Merry Christmas From Plantation Productions

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    This is officially our last day in the office until January 3rd! We’d like to thank friends and everybody involved in Plantation Productions for a cracking year. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2018! X

     

  40. SOMEWHERE OVER THE (HOMEMADE) WHITE PICKET FENCE ….

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    Could not be more proud of our D.A.F.T. Media Club members last Tuesday night.  They wowed their friends and family with a fantastic (self-designed set and) performance of     “The Wizard of Oz”.  First stage performance of many we hope.                                                   Well done guys and   Merry Christmas everybody!

     

  41. MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM KIDZ CLUB

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    What a week … no less than TWO Kidz Club Christmas Parties … and guess what … Santa visited us TWICE.   How that guy gets the time at this time of year, we will never know.  Thanks Santa!

  42. D.A.F.T Media Christmas Production – ONE DAY TO GO!

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    D.A.F.T Media’s production of The Wizard of Oz is finally here! We’ve spent weeks rehearsing songs, creating costumes, sewing sheets together. The weans have worked incredibly hard and learned all their lines, we’re all very excited. They’ll be performing their play in front of friends and family tomorrow evening.

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  43. Follow The Yellow Brick Road!

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    It’s finally December so you know what that means?! PANTO/PLAY/THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE SEASON!

    The D.A.F.T Media group have been rehearsing their Christmas play The Wizard of Oz for the last few weeks and lovely Louise has been helping them learn their songs on the Pudsey piano.

    We’ve been filming the process of the production and the group’s experience of it which will be put out on our website in the New Year! Warning: The documentary might contain very cheeky comments!

     

  44. Can you help? – Govan 1971

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    CAN YOU HELP? (Again) …You have all been amazing so far, but we have one more appeal to help the Seniors Film Club Film put the finishing touches to their film “Time and Time Again”…. We are looking for photos (or film if you have it) of the people and places of Govan in 1971 (or thereabouts).

    Whether it’s funny family pics, dodgy fashions, work photos or snaps of Govan landmarks, we want to get an idea of how Govan REALLY looked at the time.

    To keep us right with copyright we need to get permission from the person who owns the images to use it in our film, so if you are cool with that, please get in touch…

    You can contact Angela on 0141 445 1666 or email angela@plantation.org.uk.

    You could also drop by to the Seniors Film Club on Thursday 29th November, between 2 and 4pm and we will copy and return your images there and then.

    Or, feel free to post on our Facebook blog, and we’ll get in touch with you from there.

    Here’s a couple from Nan from the group to get us started.

  45. Oor Singin’ Seniors

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    The Seniors Film Club were in the studio last week recording the music for their Time & Time Again short film. The lyrics were inspired by events which took place during 1971 and were collaboratively written by the group, but you’ll have to wait until the film is complete to hear it!

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  46. Plantation Productions AGM

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    We will be holding our annual AGM from 5pm – 6.30pm on Tuesday 28th November at The Portal, 978 Govan Road. G51 3AJ.

    We invite you to join us as we look back on our year, and look towards 2018. Following the formalities of electing our board, we plan to take in a film or two with one of your first mince pies of the season and some light snacks and refreshments.

  47. Time & Time Again – The Back Yairds

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    The final shoot for the Seniors Film Club ‘Time & Time Again’ short film took place on Sunday in the sunny back gardens of Govan with our lovely wee actors Eva and Daniel.

    The local residents were more than accommodating and happily kept their washing in for us filming (mind you, it is cold November). That’s us now finished all our filming so a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved so far.

    We’re away back to our post-production shenanigans…

  48. Time and Time Again – Oor Seniors Club Short Film

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    It’s been a busy few weeks in our Seniors Film Club with the post production stages of the 1970s set ‘Time and Time Again’ short film well underway and a few sneaky peeks of the rough edit. The group have been writing and singing some music to include in the film with the help of Gerry and his lyrical skills. We’ll be holding a screening of the film very soon so watch this space!

  49. BBC Trip – D.A.F.T Media Group

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    The D.A.F.T Media Group were invited to the BBC and were treated to a buffet of food and drinks. They spent the evening brainstorming creative ideas and learning how they can be involved in content in future. We had an amazing time, thanks to BBC Scotland for having us!

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  50. I’m Dreaming of a Crafty Christmas

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    Our latest crafty group who meet on Tuesday (who are so busy crafting that they’ve not decided on their name yet!) have started thinking about Xmas by designing these super trendy chokers. With the Govan Loves Xmas event in mind, the group began a ‘make one and donate one’ with a choker being made to contribute to our annual craft table at the event.

     

  51. World Mental Health Day

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    It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay.

    The stigmatising of mental health problems is something we believe shouldn’t exist. Every person will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their life and it’s vital we’re all there for one another.

    If you’re suffering from mental illness, know you’re never alone. Seek support. Take care of yourself and each other.

     

     

     

     

    Support Contacts

    SAMARITANS –  jo@samaritans.org 116 123

    BREATHING SPACE – breathingspace.scot 0800 83 85 87

    LIFELINKS  – lifelink.org.uk 0141 552 4434

     

     

     

     

     

     

  52. Creative Steps Programme – Frames & Glitter

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    We’ve been having a busy week here in Gallery 966 with our lovely canvas display still proudly sticking (just about) on the wall.

    Thanks to the skills sharing of Katie, Gillian and Donna of the Bead ‘n’ Blether group, the Time Out group made these fabulous frames yesterday morning. Everyone involved loved the end result!

     

  53. Bead ‘N’ Blether’s Macmillan Coffee Morning

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    Our Bead ‘N’ Blether group hosted a wonderful coffee morning a couple of weeks ago and collected over £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to everyone who attended and well done to those who won in the raffle.

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  54. New Craft Group Needs a Name!

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    We said hello to a new arts & crafts group starting at Gallery 966 today. Two groups from the Govan Health Centre and Brand Street Health Centre have joined together for a new group every Tuesday 11am – 1pm, but they need a name! Can you suggest some crafty names for us? Puns and wordplay are welcome!

     

  55. Canvas Project: The Finished Display

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    Our groups have recently finished working on their large canvas display just in time for Self Management Week and it’s looking smashing up on the wall at Gallery 966! Everyone worked hard and put a lot of emotion into their pieces.

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  56. Kidz Club & The Magical Mystery Museum

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    Huge welcome to all our new Kidz Club members this session.  Delighted to have Vickie Beesley back and leading the adventure to create Plantation’s very own Magical Mystery Museum (of Magnificent Makes)….. Watch this space!

     

     

  57. And… Action!

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    Filming for the Seniors Film Club short film started last week and we’ve been having a fantastic time shooting! A big thank you to all the cast and extras who’ve taken part so far. The dad of one of our extras Joe Gallagher was in an original iconic photo at the shipyards (Joe pictured above). We received such a huge response to our Facebook call out for shipyard extras gaining 25,000 views so a massive thank you to those who shared the post too!

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  58. Celebrating Change

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    We’re starting off our Celebrating Change project working across all our peer support groups to produce one large artwork for Self Management Week, which kicks off the week starting October 2nd!

    We’re looking forward to working together on this project and can’t wait to see what everyone will make!

  59. Casting Call for Seniors Film Club project

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    Over the last few months our Portal Seniors Film Club have been developing a short film script based in Govan around the time of the UCS Work in Summer 1971. The group have created – and will be performing – their own characters, based on a group of senior citizens contemplating a rapidly changing society against a backdrop of the Equal Pay Act, the rise of CND, Tory cuts and globalisation.
    We are currently in rehearsal, (Thursday afternoons 2-4pm) with filming scheduled for September, but are still looking for cast members for a few parts. Unfortunately we can only cover basic expenses, but would offer an opportunity to anyone wishing to develop their film show-reel, and/or support the Seniors Film Club in their current venture.

    CHARACTERS (all set in Govan, 1971)
    ALEC – Male. Lead part. Early 30’s. Bit of a “Jack-the-Lad”. Works in the shipyard. (Availability for filming – all day on 21st and 22nd September + one other day tbc). Ideally could also be available for rehearsals on Thursdays at 2pm with the group, but not essential.
    “THE SHARK” – Male. Glasgow gangster/Moneylender. Age 30+. Menacing presence. (Availability – Thursday 21st September)
    WAGES CLERK – Female. Late 50’s+. Office worker. Well groomed. Due to retire. (Filming Date tbc).
    SHIPYARD WORKERS – Males. Working age. Two workers have a speaking line each in the script. Other workers, to be filmed in wages queue and walking out the yards. (date tbc).
    CND “HIPPIES” – non-speaking role. (Availability 21st and/or 22nd Sept)
    Male – early 20’s – shoulder length/long hair.
    Female – early 20’s – very short/”pixie-cut” hair.

    Please feel free to share amongst your actor friends.
    Should you wish to find out more or put yourself forward for a part, please email angela@plantation.org.uk or call Angela on 0141 445 1666.

  60. Volunteer at Glasgow 2018!

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    Looking to play your part in sporting history? Want to be involved in the experience of a lifetime? Then apply to be a volunteer at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships!

    Taking place from the 2nd till the 12th of August 2018, the European Championships will be a new highlight on the global sporting calendar, elevating the status of European Champions during an 11-day celebration of world class sport.
    It’s a chance to meet new people and develop skills, roles range from accreditation, to media, to technology, to sports and cultural roles. There’s something for everyone!

    Specific arrangements can also be make sure that those suffering from long term health conditions, disabilities or the elderly have roles that suit their ability levels or cater to their needs.

    Interested? Volunteer today at https://glasgow2018.com/volunteering 
    If you have any other questions or would like to request an application form in an alternative format, contact the Volunteer Team on 0141 276 1818 or email at volunteer2018@glasgow.gov.uk

  61. Charming The Worms (and hopefully the locals) of Govan!

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    Huge thanks to Joanne Dempster, from the Glasgow Science Centre, who took us all ‘Worm Charming’ in Elder Park today.   And to finish off our brilliant 2017 Kidz Summer Club, check out the charming “Welcome To Govan” display in The Portal window the next time you’re passing.  Happy Holidays!

             

  62. Glass Painting with Well Crafty

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    Last Tuesday at Well Crafty we were given the opportunity to make some lovely glass coasters thanks to Highland Glass and their glass painting workshop. Everyone had their own unique ideas on what to paint, so we have everything from birds in the sky to fish in the sea!


    Many thanks to Highland Glass for this opportunity, if you want to find out more about them the link to their website is here.

  63. Curious Kidz @ Kelvingrove

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    Questions galore as the Kidz’Summer Club visited Kelvingrove Park, Museum & Art Galleries today. Picnic in the Park was followed by a colossal culture trip, prompting the burning question of the day …
    “When can we get an ice cream?”

  64. Kidz Club explore the New Govan Pathway

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    Under stormy skies, today’s Kidz Club ventured to the celebrity opening of the fantastic new Govan Pathway and Family Fun Day in Govan Old Parish Church.  A big treat to see Sir Alex Ferguson … and meet Merlin the wizard!

     

  65. New Job Post!

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    An exciting opportunity has come up for someone new to join our team!

    A one year contract for the position of Production Assistant is available, which will involve undertaking a range of supported project learning creative media skills for production and acting as general admin assistant to the team. This will include general administration/office duties, setting up for groups/activities, assisting with all elements of creative media projects, research, interviewing, facilitation, film production/editing, communications, social media, marketing, project development, content generation, digital production and community development work.  A chance for additional training opportunities will also be possible with this role.

    Closing date for applications is Friday the 21st of July. You must be between 16 and 29 years old, and must currently be unemployed. For full details on the position click here, if you are interested please contact your local jobcentre and ask them for an application form.

  66. Life is Sweet…and Savoury

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    Over the last 2 months the Create Crew have been taking a break from their hectic filming schedule to learn to make some seriously delicious (and healthy) food!

    They’ve been taking part in the Get Cooking Get shopping course, which is a short practical cooking course which aims to put cooking back on everyone’s agenda. This opportunity was provided by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership.

    Under the guidance of Chef Charlie Cameron, they prepared a whole host of delectable delights; stir fries, burgers, soups, curries, fajitas, pasta dishes, cheese cake, chocolate mousse, and more.  The Create Crewers received some cooking equipment, an apron, recipe book, and certificates for completing 6 weeks of mouth-watering hard work in our makeshift kitchen.

    We’ll miss the Friday night feasts!

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  67. The Kidz Club are out of this World!

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    Our brave young Astronauts recently set forth on a journey of exploration through the darkest reaches of the universe. They sought a portal to another dimension, and their journey was vibrant, creative, and lots of fun!

    The children enjoyed this epic expedition with Artist Tom Van Den Hurk. They started off with exploring the idea of leaving this world, travelling through space and landing on another planet through a series of dramatic workshops. They then brought these worlds to life through drawing, model making, and play.

  68. Southside Film Festival Screening

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    We have been invited to screen our recent film “Welcome to Govan”, (produced in partnership with the Govan Community Project), as part of this year’s Southside Film Festival. The film will be screened alongside short film ‘Transit Zone’, with free food, a paid bar, discussion, drumming and a DJ to round the night off.

    The event takes place on Friday 2nd June, from 7pm at the Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow G41 1BA.

    You can check out the full programme here.

  69. Govan Stars in their Eyes Premiere

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    Last Friday saw a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment as the Portal Seniors Film Club presented the world premiere of their latest film ‘Govan Stars in their Eyes’.

    The film, which is a parody on the popular nineties T.V program, sees the group perform as various music legends including Patsy Cline, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney. Was brilliant to see those in attendance singing and clapping along to the tunes. We were also lucky enough to have the Govan Allsorts Choir open the show for us.

    A big thank you to everyone who came along.  We will keep you posted on future screenings.

     

  70. D.A.F.T. Media Hits The Floor!

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    Great fun had by all at D.A.F.T. (Drama, Arts, Film & TV) Media session last night.  Our new club runs for 10-14 year olds on Wednesdays from 6.30-8.30pm at The Portal.  All welcome.

  71. It’s good to be D.A.F.T. sometimes ….

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    Welcome to Wednesday nights at Plantation and our new D.A.F.T. Media Club.  Named by our fantastic group of 10-14 year olds who can’t wait to express their creativity through Drama, Arts, Film & Television (D.A.F.T).  The club runs 6.30-8.30pm at The Portal.  All welcome.

  72. Happy New Year!

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    Happy new year!

    As we kickoff 2017 we would like to give you all an update on whats been happening here at Plantation Productions and some of the up-coming opportunities to get involved in:

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    WELCOME TO GOVAN: As part of our Well Said! project the participants have created a welcome video for those who are arriving to Govan from far and wide. The videos have been translated by the participants into Tigrinya, Amharic and Arabic . The welcome video tells you where to go for support and advice in Govan and the surrounding areas. Click here to go to the website.


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    BREAKING NEWS! … We finally have some free spaces for new members

    to join our KIDZ CLUB and a brand new ‘PORTAL YOUTH FILM CLUB’ at Plantation Productions.

    All the details are below.  To sign up, please phone 0141-445-1666 and ask for

    Jayne Henry, or drop by Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G513AJ,

    and pick up a membership form. We look forward to welcoming you.

     

    YOUTH PROJECTS from week commencing Monday 9th January, 2017:-

     

    Wednesdays 15:45-17:45 At The Portal, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    KIDZ CLUB (a fun and creative after school club aimed at 5-11 year olds).

    Activities include arts and crafts, drama, singing, music, filmmaking.

     

    Wednesdays 18:30-20:30 At The Portal, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    YOUTH FILM CLUB  (a creative club exploring filmmaking as an art form –

    aimed at 10-14 year olds).  Activities include interview skills, research,

    script writing, storyboarding, set design, filming and editing.

     

    Fridays 15:45-17:45 At The Portal, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    KIDZ CLUB (a fun and creative after school club aimed at 5-11 year olds).

    Activities include arts and crafts, drama, singing, music, filmmaking.

     

    Fridays 18:30-20:30 At the Portal, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

    CREATE CREW (a club aimed at young people aged 14-18 which explores

    all aspects of creativity from filmmaking to drama, music, and performance).


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    NEW CERAMICS CLASS: Join us at AIR Space where you will be doing hand building, wheel work on the pottery wheel and jewelry making. The class will be starting on February 3rd 10-12pm at the AIR Space, 974 Govan Road, G51 3AJ . To sign up please call 0141-445-1666 and ask to speak to Julie-Anne Simm or drop by our office at Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ.

    We will keep you all posted with any new projects and opportunities that arise.

    Lets get 2017 off to a flying start!

  73. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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    Merry Christmas fun for young and old at the Plantation Christmas Parties last week. Wishing all our members a very Happy Christmas and all good wishes for 2017.

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  74. Best Wishes!

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    We are pleased to announce that the two lucky winners of our “Xmas Wish for Govan” prize draw (as randomly drawn by Audrey and Andrew, pictured above) are Elizabeth Baillie and Roseanne McKee who each find themselves in receipt of £30 worth of High Street Vouchers just in time for a Xmas treat.

    To be entered in the draw, all you had to do on the night was make a wish for Govan for 2017, and the people of Govan made over 150 amazing Christmas wishes. If the Christmas Fairy is listening, then 2017 will grant us (in no particular order)…

    A swimming pool, better play areas, a skatepark and community gardens.
    Good health, peace, happiness and prosperity.
    No more Child Poverty or homelessness.
    More and better jobs for everybody.
    A bustling Saturday market and bigger, better shops.
    Cleaner streets and safer roads.
    A bridge to Patrick.
    A heritage trail, planters and good cycle lanes.
    More family and community events, full of song, laughter and community spirit.
    A youth centre, with lots to do for young people.
    Our own Christmas Lights.
    A Light and Sound sensory park for Children.
    Toilets and a big playpark for Elderpark.
    To keep going from strength to strength.
    Much less rain and plenty of Sunshine, and last, but by no means least…
    a big wish for a Merry Christmas for all humans (and dogs).

    May all YOUR wishes come true for 2017.

  75. Govan Loves Christmas 2016

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    We are excited to once again be a part of Govan Loves Christmas this upcoming Wednesday. Ourselves, Bead ‘n’ Blether and Well Crafty will have stalls at the event and there will be plenty of festive activities for all, including:

    • A chance to buy unique gifts from Bead ‘n’ Blether and Well Crafty
    • Make a wish for Govan to win a £30 gift voucher
    • The Portal’s Artists in Residence’s  “Big Make”
    • Lantern making for children

    The event will take place at Govan Cross from 3pm to 6:30pm with the Govan Tree being lit around 6pm.

  76. For Science!

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    With the help of Professor Bob Hoskins (aka Professor Smurfy) our Kidz Club have been busy conducting their own science experiments, learning about buoyancy, surface tension, non- Newtonian fluids, etc.

    We thought it would be a good idea for the children to document the experiments (and other silliness) with the use of the i-pad’s slow-motion video camera.

    Cause everything is much cooler at a 120 frames per second.

  77. Create Crew attend ceremony @ BAFTA

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    Three members of Plantation’s fantastic “Create Crew” represented the group at a prestigious awards ceremony at BAFTA, London, on Thursday night.

    Their investigative documentary, “Poverty: Our Hidden Shame?”, was nominated for the ‘Inspiration Award’ at this year’s Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Research in Film Awards. The ceremony celebrated short films that have been made about the arts and humanities and their influence on communities.

    Unfortunately we didn’t win the category, but we did have great fun trying! Many congratulations to everyone in the Create Crew for their brilliant work on the film and for being nominated.

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  78. Good Luck Create Crew!

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    As some of you may know, the Create Crew’s investigative documentary, Poverty: Our Hidden Shame?, is up for the Inspiration Award at this year’s Arts and Humanities Research Council’s 2016 Research in Film Awards at BAFTA in London.The ceremony celebrate short films that have been made about the arts and humanities and their influence on communities.

    The big day is tomorrow and a couple of us are packing our suitcases for a trip down South to attend, a few of the Create Crew themselves will be in attendance. Will keep you all posted.

    Fingers crossed!

  79. Fairfields Heritage Centre Film

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    We recently uploaded an excerpt from a promotional film we were commissioned to produce for the Fairfields Heritage Centre, (where the full film can be seen in its entirety) . If you haven’t yet visited the centre, we would most definitely recommend it – the Heritage Centre is jam packed with fascinating exhibits telling the stories of the people and communities from the heyday of Shipbuilding, and the building itself is a stunning example of restoration and regeneration.

    The centre is open on Weekdays from 1-4pm and is located at 1048 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 4XS.

    Film available to view at the link below
    http://plantation.org.uk/film/fairfields-heritage-centre-installation-trailer/

    More information on Fairfields Heritage here

  80. “Well Said!” Film Showcase

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    As part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, Plantation Productions are proud to present this showcase of films and conversations around the power of participatory filmmaking – not only to reduce stigma and raise awareness of issues in our communities, but also to seek collective solutions.

    When: Tuesday 25th October 2016 – 7pm-9pm
    Where: The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3UU
    Free event

    Tickets available at Eventbrite

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  81. Brand New Drama Project for Teenagers

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    BRAND NEW PROJECT!!

     

    Do you enjoy theatre, performing and/or production? Not sure – but you’d like to give it a try?  Then this is the project for you!

    Mark Traynor will be leading this 12 week Create Crew drama & performance project, which begins TONIGHT, the 14th October, in the Portal (978 Govan Road).

    There will be a variety of roles and tasks from being centre stage to drawing the curtains. You will have the chance to gain new skills and develop the ones that you already have. Aside of that you will also have the chance to expand your social circle by meeting new people, in a fun and welcoming atmosphere – SO COME ON DOWN!

    For more details call Plantation on 0141 445 1666.

    This post was written by CC member Nicole.

  82. Urban Sketching Group – Autumn 2016

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    Just in time to make the most of our changing autumn landscapes, the Urban Sketching project –  led by Artist in Residence, Fiona Fleming – will be restarting on Wednesday 28th September, from 1pm-3pm, meeting in the AIR Space on 974 Govan Road, G51 3AJ.

    No need to book your place, just come along for 1pm, dressed for outdoors.  However, if the weather isn’t suitable, the class will be held indoors.