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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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



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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!



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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!

  6. 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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  7. 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!


  8. 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

    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.

  9. 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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  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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!

  13. 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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  14. 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.


  15. 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 – 116 123

    BREATHING SPACE – 0800 83 85 87

    LIFELINKS  – 0141 552 4434







  16. 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!


  17. 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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  18. 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!


  19. 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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  20. 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!



  21. 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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  22. 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!

  23. 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 or call Angela on 0141 445 1666.

  24. 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 
    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

  25. 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!


  26. 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.

  27. 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?”

  28. 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!


  29. 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.

  30. 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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  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.


  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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:


    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.









    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).


    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!


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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.








  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.




  42. Good Luck Create Crew!


    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!

  43. 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

    More information on Fairfields Heritage here

  44. “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




  45. Brand New Drama Project for Teenagers

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             Poster by CC member Lise.



    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.

  46. 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.




  47. ‘Time’ is of the Essence!

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    Ever thought … how could I use my time more creatively on a Tuesday afternoon?

    As part of our ‘Well Said’ project, Plantation Productions are inviting you to join our new creative film project from 1300-1530pm at The Portal (starts Tuesday 26th July, 2016). The theme of the project is ‘Time’ … what does ‘Time’ mean to you, how do you choose to spend it, and why?

    Why not take time to come along, make friends, express yourself and explore multi-art forms (poetry, photography, animation)? We’ll be capturing the whole process on film, so the experience will be eternal!

    Enjoy yourself … It’s later than you think!

  48. Poverty: Our Hidden Shame? Screening

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    Plantation Productions and the GalGael Trust are proud to present a free screening of Poverty: Our Hidden Shame?, a research documentary developed by the very talented Create Crew.

    Since September last year, the Create Crew have been busy developing an investigative piece on the impact that austerity measures have on people around Glasgow. The documentary was commissioned by NHS Scotland and Ofxam Scotland.

    The screening will take place 1pm, Friday the 17th of June at the GoGlasgow Urban Hotel on Paisley Road West. More details can be found at our Eventbrite page.

    Below are some images taken from the crew’s private screening for friends and family. A great night was had by all and we look forward to our next screening on the 17th.



  49. A Handy Idea for a TV Show!

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    A brand new film by the Portal Kidz Club!

    Last week the Portal Kidz Club held the world premiere of their amazing new film. You can see how excited they were to share this achievement with their families!

    They really enjoyed watching the end result of many weeks of hard (and fun) work, and you will too. So grab some popcorn, dim the lights, and prepare yourself for 6 minutes of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem in ‘A Handy Idea for A T.V Show’!

  50. The Seniors Have Stars in their Eyes

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    With the completion of their radio drama, 12 Angry Men and Wimmin, the Portal’s Seniors Club are now moving on to their next project, music videos. Each member has selected a track from their favourite musician’s catalogue (choices ranging from Judy Garland to Oasis) and will record their own rendition of the song in a recording studio. With those recordings, the club will then perform in front of camera to produce their very own music video, dressed as their chosen artist.

    Below are some images taken from our dress rehearsal last week.

  51. Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 with Creative Steps

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    This month the Creative Steps programme is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week by bringing the outdoors inside!

    Working on Our Tree

    We have been working together to create and decorate a beautiful tree, and have been inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Relationships’.
    We have been looking at all kinds of ways that people can relate to, and understand, each other. We have been especially influenced by our own relationships to nature!

    Mental Health Awareness Tree



     To learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week and other campaigns visit The Mental Health Foundation.

    Contact us to learn more about our classes and events.

  52. That’s the Way to Do it!

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    Coming soon to a video-hosting website near you….

    It’s the Kidz Club Puppet Show!

    The young puppet-masters recently spent time performing scenes featuring their hand-made, one-of-a-kind, amazing glove puppets. Filming their scenes in front of a green screen…or rather a blue screen.. means that all sorts of backgrounds can be added, and they really used their imaginations choosing these, so expect some weird and wonderful locations in the film.

    This week they will be doing some voice-acting to really make their characters come to life. We’re sure they will bring the drama, and we can’t wait to present their final film! Spoiler alert: It’s going to be awesome!

  53. See 12 ‘Angry Men & Wimmin’ Live

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    Tomorrow afternoon, The Portal Seniors’ Club proudly presents a performance of their new radio comedy, ’12 Angry Men & Wimmin’, live at Plantation Productions.

    Since last October, the group have collaborated with Bryan Tolland in creating the original musical comedy, envisaged as a radio play.The piece is very loosely based on the stage play ’12 Angry Men’ by Reginald Rose, which was immortalised in the film starring Henry Fonda. ’12 Angry Men & Wimmin’ developed following a song-based musical recording project which the group created with Bryan. Tomorrow will be the first chance to hear ’12 Angry Men & Wimmin’ in it’s entirety. There will also be a live performance of the play’s soundtrack by Bryan and the club.

    So come along to The Portal tomorrow afternoon at 2pm for a bit of live music, comedy and maybe some strawberry tarts.

  54. Well Said!: The Common Good

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    The last film from our original Well Said project back in 2015 has been published online.

    The Common Good Fund is unique to Scotland. It contains a wide range of public and moveable assets throughout the country worth millions of pounds. These assets have laws to protect them, to ensure that the fund is used correctly, for the benefit of communities.

    The Common Good Awareness Project is a community group which aims to raise awareness and promote Scotland’s Common Good fund, as well as the concept of Common Good more broadly.


    If you would like to learn more about Common Good and the Common Good Awareness Project, please visit:

    You can also e-mail:

  55. Govan Housing Association Photo Competition

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    Govan Housing Association’s Social media pages are re-launching this week and they have a great competition running…

    To enter all you have to do is take a picture of something or somewhere in Govan and post it online using the hashtag #capturegovan. The best photo will be chosen by Govan HA staff team and the winner will receive a framed print of their winning photo and a Nikon Coolpix L340 20MP28x zoom Bridge Camera.

    Entries close on Friday 13th May and the winner will be announced on Monday 16th May.

    They already have the ball rolling by posting a few that you can search for using the hashtag. Everyone is welcome to participate and get involved.

    If anyone has any questions about the competition or any ideas where we could display them please contact Govan Housing Association directly.

    To follow Govan Housing Association’s news directly visit: <> <>

  56. Well Said!: The Caretaker

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    We’ve just uploaded another film from last year’s Well Said project on to Vimeo. This short piece sees Govan based actor Andrew McIntosh performing a monologue from Harold Pinter’s play “The Caretaker”.

    Andy’s comical, yet menacing performance as Mick is a fine example of his exceptional acting capabilities and we are pleased to provide a platform for his talents.


  57. Regenerating Govan Through Film Screening

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    As part of this year’s Radical Film Network Festival, we are presenting a showcase of our work over the years. Films on Govan’s past and present, told from the people who live here. We are pleased to welcome guest speaker, filmmaker Dr Kirsten McLeod who will discuss her previous work in Govan alongside some of our local filmmakers.

    The screening will be on Monday the 2nd of May, from 1pm to 3pm, and will be held here at Plantation Productions.

    Regenerate Govan Final


  58. Much Ado About Govan Screening at The Glasgow Youth Arts Festival

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    We are happy to announce that Much Ado About Govan, produced by our very own Create Crew, will be screened at this year’s Glasgow Youth Arts Festival as part of their “Celebration of Creativity” event.

    The free screening will take place at 11.00am on Saturday 16th April at St. Luke’s Music & Arts Venue, 17 Bain Street, Glasgow, G40 2JZ. (Next door to Barrowlands).

  59. Clydeside Story: NOW ONLINE

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    No, really! We can’t believe it’s two years since we braved the cold at the Harland & Wolff shed for the stunning performance of Clydeside Story. Two years, since we watched in awe as the Kidz Club, the Create Crew, Arden Chillout, SWAMP, Vivace and Brightnight International took to the 3 stages under a fantastic light and laser show.   The project was filmed throughout and we premiered the film at the BBC Quay Festival during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.   Last year, to celebrate the 1st anniversay, we screened the film at the Pearce Institute.

    Now – two years on – take a seat, sit back and enjoy Clydeside Story: The Movie.


  60. GalGael Short Film Online

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    We begin this new week with another new film from our collection. The GalGael promo film is now up online for all to see. Produced by John Bennett and Suzannah Tullis as part of our “Well Said” project last year, the film highlights the benefits that GalGael brings to the Southside of Glasgow.

    Check back next week for another film from our “Well Said” project.

  61. The puppets take shape

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    So this week our Wednesday and Friday Kidz Clubs took to designing their puppets. They decided on colour, shape and more importantly naming their puppets and deciding it’s personality. Don’t want to give too much away but we have a dog that’s super power is farts that make him fly and a frog that can leap into the sky. Some great ideas so far. I for one cannot wait to see these designs come to life…. Kidz Club Style!

  62. Well Said!: The Next Step

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    On Monday we will be launching the next phase of our Well Said! project – making films in, by and about the Govan community.

    With the Scottish Parliament elections coming up in May, we thought we’d take “Democracy” as a theme for the next sessions, which will run on Mondays from 14th March, from 1pm to 4pm.  If you have a story to share or a BIG issue you’d like to talk about, then we want to hear from you. The more local voices we have, the better…no experience is necessary and we promise you will be made very welcome.

    (Mondays, 1-4pm at The Portal, 978 Govan Road, GLASGOW G51 3AJ)

    In the meantime, we’d like you to sit back and relax as we present “The Wee Bauchle” – a short drama produced last year as part of the project…Enjoy!



  63. Meet The Puppet Masters

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    On Friday our Portal Kidz Club got started on their brand new project, Puppet Making led by Chani and boy did they get involved. By the end of the first session not only had everyone completed a finger puppet of their own but we also got a little show. Have a look at some of the pictures of them at work.

  64. Friday Kidz Rock Fashion Show!

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    Our Friday Kidz Club gave the youth Team a treat by showcasing their new T-Shirt line in the form of a fashion show. Have a look at how our talented young artists transformed their drab white tee’s into this years must haves.


  65. 12 Angry Men (With Some Angry Wimmin)

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    Our Seniors club are having a difficult time putting down their musical instruments lately. After a great performance at Life Is A Cabaret last October, the group are now working with Bryan Tolland on a satirical radio comedy, 12 Angry Men (With Some Angry Wimmin), inspired by Reginald Rose’s 1954 drama. Along with lending their voices for the various characters, the play will feature songs written and performed by the club.

  66. Create Crew Meet The First Minister

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    The Create Crew returned to the Scottish Parliament last Thursday. This time they had the opportunity to interview First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as part of their investigative documentary about the impact of austerity measures on young people around Glasgow. Various topics were discussed during the 45-minute meeting, including age discrimination, mental health issues, food banks and benefit sanctions. The crew certainly rose to the occasion and the First Minister was impressed by their confidence and their questions. A successful day overall, even had enough time for a few selfies.

  67. “Well Said” Showcase Event

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    As part of our “Well Said!” project we will be presenting a free screening of 6 short films made in, by and about the Govan community:

    “The Wee Bauchle” by Trish Caird
    “The Caretaker” feat. Andy McIntosh
    “The Common Good” by Bob Hamilton
    “Galgael” by Susannah Tullis & John Bennett
    “With a Song in Your Heart” feat. Govan Allsorts
    “Don’t Hate, Animate” Hate Crime Awareness Animation

    When: Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 7pm-9pm
    Where: The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU

    The “Well Said!” project is open to anyone from Govan who would like have their voice heard about what matters to THEM!
    Whether it’s a group you are involved in, a community issue or an interest you have …we can support you to produce your own film about it, and have fun at the same time.  Absolutely no experience necessary.

    So get in touch if you have an idea for our next project, to start in March 2016.


  68. Move over New York Fashion Week! The Portal Kidz Club are hot on your heels.

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    Over the past 6 weeks our incredibly talented Portal Kidz Club have been working alongside artist Sarah on designing their own T-Shirts. We did not expect to find ourselves green with envy at not having our very own tailor made design. Check out what these smart fashionistas have come up with!

  69. Betweeners Turn Forensic at Govan Police Station

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    Our Betweeners had a brilliant visit to Govan Police Station on Tuesday night. Huge thanks to PCs Andy and Erin who made us so welcome and shared some ‘behind the scenes’ police secrets with the group. Check out Kieran looking for clues.

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  70. Urban Sketching Group: 2016 classes

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    The urban sketching group will be regrouping from Thursday 14th January 2016 (meeting at 1pm at the AIR Space, 974 Govan Road).

    No doubt it’ll still be a bit chilly for sketching outside, but there are so many great buildings and museums in Glasgow that offer as interesting views on the inside as they do on the outside.

    So why not start off your New Year with something completely different for 2016, and come along for the fun.  No experience necessary – all levels welcome.

  71. Merry Christmas From Plantation Productions

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    It is the holiday season and we here at Plantation will be finishing up for Christmas tomorrow afternoon, returning back to our desks on January the 5th. But before we sign off, our ‘Don’t Hate, Animate’ group have produced this little festive animation for you all.

    From everyone at Plantation Productions, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2016.



  72. Creating A Voice

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    Carrying on from the momentum of Much Ado About Govan, the Create Crew are busy producing their next project. They are taking the helm of a research documentary, investigating how austerity cuts affect young people in the Greater Govan area. The team have been reaching out to numerous individuals and organisations for interviews, looking to address the social issues and barriers that young people face on a daily basis.

    The team have already secured interviews with staff at Bellahouston Academy, Inspector John Haynes at the Govan Police Office and travelled to the Scottish Parliament to interview SNP minister Humza Yousaf, where they also had the opportunity to meet with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and former First Minster Alex Salmond.

    The crew are taking a well deserved break for the holidays and will return to the project in the new year. Be sure to check back for more updates.







  73. Spreading a little Xmas cheer, Betweener Style

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    On Tuesday our Betweener’s group decided to spread a little Xmas cheer at the Florence House Nursing Home. The boys asked if they could visit some residents and play a game of cards and take them some chocolates. We then ventured out for a meal afterwards were we stuffed our faces with the biggest plate of food imaginable. Well done boys, you reminded us what Xmas is really about.

  74. Govan Loves Xmas 2015 Lantern Parade

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    We would like to send our belated congratulations and thanks to local artist in residence, Fiona Fleming, and Plantation’s office manager Julie-Anne for all the great work in planning and co-ordinating this year’s lantern-making workshops with local schools for the Lights Switch On.

    Once again, the streets of Govan were lit up with these wonderful creations, hand made by local children from Riverside, St Saviours, Pirie Park and Ibrox primary schools.  Well done everyone!


  75. Creative Steps at Peace at Home

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    Last Tuesday, Creative Steps were honoured to join with other organisations to support “Peace at Home” at the Pearce Institute; an event to promote awareness of domestic violence and to support those affected by it. The event was bustling with plays, song, arts and craft as well as support and outreach information from all over Glasgow.



    Creative Step’s own Well Crafty led a workshop on crafting Christmas baubles, Artist in residence Fiona taught DIY sessions on making festive lanterns and Tina gave master-classes on making Memory Wire Bracelets.



    This event was part of 16 Days of action, a global campaign against gender-based violence led by UN Women.
    To read more about the campaign please click here.
    Information on support and services available to those in Glasgow affected by domestic abuse and violence can be found here.

  76. Well Said: Our Work So Far

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    We are already in week 5 of our Don’t Hate, Animate workshop and it’s quite clear that we have some talented animators here at Plantation. The team’s enthusiasm for the project grows from week to week and we are excited to see what they produce for their final animations in six weeks time. Until then, here’s a small taster of things to come.  Over the past few sessions, the team have been busy developing their very first stop motion animation, The Elephant And The Box, and we are proud to present to you the final piece.

    Great job, guys!


  77. Don’t Hate, Animate!

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    Our latest Well Said project is in full swing, this time using the timeless art of animation to raise awareness of Hate Crime.

    The project aims to provide an introduction to all aspects of the animation process, with our participants researching and brainstorming ideas, writing their own scripts and producing their own short animations.

    The group is currently having fun experimenting with different forms of animation. We’ll keep you posted on their progress. Watch this space!

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  78. A Chilling Message from the Kidz Club

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    The minute Halloween passed the Kidz Club started thinking about Christmas, and have been working hard on their festive project for the last couple of weeks.

    They thought they’d take a quick break this evening though, to make sure you’ve all started getting ready for the big day. Only 37 days to go after all!


  79. Christmas Crafts are Coming!

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    As we move into winter weather, Creative Steps is gearing up to prepare for the festive season!

    Last week Bead’n’Blether started to lay plans for some jolly projects and today Well Crafty joined in on the fun by hand crafting sparkling Christmas bauble decorations.
    Next week Time Out will make a start on Christmas cards.


    We predict widespread Christmas cheer and activities across all of Plantation Productions in the weeks to follow!

    Keep an eye out for where to buy our finished crafts: Bead’n’Blether and Wooly Wednesday will be at Govan Loves Christmas at Govan Cross on the 2nd of December, and Well Crafty will be at Ibrox Library’s Christmas craft fair on the 3rd of December.  Come along to see all of our hard work in a range of unique festive gifts and ornaments!

    To find out more about Creative Steps and our Christmas crafting, contact us.

  80. Creating Leatherwork Keyrings at Well Crafty

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    Today, the Well Crafty group was very lucky to have a master-class in leatherwork, taught by Linda.

    We were first given a step-by-step demonstration of how to make a leather belt from scratch in under 20 minutes!
    Linda then helped us to create our own leather keyrings, each with a personal flourish of our own.


    This leatherwork class will also be repeated with the group Bead’n’Blether this Wednesday, the 4th October 2015.
    Creative Steps would like to say a big thank you to Linda and the rest of our many talented members for their time!

    Contact us to learn more about classes, groups and events at Plantation Productions.

  81. Card Making at Creative Steps

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    To celebrate this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival we’ve had an extravaganza of card making!


    With a vast variety of materials we’ve decorated, embossed, embellished and arranged our way through cards to celebrate Birthdays, Christmas, Thank You notes and more.
    We’d like to give a big and warm thank you to Julie-Anne and Elizabeth for teaching us such wonderful techniques and tricks.

  82. Practice Makes Perfect

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    With just a week to go until Life Is A Cabaret, the Seniors Film Club were busy at work with Bryan Tolland yesterday to add the final pizzazz to their set for the night. The group have been learning how to write and perform their own songs and, as ever, having a rare ol’ time to themselves in the process!

  83. SMHAFF – Some dates for your diary!

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    Once again, we have some outstanding events coming up for you as part of this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival:

    On Tuesday 20th October, come along to Gallery 966 from 1pm to 3.30pm for our CREATIVE STEPS EXHIBITION, where you can view some of the beautiful work that has been produced by the various groups working from Gallery 966 and our partner resource centres AND get hands-on with some crafts activities to try out for yourself.

    On Friday 23rd October, we have our annual LIFE IS A CABARET at Kinning Park Complex from 7pm – 11pm. – A jamboree of music and comedy, featuring Dumb Instrument, Sand and Sea, Govan Allsorts, Bryan Tolland and the Seniors Film Club, Fee McKenzie, Rose & Danielle Leckie, Tom Orton and graduates from the Universal Comedy project..possibly one of our best line ups ever, we think! (Licensed event. Over 18s. Please note change of venue this year!)

    On Tuesday 27th October, the premiere screening of WITH A SONG IN YOUR HEART will take place, followed by a screening of From Scotland With Love at the Pearce Institute from 7pm – 10pm.
    Sit back, relax, and be transported back in time through an evening of heartwarming music and film from the vaults of the Scottish Screen Archives.

    All events are free.
    Tickets are available on Eventbrite at the links below
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    With A Song in Your Heart –

  84. Look Mum, I’m on the Telly!!!!!

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    So last night was an exciting time for 2 of our Cre8 Crew members. They were invited onto the Riverside Show to talk about their movie ‘Much Ado about Govan’. Chanelle and Robert were fantastic and showed no sign of nerves when being asked to talk about the project. Everyone at Plantation Productions is very proud of our young people and are so excited that after all their hard work, finally get recognition. We can now focus on the viewing of the whole film at this Friday’s Southside Film festival at Kinning Park Complex from 7.30pm. Good job guys, next stop…….. Hollywood!!!!!

    For more info on the Festival and directions to get there, please follow the link; Much Ado About Govan

  85. Much Ado About Govan – FILM PREMIERE

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    As part of the Southside Film Festival, we are so proud to present the official premiere of “Much Ado About Govan”.

    An adaptation of the Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, this fun and engaging film was made by the brilliantly creative bunch of teenagers that are the Create Crew. Working over their Spring break, the team gave it their all to create a film which brings a literary classic into the modern world.

    As an added bonus, we will also be screening the “Making of Much Ado”, followed by a Q and A session and live DJ set from Paul N’Jie.

    Friday 9th October 2015
    Doors 7.30pm/film 8pm/DJs 9pm
    Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow G41 1BA
    All ages, FREE

  86. Beginners Machine Sewing Class

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    This Friday, we start our brand new Beginners Sewing with a full class of eager beginners! So between now and the Festive Season (yes it’s on its way folks) we will be busy picking up the skills to make those gifts ourselves.

    When: 10.30-12.30
    Where: Gallery 966
    Dates: 25th September – 18th December 2015

    Funded by Glasgow City Council Integrated Grants Fund, through Glasgow Clyde College.

  87. Urban Sketching Group


    Every day we walk down the same streets and visit the same places, yet how often do we forget to take a good look around us? It is only when we take the time to appreciate our surroundings that we start to notice new features and intricate details that we can’t believe we didn’t see before.

    Local Artist in Residence, Fiona Fleming would like to invite you to take a fresh new look at the streets and buildings of Govan and join her Urban Sketching Group. Whether a total beginner or more experienced artist, you can learn or brush up on your sketching skills, whilst looking at Govan in a new light.

    When – Thursdays from 1pm onwards (Starts 17th September)
    Where – Meet at the Portal AIR Space – 974 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3AJ
    Contact – For further information, contact Fiona Fleming on 07826 112 502.

  88. Creative Steps Celebration

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    To celebrate a year of our pilot Arts & Well-being Programme, Creative Steps, we held a Participation Day in Gallery 966. We filled it with examples of our work and enjoyed expert tuition in mixed-media canvas art and clay work. Over the past year we have delivered over 200 creative workshops, with additional exhibitions, fayres and events! Working in partnership with Mental Health professionals, we have used creative participation to reach individuals suffering from enduring mental health conditions.
    Along with our Mental Health partners, and most importantly our participants, we are convinced that our approach supports people to realise their potential and make a contribution to the community. Many people, formerly very isolated, have entered the programme through workshops in centres where they receive treatment and from there have developed the confidence and resilience to try creative activities, make the step of attending community classes, connect with others, and ultimately improve their quality of life. How to sum it all up? Maybe just use the words of one of our participants?

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    and just share some of our work and good times …


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  89. Time Out’s many skills

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    Crafting really is a joy that keeps on giving, here at Time Out we’ve recently finished a block of 4 master class craft sessions with Anni from Glasgow’s own Damselfly Crafts.

    We’ve learnt:

    • How to make our own paper beads, and use them in a bracelet
    • How to make ornamental flowers out of old books and paper
    • How to make stylish flower brooches out of organza and felt
    • How to make fab pop up ‘box’ greeting cards

    And we know that we can still learn so much more!

    To find out more about Time Out’s classes and events, contact us.