Events + Festivals

  1. Govan’s Easter Egg Hunt

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    A socially distanced chalk spray Easter egg hunt in Govan (please note not actual Easter Eggs), with a prize draw on May 4th. There are 5 * £10 voucher prizes up for grabs.

    This is open only to families in Govan as part of their daily exercise. People from other areas should not be travelling to the area as per public health guidance.

    There are two hunts for families to complete, one in Elder Park & one on Govan Riverside. Only one needs to be completed to enter the prize draw. The link to enter will be added to this post once the chalk spray eggs have been ‘hidden’.

    Parents are responsible for the health and safety of their children at all times, and must ensure that they keep appropriate social distancing at all times.
    Please enjoy the chalk spray obstacle course while you are out and about (and again make sure that proper social distancing is maintained).

    GOOD LUCK, STAY SAFE & HAVE FUN!! Check out the event page on facebook for more information and updates.

    We have organised this activity with Fairfield Heritage, Friends of Elder Park, The Govan Stones Project, Make do & Grow, Moogety Grubhub, & Urban Roots.



  2. Govan’s Easter Egg Hunt!

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    A socially distanced chalk spray Easter egg hunt in Govan (**please note not actual Easter Eggs), with a prize draw on May 4th. There are 5 * £10 voucher prizes up for grabs.
    This is open only to families in Govan as part of their daily exercise. People from other areas should not be travelling to the area as per public health guidance.
    There are two hunts for families to complete, one in Elder Park & one on Govan Riverside. Only one needs to be completed to enter the prize draw. The link to enter will be added to this post once the chalk spray eggs have been ‘hidden’.
    Parents are responsible for the health and safety of their children at all times, and must ensure that they keep appropriate social distancing at all times.
    Please enjoy the chalk spray obstacle course while you are out and about (and again make sure that proper social distancing is maintained).
    GOOD LUCK, STAY SAFE & HAVE FUN!! Check out the event page on facebook for more information and updates.
    This activity has been organised with Fairfield Heritage, Friends of Elder Park, The Govan Stones Project, Make do & Grow, Moogety Grubhub, & Urban Roots.
  3. Govan’s GIANT Scavenger Hunt is BACK!

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    We’re excited to be continuing the Scavenger Hunt as an outdoor Activity in Govan.

    We hope that completing the Scavenger Hunt will be a good reason for folk to get outside for some fresh air and exercise,  perhaps learn something new about Govan, and (of course) be in with the chance of winning a prize!

    FIRST PRIZE £50 voucher
    SECOND PRIZE £25 voucher
    THIRD PRIZE £15 voucher

    The next prize draw will be the 4th May 2021, GOOD LUCK! Start the Scavenger hunt NOW!

    Please get in touch if you would like to request copies for your school, group, or organisation. You can contact us via social media, or email

  4. May Day – Film Screening | Plantation Production | Senior Film Club

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     Don’t miss out!

    On our  FREE TICKETED EVENT this Thursday!

    When: Thursday 2nd May 2019 – Doors 1.30pm to 4pm.
    Where: Pearce Institute (Mary Barbour Suite), 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3UU

    or Tel: 0141 445 1666

    Plantation Productions and the Portal Seniors Film Club would like to invite you for an afternoon of film to celebrate May Day and its traditions of workers’ solidarity.

    We will be showing “Britain on Film: Protest” (79 mins) alongside “Time & Time Again” (10 mins) – a short drama, written and performed by the Seniors themselves, which is based in Govan in 1971 at the time of the UCS Work In.

    #Seniorsfilmclub #Mayday


  5. May Day Film Screening

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    When: Thursday 2nd May 2019 – Doors 1.30pm to 4pm.
    Where: Pearce Institute (Mary Barbour Suite), 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3UU

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    or Tel: 0141 445 1666

    Plantation Productions and the Portal Seniors Film Club would like to invite you for an afternoon of film to celebrate May Day and its traditions of workers’ solidarity.

    We will be showing “Britain on Film: Protest” (79 mins) alongside “Time & Time Again” (10 mins) – a short drama, written and performed by the Seniors themselves, which is based in Govan in 1971 at the time of the UCS Work In.

    PROTEST! Synopsis
    At a time of intense public activism both at home and across the globe, explore the varied and fascinating history of public protest in the UK with the Independent Cinema Office’s new archive film programme: Britain on Film: Protest!

    From a 1910 suffragette demonstration to striking coal miners in the Rhondda Valley, from female CND protesters spanning the Tamar Bridge to the defeat of fascists at London’s Cable Street, this absorbing, illuminating collection examines the nature of protests large and small and for causes regional and national, by participants fighting for suffrage and democracy, against exploitation and inequality, for fair wages and worker’s rights, for public safety, freedom and community and in the face of war and oppression.
    Sourced from the national and regional archives and newly digitised, Britain on Film: Protest! tells a story not just about specific protests and their causes but about a tumultuous social, political and economic century and the constant, dynamic presence of public dissent and its effects as a weapon of change – at a time when raising our voices feels more essential than ever.

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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..!


  10. 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 or call 0141 445 1666

  11. 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!

  14. Free Family Portraits at Govan Loves Christmas!

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    We set up a green-screen festive photo booth at Govan Loves Christmas. We took Govanites on a journey around some of the frostiest winter wonderlands we could find! Did you come with us? Find your holiday pics on Flickr by clicking >>HERE!<<

    You can easily  edit,  share, and  download your pictures.

    Season’s Greetings from everyone at Plantation Productions!

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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?”

  18. 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!


  19. 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.


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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.








  21. 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.

  22. 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.




  23. “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




  24. 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.



  25. “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.


  26. 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!


  27. 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.

  28. 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
    Life Is A Cabaret-
    With A Song in Your Heart –

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. Banner Tails Of Glasgow

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    A series of events aimed at documenting, discussing and appreciating the important role played by community and workplace organisers in shaping our city finishing up with a screening of Documentary “The Govan Banners”.


    Banners on Display are:

    Scottish Socialist Party Mayday Processions 1938; Franchise Banner of the Glasgow Shipwrights 1884; a collection of Southside of Glasgow Women’s Cooperative Guild Banners; and Contemporary Banners by Bead n’ Blether.

    When? – Sat 30/05/15 11:30am – 4pm

    Where? – The Pearce Institute, 840 – 860 Govan Rd, Glasgow, G51 3UU

    Contact –

  32. Mental Health Awareness Week with Creative Steps

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    This month the Creative Steps programme will be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week with all of our lovely participants!

    The classes will be running from the 11th to the 15th May, and include our usual programme as well as some exciting additions to celebrate.


    Mon: 1.00-3.00 – Dagger Necklace Workshop

    Tues: 10.30-12.30 – Inside Out Cushion Enterprise

    1.30-3.30 – Rug Rolling

    Wed: 11.00-1.00 – Bead n Blether Willow Weaving Workshop

    1.30-3.30 – Woolly Wednesday Willow Weaving Workshop

    Thu: 10.30-12.30 – Machine sewing

    1.30-3.30 – Machine sewing

     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.

  33. Clydeside Story – 1 year on…

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    We can’t believe it’s almost a full year since the multimedia extravaganza, Clydeside Story, was performed at the Harland and Wolff Shed in Govan. As part of the project we followed the participants on their journey, filming their highs and lows, as they prepared and rehearsed for the final show. “Clydeside Story – the Movie” was premiered at the BBC “Commonwealth at the Quay” Festival in July 2014.

    For the Glasgow Youth Arts Festival, we will be celebrating this landmark anniversary with the second public screening of “Clydeside Story – the Movie”. Were you, or someone you knew, in the show? Were you in the audience? Or did you miss it last year? Well, we’d like to invite you to join us as we look back on the year with an evening of music, film and a few surprises!!

    When: Tuesday 31st March – 7pm – 9pm
    Where: The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU
    Contact: Angela on 0141 445 1666

  34. Peter Pan Tickets Now Available

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    Tickets for this years Panto, Peter Pan are now available to pick up for free from the Plantation Productions office. The venue has a capacity of only 200 hundred so we would ask people please to only take as many tickets as the know they will use. It’s sure to be a fantastic production, certainly not to be missed!!!

  35. Lantern Making Workshop

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    In partnership with Govan Loves Christmas, Plantation Productions is running a special lantern making class this coming Monday for all who wish to attend. So come along, make a lantern, learn a new skill and take part in the parade at the GovanChristmas lights switch on on the 3rd of December.

    When: Monday the 1st December 4:30 – 6:30

    Where: The Portal, 978 Govan Rd, G51 1AB

    Contact: Plantation Productions  – 0141 445 1666

  36. Ceramic Tile Project – Exhibition

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    Hello lovely people!
    We AIR Space artists would like to invite you to the exhibition for the ceramic tile project that we carried out at the beginning of summer.  Fiona and Sarah have just finished working with the pupils from Govan High School, and so it’s time for us to get together and admire the fruits of our labour!
    I really hope you can all make it along on Thursday 4th December between 4pm – 6pm for an exhibition of your tiles, to see some photos of the workshops and have some light refreshments.  The invitation poster is attached.

    Hope to see you there!

  37. “Fright Night”

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    This Friday is “Fright Night” at the Portal for the Create Crew as Feevents Presents a host of talented young musicians who will be performing as part of our Halloween Party.  Friday 31st October, 6.30-8.30pm at The Portal – all welcome.  Fancy dress, of course.

  38. Life is a Cabaret – TICKETS NOW ONLINE

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    With only 2 weeks to go to the big event, you can now order your tickets online at

    Once again we are really looking forward to this highlight of our year – featuring Rosie Kane and Tam McGarvey, the Govan Allsorts, Feevents Talent Showcase, Artform music group and many others, including a bit of cheer from Universal Comedy (tbc).

    The event is licensed until 11pm, (children aged 14-17 permitted until 10pm).

    When – 17th October 2014 7pm-11pm.
    Where – The Pearce Institute (Mary Barbour Suite), 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU.

  39. SMHAFF – Seniors’ Showcase

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    As part of this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, Plantation Productions and Impact Arts are pleased to invite you to our Seniors’ Showcase this Thursday, 2nd October. Come along and be inspired by the arts, crafts and filmmaking skills of the Portal Seniors Film Club and Crafts Cafe members, who will be discussing the benefits of creativity in later life, exhibiting a selection of their work and inviting you to take part in a crafts activity.

    Refreshments and banter provided!

    When: 1pm-4pm Thursday 2nd October
    Where: Elderpark Centre, 82 Elderpark Street, Govan G51 3SS

    Easter Parade!

  40. Feevents Fabulous Friday

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    Great time had by all at Feevents fantastic gig last Friday at The Portal.
    The Create Crew, families and friends were treated to a brilliant line up
    of talented young people, including two of our “Clydeside Story” performers,
    Andrew and Aeryn. Congratulations to them on their first ever singing gig
    and thanks to Fee McKenzie for all her organisation.

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    Fee event crowd 050914

  41. Commonwealth Family Fun Day – FILM ONLINE

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    There’s been so much to see and do in Glasgow since the Games kicked off that we can’t believe it’s only been a week since the Queens Baton Relay passed through Govan. To be sure that we had a keepsake of the day, we sent Paddy on a mission to make a short film of the Commonwealth Family Event at the Pearce Institute. We think he did a great job…well done, Paddy!

    You can view the film here.

  42. Queens Baton Relay passes through Govan

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    What a great turnout yesterday for the Queens Baton Relay passing through Govan. There was plenty of fun to be had at the Commonwealth Family Day in and around the Pearce Institute, where community groups, artists, street performers and musicians had gathered to keep the crowds entertained for the historic afternoon.

    We wish everyone a happy Commonwealth Games…and don’t forget to check out all the great cultural events happening as part of the Glasgow 2014 Festival, including the free festival along at the BBC on Pacific Quay.

  43. Govan Housing Association Family Fun Day!

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    A full day of fun for all the family – come along and join in the free activities and celebrate YOUR local community. With facepainting, sports, bouncy castles, music and much much more!! Govan Housing Association are offering opportunities for local groups and artists to set up stall at their event – just get in touch and bring your won table (and gazebo). Look out for our very own Bead n Blether providing jewellery making activities for kids!

    When: Saturday 28th June, 11am – 2pm

    Where: Riverside Primary School, Govan Rd Campus G51 2QA

    Contact: Govan housing Association, 0141 440 0308

  44. Clydeside Story – the final chapter?

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    It’s over a week since the curtain went down on the final performance of Clydeside Story, but we’re all still buzzing from the feedback from the show. All of the children and young people put their heart and souls into making it a day to remember, despite it being just a wee bit chilly in the big shed! CONGRATULATIONS to every one of you – you should be very, very proud of yourselves!

    Moya, Jayne and everyone at Plantation would like to say THE BIGGEST THANK YOU to all the partners, staff and crew who made the day possible – and of course to the wonderful, supportive audience who came along on the day.

    With so much going on across the 3 stages and screens we realise that some of you may have missed some of the action, but not to worry – we have been filming the “Making Of Clydeside Story” and the final performance, which will be available later in the year after the premiere screening at the BBC Neighbours Night., as part of the Commonwealth Festival, on 18th July. Watch this space for further details.

  45. It WILL be Alright on the Night (Clydeside Story)

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    We’d like to say a big huge thanks to all the Crew who have done a magic job transforming a big, dusty, industrial shed into a funky multimedia stage for Clydeside Story tomorrow. It’s looking and sounding amazing, and after a preview of rehearsals we CAN’T WAIT to see the full performances from the children and young people from The Portal, SWAMP, Arden, Bright Night International and Vivace Theatre School. Everyone has worked so hard on this show, with each group bringing their own chapter of the ‘Clydeside Story’ to life through dance, drama, film, music, circus skills and physical theatre.

    The stage is set, now all we need is YOU – see you there!

    Performances – 2pm & 6pm (45 mins approx)
    Thursday 3rd April 2014
    The Govan Shed, 23 Clydebrae Street, Glasgow G51 2AJ.

  46. Clydeside Story – One week to go

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    It’s the penultimate rehearsals for the wee ones at the Portal Kidz Club – intently practicing their guitars and putting the final touches to their costumes for the grand performances next week. We hope you’ll be there to give them the biggest cheer as they take to the stage… Performances 2pm and 6pm, Thursday 3rd April, The Govan Shed, 23 Clydebrae Street, Glasgow G51 2AJ.

  47. Clydeside Story – 10 days to go!


    Have you checked out the promo film for Clydeside Story yet?… Take a sneak preview of what we’ve got lined up for the show, then spread the word!
    Let’s do the kids proud and fill that big shed.

    Clydeside Story Promo Film

    Thursday 3rd April – 2pm and 6pm
    The Govan Shed, 23 Clydebrae Street, Glasgow G51 2AJ.

  48. Clydeside Story: let the countdown commence!

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    There’s a real buzz in the air this week, as months of planning and rehearsals on the CLYDESIDE STORY project comes into focus for the exciting multimedia performance taking place at the Harland and Wolff Shed on THURSDAY 3rd APRIL 2014.

    Using dance, drama, music, animation, circus and physical theatre, over 100 young people from across the South West will come together to show us their side of life on the Clyde. It’s gonna be AMAZING so make sure you head for The Shed on 3rd April.

    Performance times – 2pm and 6pm
    The Govan Shed – 23 Clydebrae Street (next to Riverside Hall), Govan G51 2AJ
    Free Entry – Tickets available on the door.

  49. Halloween Unders Music Night

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    halloween portal poster copy

    Time to dust off the spooky glad rags again and get yourself along to the Halloween Party of the Year at Plantation Productions. Feevents has organised another brilliant ‘Unders Music Night’ with a Halloween twist on Friday 1st November (6.30-9pm) at The Portal. 6 brilliantly talented artists, fancy dress competition and party games… Be afraid, be very afraid … this party may contain nuts!

  50. Create Crew meets Bright Night

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    SONY DSCAs our “Clydeside Story” Project gathers pace, our Create Crew had their first taste of Beatboxing and Hip Hop dance on Monday night. Bright Night International invited us to SWG3 Studio Warehouse for some fantastic workshops followed by an amazing performance of a live beatboxing and hiphop dance duet. We discovered some natural dancers in our wee group and Megan shone in hear beatboxing debut with big Taj. Thanks guys!

  51. Our Festival Brochure OUT NOW!

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    With the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival now in full swing across Scotland, we’ve made up an at-a-glance brochure of events from the local Arts & Wellbeing network…There really is something for everyone – so get your diaries out or you might miss out!

    SMHAFF 2013 Brochure

  52. “Here’s Tae Yer Health” – We’re nearly there!


    We’ve locked DC in a cupboard and he’s not allowed out until he’s got the edit ready for the big premiere on Tuesday. He didn’t have that beard when he started, but don’t worry – we can assure you that no filmmakers were harmed in the making of this movie.

    In case you’ve missed the previous blog the screening will take place at the Pearce Institute from 7pm – 10pm, followed by a Q and A with the filmmakers and live music from the Govan Allsorts and The Jaggy Nettles.

    Download the poster here, and feel free to pass on to your pals…
    Here’s Tae Yer Health

  53. AlterForum Exhibition at Gallery 966

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    We are delighted to host the AlterForum Exhibition at Gallery 966, from Monday 2nd September to Saturday 7th September. With shared food and beer and beer tasting events included, we’re sure this is going to be a little bit out of the ordinary…

    “Throughout the course of 2013, a fluctuating group of 12 artists met under the name AlterForum. Following a series of potluck dinners, we discussed the evolution and purpose of participatory art and socially engaged practices in the contemporary art world. The works in this exhibition reflect upon the ways in which those discussions are related to or have altered each artist’s thinking and/or practice.”

    Monday 2nd September:
    11:00 – 6:00 Opening event

    Tuesday 3rd September:
    1:00 – 03:00 An Attempt to Feel Freer by Sarah F. Maloney

    Thursday 5th September:
    1:00 – 03:00 An Attempt to Feel Freer by Sarah F. Maloney

    Friday 6th September:
    1:00 – 5:00 Social Drawing by Sarah F. Maloney
    5:30 – 7:30 Potluck Dinner *bring food to share
    7:30 – 9:30 IMPORTED: A Tasting Event by Lauren Wells, Tickets £5

    Saturday 7th September:
    1:00 – 4:00 An Afternoon in Govan, Closing Party

    More information on the programme can be found on the AlterForum website

  54. Back To School ‘Unders’ Musical Showcase

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    Summer school holidays may be over, but there’s plenty
    to look forward to at Plantation Productions’ Youth Projects.

    We’re kicking off our ‘Back to School’ season with a fantastic
    Under 18s Musical Showcase this Friday (30th August).

    Bring your pals and join us at The Portal from 6.30-9pm.
    There’ll be cool music performed by local young musicians,
    a bit of banter and free drinks and nibbles.

    Poster 1

  55. Govan Banners Screening at Kinning Park


    Seniors at KP Cinema Club

    A big thanks to Michael, Liam and Laura Jane at the KPC Social Cinema Club for making us feel very welcome at the screening of “The Govan Banners” on Tuesday night.

    By great coincidence we had Sheila and Ernest in the audience – two young people from Spain, who had come to the Complex for a yoga class, but decided to stay for the film instead (sorry, yoga teacher). After the screening, Ernest shared his own family stories and they informed us that they had not been aware that people from Scotland had gone to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War. We had an interesting and heartfelt discussion and by the end of the night the group had gained yet another group of young fans.

  56. “The Govan Banners” Film Screening

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    Govan Banners Poster

    The KPC Social Cinema Club have invited us to join them for another opportunity to catch this intriguing documentary by the Portal Seniors Film Club.

    The film tells the story of the mysterious Govan Banners – found on May Day 1979 – wrapped in newspapers and forgotten for 40 years. Working with director, Kirsten MacLeod, The Seniors Film Club went on a journey to finally uncover their origins and tell the story behind their creation.

    Tuesday 2nd July – 7pm
    Entry £2
    The Kinning Park Complex,
    40 Cornwall Street,

  57. The Portal Fun Day – Don’t Rain On Our Parade

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    The weather may have rained us out but we didn’t let that deter us from having a blast at The Portal fun day last month.  Rolling 3 events into one, such multi-taskers are we, we celebrated the new look Portal, launched our new Arts and Culture Programme, and also our new website, over an afternoon of fun-filled chaos.

    The day was abuzz with a whole hubbub of activity going on around us.  From live music to football; from face-painting to circus skills; from arts and crafts to a community exhibition, there really was something to suit the whole family.  We even brought a taste of the Caribbean to Govan with our juice bar – which went down an absolute triumph!

    It was also the first chance to catch the premier of our brand new promotional film ‘500 Days of (Scottish) Summer’, an aptly named piece given mother nature’s climate! The promo video, which can be found on our website page, received a great reception from all who saw it and who no doubt went home happy and with ‘Hall & Oates’ stuck in their head.

    You can check out our pictures from the event on our facebook page, there are more to be added, but it gives a starter, and if you yourself took any, then feel free to add them too and don’t forget that by signing up to our newsletter you will be entered into a draw to win an ipad mini.

    All in all it was a great day for the team, volunteers and hopefully for all of you!  And we showed that it takes more than a puddle or two (or three…or four…or…) to dampen our spirits.

    By Samantha Devoy, Administration Assistant.