Archive: Nov 2013

  1. Banner making at AIR with Bead ‘n’ Blether

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    The AIR Space has been seeing a lot of Bead ‘n’ Blether’s Gillian, Katie and Phyllis of late, and it has been an absolute pleasure, as always, to have their company and do another creative project with them.

    We have been making a set of banners for the group, and as this is the second set of banners that we’ve made together, we’re becoming quite the pros!

    The banners were made for an event on Saturday in Govan, as part of the Govan’s Hidden Histories Project, celebrating strong women of Govan in the Women’s Histories and Protest on The Clyde strand of the project.  The banners led a group on a tour of significant locations around Govan, honouring women like Isabella Elder, Mary Barbour and Helen Crawfurd.

    We looked at The Co-operative Women’s Guild for inspiration for the design of the banners, drawing parallels between the aims of the Guild, which are to improve the status of women, and the benefits that Bead ‘n’ Blether brings to it’s members today.

    Saturday was an amazing day in sunny Govan, and the banners received a great reception from all those who saw them.  Bead ‘n’ Blether now have a striking set of banners for future use, so not doubt they’ll be back out on show again soon.

    For more detailed info about the banners and the wider project, visit the blog Govan’s Hidden Histories, there’s lot of fantastic stuff on there about Govan and it’s heritage.

  2. Getting Creative for Clydeside Story

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    Fantastic night with Kidz Club and Create Crew both showcasing their hard work from the past 6 weeks with Drama Tutor, Vickie Brown from Vivace Theatre school. Great performances of some well known fairytales from the Kidz Club, while Create Crew excelled themselves with 2 short plays they’ve written about a modern day history of Govan. Keep up the good work guys and get your dancing shoes on for next week’s session!




  3. The start of winter in the ‘AIR’

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    On Halloween, 14 local residents decided against going guising and came to a drawing workshop at the A.I.R space instead!

    This marked the start of our ‘Winter in the AIR’ workshops, a series of 12 free workshops delivered by the artists in residence at the Portal. The workshops have started with an introduction to drawing and mark making with Alex Bowie, will then continue with watercolour and paint with Fiona Fleming and end with graphic design and screen printing with Geraldine Greene. Each section is 4 weeks long, making the class a perfect opportunity for participants to try their hand at a few things.

    This round of classes is fully booked but we will run the block again in the new year. We are also open to suggestions as to what people would like to come to and will endeavour to try and run the classes that people want. It has been wonderful getting folk into the space and getting creative. I had to share this photo of the group drawing blindfolded to music on Thursday evening. Govan has a lot of talented artists out there!


  4. Mosaic Madness in the AIR Space

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    For the past few months the A.I.R space has been a hive of activity. Not only are 3 of the artists working collaboratively on design project for the Govan Stones (, Geraldine has been going shop front-tastic and Alex and Fiona have been commissioned to make four large mosaic bollards for Moorpark Housing Estate in Renfrew. Phew!


    We worked with kids at the Cherri Centre in Moorpark to develop a design for the bollards though creative workshops. We then took their drawings and translated them into designs for the bollards. After approval from the contractors, 4 huge concrete bollards were delivered to the studio. With the help of some fine Govan men (DC, Iain) we rolled them into the studio and got to work.


    It has taken months to complete these beautiful bollards. We have learnt in the process that mosaiac-ing onto a non-flat surface is not as easy as it looks, and that Fiona’s jokes get worse the longer she spends cutting tiles…….. We look forward to seeing the finished pieces in situ in the near future and who knows, after so many compliments from local residents, i may just have to put up with more bad jokes from Fiona if we get the go ahead to do some for Govan!

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  5. The AIR Space Artists celebrate the Commonwealth Games.


    Hello! This is my first post and it is rather exciting. I am Alex and  am one of the lucky 4 artists in residence in the Portal’s A.I.R (artist in residence) space. All four of us have an interest in socially engaged art practice and believe in the importance of everyone having the opportunity to be creative. Being based in our space on Govan Road gives us the opportunity to work directly with the local comunity and respond to what they want.

    So when the Commonwealth Family Festival came to Govan we decided to run a screen printing workshop to celebrate, focusing on the Queens Baton Relay. Particpants were invited to explore imagery from the 70 Commonwealth nations and territories which the Queens Baton will pass through. They then had the opportunity to make this image into a screenprint. To do this they went through the whole process screenprinting; making the image, exposing the screen, then printing. Their prints were made into flags which can be used next year to wave at Commonwealth Games events.

    We had a great day, despite the weather and got some great results from some very young screenprinters!

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    This project was in conjunction with Glasgow Life.

  6. Festive Pop-up Shop

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    We had Xmas sorted at the Portal this weekend with our Festive Pop-up Shop! We brought together crafters and community groups to offer lovely local shopping and those special gifts that beat the High Street any day. My bag of goodies included hand-painted silk lavender bags, brocade jewellery wraps, stunning glass hearts, a fabulous photographic print .. vintage style baskets … and more. And with tea and doughnuts and raffle prizes to round up the day those of us who are sorted now can enjoy the build up to Xmas! Check out the raffle prize of fantastic Tinker Bell cake from “Cakes by Hazel” won by lucky Karen! If you missed our Pop-up Shop some of the crafters will be at local libraries in December: 3rd Elderpark; 4th Pollok; 5th Cardonald; 7th Pollokshaws.
    Photographs by Iain G. Farrell

  7. Jewellery Exhibitions – Bring on the bling!


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    Well done everyone at Gorbals and Castlemilk for the absolutely fabulous displays of jewellery as part of The Mental Health Arts & Film Festival! From the visitors that popped in to see the work the feedback was amazing “So professional!”; “Like a shop!”; “Can we buy it?”. Coming along and joining a group with people you don’t know at all can be daunting. Coming along and getting totally absorbed in the activity you are doing can be the opposite!
    The creative juices are flowing – some are now coming along to our Ceramics Course, Art Course and others coming along to our Festive Pop-up shop as stall-holders! Fabulous to have you on board!
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