About Us

The following is a brief timeline of our journey so far…


Moved into a small office (Studio 6) in the community-run Kinning Park Complex, running video projects with local groups.


In partnership with Roots in the Community ran the first Govan Gathering Light at Water Row, in response to the City Lighting Strategy as part of Glasgow – City of Light. The project aimed to work with local schools and youth groups to shine a positive light on Govan’s disused and empty spaces.


Govan Gathering Light #2 took place, as part of a Young Roots Heritage project. Over 9 months local young people worked towards a parade to the live performance event in the Harland & Wolff shed on Govan Road, whilst 13 local and international artists worked with local groups to produce 13 lighting installations around Govan (including the Paul Matosic piece at The Portal and the iconic projections on the Lyceum cinema).


Won the Dynamic Place Award from Scottish Enterprise for the Govan Gathering Light project.


Govan Gathering Light #3, worked with local youth groups to produce 6 short films with the theme of Light, which were premiered in a high-profile red carpet event at the Imax, Glasgow.

December 2007

After 2 years of planning and development in partnership with Roots In The Community and Govan Housing Association we moved into The Portal – former derelict shops that were to become a vibrant hub for the arts in South West Glasgow.

January 2008

Three years of funding from the Big Lottery Fund (Investing In Communities), enabled us to expand our programme of work to include weekly sessions of the Seniors Film Club, the Kids Film Club and to set up the Arts & Wellbeing Network “Timeout Programme”, working towards the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival in October.

2009 – 2010

Phase 2 of The Portal launched, where we were joined by Scotland In Europe and Sunny Govan Community Radio. Our film archive and programmes continue to expand, with new groups, commissions and projects running across the South West.


Plantation Productions takes on the management of The Portal as our partners, Roots In The Community, ceases trading.

April 2011

We successfully tender for the development and delivery of the South West Arts Programme for Govan and Craigton (Making Art Matter), funded through Glasgow City Council’s Integrated Grant Fund.


Plantation Productions takes on Charitable status and gains recognition as a Community Anchor Organisation through funding from the Scottish Government’s People & Communities Fund.


After a community consultation, in partnership with the Central Govan Action Plan (Townscape Heritage Initiative), The Portal shopfronts get a facelift to become a landmark on the Govan Townscape.

May 2013

Our new website launched with a weekend of events and film screenings.

December 2013

The Portal wins the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) Award for Best Practice in Creative Regeneration