Artist in residence

  1. 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.




  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Community Ceramic Tile Project – Exhibition

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    Gallery 966 last Thursday evening saw participants from the Community Ceramics Project gather together to enjoy the beautiful finished ceramic work from the project, which has been running in the Portal AIR Space this year. The exhibition displayed ceramic tiles designed and created by pupils from Govan High School (S2), The Portal AIR Space Art class and The Portal Seniors Film Club.
    During the project, the use of architectural ceramics in traditional buildings in Govan was explored and people had the opportunity to make some new ceramic tiles. Through local walks and visits to tenement ‘wally’ closes and public buildings around Govan, a variety of traditional architectural ceramics including decorative wall tiles and floor mosaics were seen and documented, and some of the typical design styles such as Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco were explored.
    The project has been implemented as part of the Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative, and aims to raise awareness of the importance and special character of Govan’s listed buildings alongside the wider conservation and regeneration work currently being carried out in the Central Govan area.
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  5. AIR Space – Ceramic Course

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    Booking now for the very popular Ceramic Course with Sarah Bland!
    Wednesday Evenings 7.00-9.00 pm. Starts 20th August for 6 weeks.

    Try out hand building; clay sculpting; and using the potter’s wheel to create a variety of pieces. Learn how to decorate the finished piece with different glazing techniques. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. To get into the swing of it wear clothing that you are not bothered about getting dirty! And bring an old towel.
    To book contact Tina at Plantation Productions Tel. 387-2596 or email

  6. AIR Space Ceramics

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    The AIR Space has been a hive of dusty creative activity recently, since the community ceramics project has got underway.

    Through a series of talks and discussions, local walks and hands-on ceramic tile making workshops, people have been investigating the historic use of architectural ceramics such as tile and mosaic work in traditional buildings in Govan, discovering original features still existing in tenement ‘Wally’ closes, shopfronts entranceways and significant public buildings in the area.

    People have also been designing and making new tiles, experiencing the entire ceramic production process through the stages of designing, sculpting, mould making, pressing, glazing and firing the clay to make the finished tiles.

    The project will be running over the next few months – look out for an exhibition of the ceramic work made in the Autumn at Gallery 966.

    The ceramics project is run by Portal Artists in Residence Sarah Bland, Fiona Fleming & Geraldine Greene, and is part of the Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative, funded by Glasgow City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  7. 100 Flowers at the AIR Space

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    Over the last couple of months, the AIR Space art class have been learning the basics of silkscreen printing, and have created some beautiful prints, as part of the 100 Flowers project.
    The 100 Flowers project is a new Collection of 100 framed works inspired by flowering plants from the greater Glasgow area, for the new NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s New South Glasgow Hospitals.
    Here’s some photos of the process and artworks made


  8. AIR Space ceramics class

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    A new ceramics project for adults is starting at The Portal AIR Space, next Wednesday evening for 6 weeks, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, with 3 of the Portal Artists in Residence.
    The course is a 6 week project exploring the use of architectural ceramics in traditional buildings in Govan, with the opportunity to design and produce some of your own ceramic tiles in the AIR Space.  For beginners, no previous experience of ceramics work is necessary.

    Community Ceramics Project
    ‘Wally Closes & Mosaic Shop Entranceways’

    Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm
    21st, 28th May, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th June
    AIR Space, The Portal, 978 Govan Rd G51 3AJ

    21st May Central Govan guided walk to see examples of traditional architectural ceramic tiles
    28th May An introduction to design for ceramics
    4th June Developing your ceramic tile design
    11th June Mould making
    18th June Press moulding with clay / firing finished tile
    25th June Glazing and Firing

    Please note on the first session on 21st May, the guided walk will cover some distance on foot within central Govan. Please wear weather appropriate clothing, and please let me know in advance if you have any questions or considerations regarding mobility.

    Course run by Portal Artists in Residence Sarah Bland, Fiona Fleming & Geraldine Greene, and the project is part of the Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative, funded by Glasgow City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Please let us know if you’d like to book a place, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form] on:

    Many thanks,

    Geraldine, Fiona & Sarah

  9. 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.

  10. 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!


  11. 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!

    FI mosaic


  12. Winter in the “AIR”

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    With the nights “fair drawing in’, now is the ideal time to think about taking on a new project, and our residents artists are offering two exciting opportunities to take you into the New Year.

    We have a 12 week Art Course, exploring 3 different visual art techniques, or you can try your hand at Ceramics, making unique Xmas gifts and decorations.

    Art Course – starts Thursday 31st October, from 6pm-8pm
    Christmas Ceramics – starts Sunday 3rd November, from 11am-1pm (for 6 weeks)

    Both courses will take place in the AIR studios, 974 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3AJ.
    More info can be found on our Projects page (Artists in Residence) or you can contact us using the form below

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