This month the Creative Steps programme is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week by bringing the outdoors inside!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Our Wednesday Kidz Club thought they would put on a show for their Mums and Dads. Just to prove how wonderfully talented they really are. Feel free to get as creative as these guys……… it is most definitely encouraged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
Where: Gallery 966
Dates: 25th September – 18th December 2015
Funded by Glasgow City Council Integrated Grants Fund, through Glasgow Clyde College.
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.
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?
So after almost 3 weeks on from the Portal Highland Games Summer Camp, our little highland warriors are back at the Kidz Club, all refreshed and looking forward to our next project. Today we relaxed with some games and arts & crafts, and discussed what we are doing next. Check out how much fun we had during the summer in our short video. Special thanks to Peter SaintMartin for editing.
So tonight’s Drop-In was a success, after 2 weeks off, the boys are back and needed no ‘extra time’ coming up with a new project idea, and if you haven’t figured it out by now, they are planning to start their own football team. It was fantastic to be a part of their vision and watch as they each assigned their roles, from manager to positions and who will seek out sponsors. Plantation Productions will be documenting the whole process, so stay tuned for updates on their progress.
After a lovely morning singing in the streets of Govan – much to the amusement of passers by and residents – the Govan Allsorts Community Choir and Plantation film crew, headed to the banks of Loch Lomond to film some scenes as part of our “With A Song in Your Heart” project.
For once, the back of the bus COULD sing, while we all got to take in some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.
The final film, part of a partnership with the Scottish Screen Archive, will be shown in October as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival…for now here are some more photos of the day, courtesy of Gerry Gilmartin.
For the past 6 weeks our Betweener’s group have been involved in a bike workshop with our lovely friends at The Coming Home Centre at the Pearce Institute. The boys each got to choose a bike that they would then fix up, clean up and ride it home to keep as their own. It was lovely to watch the young boys really take charge (some who liked to delegate) and be able to cycle away on their bikes that they worked so hard on. We cannot thank enough, the very kind and patient volunteers who put all they had into making the project a success.
As part of ‘Into Film‘ the Create Crew have spent the last few days devising, scripting, casting, crewing-up, designing and building sets, and much, much more for their fantastic short film on Anti-Bullying. All their hard work and focus has paid off and today they are ready to film!
Check back here for updates on the Create Crew’s tremendous film with a modern take on Anti-Bullying.
Supported by the BFI, and a range of other funders, Into Film is building on the work of two former film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, to deliver film-based programmes to children and young people across the UK.
With our free community Highland Games event tomorrow, the portal Kidz Club campers have been training like pro-athletes. With the fastest racers and toughest worm-lifters in our number, our Heilan’ Warriors were more than ready to face the Vikings during our trip to Vikingar in Largs.
The Portal Kidz Creative Scottish Summer camp is at the haufway point; 2 weeks down, 2 to go. The kids have been wasting no time preparing for our upcoming Highland Games Event in Elder Park.
With Arts & Crafts activities celebrating all things Scottish, and learning some great new songs, they’ve no’ been slackin’ in their Scottish Studies.
They took some time out from their very serious work to hunt for Mini Beasts in Elder Park with Joanne from OPAL, had an entertaining visit from the fantastic Portal Seniors Film Club (complete with Scottish story-telling), and spent a sunny day at Glasgow Green.
The Scottish Screen Archive is a treasure trove of memories of Scottish life, committed to film for us all to enjoy for years to come. This year, as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2015, we have been invited to delve into the Archive’s vaults to produce a short film which will eventually form part of the curated material at the SSA’s stunning new premises at Kelvin Hall.
With the theme of this year’s SMHAFF being “Passion”, our first port of call was The Govan Allsorts Community Choir. The choir’s passion for song, laughter and friendship was the inspiration for the project, which will bring music and film together in the spirit of the critically acclaimed 2014 film “From Scotland with Love”.
Commencing 24th July 2015 we will be running a series of workshops (which are open to all to join), with Director Kirsten MacLeod and Emily Munro from the Scottish Screen Archive:
When: Friday 24th July – Friday 4th September
– Morning session: 10.30 to 12.30. Some afternoon sessions: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Where: Plantation Productions, The Portal, 978 Govan Road (with some location filming)
If you would like to join us on this fun road-trip down memory lane, please contact Angela on 0141 445 1666 or use the form below to get in touch.
You can take part in some or all of the sessions to suit your availability over the Summer – PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS.
The final film will be screened alongside “From Scotland with Love” as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival at 7pm on Tuesday 27th October 2015 at the Pearce Institute.
Image: ‘Health of a City’ (1965), courtesy of Scottish Screen Archive
One week doon of our Creative Sottish Summer Camp already! We’ve had a braw time exploring some of Scotland’s culture, traditions and….amazing language. We’ve also been taking advantage of the sunshine when it’s here, and had a fantastic visit to the Kelvingrove.
At the end of our Summer Camp we will be hosting a free, community Highland Games Event in Elder Park. Check back here for more details!
We still have a few tickets left for the preview screening of the Create Crew’s spectacular production of
“Much Ado About Govan”
taking place from 7.30pm this Friday (26th June) at the Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall Street, Glasgow G41 1AQ.
If you would like to join us for the screening, followed by entertainment from Brightnight International Circus and a “School’s Out” disco, then just get in touch using the form below. Nibbles, treats and refreshments provided!
Last Tuesday Time Out took a master class from Tina in making ‘floating necklaces’.
We also had some new additions to the class, and so the final outcome of our beading work is even bigger and more colourful than ever!
Contact us to learn more about our classes and events.
This Tuesday at Time Out we were shown how to make colourful ‘Dagger Necklaces’ by Tina. There were so many ways to mix and match the bright beads that everybody ended up with something unique to their own style.
Contact us to learn more about our classes and events.
The Kidz Club took some time out of their busy recording schedule on Wednesday to try a spot of Ornithology. Our young bird-spotters teamed up with the RSPB and Friends of Elder Park to try and make Elder Park a better habitat for House Sparrows by helping to create some meadows. In recent years, House Sparrows have shown a rapid national decline in the UK, decreasing by around 60% in urban and suburban areas so the Kidz Club were more than happy to help out our feathered friends.
You can see more photos on the Friends of Elder Park Flickr – here.
The kids spent time in Wednesday’s session making Fortune Tellers, and having a great time predicting each others destinies – from the sublime to the ridiculous. Beth (Plantation all-star and helper extraordinaire) made the tiniest Fortune Teller ever* – something she is hoping to make a small fortune out of.
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
Congratulations and celebrations to mark the end of our Jewellery Course at the Stewart Centre, Castlemilk. Thanks to all the staff who dropped in to see our display and tell our group just how fabulous they are!! Since March we have been busy bees producing projects in wire-work, beading, cord techniques and much more. As we said – it’s sad when a good thing comes to an end, but look forward to seeing you at Time Out on Tuesday afternoons at Gallery 966 – so it’s just the beginning really … well done everyone !!!
Yesterday at Time Out we welcomed back Flora, who has taught with us in the past. She is working to teach us the techniques to create ‘Rag Rugs’, which we could also make cushion fronts, bags or even brooches out of!
The workshops run from the 14th of April and culminates at the start of Mental Health Awareness week on the 12th of May.
To celebrate the chocolate-centric occasion, Wooly Wednesday went very “Wacky Races”!
The group had a table top race between wind-up chicks, wind-up bunnies and even wind-up babies. The mechanical athletes had a mind of their own as they sped towards the finish line, or sometimes away from it and in circles!
The competition was fierce, but no toys were hurt in the making of this event.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Well… in my book, these guys are all of the above! Our Much Ado about Govan gang have been working incredibly hard getting ready for their shoot which starts this coming Monday!! Aaaaaargh! Where did the time go? Here they are rehearsing, organising costumes and art and generally working their little cotton socks off.
With just a week to go until the screening of Clydeside Story at the Pearce Institute (from 7pm on Tues 31st March), here’s a wee flashback to the trailer for the event. All welcome…hope to see you next week!
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
Well actually… it was about Twenty quid for plastic bags, bamboo canes, tape and string…but the boys from our Betweeners group did make their own set of wings and had tremendous fun in the process, all ready for the spring time winds. (Look out Lyndsey, you may get blown away!)
You can see them here, with their fists holding tight… to the strings of their kites.
All together now “Oh Oh Oh, Lets Go Fly a Kite, Up to the Highest Heights!”
Our Seniors Film and Media group at their first recording session of “The Last Waltz”.
Written by the group, this is the story of five young Govan friends – Frank, Harry, Robert, Billy and Johnny – and their families, as they go off to war. The group’s performance of these characters was not only electric but incredibly moving.
Thanks to George Henry and the boys from Glasgow Clyde College for their patience in recording the session.
So… update on the Well said project. This Tuesday the group formed a cast and crew for two productions. The first was the incredibly talented Govan based actor Andrew McIntosh with his gripping portrayal of Mick from Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker”. Not only did Andy perform the piece with a certain playful menace, the group took the production roles of Camera Operating, Directing, and Sound Recording.
Then we moved onto Gino and his Cooking on a budget show where he showed us how to make three different kinds of omelettes. Gino’s larger than life and engaging personality provided a comic tone to this show, showing us how to cook delicious meals on a low budget. The crew again, switching roles took to their given tasks like industry professions, and as a treat… got to tuck into Gino’s delicious cooking.
Being a super hero fan, I often think on the lessons that these men in tights teach. Spiderman’s lesson is one of my favourites. This young kid who as the song says…”Can do anything that a spider can” always states…”With great power, come great responsibility.” For tutors, youth workers, parents, and anyone else who works with young people, that power is great. So great, that it can change the course of a young person’s life. These young and very talented artists are among those, and I hope that we hold up our responsibility to show them the heroes they truly can be. DC
The Kidz Club had fun giving Govan’s Hidden Histories new card game ‘Govan Trumps’ a try, and learned about some pretty impressive Characters of Govan. There was plenty of weird and wonderful facts to learn about some great Govanites, though perhaps the most surprising thing they learned about was gallusness** – which most of them had never heard of.
They also made some cards featuring the most gallus Characters of Govan around; themselves!
This week members from our Creative Steps sewers began a new business venture! This sewing enterprise group forms a collaboration between Plantation Production and new interiors business ‘Outside In’ whose ‘plump up your life’ ethos fits with what we do here. We are busy learning the skills to ultimately assemble and sew stunning cushions produced and retailed by ‘Outside In’ featuring spectacular images of the Scottish environment. We are all very excited to start this new creative collaboration!
Noisy, fun, and full of musical expression! The Kidz club Music Project started with a bang, toot, rattle, jingle, and clang. Bryan Tolland led the band in their first session of a project which which will result in them writing, performing and recording their own song/CD!
There are still a few spaces left in the Wednesday Club if your child would like to get involved. Please contact Jayne Henry on 0141-445-1666 or pop in to see us at Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ.
Happy Birthday Woolly Wednesday peer support group!! Two years and still going strong and welcoming new members! Phil would like to thank everyone for attending and especially Katy and Gillian for all their hard work. To everyone – your support, your ideas, and your banter make the group what it is! Our planning session today will bring lots more activity ideas for the year to come! Keeeeep knitting …… !!!!
Time Out enjoyed a final Xmas session to end this year with a Sugar Craft class that was finger-lickingly good!! Iced snowmen, snowflakes and delicate flowers that need a steady hand and a sweet tooth. The class was such a success everyone is desperate to learn more about this craft. Well done to everyone for making the group so welcoming! We will re-commence on Tuesday 13th January and Karen will be back to share more Sugar Craft skills with us! You may see an extravagant wedding cake in our window one day!
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.
For more see : http://plantation.org.uk/air-space-ceramics/
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!!!
Roll up – roll up – get your Christmas gifts here tomorrow!! Free craft activities for all the kids and festive face painting!!
Doors open 12.00 noon so get here sharp to bag the best gifts and get your raffle ticket for fabulous prizes. Kids will be making festive lanterns and decorations to take away.
12.00-3.30 pm The Portal (978 & 966 Govan Road)
Ho ho ho !! See you there …
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.
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.
Exciting times for our Kidz Club members this week as
they get their first sight of the Peter Pan stage under construction
in the Pearce Institute. The performance is Friday 12th December.
Book your Free Panto Tickets Now from Plantation Productions,
978 Govan Road, G513AJ (0141-445-1666)
Our Craft Course at Florence Street Resource Centre reached its finale and exhibition of work and two new course have begun at Brand Street and Stewart Resource Centres. View a tiny taster of work produced at Florence Street.
Busy classes and a great fun atmosphere for our new Jewellery Courses. The last course participants are joined by new jewellery makers – get set for a frenzy of festive pressie making!
As the festive season fast approaches our youth projects are working hard towards their pantomime performance of Peter Pan. The Kidz Club will be performing and the Create Crew are designing and creating the stage set and costumes. The big event is Friday 12th December at 7pm in the Pearce Institute. Watch this space for ticket info.
Florence Street Resource Centre will hold an informal display of work following their Crafts Course with tutor Liz Shepherd, as part of our Creative Steps programme. The course covered a wide range of all things crafty from card-making and paper crafts to mosaic. Goodies will be displayed at 12 noon, Thursday 30th October, Florence Street Resource Centre, Florence Street, Gorbals. All welcome!
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.
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.
A short break in the blethering for a Masterclass in cluster-bead-work with Tina – we are thinking statement necklaces – big and bold! Master-classes are part of our on-going commitment to our peer support groups through the Creative Steps programme. Job done! Blethering can re-commence! Great work!
Skills sharing from members of the group is another great way to try new techniques – thanks to Ellen for the Kumihimo technique – so many talents in this group!
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
Time Out class – so many crafts so little time! Our community class which links to our work in Resource Centres began a new course in ceramics yesterday. But so keen were people to finish off the patchwork project we opened early and closed late for busy bees to get through 2 crafts in one day! We think the results were well worth it! More will be displayed at our exhibition as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival on 10th October at the Portal, Gallery 966. Look out for our blog about that soon …
There are still places left on the Universal Comedy Workshop at The Portal and still three sessions to go . So if you’re interested in comedy or just looking to try new things, now is the time. There’s no requirement to perform just come along, have fun, a cup of tea and make some friends at the same time.
If you’re interested and would like to join in/get more information please get in touch.
“I would recommend anyone to try it, because it’s brilliant for your confidence” (“Walking in my shoes” participant)
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.
The Thursday sewing group goes from strength to strength … I know we look like we’re about to enter Bake-off, but our beautifully sewn aprons are not ready to get dirty just yet! Every machine is in use on Thursday mornings with the progressors group and again a full group of beginners every afternoon. Great work from our lovely tutor, Morag, and as our first block comes to a close … popular demand brings about block 2 from October-December. We’ve got it all sewn up!