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.
Keep your eyes on us as we’ll be letting you know about more for more exciting activities during Mental Health Awareness week!
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!
Aw the end of our Beginners Jewellery Making Courses at Brand Street and the Stewart Centre … fantastic work done by everyone and we’ve really enjoyed getting to know each other. Cheryl – great to hear all the comments your gran got wearing your jewellery to the wedding – and Anne-Marie getting all those likes on facebook about your jewellery – and Kathleen your friend who never wears fashion jewellery changed her mind and wore yours! We did good! (Great to see some faces at our Time Out class at the Portal.)
Due to popular demand we will continue with Progressors level jewellery Oct-Dec. A festive frenzy of present making is planned ….
A group of forgotten champion boxers who emerged from one tough street in Barrowfield. Only one was destined to take home gold.
This is the remarkable story of Bobby Mallon a Boxer from Barrowfield, Glasgow who despite his visual impairment went on to win the Gold medal at the 1962 Commonwealth games in Perth, Australia as an amateur Flyweight. In his eventful career Bobby fought over 300 opponents as an Amateur Flyweight and Bantamweight, and fought and won against the likes of Alan Rudkin, Jim Watt and John McCluskey. Bobby also won an ABA title and 5 western district medals at 3 different weights.
Despite his successes Bobby Mallon has been forgotten.
This film will trace his life story from his humble beginnings, triumphs in the ring and finally his return home as a hero to the Scottish people. We will take a look at the story of the boxers that emerged from the same street as Bobby and the legacy they have left behind.
We are looking forward to welcoming new crafters into the programme! Our first block of workshops at Florence Street Resource Centre in Gorbals starts on Thursday 28th August for 10 weeks. Working with tutor, Liz Shepherd, our first session will be card-making, with lots more crafty techniques to follow … It’s the first block of a year-long partnership so welcome on board!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A great day experimenting with wire-work at Castlemilk. We transformed beads into pendants and embellished with wire-work for an individual piece. All it takes is a little bit of practice and confidence using the round nose pliers and no two pieces are the same! We think they look pretty classy. Well done!
Our Brilliant Create Crew had a day to remember on Monday 28th July when they went filming at Pacific Quay as part of their ‘BBC Lab’ training project. Not only did they learn some interview and film making techniques, they got to meet and interview the lovely Sir Chris Hoy. Happy days!
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!
Come along and visit Plantation Productions at our Commonwealth Craft Zone at Ibrox Library on Saturday 26th July 1.00-4.00 pm. The Commonwealth Family Day, hosted by Glasgow Life, will be full of fun for all the family. Visit our zone to try your hand at crafts from India, New Zealand, Jamaica and all the flags of the commonwealth in clay jewellery! See you there!
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.
Re-cycling at its best! Woolly Wednesday had their first Masterclass in rag-rolling today… Take a stack of cut up t-shirts, assorted materials, and a few special tools – and check out the results we are aiming for! The tutor had everyone practicing a smooth and a fluffy texture and the look is perfect for touchy-feely cushion fronts, wall hangings or even a full size rug if you get carried away!
Jewellery making at Brand Street Resource Centre & the Stewart Centre is really getting into full swing! We have been busy getting to grips with double stranded beading and combining wire and cord. It always seem to be a sunny day when we meet so finished pieces seem to have that beach vibe! Great work! And loads of chat – an hour outside and still chatting I hear!
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.
We love ‘time out’ and our new class got off to a great start last week producing crafty wall-hangings in hessian and felt. Hearts and love was a popular theme! It’s a really friendly group, so looking forward to everyone getting to know each other a lot more over the weeks to come. Today our lovely artist, Fiona, will work with the group to create cut-out style art-works inspired by French artist, Matisse and American urban artist, Keith Haring. Sounds fab.
In collaboration with Glasgow Life we will be offering an array of exciting crafts from different corners of the world. We will be celebrating the crafts of Commonwealth countries with some ‘come and try it’ workshops in a diverse range of arts and crafts, something for all the family.
When: Saturday 26th July 1:00-4:00
Where: Ibrox Library
Contact: Tina Kardasinska, Plantation Productions: 0141 387 2596
Places are being offered on workshops to try out some of the crafts techniques used by our fellow commonwealth countries. To book a place or find out more just contact us. (Adult Workshops)
To celebrate the arrival of the Commonwealth Queens Baton Relay in Govan, Plantation Productions will be partnering with Glasgow Life and local community organisations to host an afternoon of fun activities, arts and crafts, music, food and performance for all the family. Look out for Sunny Govan’s “Commonwealth of our Communities” radio booth and add you voice to the Commonwealth legacy!
FACT: Did you know the Queens Baton, which has traveled the Commonwealth, was crafted here in Govan by the talented folk at Galgael? Let’s give it a big, warm welcome home!
When: Tuesday 22nd July 2014: 12:00-4:00pm
Where: The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, G51 3UU
The new Plantation Productions “Making Art Matter” is now available for the year 2014-15. This years program is packed full of cultural events, workshops, exhibitions and projects with something to suit everyone. Making Art Matter aims to engage with a wider non-sports audience through creative activity that is meaningful and enjoyable for all, promoting the ethos and diversity of the Commonwealth.
Please take a read through to see what exciting things we’ve got coming up and share round your networks!
You can download an e-copy using the link below or drop in to the portal for a booklet.
Since the summer of 2013 volunteer film crew Redstone TV have been filming the Clydeside Story groups through their trials and tribulations as they learn new skills and discover new talent as they work towards their one big night. This film ‘Clydeside Story’ will have it’s premier screening at the opening night of the BBC at the Quay pop-up festival, part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations. Reserve your tickets by emailing Scotland.email@example.com
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!
The clock is ticking … our new programme CREATIVE STEPS to Living Well kicks off week commencing 23rd June. With an accent on health and well-being; if you’re feeling down, not getting out enough, then take a wee step and meet up with friendly folk. Classes start with TIME OUT (referral class) for a variety of arts & crafts techniques and MACHINE SEWING CLASSES. So don’t hang about, get in touch to find out more! Places limited!
Contact Tina, Plantation Productions.
Gallery 966 certainly has a lot of reasons to be cheerful, following its transformation from a basic workspace into an arts and crafts hubbub of activity. Looking rather fashionable in grey, white and red, the space is a far cry from what it once was.
It is clear that the recent run of craft classes have inspired the groups, with many continuing to develop the techniques they have learned and creating end results to behold, such as a stunning mirror using decopatch.
The pièce de résistance of 966 is no doubt its window display. Dressed in the same colours as its interior, it boasts a snapshot of just what can be achieved with a little bit of imagination.
A new run of craft classes are due to begin in the next coming weeks so watch this space.
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
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
Woolly Wednesday knitting group rose to the nationwide challenge from Voluntary Arts Scotland – decorate your local area and celebrate your craft during Voluntary Arts Week 9th-18th May. Needles have been rattling away for weeks and weeks … Members decided to knit an enormous chain signifying we are all linked together and stronger for it!! In place for all to enjoy at Elderpark Library.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following our very successful and highly exclaimed “Christmas Carol” Radio drama Plantation’s seniors who have now teamed with the Wonderful Sunny Govan Radio, have been working tirelessly on their world war one radio news drama, which will will depict the lives of several fictitious Govanites, who are based upon real people, as they live and die through this senseless war.
Heather from Sunny Govan along with her incredibly talented son Alex came along to join in and get a flavor of what the group have been working on, and give us their ideas.
We have almost completed our research of the events and have begun working on character profiles, some based upon real people, real events and real emotions. We also began improvisations between characters which generated a scene that was electrifying to watch, and let us begin to breath life into the characters.
Even though the group had fun and there were , as usual lots of laughs, a true understanding and reverence for those who lived through the war, and keeping things light then becomes a tool that can give us a breath from some of the harrowing information we are uncovering.
Happy New Year everybody. Great things are planned for the Portal Kidz Club in 2014, so if your child would like to be involved, please don’t miss our Club Registration Night this Friday, 17th January, from 4-6pm at The Portal (978 Govan Road G513AJ).
The Portal Kidz Club is a fun and creative club aimed at 5-11 year olds. From mid-January the sessions will be twice a week on a Wednesday (4-6pm) AND a Friday (4-6pm). Due to high demand for places, each child will be entitled to a place at one OR other of the groups.
(For the first 8 weeks), we will be teaching guitar lessons at the Wednesday sessions, and drama lessons at the Friday sessions, all working towards our Clydeside Story performance event in April.
The Clubs are free to attend and we anticipate the places will go quickly. Please arrive sharp for Registration between 4-6pm on Friday 17th January, to avoid disappointment.
Earlier this month, Beth, Lauren and Chanelle travelled to Edinburgh to represent the Create Crew kids at the launch of the book – “Cashback – Making Crime Pay”.
Sixteen projects from across Scotland contributed to the book, including our very own “Create Crew” which shows how the “Cashback” initiative takes money from criminals using the Proceeds of Crime Act and invests it back into communities.
The book was formally launched at Craigmillar Library in Edinburgh by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP. The event brought to life the pages of the book, showcasing some of the incredible projects that are giving a host of opportunities to young people and reducing anti-social behaviour as a result.
Plantation Productions are proud to announce that The Seniors’ Film and Media Club’s Audio Adaptation of Charles Dickens immortal classic “A Christmas Carol” will be aired tonight on Sunny Govan Radio 103.5FM
and introducing little Sophie Jane Smith
with special guest voices.
Adapted by DC Barclay for Plantation Productions
One Chapter Each Night, Starting tonight @ 7:30pm.
20th of December : Stave One: Marley’s Ghost
21st of December : Stave Two: The First of The Three Spirits
22nd of December : Stave Three: The Second of The Three Spirits
23rd of December : Stave Four: The Third of The Three Spirits
We are delighted to announce that WILL LANCASHIRE is the lucky winner of the I-pad Mini, drawn at the Bead N Blether Xmas party on Wednesday 18th December.
For those of you who didn’t win we send you our warmest wishes for the festive season and hope that Santa is good to you all. Please continue to follow our blog during 2014 for the latest news on our projects, films and events throughout the year.
We are delighted to announce that the Portal picked up the SURF Award for “Best Practice in Creative Regeneration” which was presented by Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare, on Wednesday 4 December. This is fantastic recognition of all the creative work going on in the area, and in particular, of the Greater Govan community who are celebrated through this award.
The Portal partners would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, volunteers, participants, artists, community organisations, arts organisations and stakeholders, who make this project successful. We are all looking forward to a busy year for Glasgow 2014.
“Each year, SURF and the Scottish Government team up to deliver the national SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. The purpose of the annual SURF Awards process is:
To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities
With support from the Scottish Government, SURF will be arranging a series of study visits and workshops in the spring of 2014 to explore transferable lessons from the success of the winning SURF Awards projects. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the area and to support and strengthen partnerships.”
Andy Milne, Chief Executive of SURF, said: “In these hard times, we are all keen to make the most of existing assets and successful initiatives. Every year, the SURF Awards highlight just how much great work is already being done in community regeneration all over Scotland. Sustaining and sharing that success is essential, both economically and socially.”
Why did the judging panel like it?
‘The judges witnessed and were impressed with the joint vision and strong partnership working across all aspects of the project, which has successfully transformed derelict buildings into creative spaces that respond to the heritage of Govan. The Portal has enabled local groups to establish creative partnerships not just in Govan, but with other communities and organisations from across Glasgow. The project was selected as the winner because of the substantial involvement and drive from local people in creating a vibrant community focal point, and its considerable success in supporting the establishment and sustainability of new voluntary arts groups.’ Congratulations to all the short-listed and winning projects from across Scotland whose inspirational work was showcased at the event, well done everybody!
Last week I learned a very important lesson about blogging – stay away from the “publish” button til you’ve got it right!…apologies to those of you who were trying to make head or tail of last week’s “Community Media Cafe” blog.
You may have deduced that we are hosting a Community Media cafe, (led by Jennifer Jones from Digital Commonwealth) on Tuesday 10th December (2-4pm). More details and booking info can be found on the link below. It looks like a great event for anyone wanting to make the most of their social media (I’ll definitely be there!).
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.
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!
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!
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 (www.thegovanstones.org.uk), 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!
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!
This project was in conjunction with Glasgow Life.
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
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!
Govan was abuzz on Friday night as ‘Life is A Cabaret’ rounded off the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival for the 5th year running. It was my first time attending and I can safely say it was an absolutely fantastic night!
Stepping in at the last minute, the Johnstone Brass Band kicked proceedings off with some well-known numbers. They were followed by a flurry of talent; from singers to saxophonist and of course, not forgetting the Allsorts choir, whose atmosphere had all the audience joining in with both singing and the matching hand actions.
The night ended on a high with ‘New York , New York’ blasting out the Pearce Institute .
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!
Our busy Friday Kidz Club is going from strength to strength with the brilliant Drama Workshops from Vickie from Versace Theatre School. The group are coming up with some great ideas and working hard towards “Clydeside Story”. Keep up the good work guys!
Great session at the Connect Zone Drop In last night when the Club were visited by Scottish rapper, Loki.
After an amazing performance set, Loki did a Q&A with the group. Looking forward to the next 2 weeks when he’ll be running song writing workshops, mentoring the group to write and perform some great rap songs of their own. Who knows, some of them may appear in “Clydeside Story”. If you want to get involved, it’s 6-8pm, Thursday evenings, at The Portal.