A public exhibition at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow showcasing new artists’ works realised under the University of the West of Scotland and Fablevision project, ‘Riverside Solidarity’ is set to be officially launched at a public event on Friday 2 February 2018.
The exhibition, which got underway late last year and runs to 10 June 2018 (open daily, 9am – 5pm) at QUEH, will be officially launched with a seminar in the Seminar Room in the Laboratory Medicine Building (2-4 pm) and private viewing in the Atrium of the Adult Hospital Building (4-6 pm) on Friday 2 February.
The exhibition is a collaboration between NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s Animating Public Spaces arts programme, UWS and Fablevision, and is curated by Professor Katarzyna Kosmala, Curator and Chair in Culture, Media and Visual Practice at UWS, in collaboration with Krisztina Lackoi, Exhibitions and Performing Arts Coordinator, NHSGGC. The exhibition has grown out of research into the value of heritage and place-making in post-industrial regeneration, undertaken by the international network Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe and led by Professor Kosmala.
The artist residences in Gdansk were undertaken by Tara Beall, Andy McAvoy, John Mullen, and Ben Parry and Lee Ivett and ran from 26 August to 2 September 2017. They took place on the anniversary of the Solidarity movement, coinciding with days of signing the iconic Gdansk agreement in 1980, which created Solidarność, an independent labour union that changed the politics in Poland, and beyond, forever.
Proud of their shipbuilding histories and looking to the future, these communities now face the complex challenge of post-industrial regeneration. Over the course of 2017, artists worked in Govan and Gdansk and posed a series of questions, including:
- What could be the future of our industrial heritage?
- How should these places be preserved?
- How do people want to use them?
The seminar event will feature a screening of the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative’s film made by Fablevision Studios looking at the heritage importance of the Graving Docks as well as current planning proposals and ideas for the future along with Councillor Alan Young talking about the aspirations of the local community in Govan. Speakers will include Louisa Humm, Senior Casework Officer from Historic Environment Scotland, John Morgan Director of Business Development of Ferguson Marine, Maurice Hickey of Ink Design (on behalf of Jim McColl and Clyde Blowers) as well as Arthur Nicholls and Iain McGillivray of Govan Docks Regeneration Trust, who will all consider planning issues and future possibilities for the iconic Govan Docks, followed by a public discussion. Both the seminar and the private viewing are free and open to the public.
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala of UWS said:
“Artists play a crucial role in bringing the voice of communities into the public domain as well as celebrating their histories in the context of regeneration and seeing change. This exhibition at the QEUH showcases outcomes of their artistic process that merges creative research practice with criticality and imaginative play with engagement.”
Jackie Sands, Health Improvement Senior for Arts and Health at NHSGGC said:
“We’re delighted to now be in a position to bring the culture of the city into our hospitals through exhibitions with a wide range of partners for the enjoyment and interest of patients, visitors and staff. The Riverside Solidarity exhibition is of special importance to QEUH given both the strong local connections to Govan and the outstanding quality of the artists whose work we’re proud to display.”
Liz Gardiner, Executive Director at Fablevision currently undertaking PhD at UWS said:
“This is an exciting collaboration between artists, academics and health professionals that will have a major impact on Govan and beyond. Linked as we are now to other post-industrial waterfront heritage zones in Europe, we hope to strengthen the arguments for a more imaginative approach to regeneration: housing is important, but so much more is possible. Our iconic Govan Graving Docks are for example a key focus for our research and artistic inspiration.”
For more information regarding the official launch event as well as to register attendance for the seminar, please contact Liz.Gardiner@fablevision.org