Glasgow Life, Creative Communities Phase 1  (2019)
South Central (Govanhill, Pollockshields, Shawlands)

This residency from March – June 2019 was delivered in association with Swap Market and with artists Ailie Rutherford, Alex Wilde, Najma Abukar and Rae-Yen Song.

We engaged and spoke with creative organisations, groups, projects and spaces across the ward, to find out what was happening already for creative and cultural activities and what people’s ambitions were.

I created a community-based snakes and ladders game to allow a collaborative, fun and open way around the idea of mapping. Players were encouraged to add their own stories and local knowledge of the area, and create connections through the activities offered in each community space such as music, craft, food etc. 

Some organisations we engaged with and consulted include:
Oatlands Allotments | Romano Lav | The Barn, and their artist in residence | Mind and Draw
Milk Café women’s art club | Gorbals Fair | Chai and Chat women’s group | The Well Multicultural Centre
Gorbals Library | Govanhill Library | St Luke’s art class | Gien’ it Laldy song group | Living Rent
Bike for Good | Arc Independent | Southside Studios | Komplex
Govanhill Arts and Environment Network | Govanhill Community Development Trust | Govanhill Baths
Rags to Riches | The Deep End | Kiosk | The Outwith Agency | WAVEparticle | Citizens Theatre
Govanhill Picture House | Glasgow Zine Library | Place-Age | Ice Cream Architecture
Crossroads Youth and Community Association | Link Up | Men’s Shed

We held an Open Studio at the end of the residency at the Swap Market premise and invited residents and local groups to feedback on the proposal.

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