Gorbals Culture Collective
1st - 25th September 2022
Gallery 103 (Trongate 103)
Gorbals Culture Collective presents a vibrant showcase featuring photography and short films, bringing together some of the results from a year-long collaborative, community-based artist residency programme developed by Street Level Photoworks, as part of the National Culture Collective Project.
Lead artist Bash Khan and support artist Stella Rooney have been engaging people across the Gorbals in creative projects that ranged from a collaboration with local school children at the time of COP26 to express their relationship with trees, resulting in an award-winning short film By Leaves We Live, young people exploring their relationship to outdoor spaces through the camera lens in a collaboration with The Barn Youth Centre, street photography reflecting Gorbals Today; a creative social history project engaging residents of The Caley Road Flats, prior to their decant and demolition; and work supporting G5’s Got Talent, shining a spotlight on local talent!
The exhibition is a celebration of the collaborative creativity explored through the residencies and a testimony to people’s resilience and determination in post-pandemic times, alongside exploring the role that artists can have in communities in times of recovery and uncertainty. Copies of CONNECTOR, a limited edition zine profiling the various projects mentioned above will be available during the exhibition - get along early to secure your copy!
Thanks to all the individuals and local community groups that have engaged with the residencies through the course of the last year - Colin Mackie and The Southern Necropolis Society, The Barn Youth Centre, New Gorbals Housing Association and their Community Connector Michael Fullerton, Lisa Gillan and the Mindfulness Walking Group and Mary Cairns and Liz Wulls our Caley Road Connectors. Thanks also to Ann’s Fry, Illusion Salon and Brazuca Barbers for hosting an exhibition of Gorbals Today portraits during the Gorbals Fair.
Creative Scotland with Scottish Government emergency COVID-19 funds launched the Culture Collective pilot programme in 2020 to support creative practitioners, organisations and communities to work together.
Banner Image: © Bash Khan, from the series Gorbals Today
Left Image: © Bash Khan, from the Caley Rd Flats project