Govanhill: Portrait of a Community review Pat Byrne

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The Deep End – Govanhill Baths Arts Space

21 Nithsdale Street,  Glasgow G41 2PZ

Part of Govanhill International Festival 2019

protesers against pool closure enter Calder Street Buidling

Jim and I had a great time at the Govanhill Carnival on Sunday at Queens Park so I though I would venture back across the Clyde to catch some more of the festival. I went to Strathbungo (my first time there ever) to check out Southside based photographer, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s exhibition at The Deep End.  His black and white images are very atmospheric and capture the energy of Govanhill community at the outset of their wonderful campaign to save Calder Street Swimming Pool in 2001.

protestors 2001

Eighteen years is a long time but the pool is now closed for major refurbishment. It will be fabulous for everyone in Govanhill to have their swimming pool back.  Along the way Govanhill Baths Community Trust has shown how effective communities can be when they pull together to improve their neighbourhood, promote inclusiveness and tackle racism.  We were very impressed when we went to Govanhill Baths for Denise Noone’s exhibition Bathing Bells. That was last September, when the baths were about to close for refurbishment work to begin.

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(Work getting underway creating Artists’ Studios and Community Meeting Rooms at The Deep End)

the deep end sign

The Deep End is yet another example of how community initiatives in the area contributing to cultural and artistic activities, educational opportunities and wellbeing.  When I popped into the exhibition I was lucky enough to bump into Eddie, who explained how The Deep End will incorporate a new arts space and operate as a social enterprise.  Work is ongoing creating Workshop Spaces, Meeting Rooms – Artist’s Studios will be available to rent.  Additionally The Deep End will accommodate some of the local projects already up and running including: Govanhill Baths Arts Space (GBArt) , Rags to Riches Studios and Govanhill Baths Ceramics,

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Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s photographs capture an important aspect of social history in Govanhill showing how these fantastic achievements started with the Save the Baths Campaign in 2001.

You can catch Govanhill – Portrait of A Community Exhibition until Sunday 11th August – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Pat Byrne, 6 August, 2019


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Stories from the Southside – Book Launch Saturday 10 August, 2019 11:30am – 12:30pm

Launch of Stories from the Southside, a new collection of short stories and poems focusing on the fascinating people and places that make South Glasgow. Local writers will read from their work, and copies of the book will be available to buy on the day. The collection is edited by South Glasgow Heritage and Environment Trust, with the support of Glasgow City Heritage Trust, and the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. All are welcome, refreshments will be on sale. Entrance by donation.

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Govanhill International Festival 1 – 11 August, 2019

Artists’ Studios Available!

“The Deep End is a new arts space and social enterprise developed by Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT). ”

“Creativity has always been at the heart of the local campaign to save Govanhill Baths and will be the focus of this new, vibrant, making and learning space. Our aim is to provide our programmes, artists, makers, creators and community groups from the local area with inspiring spaces and places to work. The Deep End space has been designed with the aim of meeting the needs of contemporary arts practitioners and makers, providing an accessible and welcoming venue promoting interaction between the creative industries and audiences.”

“Nestled down a lane in Strathbungo, with its own driveway, The Deep End is a safe and secure space of 900 square meters with a sheltered urban courtyard of 130 square meters. It is a short walk from Govanhill Baths and with excellent public transport links.”

Studio spaces available for creative people

Six self-contained 14 square meters lockable studios are available, and two larger (16.5 square meters) ‘shopfront’ studios with their own front door and window. All studios have 24-hour access and unlimited Wi-Fi. All services are included and there are reduced rates for accessing the Rags to Riches studios, workshops and Govanhill Baths Ceramics studio.

Monthly rental for the smaller studios is £230 and for the shopfronts £430 and includes Wi-Fi and all utility costs. We will rent on a month-to-month basis. You may decide to share your studio but each studio will have only one lease holder.

To apply for space with us, get in touch with the following information:

  • Why you want to join Govanhill Baths at The Deep End?
  • What sort of tools or equipment you would use in your studio?

Send all this information to: [email protected]

Please get in touch to arrange a viewing of the arts spaces be emailing the previous address or calling 0141 433 2999.

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