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I've always known Glasgow had made money off the back of the slave trade, but thought it was a bit secondary to the English involvement. How wrong can you be! Interesting things I have learnt this week: -The Gallery of Modern Art was originally built as someone's mansion, a rich tobacco lord named William Cunningham. http://www.amostcuriousmurder.com/RoyalExchangeHistory.htm -the Glasgow connection to the slave trade was stronger in the Carribean than the more infamous American plantations. Hence names like the Kingston Bridge, Jamaica Street, etc. -there's a reason I didn't really know all this, we are not taught it in school, and there seems to be a serious denial of these events. A slightly out of date article, as it's partially about the Homecoming event of 2009, this has come to my attention as a source for part of my essay research for my history course at Uni: http://www.variant.org.uk/35texts/AeFondKiss.html
"We all have personal experience of the powerful and moving impact of a well-made film with a compelling and engaging story. Films are an integral part of our programme of research, designed to better understand health and health inequality in Glasgow so that we may do something about it. We have a growing library of short films – vox pops, animations, individual stories, community perspectives and many more – each focused on health, wellbeing and aspects of inequality. You can view our films on our YouTube channel. At this event we plan to show a selection of these films, along with a couple of films made by local filmmakers and community organisations. Chris Leslie’s ‘Lights Out’ film comprises four years of documentation, timelapse recordings and audio interviews with residents from the Gallowgate’s ‘twin towers’ high-rise flats, prior to their demolition. Amanda Craig’s short documentary on the Glasgow Women’s Library gives an insight into how the charity is helping bring women's history and achievements to the east end of the city, in an attempt to build confidence and empower lives. We hope to have a stimulating experience and provide time and space for discussion on the issues raised by the films. We also hope to explore whether and to what extent film is a useful medium through which to understand health and health inequality, and what, if anything, we should do next. So come along, watch our selection of interesting films and participate in some lively discussion. What difference can film make to understanding the city’s health?" If you would like to register for a free place, click the link. It will ask you for an organisation, you can type 'none'. http://www.gcph.co.uk/events/156
Hi folks. I am finally doing my debut solo art exhibiton in a new gallery in Finnieston called Veneer. It previews this friday (26th) and runs for 4 weeks. Hope some of you can make it down I have been working hard in preperation for this. Please invite anyone you know thats intersted in art. I made a little post about what its about... well why its called 'roots', its not really about anything its just paintings I have done recently. There is not a particular theme... I have been doing a few blossom pictures recently and have been on a full moon theme too. Thats about all you get to know But for the reasoning behind roots see http://www.gilliesart.com/veneer-gallery-glasgow-presents-roots-peter-gillies/ I also posted this in the calander section. Cheers hope to see YOU !! Pete 'Roots' Début Solo Art Exhibition Presented by Peter Gillies VENEER GALLERY 1184 Argyle Street. Glasgow, G3 8TE T: 07791388983 info: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.gilliesart.com/ Preview Evening Friday 26th April 6/9pm Exhibition runs until May 24th Tuesday / Sunday 10-6pm Veneer Gallery presents 'Roots', the début solo exhibition from artist Peter Gillies. Presenting a show of new paintings and stained glass work. Veneer opened 5 weeks ago in Finnieston at 1184 Argyle Street and this will be its second showcase. 'Roots' opens on Saturday the 27th with a preview evening on Friday 26th. The work showcased in this exhibition is comprised of framed stained glass panels featuring painted and fired work with engraving and a collection of paintings featuring night time landscapes and cherry blossom themed works. Gillies works from his studio located in locally in The Hidden Lane, based there since January 2012. He previously spent 10yrs living and working in Edinburgh spending several years working in a Stained Glass restoration studio working in churches across Scotland. With several years being represented in exhibitions during the Edinburgh festival and group exhibitions he has since being based in Glasgow exhibited in Skypark, The Good Spirits Company, Christo's Gallery, Juno Design Gallery in Dunoon and he also initiated and hosts a monthly open studio evening in The Hidden lane with some of the other creative studios there. Peter Gillies 1103 Argyle Street The Hidden Lane 19 Argyle Court G3 8ND Tel: 0779138898 email: email@example.com web: http://www.gilliesart.com/