Riverside Solidarity Project 2017

Riverside Solidarity film produced by Fablevision studios

Creative Scotland  awarded funding to Fablevision in partnership with UWS to deliver a programme of artists residencies, seminars and learning exchanges as part of the Govan and Gdansk (Poland) Riverside Solidarity Project. Focused on the waterfront heritage of both cities, the year-long project, which was run in conjunction with the School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland, exploring “what’s next” for Govan and Gdansk. Can the past inform the planning process? Can our built environment and Govan’s intangible heritage – the stories and memories of its people – enhance the shape of things to come?

There were four residences for award-winning artists, tsBeall, Ben Parry/Lee Ivett, Andy McAvoy and John Mullen,  delivered in collaboration with their counterparts in Gdansk. As part of this programme, Fablevision Studios involved long-term unemployed local people in making a documentary film to follow the project and explore its conclusions.

The project began in January 2017 with a high profile conference at the Riverside Museum involving academics, planners and politicians, and Fablevision in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland explored how to engage all parties in post-industrial regeneration and how to establish good practice and community interest in city planning.


Andy McAvoy:       Project artist Andy McAvoy investigates a war time technological shift and its human impacts.

John Mullen:        Project artist John Mullen explores value of heritage in both Govan and Gdansk

Lee Ivett/Ben Parry:   Artists Lee Ivett and Ben Parry as part of Riverside Solidarity project.

Tara S Beall:   Artist T.S. Beall develops new research on women’s roles in Govan/Gdansks’ industrial pasts.

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Friday 2nd February 2018.    
                                         2pm – 4pm                                                 
Seminar Room 1, Laboratory Medicine Building, QEUH campus,
Main building, Govan Road, Linthouse, G51 4TF
2pm Arrival
Chair opening
Liz Gardiner
Introduction and welcome  
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala UWS
Film screening
CDPI 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
Heritage Management of Industrial Structures and Infrastructure
Louisa Humm, Senior Casework Officer, Historic Environment Scotland
A successful example of reindustrialization  
John Morgan, Director of Business Development, Ferguson Marine
The aspirations of the local community in Govan  
Councillor Allan Young, Govan Ward (Green Party)
An alternative planning proposal
Maurice Hickey, Ink Design,  on behalf of Jim McColl and Clyde Blowers
The campaign: CDPI and Govan Docks Regeneration Trust  
Arthur Nicholls and Iain McGillivray
Open Discussion
4pm  Main Atrium for the exhibition opening



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