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


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Thursday Aug 31st and Friday Sept 1st

‘Poems of Solidarity’ Creative interventions throughout the day, around the Gdansk shipyard

Members of Metropolitanka and Glasgow-based artist tsBeall will research, recreate and represent flyers and posters distributed during Solidarity protests. These posters and flyers will be distributed during the anniversary of the Solidarity agreement on Thursday August 31st and Friday September 1st, posted in shop windows and given out at locations central to the protests and around the Gdansk shipyard. With these actions, we hope to rethread or weave the words and poems of Solidarity into the spaces and places from which they emerged.

Sat 2nd Sept 11am-1pm

‘Words Walking – Feminist Poems and Songs of Solidarity’ Starting location Gate Number 2, Solidarity Square, Gdansk Shipyard

Members of Metropolitanka and Glasgow-based artist tsBeall will lead a walk around the Gdansk shipyard area, highlighting and celebrating the use of poetry and song during the Solidarity movement. This event may also share songs and poetry from industrial actions in Glasgow. Join us for a poetic walk around the Gdansk shipyard…

Zdjecie:. Tomasz Ziółkowski



“During our initial meetings in January and February, we discussed our goals
for this residency and prioritising areas of focus, considering in depth the work
we have done (as a team) since 2013 to recover the voices and actions of women
from the past. We also outlined existing gaps in our knowledge of women’s roles
in specific historical events, and our frustrations with them. This was useful, as
different members of the team have distinct interests and areas of expertise, and
our conversations are often extremely generative: collectively, and in discussion,
we remember more.

Given the focus of the Riverside Solidarity project residency on women and shipbuilding, we have decided to additionally begin to research women munitions workers in WW1 and shipyard workers during WW2 in Govan – using this to establish a pattern of women working in heavy industries, with the aim of comparing the stories and images gathered from 1900-1980.” Tara S. Beall



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