GUEST BLOG: Civic Room


Doors Open Days, Glasgow 2016


Civic Room is delighted to take part for the second time in Glasgow Doors Open Days. Launched during Doors Open Days in 2015, we will be celebrating our first birthday during the 2016 event.

For Doors Open Days 2016, Civic Room will be presenting Westmoreland Rocks by GSA MFA graduate Sian Collins. A film about a cluster of rocks in a communal park in Govanhill on Westmoreland Street, the work explores what these rocks mean to the local community and people that live within direct eyeshot of them. This artwork offers visitors the opportunity to see a new perspective of their environment, preceding the launch of the High Street Fayre 2017.

Filmed from the homes of the residents who over look them, the rocks are seen from multiple perspectives, with voices of the residents heard over the footage. During the development and research of the project, the artist interviewed the residents, and then months later invited them to say their words again. The second recordings are the audio heard in the film. By showing an artwork that explores Govanhill and it’s residents relationship to their communal park Civic Room aims to offer new perspectives for Doors Open Days visitors. How do we interpret our cities architecture and what do we learn when we hear other peoples interpretations of the spaces we oocupy?

Established by artist Sarah Strang, Civic Room is a non-profit gallery guided by an Advisory Board including leading architects, artists and curators, including Ainslie Roddick, curator, Toby Paterson, artist, Gerry Grams, StudioGrams, Paul Stallan, Director, Stallan Brand, and Iain Carson, Carson & Partners. Based in the former British Linen Bank on High Street in the east end of Glasgow, the building was designed and built by William Forest Salmon in 1895, and is an example of the pioneering Victorian steel and concrete construction. The programme of exhibitions and events seeks to share a critical engagement reflecting on the historical and contemporary contexts of its environment and locale in High Street, Glasgow, creating new dialogues between artists, built urban spaces and our communities.

Officially opening at the launch of Glasgow Doors Open Days on Wednesday 5 August 2015, Civic Room  has since participated and produced a diverse and exciting series of events and exhibitions, working in partnership with organisations and festivals across the city, including the Festival of Architecture, Glasgow International 2016, a visual arts festival and Festival of Music at Glasgow Cathedral. Civic Room is currently presenting work by Glasgow School of Art students, selected through an open call for the GSA Summer Series at Civic Room, in partnership with the School of Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art.

Over the coming year in 2017, Civic Room is hosting the Molendinar Burn Project, which seeks to explore ideas of what progress means today following the Molendinar Burn as it travels through the east end of the city. The Molendinar, long-overlooked, is the original settlement site of the city of Glasgow, as well as being instrumental in the development of the thriving city we see today. During 2017 the Molendinar Burn Project will launch a range of events and exhibitions with leading international artists in locations along the route of the Molendinar Burn including Hogganfield Loch, Provan Gas works and West Boathouse on Glasgow Green.

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