Govan Graving Docks image Beth McFarlane

New Image for CDPI

Fablevision Studios has created a new brand image and logo for the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative [CDPI].

CDPI is a non-profit organisation set up with the aim of restoring and preserving industrial heritage sites such as the Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow and similar maritime assets on the Clyde for future generations.

Fablevision Studios is also producing a film documentary on the Govan Graving Docks which will look at their illustrious past and how they could be preserved and used in a sustainable way which would benefit local communities and further the cultural, leisure/tourism and maritime economy of the Clyde basin as a whole.

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Shop Social at Fablevision Studios

Fablevision Studios is now listed on Social Investment Scotland’s [SIS] shop social web page.

SIS provides a vital role in Scotland’s social enterprise sector by providing the loans and financial expertise that are so important to giving impetus to such enterprises and community-based organisations. Having a great idea is one thing, but having finance, advice and support, are pivotal for providing the platform necessary for sustaining and realising aims and objectives.

The shop social web page portal indicates the vibrancy of the social enterprise sector in Scotland – there is everything from manufacturing and retailing to a whole host of service providers across all sectors.

Funding Officer Wanted

If you have experience as a Funding Officer and would like to work for Fablevision Studios, please contact Liz Gardiner at at the earliest opportunity.

Fablevision Studios is a social enterprise media production company which specialises in HD video, graphics, web design, publications and event management.

For further information on the role, please see the attached job description for details. Deadline for applications is 30th June, 2017. This post has now been filled.

Alternative Visions for Urban Regeneration

Fablevision Studios has collaborated with the University of the West of Scotland to produce and publish “Govan-Gdansk: Heritage, Regeneration and Alternative Futures”, an academic overview of how artist residences (T S Beall, Nic Green, Lee Ivett, Tom Manley, Andrew McAvoy, John Mullen, Ben Parry, Roman Sebastyanski), under the auspices of project leaders, Professor Kataryzna Kosmala, Graham Jeffery and Elizabeth Gardiner, can act as a catalyst for facilitating community engagement in the development and regeneration of historic post-industrial riverside sites such the Gdansk Shipyard and the Govan Graving Docks.

The research offers a counterpoint and counter-narrative to conventional top-down urban regeneration which tends to be imposed by traditional power structures often with only cursory consultation and engagement with local communities.

Painting a Govan Institution

As part of the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery-sponsored project, “The Govan Fair: The Treasure in Our Midst”, Fablevision Studios asked Yvonne Nicholl, head of art at Govan High School, to set her S1, S2 and S3 pupils the task of expressing what this Govan institution means to them. The results show an impressive mix of artistic interpretations.

With special thanks to Kaci Alexander, Kiara Behjoo, Morgan Bolger, Chloe Brown, Courtney Cassidy, Kerry Craig, Josh Cumberland, Mark Docherty, Karalee Freeburn, Abbie Grimley, John Hackett, Carly Hislop, Eli Kepeva, Megan Lewis, Kayleigh Mackin, Shanaz Matts, Megan McCreadie, Barry Moore, Kaitlyn Murphy, Morgan Newall, Peter Niekorek, Julie Pyrcz, Amy Robb, David Rice, Angelika Rutkowska, Aime Smith, Taylor Stone and Rachel Thomson for all their efforts.

Fablevision and The Templars of Inchinnan

Fablevision Studios is collaborating with Inchinnan Historical Interest Group [IHIG] in the production of a series of short films (four) relating to its activities at and around the site of a former Knights Templar Church at All Hallows near Inchinnan, Renfrewshire. IHIG’s project involves geophysics, historical research, workshops, archaeology, model making, photogrammetry, Reflective Transformation Imaging [RTI], music and filmmaking.

The initial shoot will focus on the training of 12 archaeological volunteers in the use and application of geophysical survey techniques under the tutelage of an archaeologist, three experts in the field and Bill McCallum of IHIG.

Fablevision and Fashion Technology

Fablevision Studios will shortly be beginning a series of HD videos with subtitles and British Sign Language for Glasgow Clyde College’s NC-HND Fashion Technology courses based at the Cardonald campus. The work will provide supported video coverage of the units that make up this course and highlight the specific techniques used in the preparation and finishing of garments.

Over the last 30 years The School of Fashion and Textiles at the College has launched may a career in fashion as well as helping many students on to further studies at some of Scotland’s most prominent art schools and universities.

Valuing Emotional Intelligence

Fablevision is producing a series of short film clips – to be used alongside the 14-week Mellow Ability[MA] programme – to highlight discussion points and enhance and expand emotional learning in parents and children. This will be complemented by a series of photographic mood studies (i.e. cue cards) which will form part of MA’s service manual and content programme. There will also a short promotional film which will include interviews with members of Mellow Ability’s steering group and other stakeholders.

Mellow Parenting programmes are used in the UK and worldwide to support families with young children who experience challenging circumstance including disability, social pressure, prejudice and stigma.

Mindfulness and Stress in the Learning Zone

Stress is a very real issue when it comes to exams. As part of a project commissioned by BBC’s The L.A.B. Scotland, Fablevision Studios has to made three films on ways of dealing with the issue.

The first film, which features a class from Cathkin Primary School, Rutherglen, looks at mindfulness and how this can help alleviate the incidence of such stress and encourage effective coping mechanisms.

The second film features Strathclyde University students coping with exam stress in the capable hands/paws of Paws Against Stress. These dogs know what they are doing, even if you don’t. What can a Norfolk Terrier do for you? You’d be surprised. Being relaxed buys you time to think.

Each of the three films will be made in the School News Report style and will feature a teenage mentor who has been through her exams and knows the stress that comes with them.

The 261st Govan Fair – The Treasure in Our Midst

Work on the Govan Fair programme is getting under way. This year’s theme – “The Treasure in Our Midst” – takes its name from our recent Heritage Lottery-funded film of the same name (produced, directed and edited by Maria Brusyanina and Beth McFarlane), which was screened at a meeting of the Govan Fair Association’s AGM held at The African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, Ibrox, Govan, on 15th February.

The purpose of these projects is to promote and encourage support for and participation in the Govan Fair. It is your community, your story, your history, so tell it!

If you would like to volunteer, have a Govan-related story to tell, or you would like to participate or perform in the procession and/or fair (2-3 June, 2017), then get in contact with us.

Similarly, if you are company that is based in Govan or environs and you would like to advertise in the programme, support the fair in some other way (i.e. by donating goods and/or services as prizes), or take part in the procession, please contact us for further details.

Among those already signed up are: Forrest Media Group, Elder Park Housing Association, Little’s, Slaters, Glasgow Science Centre, Govan and Linthouse Parish Church, Thales Optronics, Iceland, House for an Art Lover Centre…

Funding Won for Govan Graving Docks Documentary

Fablevision Studios is to make a documentary on the Govan Graving Docks after a successful campaign by the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative [CDPI] to secure crowdfunding for the project.

The film will record the lives of those who last worked in the docks and will put the case for transforming this exemplar of the Clyde’s industrial past into a major maritime history centre and nature park. The CDPI is keen to emphasise that its vision for the site, which the film will cover in detail, is to provide a future which offers long-term social, cultural, and economic benefits (employment and tourism) to the people of Govan, the Clyde and Glasgow.

The CDPI has worked tirelessly to prevent this site going the same way as so much of Glasgow’s built, shipbuilding and industrial heritage. The Govan Graving Docks, which are A-Listed, are presently under threat from a mixed residential project of 750 houses proposed by present site owners, New City Vision.

The CDPI has called on the Scottish Government to address the site’s status and has suggested that Glasgow City Council should issue a compulsory purchase order.

A report in today’s Evening Times notes, “The preservation group and local film group, Fablevision, are now keen to interview those with memories of the docks in full working order as well as get a feeling of what it was like to watch the industry deteriorate. Filming starts next month.”

The CDPI stresses that while this is true, it doesn’t just want to dwell on history and nostalgia, it wants to speak to people who can imagine a new future for the docks in which some active maritime function is retained.

Those wishing to participate should in the first instance contact Mr Iain McGillivray of the CDPI at, Fablevision Studios or tel. +44 (0)7977 622 502/0141 4252020 ref. Govan Graving Docks Documentary.

Julian Bailey photographer VUKOVI image

Metal Guru, Is It You?

Julian Bailey , who worked as as volunteer photographer and sound artist on Fablevision Studios’ We Are Listening project, has moved on to big things.

His latest work, a photoshoot for VUKOVI , is featured in the latest edition of Metal music magazine, Kerrang.

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 Booklet2

Support the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 and Paisley’s Bid to Become UK City of Culture in 2021

Fablevision Studios is producing a 72-page booklet on the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 [RWH] to coincide with the opening of the RWH Experience on Paisley High Street (scheduled for September, 2017). The publication will explore the background to this infamous episode in Paisley’s past; the move from an artisanal weaving tradition to industrialisation; the decline of the thread industry in the 1970s, and culminate in the town’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

If you are a Paisley or Renfrewshire-based business, educational establishment, charity, social enterprise etc. and would like to support this project by making a donation in exchange for an advertisement in the booklet, then please contact for prices and technical specifications.

The Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 is an integral part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, so making a donation in this way will not only support the project concerned and give you the opportunity to advertise your products and/or services, it will contribute greatly to raising awareness of Paisley’s rich history, culture and amenities to tourists and residents alike in the run up to 2021.

We’ve only just started on this but among those who’ve already signed up are Paisley’s twin town, the City of Fürth, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, The Experience, East Renfrewshire Credit Union, Paisley 2021, Flightpath Fund, Roar…

To Everything – Turn, Turn, Turn…

Fablevision Studios has been commissioned to make a behind-the-scenes short film on Turn a performance art project founded by Nic Green and team, which synchronises voice, broadcast recordings and bells (hand-cast by Green) choreographed to the appearance of the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides.

Over three days, 1st, 16th and 30th, September, 2016, Green and her fellow musicians ran into a tempest as Govan’s seasonally maladjusted weather brought an overbearing sense of sturm und drang – to say nothing of donner and blitzen – to the occasion. The spectacular sight of Govan’s derelict Graving Docks, the stage for the performance, was blasted by incessant rain which didn’t stop the performance but made filming of it well nigh impossible.

The plan now is to cut what footage there is with images and interviews to give a broader understanding of the ideas behind the work. A sample of the choir’s magnificent singing can been seen and heard via a video clip on Turn’s Facebook page.

Weaving Magic From Paisley’s Past

Fablevision Studios is to produce a film of the pilot phase of the Tapestry of Renfrewshire. The Heritage Asset Strategy, of which this forms part, involves East Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council and Inverclyde Council working together in support of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The Heritage Lottery-funded project will commence in January 2017 with the creation of ten development panels plus an array of Paisley patterns (inset with stories) which will feature as part of the finished work.

Andrew Crummy, who worked on the Great Tapestry of Scotland, the Scottish Diaspora and the Battle of Prestonpans tapestries (among others), has been appointed artistic director of the project and will oversee the work of the Renfrewshire Tapestry Group.

The ambition is to make the tapestry entirely from Paisley-made thread (to reflect the city’s rich textile-manufacturing history) and so people who have bobbins and skeins of such thread (i.e. J & P Coats and Clarks) are being asked to donate them to the project.

Anyone wishing to donate to “A Call to Yarns” should click on this link for instructions on the four collection points. For further information on the project, contact the Paisley Thread Museum on Tel. 0141 847 1111 or email: All those participating will receive acknowledgement on completion of the project.

The Renfrewshire Tapestry project is among the exhibitors (Stand ZH24) at The Scottish Quilting Show which is being held between 2-5 March, 2017, at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition Centre [SEC].