Riverside Solidarity Exhibition at the QEUH – Glasgow

The joint Fablevision-UWS project, Riverside Solidarity, culminates in a final exhibition of works at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) running from 9 December 2017 to 10 June 2018 (09:00-17:00). A introductory seminar will be held between 13:00 and 16:00 on Friday, 2 February, 2018, followed by an exhibition preview event which will run from 16:00-18:00.

Riverside Solidarity is a year-long exploration of the shared experience of two riverside communities: Govan, Scotland and Gdansk, Poland. Rightly proud of their shipbuilding histories and looking to the future, these communities now face the complex challenges posed by the type and nature of post-industrial regeneration. Over the course of 2017 artists in both communities have formulated a series of questions to address these challenges. What could/should be the future for our industrial heritage? How should these places be preserved or marked? How do people want to use them now?

Hosted by Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS in the QEUH, this final exhibition is funded by Creative Scotland. Working in Govan – and collaborating with colleagues in Gdansk – artists T S Beall, Andy McAvoy, John Mullen, Ben Parry and Lee Ivett, have attempted to address these questions. The work of the artistic team, including, T S Beall with “Strong Women of the Clydeside “and Anna Miler/Metropolitanka, Kamila Chomicz, Magdalena Drozdek, Neil Mackinnon, Andrew McAvoy with Kris Kesiak, John Mullen, Ben Parry and Lee Ivett, Roman Sebastyanski and Fablevision Studios, has been curated by Professor Katarzyna Kosmala (University of the West of Scotland) and Krisztina Lackoi (Exhibitions and Performing Arts Coordinator, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde).

The project has coincided with the anniversary of the Solidarity movement’s/Solidarność signing of the iconic Gdansk agreement in August 1980; an event of such pivotal significance in the history of Poland and Eastern Europe, it predicated the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

In Govan the project has covered the period of the 45th anniversary of Upper Clydeside Shipbuilders work-in, which led to the Heath government’s backdown and the continuance of shipbuilding on this stretch of the Clyde until February 1972.

Over the duration of the exhibition there will be film screenings, guided walks and talks.