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The University of the West of Scotland and Fablevision project, ‘Riverside Solidarity’ is set to be showcased at an exhibition, which runs from 9 December 2017 to 10 June 2018 (9am - 5pm) at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow.

This exhibition explores ‘Solidarity’ in everyday and is the culmination of the UWS and Fablevision collaborative initiative, funded by Creative Scotland, documenting artist residences between Govan and Gdansk.

The artist residences in Gdansk were undertaken by t s Beall, Andy McAvoy, John Mullen, and Ben Parry/Lee Ivett and ran from 26 August to 2 September 2017. They took place on the anniversary of the Solidarity movement, coinciding with days of signing the iconic Gdansk agreement in the 1980, which created Solidarność, an independent labour union that changed the politics in Poland, and beyond, forever.

Proud of their shipbuilding histories and looking to the future, these communities now face complex challenges of post-industrial regeneration. Over the course of 2017, artists worked in Govan and Gdansk and posed a series of questions, including:

  • What could be the future for our industrial heritage?
  • How should these places be preserved?
  • How do people want to use them?
We are delighted to be curating and hosting this exhibition at QEUH and giving members of the public the opportunity to find out more about our important Riverside Solidarity project and links with Govan and Gdansk.
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala, School of Media, Culture & Society

Riverside Solidarity Invitation

Artists include: t s Beall and Strong Women of the Clydeside with 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.

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Graffiti from Strong Women of the Clydeside artWalk 16 Sept 2017 Image courtesy tsBeall and Lesley Mitchell

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