Fair Glasgow

Awakening The River

The film entitled, “Awakening The River”, is a collaboration between Fablevision, who co-ordinated the project, STAGE (Scottish Talent Across Generations Events), and the Greek Memory of Water EU artist, Ira Brami.

Directed and produced by Helen Kyle, the film provides a narrative of poems, music and photographs to evoke something of the essence of the river which has played such an important part in Govan and Glasgow’s history. Contributors include: “The Greatest Iron Ship” by Danny Kyle; “Clota, Goddess of the Clyde” performed by Louise Oliver; “Fear” by Kahlil Gibran (translated and performed by Michael Dempster) and “Braw Sailing on the Sea” by the Iona Fyfe Trio.

Remembering the Clyde Puffer

The Covid19 crisis has had far-reaching implications for all aspects of life and the arts are no exception. Fablevision’s sister organisation, Fablevision Studios, was in Govan to video and photograph the installation of Belgian artist Siegfried Vynck’s Clyde Puffer mural. Originally, the project – part of Memory of Water EU – envisaged Vynck working with local volunteers on his vision of this particular aspect of Govan’s industrial heritage and culture. The Clyde Puffer – like its equine counterpart the Clydesdale horse – was the workhorse of the River Clyde.

Hamish Rhodes, Ines Cavaco and Fiona Fleming worked with local volunteer, Rory Kyle, on interpreting Vynck’s vision on the gable end of Quickshift Tyre Services on the corner of Clydebrae and Stag Street.

Marking Govan’s Stones

Fablevision and sister social enterprise, Fablevision Studios, were in Govan on 15th October, 2020, to shoot video and photograph at the start of Memory of Water EU’s engagement and collaboration with Govan Stones Trust.

Limerick-based artist, Mary Conroy, operating within the constraints imposed by Covid19, sent over stencils depicting the Govan Stones for use on the Old Govan Walkway, the riverside ambulatory which runs from the site of the Govan ferry along the river behind Old Govan Church. The stencils are designed to mark the cultural heritage of Govan, in particular, the extraordinary legacy of the hogback tombstones which are some of the finest funereal relics in existence.

The photographs feature Bren MacNeil (who produced the photograph of the featured image), a volunteer with Govan Stones, and Ines Cavaco and Hamish Rhodes, who are engaged on the Memory of Water EU project with Fablevision and Fablevision Studios.

Glasgow Press will create letter press prints of her artwork to be gifted to Govan Stones and sold to help to fund the activities, as well as other merchandise. She has gifted six drawings to the Govan Stones Trust so that they can continue to carry on the collaboration.

Look! Made in Govan

Fablevision’s sister organisation, social enterprise Fablevision Studios, was recently at Govan’s Graving Docks to photograph and video Iwona Zajac’s installation, “Look!”, which was designed in collaboration with Eugenia Tynna and Fairfield Govan for the Covid19-hit Memory of Water EU project. The strictures on movement imposed by Covid19 has meant that artists, Hamish Rhodes, Beatrice Searle and Ines Cavaco, had to stand in for Iwona Zajac to bring this particular element to fruition.

Fablevision is among seven cultural organisations from seven European cities working together on the Memory of Water project: Batumi, Gdansk, Gothenburg, Govan, Levadia, Limerick and Ostend.

“Look!” encourages us to explore the meaning of place and belonging in cultural heritage. “Born in Govan” and “Made in Shipyards” pays tribute to the largely voiceless people and communities who played such an important role in making the Clyde a byword for excellence in marine engineering. “Clydebuilt” wasn’t just a marketing slogan, it was a leitmotif for quality.

Govan Fair

Fablevision has worked collaboratively with the Govan Fair Association in various ways over several decades. For the first time, however, three projects have come together (Fair Glasgow, We are Listening and the Old Govan Fair – A Festival for the Future) to allow real focus on a rejuvinated Fair in 2014 and a programme of development  work with the committee until at least the end of the year. Having supported the Govan Fair Association committee to access funding from Awards for All (2013) and the Celebrate Fund (2014), Fablevision has been able, for the first time, to deliver focussed support and commitment to the trustees of the Fair (local volunteers who have held the space for decades). This herculean team effort has paid off and we are delighted to report that for the first time in almost a decade, the Funfair returned to Elder Park for the 2014 Govan Fair (6th and 7th June 2014). 

Fablevision supports the Govan Fair Association to re invent the ancient Govan Fair as a Festival for the Future.

Since Early 2013, this has happened in different ways:

The Heritage Lottery Funded Fair Glasgow Project allowed us to explore the intangible history and heritage of Showfolks nationally

A partnership with Police Scotland called We Are Listening allowed us to work with representatives of the Police locally and nationally to develop new creative partnership policing methodologies. The Govan Fair, with it’s historic issues of anti social behaviour and gang warfare in Elder Park, was the obvious choice as a trial ground for new approaches. For more information on We Are Listening, see here: http://wearelistening.org.uk/


Visit http://thegovanfair.org/ for more information.

See here for some film footage of the Govan Fair 2014 made for the Govan Fair Association by Fablevision Studios:

See here for the schools outreach project delivered for the Govan Fair by Fablevision volunteers.

Some coverage from STV here: