Fablevision and the Wh•eat cafe are delighted to invite you to the Woven in Govan drop-in event! Artworks in support and acknowledgement of the role played by women – paid and unpaid – in the current Covid19 pandemic will be on display. These include works by ts Beall, Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, Deirdre Nelson, Audrey O’Brien, Ailie Rutherford, Donna Rutherford, Alex Wilde.
The event will take place this coming Friday, September 3rd at the Wh•eat Cafe, 1121 Govan Road, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Spoken Words written by Ruth Little has been used by Deirdre Nelson as one of the elements in her artistic submissions for the Woven Network Govan project.
Deirdre Nelson is one of the 7 artists coming together for Fablevision’s Woven in Govan – part of the Woven Network European collaborative project, highlighting the experiences of women during the Covid-19 pandemic and the historical burden of care placed upon women in society as a whole.
Sound On, which was produced for Fablevision’s Woven In Govan Project by artists, Alex Wilde and Ailie Rutherford, captures the voices of local women engaged in caring for others. “We talked with women about formal and informal care, paid and unpaid labour and personal reflections on how we care for each other, our communities and our society. These women are passionate about the communities of people they support and are involved with; in hospitals, community gardens, social justice projects and housing campaigns. Drawing on our own experiences and listening to the experiences of women who live and work in Govan involved in collective care, caring far beyond their immediate bubbles, a set of ideologies and demands evolved for centering a post-pandemic recovery on care. The resulting diagram (a visual manifesto) pulls together some of the key themes and ideas we discussed with the women we interviewed, turning them into demands for change. Our simple diagram could never convey the depth and richness of each conversation but we hope it goes some way to highlighting the incredible work and vibrant intellect of the women whoso generously gave their time to these conversations.”
Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng’s piece for the Woven in Govan project was shaped through engagement sessions with local women – the final work exists as a representation of these conversations, featuring quotes and key themes relating to the care burden placed upon women. Ursula’s piece is currently on display at the wh·eat Cafe on Govan Road.
Lia Ghilardi, Franco Bianchini and François Matarasso, cultural planners, took to Facebook to discuss the proposition which lay at the heart of the Memory of Water EU project: What’s the future of waterfront heritage zones in the post-industrial cities of Europe?
The discussion, which is facilitated by Liz Gardiner of Fablevision and Iwona Preis of Intercult with contributions from Professor Katarzyna Kosmala, Agnieszka Wolodzko and Roman Sebastyanski, focuses on three strands:
The myth and reality of regeneration (Bianchini)
The unique DNA or essence of place and how that can be used to shape the future (Ghilardi)
The “five capabilities” as laid out in the 2020 Rome Charter, without which the right to participate in the cultural life of the community cannot be exercised (Matarasso)
Full digital content of the Memory of Water EU project, which prefaced this particular discussion on post-industrial regeneration, can been viewed via the following links:
As this historic year of global pandemic draws to a close, the three partners, who have provided enabling services (leaving our female artists free to explore their creative practices), will kick off their shoes and put their feet up to reflect on what has been achieved. Under discussion will be how the Woven Network had provided the world with historic documentation by way of women’s feelings, reactions and reflections on what this year had done to us as individuals and how it has impacted on our NGOs, cities and countries. The project aims to make the invisible visible by focusing on the role art has played in heralding the work of female workers in this crisis. It is an opera for the unsung.
The Ukraine had led on this particular cultural project but the involvement of Scotland the Nordic countries in it bodes well for future collaboration.
The Woven Network is supported by the European Union via the House of Europe programme. At the Scottish end of this project, Fablevision is being funded by Creative Scotland.
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.