Woven Art at the Wh•eat – Govan

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.

Come along, grab some cake and have some fun!

Spoken Words

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.

(Music Credit: “Almost Bliss” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Commenting on Care

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.”

(Music Credit: “Terminal” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ )

Posters for Woven Network Govan

Future art installations, walks and other events associated with the Woven Network Govan artists can be accessed here or via Fablevision’s Instagram and Facebook accounts.  Fablevision Studios is providing Fablevision with video, design, photography and social media services in support of Woven Network Govan, including this video short of Audrey O’Brien’s nature walk.

TS Beall’s installations in Elder Park, Govan and the Mary Barbour monument at Govan station, focus attention on the role women have played during the Covid19 pandemic. In this particular instance the work uses two existing public monuments to prominent Govan women of the past to project the activities of women who bear the burden of care in the present.

Watch this space for future events involving the Woven Network Govan artists: Audrey O’Brien, Deirdre Nelson, Alex Wilde, Ailie Rutherford, Donna Rutherford, TS Beall and Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng.

Caring and Crisis

Fablevision and partner social enterprise, Fablevision Studios, were out and about in Govan at the Wh·eat Cafe and the Moogety Garden at Elder Park, Govan, to shoot interviews with two of the artists involved in the Woven Network Govan – a part of the Woven//Women’s Stories project.

Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, who has an installation at the Wheat Cafe, Linthouse, and Audrey O’Brien, who work includes tutored nature walks in the Moogety Garden and Elder Park, were on hand to discuss their work.

The Woven Network Govan forms part of a large artistic endeavour involving Ukraine, the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and Scotland (Govan, Glasgow), which is focussing on gathering and interpreting stories from the unheard – mainly female workers – who have juggled low-paid and frontline roles in places such as hospitals/care homes with caring for families during the Covid19 pandemic. The artworks that have arisen from this take as their themes care and community in a time of crisis.

Woven in Govan: ts Beall

Dr t s Beall is the Lead Artist for ‘Woven in Govan’, and was the lead Scottish artist for ‘Woven Network’ (2020), spanning five countries and led by Platform TU (Ukraine). Beall is a socially-engaged artist and researcher based in Dumfries and Glasgow, working with communities on durational projects to recover marginalised histories. Her work spans a variety of media including performative events, printed matter, and creative interventions in the public realm.

She is also one of ten commissioned artists on the Stove Network’s ‘Atlas Pandemica’, working with Travelling Showpeople to recover elements of Dumfries’ fairground histories (2020-21) and considering post-Covid positioning of creative projects in the public realm. Ongoing projects in Scotland include ‘Fair Scotland’ (with Showpeople, co-devised with Dr Mitch Miller), and ‘Protests and Suffragettes’ (recovering and highlighting women’s activism in Govan), both 2013-present. Beall was the lead Scottish artist for ‘Memory of Water’ (2018-2021), a project examining post-industrial waterfronts in six European cities, funded by Creative Europe. Her PhD with University of Glasgow (2017), collaborated with the Riverside Museum/Glasgow Museums, where her practice-led research developed engagement strategies for heritage institutions through co-curated events and participatory performance.

Woven in Govan: Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng

The latest artist to take part in this element of the Woven Network is Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, a North Irish illustrator and visual artists based in Glasgow.

Woven in Govan is part of the European collaboration Woven Network with Intercult (Sweden) & PlatformTU (Ukraine). It concept and execution each part of the project is designed to focus on the often unsung role women have played during the continuing Covid19 pandemic and the various lockdowns.

Each artist’s work focuses on the different ways in which women have adapted and coped under the circumstances and how they have contributed markedly to the greater good.

Ursula’s work is created from life experiences combining surreal realities into a hyper colourful blend of contrasting and loaded line drawings. Often a mix of mediums are employed and explored on found surfaces and applications. Her work enjoys autonomy over the spirit of a place and seeks to bring charm and joy to viewers.

Her large-scale mural work has been commissioned by the V&A, Abertay University, Edinburgh University, Fringe Festival Society and Urban Outfitters to name a few.Within participatory creative facilitation her work aims to involve everyone, generate empowerment, build optimism and pride in communities. Her work combines a mix of mediums to create a unique hybrid of styles most distinctly her own and inspired by those interacting with it.