DescriptionCalled Riverside Solidarity, the Scottish project is a Fablevision initiative in partnership with the University of the
West of Scotland, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Metropolitanka, the European Solidarity Centre and the
European River Cities network. Riverside Solidarity seeks to answer the question "what should be the future for
our now redundant industrial heritage"? Like Gdansk, Govan's proud shipbuilding history is now in the past.
Govan has even lost its iconic cranes that defined the skyline. Local Govan people, supported by internationally
acclaimed artists t s Beall, Andrew McAvoy, John Mullen, Ben Parry and Lee Ivett, are exploring what should
happen next with, for example, Govan's iconic Victorian Dry Docks. Our project and people are looking to Gdansk
for inspiration and support.
The Scottish delegation will present their projects to the public and engage in live interventions between 26th
August and 2nd September 2017. You can meet the artists and get involved in their work by coming to the
On the 26th August, artist John Mullen will set up a display of his memorial sign design for the shipyard at the
European Solidarity Centre's event ‘Solidarity of the Everyday’ open for a public consultation and inviting people
to leave a comment. The display will be located at the 3rd floor of the ESC building for a whole day on the 26th
Between 28th and 31st August, artist Ben Parry and architect Lee Ivett will recreate the form of a recent sculptural
intervention delivered in the historic Graving Docks in Govan, Glasgow. The installation will be on a derelict site
within the Gdansk Shipyard and the artists will use the act of live making and utilise found material to engage with
local people and place.
On Sunday 27th August, Ben Parry will also lead the International Peripatetic Sculptors Society’s workshop at the
shipyard’s premises with Gdansk residents and visitors between 10.30 and 16.00, departing from Plac Solidarnosci
near the Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers.
On the 31 August, artist and architect Andrew McAvoy will showcase his Detonation Shed’s film project (in
collaboration with Kris Kesiak) to the local audience at the St John’s Centre in Gdansk
On the 2nd September, artist t s Beall will lead a walk with members of Metropolitanka around the Gdansk
shipyard area, highlighting and celebrating the use of poetry and song during the Solidarity movement. This event
will also share songs and poetry from industrial actions in Glasgow. Join a poetic walk around the Gdansk shipyard
between 11.00 and 13.00, departing from Gate No 2, Gdansk Shipyard.
The visit includes a two‐day seminar, hosted by Gdansk’s own Baltic Sea Cultural Centre on the 31st August and 1st
September. On 31st August, artists will present their projects followed by a guided visit around the shipyard to the
sites of their interventions. Local Gdansk’s artists will join with international names to share ideas and learn from
|Period||26 Aug 2017 → 2 Sep 2017|
|Event title||Symposium - River Cities network : Heritage and Waterfront Regeneration|
|Location||Gdansk , Poland|
|Degree of Recognition||International|
- art production
- knowledge exchange
Documents & Links
Research output: Non-textual form › Exhibition
Research output: Book/Report › Other report › peer-review
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in workshop, seminar, course