Dates and times
A showcase of creative work the Gorbals community has been involved in. Open daily.
As part of a project to restore the St Francis Centre - a rare survivor of the slum clearances - making it more welcoming and user-friendly for the communities it serves, Glasgow Life has been working with local schools and the community on a creative and diverse range of programmes celebrating what makes the Gorbals a rich, vibrant and thriving place.
People in the community have joined in activities to explore and create greater understanding of the Gorbals history, and to encourage a sense of community ownership and pride in the building.
Creative writing workshops, arts workshops and talks have taken place, a series of postcards and a social history publication have been produced, an accredited community development course has been delivered and a series of short films have been made to document the project and participants involved in each part of the project.
The films document:
St Francis Primary – School children took part in tours and talks, and produced their own stained glass designs. The children learned about the St Francis Centre and celebrated the local heritage of the area.
Blackfriars Primary- These school children also took part in tours and, talks, and produced their own stained glass designs. The children were asked what is their favourite place in the Gorbals, and why, and what they would like to see in the area.
Activate Glasgow University course – Local people and volunteers took part in the course, which allows learners to explore a number of key community development concepts - such as discrimination, power, local/global issues - and relate these to their own lived experience.
Gorbalites – The group of over 50s produced a series of short stories and memories of the Gorbals. They have worked on a series of postcards and performed at city wide events. This short film documents their current production piece and their memories focusing on family and childhood in the 1950s, including songs, games and activities.