// Artist’s Solidarity Panel //

Tom-Manley_Graving-Docks-8.jpgGovan Graving Docks, Tom Manley (Source: http://tommanleyphotography.com)

Fablevision in cooperation with the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland leads an interdisciplinary panel aimed to address challenges around grass roots art-centred activism, competing frameworks and raising individualism. As BUZZCUT Festival is focused on art engagement, the aim is to debate artists’ role in physical, social and cultural infrastructure developments, in particular in relation to the Govan Graving Docks’s futures.

Let’s talk about legacy of the past, present opportunities and real impact on the future. Let’s discourse solidarity and community bringing in live experience from Govan (Glasgow), Gdansk (Poland) and beyond. Let’s focus on realised and planned interventions around Graving Docks.

Let’s think about state of play and its possible futures. Let’s explore concepts around heritage reconstructions. Let’s listen, think, talk and share. Let’s make an impact.


Prof Katarzyna Kosmala/Liz Gardiner – Introducing Riverside Solidarity focused around artists’ residencies, bringing in live experience from Govan (Glasgow), Gdansk (Poland) and beyond.

Nic Green – A performance for the Govan Graving Docks Fluidity, transience and gender in post industrial place.

John Mullen – Engaging with perceptions and evidence of heavy industry on the Clyde within the Govan/Gdansk project.

Andrew McAvoy – Reflections on the re-conjuring of Govan’s landscape narrative and human centric mapping.

T.S Beall – Recent projects based in and around Govan, and Govan’s Hidden Histories.

Lee Ivett/Dr Ben Parry – Prototyping public space – affirming the value of ideas and agency as a means of building capacity and power within third sector organisations.


T.S Beall – an artist based in Glasgow, currently finalising an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award at University of Glasgow, working with the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow Museums. Her practice-led research develops new engagement strategies for heritage institutions using creative events and participatory performance practices.  Co-authored projects with the Riverside Museum include Fair Glasgow, Govan’s Hidden Histories, and Strong Women of Clydeside. Recent public artworks include Nothing About Us Without Us Is For Us (with Matt Baker) in 2012, part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Liz Gardiner – Founding Director of Fablevision and a free-lance consultant specialising in cultural planning. Also teaches at the University of the West of Scotland delivering continuing professional development modules in cultural planning. Through her work, she develops and delivers community engagement case study examples in practice – often in partnership with other third sector organisations. A board member of the European network Banlieues d’Europe.

Nic Green – multi disciplinary artist, focusing on the development of reciprocity in the contexts of liveness. The forms of her pieces vary from dance to bell-making, and are often ‘found’ through relational practice with people, place, material or context. Her work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally receiving sell-out audiences in the Barbican’s main house, ‘Best Production’ at Dublin Fringe Festival, and a Herald Angel amongst others. Last year her Cock and Bull won the Total Theatre award for best visual/physical performance at Edinburgh fringe.

Lee Ivett – Founder of participatory architecture, art and design studio Baxendale Design Co and a Tutor and Lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. His mode of practise is intensely generative, developing low-budget socially-focussed projects from scratch largely for working class communities within the UK. Selected for inclusion in New Architects 3 – the definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up practice in the ten years since 2005.

Professor Katarzyna Kosmala – Professor in Culture, Media and Visual Practice at the School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland, UK, a curator and art writer. PI for the RSE-funded research network: Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe. Recent publications include: Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change (Eds.) (Intellect and The University of Chicago Press, 2016), Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Ed) (CSP, 2014), Art Inquiry on Crossing Borders: Imaging Europe, Representing Periphery (Eds.) (ŁTN, 2013).

Andrew McAvoy RIAS – an architect and artist specialising in self-built and environmentally friendly construction, using his practice Retool Architecture to reinvigorate buildings and places through a reassessment of their specific nature and possibilities, including Heritage. Currently undertaking research into the human and Industrial stories underlying the empty landscape in Govan.

John Mullen – visual artist based in Edinburgh. Received an MFA in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art in 2003. His artwork is often dealing with hidden and underlying politics in regeneration and renewal processes. He has exhibited broadly in the UK as well as internationally. Selected exhibitions include: ‘Young Athenians’ at ‘Destroy Athens’, Athens, Greece 2007, ‘It’s not Work that’s the Problem, it’s the People’ GRV, Edinburgh 2008, ‘Back to Heritage’, Zadar, 2014; ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: One Segment of Nomadism in Art’ Berlin 2015.

Dr Ben Parry – Course Leader on MA Curatorial Practice at Bath School of Art and Design, an artist, curator and writer based in London. His work explores the intersections of socially engaged practice, urbanism and activism. Awarded PhD at the University of the West of Scotland. He is curator of the touring exhibition Cultural Hijack at the AA School, London (2013) and Archip, Prague (2017)

%d bloggers like this: