Tramway Local: Meeting in May

Posted on 13 May 2016 in News, Participation

Tramway Local
Tuesday 10 May 2016
Blog post by Holly Rumble, Public Engagement Coordinator, Tramway

On Tuesday evening we had another successful Tramway Local event, attended by freelance artists, producers and organisations. The presentations highlighted upcoming events, and also ongoing visual art and theatre projects, and there were some great conversations happening around the room.

Laura Bennison - National Museums Scotland
Laura Bennison presented a short film and images from the recent Panjab Connections project: a collaborative project between National Museums Scotland, Young Sikh Leaders network and Glasgow’s Sikh community funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. The group of young adults were inspired by delving into the museum’s objects owned by Maharajah Duleep Singh-the first Sikh to come to Scotland in the 19th century.
On Sunday 10th July, Tramway is hosting a Mela On Your Doorstep Family Day, where will be a display of the Panjab Connections films, plus a drop-in jewellery making workshop by O-Pin, and a chance to chat to some of the young people involved in the project.

Anne-Marie Copestake - Time for Art
Established at Tramway in 2006, Time for Art provide a space for people aged 55+ who wish to realise individual and collective art projects. This year, Time for Art celebrate their 10th anniversary, and Anne-Marie Copestake presented an astounding collection of images of the work the group had produced over the decade.

Tim Mitchell - Ecole Enterprise
Ecole Enterprise is small company offering personal development and training for young people aged 9 to 25, using the performing arts. Recently the company has been developing its interest in collaboration locally and are interested in developing a performance space for other arts projects: "Theatre at Queens", at a church hall at 170 Queens Drive. There is quite a bit of infrastructure in terms of stage, lighting and sound gear, and raked seating for audiences of up to 170 people. Tim Mitchell wanted to ask "Is there anyone out there interested in the idea?"
Please get in touch with him to express interest in the project, or to find out more about becoming a board member.

Tashi Gore - Junction 25
Junction 25 are an awarding-winning theatre company made of young people aged 11 - 18. They make original performances from their ideas, opinions and perspective on the world.  Junction 25 are currently in development for their new performance A Bit of Bite, which will be presented at Tramway in June 2016.
One of the members, Cara, gave a presentation about this upcoming performance, and the interesting group discussions and development they’d had about the role of young people in politics.

Katy West – Curator, India Street Bazaar
Independent curator Katy West presented about a long-running project, in which seven designers from India and Scotland were invited to explore the Turkey Red archives, and respond aesthetically and with hindsight to this Scottish textile industry. In a nice connection to our first speaker, there is a great online exhibition of the collection by National Museums Scotland.
The exhibition of contemporary printed garments, India Street Bazaar , opens at Tramway on 10th June.

Cassandra Barron from Voluntary Arts Scotland was also present, with an exciting programme of events for Voluntary Arts Week which finishes on the 15th May!

Tramway updates:
There are opportunities for community groups to take part in free workshops at Tramway over the summer, exploring our India Street Bazaar and Pehchaan exhibitions. The booking deadline for these is 24th June: please email for a booking form.