Tramway Local: Autumn blog

Posted on 2 Sep 2016 in News, Participation

​Holly Rumble, Public Engagement Coordinator, Tramway

On 25th August we gathered for our 4th Tramway Local event. There were six very interesting presentations, detailed below, and an opportunity to test out the first draft of a children's trail activity which Alice Dansey-Wright is developing for the new family-friendly café corner.

Rosemary James-Beith: Share My Table
Rosemary James-Beith (Audience Engagement Manager at Tramway) presented on behalf of Suzi Maciver, Arts & Cultural Development Officer for Scottish Refugee Council. She shared details of their exciting new participatory arts project 'Share My Table' that explores public perceptions and contemporary media portrayals of refugees and discovers their real life experiences, often hidden behind today's headlines. Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council and supported by Creative Scotland and Tramway and the Hidden Gardens, the project launches in the midst of the world's worst refugee crisis, with more people than ever before forced to flee their homes in search of protection from violence and human rights abuses.

Share My Table will work with a group of refugees and local Scots over the next twelve months. Using visual art, performance and storytelling, the group will prepare for an exhibition and performance, in which members of the public will be invited to participate, at Tramway next year. 

Grace Mark: Now City Glasgow
Grace presented a new networking project, Now City Glasgow, which is currently a new Facebook group. It aims to create a space for people working on socially conscious projects to share what they are working on, get support and make connections. There are plans for a 'Detroit Soup' type event, in which people will pay £5 on the door, eat together, listen to people pitching an idea to improve the local community, and then vote for the project to be awarded the door money.

image blog.jpgAlice Dansey-Wright: Tramway Local Café Corner
Alice has been developing designs for the new family-friendly café corner at Tramway. She presented her research about the local area, and then we moved downstairs to test out a 'My Tramway' trail activity. She has designed a sheet and set of printed characters to encourage children to explore the architecture and history of the building. The corner will be launched at 10am on Saturday 10th September, with refreshments.

Angela Beaton: Altogether Glasgow
Get curious and explore your city with Altogether Glasgow. We help groups and individuals to sample Glasgow's cultural and sporting offer. Based around an interactive website, Altogether Glasgow encourages you to get to know your city better: offering fun quizzes, supporting participation in new activities, and encouraging people to share their knowledge through user-generated content including photos, poems and videos. The site rewards learners with digital badges and certificates, and has been used to support the improvement of digital, literacy and language skills.  

Lewis Hou: Fun Palaces
Lewis talked about the community arts and science campaign Fun Palaces, which celebrates grassroots culture with local community events all across the UK on the first weekend of October, which this year is on the 1st and 2nd October. Lewis invited anyone who is planning an event around that time to get involved:

"In the early 1960s, Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a 'laboratory of fun' and 'a university of the streets'. It was to be a temporary and movable home to the arts and sciences, open and welcoming to all. For many reasons it wasn't possible in 1961 and the Fun Palace never came to fruition as a building. The idea however, of a space welcoming and open to all, bringing arts and sciences together, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist, remained a GREAT idea."

Michelle Montgomery Masters: Pollokshields Playhouse
Michelle updated us on the prolific Pollokshields Playhouse activity, which has included Pollywood Community Cinema events, local Guides using the outdoor space, artists in residence, and Caravans for an Art Lover: a refugee fundraiser. On Saturday 10th September at 7pm, the Playhouse will host their final open air screening and party: " we play host to the SambaYaBamba Youth Band, Capoeira Senzala Glasgow and more before screening the wonderful Boy in the World (O Menino e o Mundo)."

The next Tramway Local dates are 4 October and 25 November, and if you are interested in signing up for a presentation, please get in touch: