Artists Open Studios

Artists Open Studios

Briggait is part of Wasps Studios and contains 45 studios, offices, large courtyard and exhibition spaces. The building used to be a fish market for over 100 years and had been empty for 20 years before the Briggait was renovated in 2009.

On the 12th and 13th October 2013, artists at the Briggait opened their studios as part of Wasps Open Studios 2013. I went along today, spoke to couple of artists and took few photos. I enjoyed taking in all the details from brushes and collection of fruit stickers to books (to some of the artists’ surprise) and from back of canvases to floors covered in paint stains.

There are also a couple of photos from Sarah J Stanley’s exhibition.

Govanhill Baths

Govanhill Baths

I visited Govanhill Baths few weeks ago, on Glasgow’s Open Doors Day when many buildings that are usually closed were open to the public to visit. I’d been to the baths before on open doors day, but I’ve also swam in one of the pools in 1998. I remember being excited that the sauna had a bucket and I was able to throw water on the stones. It was the first and also last time I’ve been able to do that in a sauna in UK.

Govanhill Baths opened on July 3, 1914, and the trust which is now looking after the building are hoping to have one of the pools open next year for its 100 year anniversary.

The campaign to save Govanhill Pool formally began in January 2001 when Glasgow City Council informed the community and the users that it was to close the baths on March 31st that year. There had been no local consultation and none with the users. Council had also given no consideration to all the people in the neighbourhood who still, in 2001 did not have proper washing facilities in their homes.

Community members occupied the pool from March 17th until August 7th that year making it the longest occupation in UK.

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Here’s a great wee tour of the baths.

Liverpool Street Art

Liverpool Street Art

This was my third visit to Liverpool. My first time was during Biennial 2010 and I love how some of the art created then, is still on the walls. I also live how graffiti isn’t cleaned away straight away like in most other cities.

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Abandon Normal Devices

Abandon Normal Devices

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a festival of new cinema, digital culture and art. The festival takes place annually in Liverpool and Manchester on alternate years – this year it was in Liverpool.

As I was in the city just for a day, I had to miss most of the screenings and other events as they would have been taking too much of my time as I also wanted to have time to visit Tate Liverpool and Open Eye Gallery at the docks but I thoroughly enjoyed Abandon Normal Devices Fair.

My five highlights from the fair

Lighthammer / Andrew Goodman
This involved making a photograph by hitting flowers on a perspex box set above a camera with a hammer. But it wasn’t just a normal hammer. This hammer generated different colour lights (you could pick the colour) when you hit the surface, and therefore shining light on the flowers (or what was left of them in the end) and also exposing the photo. Oh, I forgot to mention that you did all this in a small dark room. Great fun.

SEFT-1 / Los Ferronautas
SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists, and brothers. Apparently there are a lot of disused railway lines in Mexico. Cant think of more interesting way to travel.

Accept Cookies / Ben Dalton
I accepted the cookie that was baked in the oven and iced with the pattern created by using the tracking cookie of my phone. It was a little bit burn, but very tasty. I wish getting rid of all cookies on your laptop were as easy (&tasty) as that.

De-Exinction Deli / Centre for Genomic Gastronomy
“A future food market stand, serving up debate on the growing movement to bring back extinct species” Should extinct species be brought back? If we managed to brought some back, would you eat them?

Otoko / Dentaku
Otoko is an experimental printed circuit board with sensors and touchpads. Add saucepans and you can have hours of fun making noises. (I’m sure it’s all much more technical than that but it was fun. I had to force myself to leave so that didn’t extend my welcome – and let others play too).

I took two cards from Fate and Fortune box.

“AND SEATING MYSELF BY THE FIRE WHICH MY ODIOUS
COMPANION HAD LIGHTED, HE THUS BEGAN HIS TALE. ”

“HE WAS SOON BORNE AWAY BY THE WAVES,
AND LOST IN DARKNESS AND DISTANCE.”