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Pollok House exhibition coincides with Black History Month

Celebrating Glasgow-Ghanaian artist Maud Sulter with a new exhibition

The National Trust for Scotland is to present a new exhibition of the work of the internationally renowned Glaswegian-Ghanaian artist, Maud Sulter (1960 -2008) at Pollok House, Glasgow.

Maud Sulter was an award-winning artist and writer, cultural historian and curator of Ghanaian and Scottish heritage who lived and worked in Britain, and whose work is now in museum collections around the world, including the V&A and Tate. Throughout her career and across different media, Maud Sulter’s work interrogated the representation of black women in the histories of art, the media and photography. An activist and feminist, she was often inspired by African American activists, artists, and writers. Her work explored the many connections between Africa and Europe, the often-hidden lives of black people, and the complex experiences of the African diaspora in European history and culture.

The exhibition features a range of works across Maud Sulter’s career including selections from her series Zabat and Hysteria. It offers visitors an opportunity to experience her recollections of growing up as a Black child in Scotland in the 1960s through her photographic series and suite of poems, both called Memories of Childhood.

Caroline Smith, National Trust for Scotland’s Operations Manager at Pollok House, said: “We’re thrilled to feature the work of Maud Sulter in this new exhibition at Pollok House. The exhibition’s opening in October coincides with Black History Month and so is especially appropriate given Sulter’s exploration and representations of black artists, women and culture across history.”

The Estate of Maud Sulter said: “It’s such a pleasure to see Maud Sulter’s work centre stage in her hometown of Glasgow. We’re delighted that this beautiful and historical institution is showcasing her art so new audiences will be able to connect with the engaging themes of her photography including Memories of Childhood.”

Inspiration for the exhibition has come from the National Trust for Scotland’s Facing our Past project, which has set out to investigate connections between the places and properties in its care and the wide diversity and identity of people involved throughout their history, including through links to slavery. As with many Trust properties, the heritage of Pollok House and its family history have multi-generational links to West Indian plantations and so provides an appropriate context within which to explore and understand themes contained within Sulter’s work.

Pollok House was the graceful 18th-century seat of the Stirling Maxwell family and was gifted along with its world-class collection of Italian and Spanish art by its family to the people of Glasgow in 1966. Glasgow City Council remains responsible for Pollok House, which is operated by The National Trust for Scotland on the city’s behalf. The Trust opened the changing exhibition gallery at Pollok House in 2017 and earlier this year, it featured an exhibition exploring the art and photography of Glasgow Boy E.A. Hornel, his Glasgow connections, and the identity of his sitters from Scotland and from around the world.

The exhibition runs from 15 October – 4 December 2022 and 6 January – 15 January 2023

Maud Sulter

At the Hunterian – UNDERFOOT – an exhibition about carpets

The Hunterian will host the first solo exhibition in Scotland by Turner Prize winning artist Elizabeth Price. Referencing and employing never before exhibited  archival material, the commission will focus on the textile heritage of Glasgow’s industrial age and in particular Stoddard International Plc and James Templeton & Co. Ltd, world-famous carpet manufacturers based in Renfrewshire and Glasgow. The exhibition opens to the public  from 11 November 2022 – 16 April 2023. 

UNDERFOOT is being developed in partnership with The Hunterian, Panel, Fiona Jardine (The Glasgow School of Art) and Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. Working with these partners, Price will create an ambitious new moving image work and bespoke textile piece – the artist’s first in this medium – both of which have been commissioned by The Hunterian for its permanent collection. The textile piece also marks Price’s first major commission in a medium other than video in over five years.

Carpet designs, industrial machinery and architectural interiors will all feature within the moving image work UNDERFOOT and the textile piece, SAD CARREL will take the form of a hand-tufted rug. Though it reflects the process of its production in largely abstract ways, a recurring vinyl record motif is a key point of connection to the themes of the moving image work.

Price said: “As an artist working in digital media, I am also really fascinated by the shared technical histories of woven textiles and computing, and most of the industrialised carpet production of Templetons directly employed jacquard technologies, or processes derived from the Jacquard loom. Understanding the relation between carpets and data in this way, perhaps also offers ways to think about the realm or terrain they visualise: related to the creation of digital or virtual worlds. But, I am always also interested in the political and social histories and/impacts of cultural artefacts, and this is why part of the project focuses upon the use of carpet in civic and public space – specifically the Mitchell Library with its intensely coloured and patterned carpets, which have unexpected psychedelic effect. If carpets imagine another space, what space was/is imagined here?”   

Elizabeth Price is an artist who creates powerful, accessible and innovative works that address social history. Her 2012 Turner Prize-winning work, The Woolworths Choir of 1979, stitched together news footage of a fatal fire in a Manchester branch of Woolworth’s with a TV performance by the Shangri-Las and digital animations analysing the cultural and political relationships between the two, to profoundly moving effect. Throughout her oeuvre, Price creates narrative works that feature historic artefacts and documents, often of marginal significance or derogated value. Her selection and treatment of them is shaped by a politics of gender and social class and she often uses historical material to consider and give expression to the adjacent blind spots, oversights and erasures of particular archives and museum collections.

UNDERFOOT was developed by Price’s 2020 Research Fellowship with the University of Glasgow Library that facilitated access to the archives of the Stoddard and Templeton carpet and textile factories, held within the University Archives and Special Collections and which encompasses thousands of design sketches, photos, books, journals and carpet pieces. Stoddard International Plc and James Templeton & Co. Ltd were world-famous carpet manufacturers based in Renfrewshire and Glasgow respectively, operational during the 19th and 20th century. The artist looked at the Stoddart Templeton pattern books and also at photographic records which showed industrial manufacturing processes. A particular interest was in the way these framed the bodies of workers themselves, often showing them only partially, as working or gesturing limbs.  

UNDERFOOT is funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland with support from The Glasgow School of Art and Kingston University.

Alongside the exhibition of new work by Price, The Hunterian and Glasgow School of Art will present a two-day symposium in March 2023 as well as a public programme of talks and events during the run of the exhibition, aimed at bringing new audiences to The Hunterian for the first time. 

Dominic Paterson, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Hunterian, said, “The Hunterian is honoured to be working with our collaborators to bring new work by Elizabeth Price to our audiences. We are very grateful to receive Creative Scotland funding to support this project and are particularly excited that this public funding will enable Elizabeth to make an ambitious new body of work that will become part of The Hunterian’s permanent collection. This project has been developed through close collaboration with Panel, Dovecot and Fiona Jardine, and it was supported by a research fellowship at the University of Glasgow Library which gave Elizabeth access to the remarkable archival resources held there. UNDERFOOT is a key moment in our ongoing effort to make our exhibitions and collections more meaningful and relevant to audiences today. Elizabeth’s work considers major issues in contemporary culture: using digital animation, she has raised questions of power, gender, value and language in post-war history, often thinking in particular about how technology and culture intersect. In UNDERFOOT these themes will be explored through the specific context of the Stoddard Templeton archives, giving the project a profound connection to Glasgow and its heritage. We are thrilled that Elizabeth and our collaborators have been so committed to the project and can’t wait to share its results with our visitors in November.”

Catriona Duffy and Lucy McEachan of Panel said: “Panel is delighted to be working with Elizabeth Price, The Hunterian, Dovecot Tapestry Studio and Fiona Jardine of The Glasgow School of Art on this exciting new commission, investigating classified ideas of social space through design and making.” 

Celia Joicey, Director of Dovecot in Edinburgh, said: “The exhibition is an outstanding opportunity for Dovecot Studios to explore Elizabeth Price’s thoughtful approach to creating art, craft and design with hand and machine processes. Price is a world-class contemporary artist and this commission will showcase art made in Scotland to an international audience.” 

Fiona Jardine said: “I am thrilled to be working with Elizabeth Price, The Hunterian, Panel and Dovecot on UNDERFOOT, sharing expertise and resources. The Glasgow School of Art holds the Stoddard Templeton Design Library, actively used in teaching a new generation of students for whom Elizabeth’s powerful, intellectually curious approach will be inspirational. The opportunity to reflect on the legacies of local textile and manufacturing histories through this project is especially resonant today, as we reimagine what it means to inhabit and construct our social spaces.”

Press view 10th November, 9.30am to 12 noon at The Hunterian Art Gallery.

COP26 – Pathway to Paris concert to open the conference

Pathway to Paris in collaboration with Regular Music announced a special concert on 31 October at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. 

This concert will help to open the United Nations Climate Change Conference which takes place from 31 October to 12 November 2021. The evening will focus on the importance for nations to push for, achieve, and go beyond the climate targets highlighted in the Paris Agreement, and for cities to lead the way.

Bringing together leading musicians, artists, thinkers, and policymakers, the event will serve as a call to action, urging the international community to ramp up ambition towards a climate safe future for all.

The first Pathway to Paris concert took place in Paris in 2015, and coincided with the adoption of the Paris Agreement. In 2017 at the United Nations Secretariat, Pathway to Paris announced their 1000 Cities initiative for Carbon Freedom. The initiative invites all cities of the world to transition away from fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible in order to turn the Paris Agreement into reality.

Co-Founder of Pathway to Paris, Jesse Paris Smith, said: “In the world of music, the best way to improve is through collaboration. This is the same with the critical issue of climate change. We must join together to make this the most ambitious collaboration of our century. We will not be able to implement crucial and challenging solutions to climate change, and all urgent environmental problems as long as we stand divided. Inseparable from the issue of climate change is the need for world peace, global communication, and an international collaboration unmatched by any event in human history.”

Co-Founder of Pathway to Paris, Rebecca Foon said: “These meetings mark a critical moment in history, as we collectively need to come together to massively ramp up our targets and actions. Cities play a critical role in transforming our world out of the era of fossil fuels and into a renewable world. This is our time to make this shift and transform our nations and cities to become sustainable and resilient for us all and future generations. This is our chance as our window of time is drastically narrowing.” 

The concert will feature Patti Smith, Tenzin Choegyal, Soundwalk Collective in collaboration with Patti Smith and Jesse Paris Smith to perform CRISIS OF THE LOST, a sound piece composed of underwater recordings deriving from the TBA21–Academy sound archive. This resource documents the voice of ocean life in contrast with the destructive impact of manmade acoustic pollution over all species of marine life. 

The live performance is accompanied by visualisations by Territorial Agency to provide insights into the scale and mechanics of the ecological threat that is sound pollution in the ocean. The piece features additional recordings carried out by sound artist Jana Winderen during field trips in Belize, Panama, Dominican Republic, Norway and Iceland as well as recorded detonations of the seismic airgun blasting acquired from Simone Baumann Pickering’s lab at Scripps Institute for Oceanography, and cello written and performed by Lucy Railton.

CRISIS OF THE LOST is part of a collaborative body of work and series of album projects between Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective, entitled CORRESPONDENCES, due for publication and release in Spring 2022.

Pathway to Paris Founders Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon will also be performing throughout the evening. Speakers include’s Bill McKibben and other special guests to be announced soon.

All proceeds from this evening will be donated to Pathway to Paris’ 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom.

Tickets on sale here

Pathway to Paris was founded in September 2014 by Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, with an intimate evening of music and speakers at Le Poisson Rouge immediately following the People’s Climate March in New York City. A series of similar events unfolded in North America over the ensuing years. The events were initially intended to build awareness to help establish a global climate agreement, leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference (Cop21) that took place in December 2015, and culminated with two major concerts in Paris at Le Trianon, the first weekend of the conference. In November 2017, Pathway to Paris launched the 1000 Cities Initiative at Carnegie Hall in the lead up to COP 23.

The King’s Theatre panto is back – oh yes it is

The pants returns to the King’s Theatre for the first time since 2019 with the tale of Cinderella.

Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac will be taking audiences to the panto ball as they return in style with their laugh-out-loud comedy routines and plenty of boos and hisses.

Cinderella tells the much-loved rags-to-riches tale of the popular title character who outwits her wicked stepsisters and meets her Prince Charming. Packed with all the traditional elements of pantomime the King’s Theatre audience has come to expect including stunning scenery and scrumptious costumes, this year’s show will be the Godmother of all pantomimes.

Cinderella runs at the King’s Theatre from Saturday 27 November 2021 – Sunday 2 January 2022. Various evening, matinee and access performances are scheduled. or call 0333 009 6690

PHOTO Greg Macvean 21/09/2021 – Panto stars Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac are pictured at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow

Take The Leap with the Royal Marines in Glasgow


Scotland’s Commando Spirit Appeal is calling on participants to sign up for an eye-watering abseil from Glasgow’s Finnieston Crane with the Royal Marines on 25 July. Those who sign up by 3 July will get a discounted entry fee.

Take The Leap is a unique opportunity to meet and spend a day training with the Royal Marines before abseiling with them from the very top of Glasgow’s iconic Finnieston Crane.

The challenge will raise funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust and participants can continue fundraising for three months after the event, receiving help and support with their fundraising efforts along the way

Participants can sign up at:

A spokesperson for Commando Spirit said: ”Take The Leap is an amazing adrenalin rush and will give anyone, young or old, female or male awesome bragging rights.”

Commando Spirit creates and delivers life changing challenges, which offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for participants to show their courage and test their mettle against a substantial commando challenge. Each event offers a chance for those involved to gain a rare insight into what it means to be a Royal Marine Commando and raise life changing sums for Royal Marines and their families in need. Other events in the Commando Spirit Series include Escape The Dunker in which participants take on the formidable underwater escape training all Royal Marines have to face as part of their training; and Survive The Yomp the legendary 30-miler hike across Commando Country in the Scottish Highlands.

Encouraging participants to support the Commando Spirit events, Radio and TV Presenter Dermot O’Leary said: “I am delighted to support Commando Spirit; a great initiative to raise life changing funds for our Royal Marines and their families in need. I urge you to show your courage and sign up for a Commando Spirit challenge; a true test of guts and determination that will give you an insight into what it takes to be a Royal Marine.”

For more information about Commando Spirit, visit

Submitted by Kirsty Innes


BBC Music at The Quay comes to Glasgow


Stevie McCrorie, James Bay, Jamie Cullum, Deacon Blue, Lulu, Twin Atlantic and KT Tunstall are among an array of artists set to take part in the BBC’s five-day pop-up festival, BBC Music at the Quay in Glasgow next month.
This event is a nationwide music celebration with BBC Music Day at its heart and will feature, among others, The One Show, Radio Scotland, Asian Network, Radio 2’s Ken Bruce and a fantastic BBC Music Night concert at Glasgow City Halls featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Over 60 artists will take part in the music festival from Thursday 4 to Monday 8 June, as part of more than 50 events over the five days. BBC Music at the Quay will showcase an eclectic range of music from jazz to traditional, emerging new talent to established acts, highlighting Scotland’s unique and varied musical landscape. Every BBC Radio Scotland music show will be part of the celebrations with special performances, Q&As and must-see music events. All tickets for BBC Music at the Quay events are free while the City Halls Concert tickets range from £10 to £25. Ticketing information can be found by clicking here.

The BBC Music at the Quay festival kicks off on Thursday 4 June for five days with BBC Music Day at the heart of the celebrations on Friday 5 June. The inaugural BBC Music Day is a nationwide celebration of music, which aims to bring people together across generations and communities through their love of music.

There will be two performance spaces at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay site in Glasgow which will host an array of events on a big outdoor stage and The Quay Stage within the reception, which will also become the home to BBC Radio Scotland’s new weekly music programme, The Quay Sessions. In addition to music moments, there will also be film screenings on the big screen in Millennium Square at Pacific Quay, and the Glasgow Science Centre will be hosting live music events and workshops across the weekend to link in with the festival.

Sharon Mair, Project Executive of BBC Music at the Quay, is delighted Scotland will play a key part in the music celebrations: “We know that our audiences loved the BBC at the Quay site last year during the Commonwealth Games and we are bringing this five day festival back to celebrate BBC Music Day. Glasgow is the UNESCO city of Music and what a brilliant way for us to showcase the city and the fantastic musical talent that will be at the event. Come along and join in the music celebrations – there’s something for everyone!

“We are working with many partners across the BBC and externally including UNIQUE events, the Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, the GFT and the SAY Award to make this happen.”

The rundown of music moments include:

Thursday 4 June

Ricky Ross hosts Another Country with performances from Red Sky July, Glasgow ‘roots rocker’ Daniel Meade and Andy Fairweather Low
Asian Network welcomes Bhangra musician Jaz Dhami
Janice Forsyth features music from a house band led by Ged Brockie as well as special guest Glasgow Film Festival Director Allan Hunter
Friday 5 June – BBC Music Day
At the heart of the music festival is the nationwide celebration of music – BBC Music Day.

Radio 2’s Ken Bruce comes lives from the BBC Music at the Quay big stage with guests including Midge Ure, singer-songwriter James Bay, rising star Rae Morris, Black Star Riders and Eighties icon Howard Jones
BBC Music Day with Bryan Burnett (BBC Radio Scotland) welcomes guests including The Voice winner Stevie McCrorie, Francis MacDonald and the Cairn Quartet with further acts to be announced
The One Show comes live from Pacific Quay (7-7.30pm, BBC One) hosted by Alex Jones and Chris Evans with guests including Lulu
BBC Radio Scotland will be delivering live music up to midnight with a special performance from the reception stage with guests including Del Amitri’s Justin Currie and guitarist Chris Thomson, Love & Money’s James Grant, legendary artist Donovan and Latino musician Stephanie Urbina Jones
BBC Music Day culminates with a fantastic concert from Glasgow’s City Halls, hosted by Ken Bruce and Radio 3’s Katie Derham. Along with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe, acts taking part in the music celebrations include Deacon Blue, acclaimed jazz musician and Radio 2 presenter Jamie Cullum, opera tenor Noah Stewart, harpist Catrin Finch, folk singer and BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician award winner, Claire Hastings, classical violinst Jack Liebeck, and Bhangra artist, Jaz Dhami. Tickets range from £10 to £25. This concert will also be screened live, and free, on the big screen at the Pacific Quay site
Live music with Errors plus support in the Glasgow Science Centre from 8pm. Ticketing and information for these free tickets can be found here.
Saturday 6 June – big Family day with children’s events across the site

New weekly show The Quay Sessions, which launches earlier in the week. Host and guests to be announced
BBC Radio Scotland’s Pipeline will feature the Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band with Pipe Major Alasdair Tennent
Robbie Shepherd’s Take The Floor takes over the reception space with a ceilidh at Pacific Quay with guests to be announced
Later on Saturday evening, Roddy Hart welcomes guests including Scottish folk musician Rachel Sermanni and singer songwriter Kathryn Joseph
Free workshops will take place in the Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June between 11am and 4pm including Sonic Pi, Lego Mindstorms, Music-themed maker activities with Makalb, and animation and computer programming with BBC Learning
Sunday 7 June – BBC Introducing Day at the Quay

Vic Galloway presents BBC Introducing, eight acts on the outdoor stage headlined by Glasgow duo Honeyblood. The full line-up will be announced on Vic’s Radio Scotland show on Monday 11 May
Scots rock stars Twin Atlantic will take part in a special Q&A session with Vic Galloway
Workshops throughout the day including a song-writing session with experimental hip-hop group Hector Bizerk
Later in the evening, The Jazz House with Stephen Duffy will include the Edinburgh music collective Hidden Orchestra
Monday 8 June

The BBC Music at the Quay celebrations draw to a close on Monday 8 June with a special Q&A session with Scots singer-songwriter KT Tunstall
Iain Anderson will feature special guests Peter Nardini, Jellyman’s Daughter, Kind Eider and others
Travelling Folk includes performances from folk singer Emily Smith and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Tim Edey
Radio Nan Gaidheal’s Ceilidh Rapal will come live from the Quay Stage featuring multi-award winning ‘trad-rockers’ , Skerryvore, with further acts to be announced.
All the latest news regular updates and details on how to apply for tickets can be found here

Who do you think you are? is coming to Scotland

Who Do I think I am ?: Mary Queen of Scots aka actress Helen Cuinn gets ready to trace her ancestry at “Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland”, taking place this coming weekend 29 – 30 August 2014 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow. This is a first ever event being staged as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.
Helen was photographed by Colin Hattersley in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow.

Ashton Lane Hogmanay Street Party

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Ashton Lane is a flurry of festive lights, live entertainment and fantastic food and drink this New Year.

The Lane’s Hogmanay Street Party is one of the liveliest spots in Glasgow to welcome the bells. Entry costs £25 and you can spend the night hopping around your favourite bars and restaurants while enjoying live entertainment in the Lane from a host of great acts including Them Beatles, Snafu, George Donaldson (Celtic Thunder) and lots of other great street performers before a spectacular firework display to bring in the New Year.

Great dining packages will also be available from Ashton Lane’s eclectic range of bars and restaurants including The Ubiquitous Chip, Ketchup, Brel, The Grosvenor Café, Ashoka and Jinty McGinty’s.

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Women of Scotland Luncheon 2014

The organising committee have announced that the 2014 Women of Scotland Luncheon will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on 9 May 2014 starting at 12.30 and funds raised will be awarded to Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre.

The organisation is now well underway for next year’s lunch when almost 400 women will be invited to enjoy a day of socialising with friends,  entertaining speeches while raising funds for a very worthwhile cause at the same time.

Well-known journalist and former BBC news and Children in Need presenter, Viv Lumsden, has taken on the role of Honorary Chair for the next three years.  Following her appearance at the 2013 lunch when she introduced the speakers and charity representatives with professional flair, the committee were keen to secure her services which she has kindly agreed to do.

Now retired from broadcasting, Viv still pops up on radio from time to time and occasionally works in the corporate world, hosting business conferences where she is well known for her lively handling of an audience. She also keeps her hand in with voice-overs and commentaries.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone has confirmed she will speak at the lunch. As a keen cyclist and former champion runner, she will be a very appropriate guest at the lunch being held in the year when Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games. Alison is one of only two Green MSPs at Holyrood, and speaks out on a wide range of matters from cycling safety to rogue property developers.

The committee has chosen Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre as the beneficiary of the 2014 lunch.

This is a small charity which helps around 100 children and 20 adults with cerebral palsy and their families, each year. Their aim is to achieve practical goals for their clients and help to promote independent living skills.

This year, the Glasgow-based charity is celebrating its 18th birthday and they intend using the funds raised from the lunch as a Birthday Fund to be used specifically for families from across Scotland  who have no access to any other funding. Thecharity has its HQ at Port Dundas where their building has therapy space and room to run training courses for health practitioners.

The charity Spinal Injuries Scotland received £22,000 as a donation from Women of Scotland Luncheon Committee following the very successful 2013 lunch.

The next Women of Scotland Luncheon Committee meeting will be held at the Radisson Blu Glasgow today when the new Honorary Chair  will join the committee for a working lunch.

For more information on Bobath have a look at their website.

Merchant Square Craft & Design Fair – also on Fridays!

Fans of Merchant Square’s weekly Craft & Design Fair can get their weekend shopping fix early from now on after organisers added an extra day to the popular event following demand from customers and crafters.

What: The Merchant Square Craft & Design Fair showcases the work of some of the city’s very best crafters with all items made in Glasgow

Where: Merchant Square, Glasgow, 71 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY

When: Every Friday from 12pm – 6pm, Saturday from 11am – 6pm and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm

How Much: Free entry