Are artists used as pawns in the gentrification of Govanhill?
Are artists behind the gentrification process underway in Govanhill? The artists-in-residence for the Glasgow’s Southside Central ward think this is a conversation we need to be having.
“Artists are often used as pawns in a game of chess, in which the board itself is controlled by local and central government. The planning rules are their rules, their decisions. I’m interested in how artists are played by these government officials and other players on the board – the knights and kings – which are the property developers.”
CommonSpace Show - with Darren McGarvey
In the third edition of The CommonSpace Show, David Jamieson and Rhiannon J Davies are joined by writer, commentator and hiphop artist Darren McGarvey (aka Loki)
They discuss the week’s big stories – Trump’s racist tweets, drug deaths in Scotland and the Tory Leadership race, before moving on to talk about Edinburgh Fringe and Loki’s upcoming show: Scotland Today.
Kezia Kinder: Slum landlords still blight Govanhill - it's why I had to move out
Writer and former Govanhill resident Kezia Kinder explains why poverty and slum housing in the area induce stress, anxiety and poor public health
LAST month, I moved out of Govanhill. I left a dingy flat rented out by what you could loosely describe as a slum landlord, to a small flat in leafy Cathcart. The difference already is incredible; I no longer walk down the street with my keys between my fingers as a makeshift weapon; my heart-rate doesn't increase with fear when I walk into the close, and I no longer breath a sigh of relief when I'm safely inside.
Govanhill carnival to become an annual event after successful debut
Plans for a bigger and better carnival on the agenda for Govanhill
FOLLOWING the first Govanhill carnival and music festival this weekend, organisers have said they will work together to make this an annual fixture for the area.
This weekend saw three separate but overlapping events take place in Govanhill: Govanhill International Carnival, organised by Govanhill Baths; the Govanhill Against Racism Festival, organised by Alistair Hulett Memorial Trust; and Unity Festival, organised by inhouse.
People’s Bank of Govanhill prepares to open community swap market
Non-monetary exchange market for Govanhill in development
THE People’s Bank of Govanhill, which previously created a local currency for Govanhill, is seeking a permanent base for a swap market.
The swap market is the next stage of a project which started in 2015, when artist Ailie Rutherford was completing a residency at Govanhill Baths. Rutherford developed the idea of a local currency, which could be purchased with pay-as-you-can rates of Sterling and exchanged for goods and services in the community on select dates.
All eyes on inaugural Govanhill festival as Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn plan visits
Carnival will incorporate the Govanhill Against Racism festival
NEXT month’s three-day inaugural Govanhill carvinal and anti-racism festival will welcome both First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Sturgeon will open the festival’s carnival, while event orgainisers confirmed to CommonSpace that Corbyn will be a guest speaker on Sunday 27, August at the Govanhill Against Racism event.
Govanhill Community Trust in fresh bid to save community pool
The group hopes to raise the final £1m needed to end a 16-year campaign to regenerate Govanhill Baths
GOVANHILL Community Trust has kicked off a fresh fundraising campaign in the hope of securing the final £1m required to save Govanhill Baths.
The leisure centre will “transform lives” if it is saved, according to the Trust. It has called upon donors to help it finally raise the £6m sum required to regenerate the facility - in the process gaining a share in the future of the building.
David Carr: Is another Scotland really possible post-Brexit or are we kidding ourselves?
Commonspace columnist David Carr reflects on the gap between community and national issues
I STAY in Govanhill, Glasgow. It is an area of cheap housing stock, much of it privately rented. It has therefore always attracted transitory residents, many of them immigrants, searching for an affordable roof over their heads. This history goes back to the Irish and Russian Jewish immigrations of the 1900s. It is a welcoming, creative, multi-cultural community - something that brings me great joy.
People's Bank of Govanhill to open first currency exchange Saturday 24th October
New local voucher scheme dubbed 'Govanhill pound' to be accepted by selected local businesses
THE People's Bank of Govanhill will establish a booth at the Tramway theatre to exchange Sterling for a Govanhill currency which can be used to purchase items in the Govanhill area on Saturday 24 October.
The new currency dubbed by some the 'Govanhill pound' - but as yet unnamed - can be exchanged for differential rates of Sterling, so that an equivalent value can be purchased for more or less sterling depending on ability to pay.