Novel approach to Clyde connectivity

24 Apr 2012

A Govan Armada will be taking over the River Clyde this weekend as part of a major public art event. Clyde Waterfront is one of the sponsors.

An event is being held this Saturday to link up both sides of the river and get communities involved in their heritage.

Govan will be bombed with messages delivered by two medieval siege catapults, or trebuchets.

Even extracts from Upper Clyde Shipbuilder's hero Jimmy Reid's speeches will be broadcast across the water.

It is being led by community artists Matt Baker and Tara Beall as part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012 Nothing About Us Without Us Is For Us.

Last week artists including Turner Prize-winning Richard Wright and Jeremy Deller, erected a inflatable model of Stonehenge on Glasgow Green as part of the contemporary art festival.

The theme for Satuday is a two-way dialogue of friendly fire across the Clyde, which deploys obsolete technology and even flotsam and jetsam to build a bridge of communication across the river.

It's the culmination of six weeks of collaboration between Baker and Beall with artists, local groups, and cultural organisations from both sides of the Clyde, including the Galgael Trust.

Workshops will culminate in a community celebration day when all the different forms of communication will be put into play in an attempt to convey messages across the river. The event takes place on Saturday afternoon between 1pm and 4pm at the Riverside Museum and Water Row.

Source: Evening Times - Arts Armada to reclaim Clyde for riverside locals