Govanhill Baths Community Trust will be closed from Friday 23 December until 10am on Wednesday 05 January.

We would like to thank all of our supporters, service users, volunteers, out staff, and the people of Govanhill, for another successful year moving us closer to the ultimate goal of re-opening the Baths as a Wellbeing Centre. There is an exciting year ahead in 2017 as we move towards the start of the building work and are looking forward to seeing you all at our classes, services and events over the year.

In February, it will be 100 years since the original opening of Govanhill Baths, we will be celebrating this centenary but marking it with the confidence that the future of the building is safe, for another hundred years. There will be opportunities to invest in Community Shares towards the refurbishment fund and to take part in historical and cultural events to celebrate the past and the future of Govanhill and the Baths.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From the Board of Trustees, Govanhill Baths Community Trust

United We Will Swim

If you are looking to learn new skills, improve your health or just find a reason to get out of the house on a driech winter’s day, GBCT have a range of classes and courses available in the New Year.  All of the courses are FREE and open to all, although priority will be given to  residents in G41 and G42 postcode areas.

Ous popular pottery classes return in February with classes for beginners and those who have a wee bit of experience.  Our cookery group Govanhill Grub is back for 10 weeks from January.  And the weekly knitting and crocheting club “Cast-Offs” returns on Mondays from Jan 9th.  The monthly fishing club meet at the Baths on the second Monday of every month.

A new addition is Archery, with classes for beginners and use of the equipment for those who know how to use it.  The archery will be on Saturdays in the big pool.

For further info on these or other classes at Govanhill Baths check the “Whats On” pages or email Jim

2015-16 has been a remarkable year in the history of the Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) and the campaign to re-open Govanhill Baths.  The GBCT is well on the way to developing the phase 1(b) project to refurbish the Baths, as well as seeing a dramatic increase in the delivery of our well-being intiatives.

The last year has seen a Community Engagement involving 1,500 local people to inform the design of the Baths, and nearly 20,000 people visited the building.  You can read the full report or download it by clicking the link below.

GBCT would like to thank all of our members, supporters, volunteers and the people of Govanhill for their work in helping us exceed our expectations again this year. United We Will Swim!


Creation Records guru Alan McGee will be returning to his former home of Govanhill to introduce screenings of “Supersonic” the documentary about his most famous signing, Oasis.  Alan famously discovered the Manchester band when they were a support act at King Tuts in Glasgow.

He used to live on Allison Street in Govanhill and, as a child, learned to swim in Govanhill Pool.   He told the Daily Record how he and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie would hang out in the baths almost 40 years ago.

Alan said: “Bobby and I would come in when we were kids and I remember it like yesterday, before we spent all our time listening to records. It’s a unique place, it would have been a national disbgrace if it had been demolished”.

Fatima Uygun, General Manager of Govanhill Baths Community Trust said: “Alan is a supporter of our campaign and we can’t wait to welcome him home for this one-off event.  He took the initiative to organise this, to raise much needed funds are awareness for the Baths. We are very grateful to him – his energy and enthusiasm gives us a real lift”.

The screenings take place on Tue 22nd November in the rags to Riches studio at the Baths.

Last month we launched a competition for an artist to design the third set of Govanhill notes for the People’s Bank of Govanhill, the winner was Rabiya Choudhry who grew up in Govanhill and now lives in Leith.

Rabiya says: “I have been creating alternative currencies since 2012, most recently for LeithLate festival, Edinburgh. I am delighted to be making money for The People’s Bank of Govanhill as it is where I spent much of my youth, when it had a large Asian community. Govanhill is still a place I revisit in much of my work as an artist. The currency has the motif of a migrating thistle bat and has the text ‘we are one’ around it. I believe we are all migrants and that we have to commit to building a strong community”

The People’s Bank of Govanhill is a social artwork and local currency project taking place in Govanhill, initiated by artist Ailie Rutherford during her residency at Govanhill Baths in 2015. What began as a pop-up currency experiment has grown into a long term project encouraging people to get involved in re-thinking their local economy. The project takes as it’s starting point Govanhill’s already thriving alternative economy, considering the diversity and richness of the local community as a form of wealth.



There are still a few places left on Rags to Riches’ upcycling courses starting from tomorrow (23 August).  The soft toys course is on Tuesdays, Book Binding course is on Wednesdays, Denim patchwork throws on Thursdays.

All courses are FREE at 10am-12noon and run for six weeks.

For more information or to register for the course email or call Nadine 0141 433 2999.


We are looking forward to an exciting week of International culture at the Baths.  On Tuesday (09 August) prize-winning Palestinian photographer Hamde Abu Rahme unveils his first solo UK exhibition.  Hamde will be touring the country talking of his experiences as a photo-journalist on the West Bank, the exhibition will be at the Baths for the whole of August.  Hamde will be joined on the night by Unite! Fight! Sing! the Southside’s socialist choir who will be performing a short set of songs prepared for his visit.

On Friday (12 August) Govanhill and Glasgow’s diverse musical cultures come together for a one-off concert in The Steamie.  Local heroes E Karika Djal will be joined by dholbeats, Junkmans Choir and rapper/beatboxer Bigg Taj in an evening of music from hip-hop to Irish folk from Pakistan to Prague.

Tickets for the event are £6/3 available from


Today (Thursday 21 July) sees the launch of Govanhill Theatre’s production of Tony Roper’s play “The Steamie”.  Directed by Victor Kennedy, the classic play about Glasgow’s steamies and the women who populated the wash-houses runs for 9 nights.  Tickets are available from the GBCT offices at 99 Calder street or online at

Alongside the production, “The Steamie Project” has been collecting memories and stories of steamies from women in Govanhioll and across Glasgow.  Local writers have joined one of the UK’s top poets Hollie McNish in penning their stories, the rsults are a small book “Our Steamies” which will be launched at a special event on Thu 27th July at Glasgow Women’s Library.


If you cant make the book launch or the play, why not pop along to our “Steamie Party” at 2pm on Monday 25th July here at the Baths.  We will be having some tea and cake and a good old chat about the Steamies, with an exhibition from Glasgow Museums “WashHouse Collection”, the event is free just bring yourself and your memories.


Design the next set of notes for

The People’s Bank of Govanhill

Call for local artists to design the new Govanhill currency

The People’s Bank of Govanhill is looking for Govanhill based artists to design a new set of notes or coins for this exciting local currency project.
Previous editions of notes were designed by Ailie Rutherford and by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.

Design requirements

Designs for screen-printed notes should be in two colours and sized 15cm by 5cm, containing “The People’s Bank of Govanhill” in at least four locally spoken languages. (See below for previous designs).
Notes will then be hand-screen printed.
Alternatively if you would like to design a coin or other unit of currency, you must be able to produce an edition of 100 for a budget of up to £100

Design fee

The selected designer will be paid £250 for their work, plus an optional £100 if they wish to produce the currency rather than have it screen-printed


Design ideas for notes or currency do not need to be highly finished at this stage, a simple sketch, digital image or collage showing the design idea is fine.

Artists should also send a short statement (maximum 200 words) explaining their connection to Govanhill. This could be that you live here, work here, go to school in Govanhill or swam at The Baths.

Digital submissions should be sent to
before 31st July
Or paper submissions can be handed in to Govanhill Baths, please put these in an envelope clearly marked “People’s Bank of Govanhill Note Design” and include your name and contact details.

Entries will be accepted from individuals and groups

for more information and updates follow @govanhillbank on twitter
or e-mail

Alongside Govanhill Theatre’s summer production of Tony Roper’s “The Steamie”, we are delighted to announce “The Steamie Project”.  The project aims to gather stories and memories of Glasgow’s steamies, developing into a creative project and the production of a book “Our Steamie”.

The project was inspired by Tony Ropers play and the poem “Govanhill” by Hollie McNish.  The book will capture the memories of Glasgow’s women and the importance of Steamies in Glasgows history.

We will be holding a party at the end of the project in Govanhill Steamie on 25th July and a launch event for the book at Glasgow Women’s Library on July 28th.  For further details contact Jennifer at or via 07841994010.

Govanhill Theatre’s production of The Steamie, directed by Victor Kennedy, takes place in the specially converted Govanhill Steamie 21-30 July, tickets available from