Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Roma Day.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust wish a happy International Roma Day to all our Roma neighbours. It is a day to celebrate the rich culture, history and heritage of Roma people worldwide and a day when Govanhill shows our support and solidarity with our Roma communities.

Although the pandemic has paused the annual parade through Govanhill, this year the celebrations have been moved online with a series of videos celebrating Roma culture and heritage, including a very special International Roma Day music video that our friends Romano Lav co-produced with Ando Glaso and the incredible Polish Roma band, Romane Cierhenia.

Filmed in Govanhill, it celebrates the beautiful Roma music, culture, and people on this special 50th International Roma Day. Check it out here: https://fb.watch/4KAolcTlr8/

On Saturday will be the official launch of ‘Acana aven seaoran’ (Here comes everyone!), a shop window photography exhibition of of International Roma Day marches of the past. Then, at 8:30pm, a special multi-media event will be screened on the window of MILK Café on Victoria Road – and online!

Opre Roma!

We have two new vacancies and an artist commission opportunity:

 

Arts Project Manager (Culture Collective Project)

22.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, motivated and passionate Project Manager, with experience of Creative Producing, to join the Govanhill Baths team and lead on an ambitious arts project, following funding from Creative Scotland’s Culture Collective Fund.

The re-opening of the Govanhill Baths building as a community-led Wellbeing Centre is due to take place in Summer 2022 following major capital redevelopment. Creativity and art play a key role in the vision for the Centre.

Throughout 2021-2022 we will work with local community groups, artists, archivists, activists and arts organisations, to celebrate this monumental achievement. The theme ‘Occupy’ will be used to provide a rich framework for the overall project, highlighting what can be achieved through community activism and solidarity.

Closing date for applications is 9am Monday 12th of April 2021.

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Rags to Riches UpHub Climate Project Manager

21 hours per week

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with a passion for sustainability, who understands the opportunities and challenges of climate change and to drive Rags to Riches ambitious new Climate Change focused project. The successful candidate will work with our partners and communities to move towards more sustainable practices. You will have previous experience of working within a climate change related role in the third sector. The successful candidate will be responsible for meeting the Uphub project outcomes and able to motivate and manage R2R Uphub project team, local partners to achieve high performance standards.

The position is varied in nature and there will be the opportunity to work with the local community in order to reduce our impact on the natural environment. A thorough knowledge and detailed understanding of current issues and professional Climate Change/Mitigation/Adaptation practices is essential, combined with excellent communication and team working skills. A community-focused approach is also important, plus the ability to work collaboratively with schools and community organisations.
If you’re looking for a challenge, plus the opportunity to be part of a bold and innovative organisation that has big ambitions both for GBCT and for the wider community this is an excellent opportunity for you.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday the 9th of April 2021

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Artist Commission

We are looking for an artist to create an illustration which will be featured in an upcoming book about the history of Govanhill Baths. This year we are celebrating 20 years since the occupation of the Baths’ building, which saw the longest occupation of a civic building in British history, and prevented the building from being lost to developers.

The commissioned artwork will be featured as a high quality reproduction in the book, credited to the artist. It will also be featured on some specially produced merchandise to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the occupation. The artist will receive complimentary copies of the book and merchandise, and will be invited to the book launch in August.

Application deadline: 30th April 2021

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The long-awaited refurbishment of Govanhill Baths has officially begun, almost twenty years to the day that the building was first occupied by the community in an attempt to prevent it from closing in 2001. See below a statement from Govanhill Baths Community Trust’s Chair, Alex Wilde:

We are delighted that ownership of the Govanhill Baths was passed into community hands last week, almost 20 years to the day since protesters first occupied the building on March 21st 2001 in an attempt to prevent it from closing.

Twenty years of determination and hard work later, and Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust, which is managing the refurbishment, finally has the money in place to begin. Clark Contracts have been appointed and excitingly work has already started.

Jean Adair, Govanhill Local resident, who was at the centre of the occupation in 2001 and has been part of the campaign since then, posed with the keys, alongside the contractors. Jean said: “Govanhill came together to save its pool, and Govanhill won – we got our Baths back!”

Govanhill Baths Community Trust would like to thank all of the funders and backers who have generously supported the project, including: the Scottish Government, National Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery Communities Fund, Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Sportscotland, The Robertson Trust, William Grant Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation and the Architectural Heritage Trust.

More information on the refurbishment can be found here.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are so sad to share the news of the passing of a dear friend and supporter, Gill Wright. Gill was the Development Manager at Victoria Baths in Manchester and founder of Historic Pools of Britain (HPB). She was an early supporter and advocate of the Save Our Pool campaign and Govanhill Baths Community Trust, with so much experience, enthusiasm and advice to share with us.

She considered historic baths and wash houses to be part of our social, cultural and built heritage and just as important as stately homes and castles – if not more. Gill visited Govanhill Baths on a number of occasions, and we had many wonderful visits to Victoria Baths.

She spoke at our Public Health & the Built Environment conference in 2017. Click to you view Gill’s speech on our YouTube Channel.

Our thoughts are with her friends and family. Rest In Peace Gill, you will be missed.

Click to read The Guardian’s obituary for Gill.

Click to read Historic Pools’ obituary for Gill.

The 31st of March is International Transgender Day of Visibility. It is a day to celebrate the lives and achievements of transgender people in our community and across the world.
Govanhill Baths Community Trust unconditionally stands in solidarity with trans people. We support the right of trans people for equality and empower trans people to live their lives freely and confidently.

We strive to make our programmes and services inclusive of all members of our community and actively seek to address potential barriers within our organisation. Trans Rights are Human Rights.

If you wish to find out more about Trans rights please click to visit the Stonewall website.

To celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility artist Jem Milton discusses gender diversity and representation through drawings in a specially-commissioned film “Drawing Gender Diversity”. Jem will also explores what the world can learn from transgender bodies.

The short film premieres at 7:00pm on Wednesday 31 March and will be available on the following: Govanhill Baths Facebook and YouTube channels.

Click to view on Govanhill Baths YouTube Channel

Click to view on our website

Click to go to Govanhill Baths Facebook page

Have A Question?

Viewers are encouraged to post questions that Jem will answer in a future video. Questions can be asked on Facebook or YouTube. All questions and comments will be moderated. To ask a question anonymously please click to go to this page on our website.

Jem says: “The liberation of gender ideologies is freeing for everyone in the same way that women no longer have to wear skirts and corsets, men don’t have to be confined to traditional masculine clothes and behaviours, non-binary people don’t have to perform their identity through their clothing, just as transgender people are valid whether or not they are transitioning physically. When we start to think about individuals as just that; individuals, we can start unpacking the boxes of gender that we rely on to categorise and make assumptions about people based on their appearances and behaviour. What this comes down to is essentially that understanding trans people means understanding everyone more fully, i.e trans rights are human rights.”

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event on the 31st March, dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.

 

As Scotland’s vaccination plan is progressed it is imperative that vaccination and informed consent from Scotland’s diverse minority ethnic communities increases.

Recent studies have emerged from England and Wales indicating that uptake of the vaccination within some marginalised and harder-to-reach communities is low (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55666407).

The purpose of this survey is to identify information that is important to minority ethnic citizens to encourage vaccine uptake and to identify any additional questions that need to be addressed.

Click to begin survey.

(Govanhill Baths Community Trust is not responsible for the content of websites and pages maintained by external providers.)

 

Our exciting new Wellbeing project launches today!

Govanhill Baths Community Trust is launching an innovative project to support and improve people’s wellbeing.

In collaboration with artist and illustrator Jem Milton, we are distributing free postcard packs in Govanhill through shops, community groups, and GPs for people to collect.

Each pack contains six commissioned designs that focus on a simple activity or exercise that people can follow to improve their health, relax or be creative.

The cards include simple and accessible practices for yoga, mindfulness, Shiatsu and breathing, along with drawing, poetry and mask-making. Each pack also contains extra postcards for people to give to a friend or neighbour.

Our Arts, Health and Wellbeing Development Officer, Joanna Young, describes the project:

“We want to invite people to actively join in by making each postcard their very own, by colouring it in, adding to the drawings or writing a motivational note to help during this challenging time. We would be delighted if people would like to share their postcards with the rest of the community after they’ve decorated them, and we have added a free post envelope so they can send them back to us if they wish to do so. We will then use them to make a public art piece in Govanhill for all to enjoy. This will have people’s messages of hope for themselves and the whole community as we get ready to move on from COVID-19.”

Our website has a host of additional resources that accompany the postcard activities with videos and advice for each postcard topic.

To find out more visit: www.govanhillbaths.com/postcards

Come for a one-day session with us, where you can use textures and stamps to make beautiful decorations for your tree or mantlepiece. Once completed they will be glazed and fired for you to collect. Choose from Sunday 15th November or Sunday 29th November. Both days run from 10am – 1pm.

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Category Is Books and Govanhill Baths Community Trust are delighted to present The Govanhill Queer Community Banner, a celebration of our diverse community.
Working with poet Dean Atta and artist gainAgain (Drew Taylor Wilson), the banner weaves together words and imagery by the queer community about collective experiences, histories, relationships and life in Govanhill, creating a beautiful snapshot of the Glasgow Southside’s queer community.

The banner can be viewed on the following days and times, in line with current Scottish Government guidelines:

Monday 2 – Friday 13 November 2020

Mondays and Tuesdays in the Category is Books window, 34 Allison Street, G42 8NN

Wednesday – Friday (12-4pm) and Saturday (12-2pm) at The Deep End courtyard*, 21 Nithsdale Street, G41 2PZ
*Maximum 6 people in the courtyard, from up-to 2 households/bubbles.

Please adhere to the 2 meter social distancing, the courtyard is an outdoor space but we encourage those who can to please wear a face covering.

Enter the courtyard down the ramp. Please note there are no public toilet facilities or indoor access.

A special thank you to everyone who contributed to and is part of this beautiful collective work and to the artists Dean and Drew.

Thank you to Glasgow Life Arts Development Scheme who funded the project.

Community Land Scotland are looking for artists to work closely with Urban Community Landowners: Govanhill Baths, Bridgend Farmhouse and Greener Kirkcaldy for a new project Urban Journeys. This call-out is for three separate commission opportunities (please see individual briefs in links) to work collaboratively with these Urban Community Landowners and creatively, visually or otherwise, tell their individual journeys of “ownership” and its relevance and impact for each trust’s work and place.

Urban Journeys aims to dig down into these individual stories of ownership both for the urban landowners themselves, their communities and for others who are inspired to learn more about the impact community ownership can have for our local places. Artists will work closely within their commission to creatively tell, and find active ways to share, these stories to inspire and be a resource for other groups and communities in exploring the possibilities of ownership for themselves.

Click to find out more and how to apply