What’s On: Arts and Events Programme April to May

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Hello everyone, it’s been a while since we published our quarterly ‘What’s On’ newsletter. Welcome back! As in the past, it’s jam packed with events, classes, happenings, job opportunities and arts commissions.

Highlights include, Kenmure Street – A Festival of Resistance on the 13th and 14th of May. We’ve teamed with our partners, The Pollokshields Trust and dozens of pro-migrant, anti racist and community groups, to celebrate the historic victory in stopping the Home Office deporting two of our neighbours. It’s going to be a very special couple of days.

Delighted to report that although the refurbishment of our beloved Govanhill Baths has been delayed due to both COVID and Brexit, we hope to be in the building in the new year!
Finally, we’ve launched our Sponsor a Tile initiative to raise much-needed cash to make our Govanhill Baths fully accessible. Have your name, or the name of someone you wish to commemorate, be part of permanent public artwork within the building.

COVID Update: We are not out of the woods yet! I want to assure everyone one that Govanhill Baths is still taking precautions to ensure everyone is kept safe. Please continue to wear masks at our indoor events and sanitise your hands regularly.

On behalf of everyone at Govanhill Baths, I want to thank all our dedicated staff and volunteers who for over two years have worked extremely hard to ensure that we continued to deliver our services to our community. We have an amazing team!

In solidarity,
Govanhill Baths Manager

Kenmure Street Festival

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May | Free
14 May: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Kenmure Street, Glasgow G41
Including Maxwell Square Park, The Quad, Bowling Green
Full details at: www.govanhillbaths.com/kenmure

One year on, we are coming together to commemorate Kenmure Street’s community response to a deportation raid. This is a celebration of the unbreakable solidarity expressed by the community of Pollokshields and beyond, and our ongoing resistance to the cruelty of the war on refugees and asylum seekers.

We will occupy Kenmure Street, Maxwell Square, The Quad and the Bowling Green with music, dance, theatre, talks, panels of discussion, food sharing, activities for young people and much more!
On the morning of 13 May 2021, in the middle of Eid al-Fitr, two of our neighbours living on Kenmure Street in Pollokshields, Glasgow were taken from their home and detained by the Home Office in a van on the street. In response, neighbours and anti-racists organised a spontaneous sit-in protest, surrounded the van and occupied the street for eight hours, until they were released.

This victory made international news. It gave succour to refugees and asylum seekers who live in isolation and fear of deportation and gave confidence to anti-racist activists across the world fighting bigotry, intolerance and racist policies. It proved that ordinary people can and did stop Priti Patel and the Home Office’s war on refugees.

We welcome you to join us against racism and the inhumane treatment of those going through the immigration system reflected through its approach to detentions, evictions and deportations. We welcome you to celebrate a community coming together in solidarity

Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Women on the Mend

Mon 04, 11, 25 Apr | 10:00am – 12:00pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow G41 2PZ

A sewing, crafts and self care group open to anyone who identifies as a woman. “I always thought I couldn’t sew and now I’ve discovered that I can! These classes have been brilliant for my mental health – to discover that I can do something has helped me so much.” More details: tinyurl.com/2p8wvrcf

Govanhill Baths Community Choir

Mon 04, 11, 25 April & 02 May | 7:00 – 8:00pm
Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

Whether you’ve been singing your whole life or you’re entirely new to the experience, the Govanhill Baths Choir is for everyone! More details: tinyurl.com/2vbx5bdk

Cast Offs

Mondays 12:30 – 2:30pm (excl. Bank Holidays)
Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

Ever wanted to learn to knit or crochet? Or are you an experienced knitter and want to have a natter and a cuppa? Then Cast Offs is for you! Tea, cake and friendly company provided. More details: tinyurl.com/4n9chz96


Mon 25 Apr & 09, 16, 23, 30 May | 10:30 – 11:30am
Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL

A free gentle yoga and relaxation class to help you stay fit and healthy. Suitable for beginners. More details: tinyurl.com/7w5jh7rv

Tai Chi

Thursdays 1:30 – 3:00pm
The Larkfield Centre, 39 Inglefield Street, Glasgow G42 7AY

Suitable for beginners, this ancient martial art combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Practiced around the world for its health benefits. More details: tinyurl.com/2z3wrhbc

Growing Govanhill – Gardening group

Please see website for dates, times and location

A weekly gardening group that teaches you how to grow your own veggies, flowers and herbs! More details: tinyurl.com/2p9cb2fv

Ceramics for Beginners

8-week course starting Thurs 21 Apr to Thurs 16 Jun (excluding 02 Jun) | 10:30am – 12:30pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Explore different techniques to make hand-built pots and sculptures including pinch, coil, slab, press moulding and tiles. Experiment with decoration and see your ideas come to life in a supportive and relaxing atmosphere. More details: tinyurl.com/2trjvcrt

Walking Group

Please see website for dates, times and location

Looking for some gentle outdoor exercise with a friendly group of people? Then this group is for you! The walk will be both on and off paths, so please prepare for some areas being muddy. More details: tinyurl.com/2p838cn6

LGBTQI+ Gardening Group

Fortnightly on Mondays 6:00 – 8:00pm
Please see the website for location

Join us for a series of workshops exploring all things related to gardening, connecting with nature and queer ecology. Past workshops have included growing from seed to harvest, guerrilla gardening, nature writing, queer ecology, propagating herbs and houseplants, using herbs for wellbeing and making natural dyes. More details: tinyurl.com/k4xpat4u


Ceramics Handbuilding Classes (£125)

Mondays: 04, 11, 18, 25 Apr | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Saturdays: 02, 09, 16, 23 Apr | 10:30am – 12:30pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Across four two-hour sessions, this program will guide you through the various techniques required to get a ‘handle’ on handbuilding. Starting with the basic techniques, you will learn ways of combining, working, and finishing your new creation. Beginners will be fully supported and directed throughout the course, and more experienced participants will be given the room to choose their own direction of study. More details: tinyurl.com/2p9cju2w

Rags to Riches

This is Not a Craft Market

Sat 16 Apr & 21 May | 12:00 – 5:00pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

This is Not a Craft Market returns on the third Saturday of the month to play host to a collection of local artists and makers! Along with over 25 fantastic local makers’ stall, we also invite you to try your hand at our creative workshops, which will be happening throughout the day! More details: tinyurl.com/4cxz9nxz

This is Not a Boot Sale

Sat 02 April & 07 May
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for This is Not a Boot Sale an emporium of secondhand, vintage, antiques and salvaged items. For just £20 we invite anyone to roll up and sell their wares! From a garage clear out to a wardrobe rethink, we welcome it all! More details: tinyurl.com/4cxz9nxz

Introduction to Jesmonite Casting

Thurs 07 April or 12 May | 6:00 – 8:00pm | £25
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Book 07 Apr: tinyurl.com/5dszt26c | Book 12 May: tinyurl.com/ynae26xx
Get casting with our Introduction to Jesmonite Casting Workshop and learn how to cast and set Jesmonite homewares using recycled plastics! We’re collaborating with the fantastic Sarah from Resin & Be Thankful to deliver this fun and creative workshop, where you’ll make four designs using two moulds including a mini plant pot and three candle holders, which you can take home with you on the day.

Govanhill Baths Arts

In Walking Together We Make The Path

Free but booking essential
Tue 05 Apr & 03 May | 6:00 – 7:30pm
The Bowling Green, 49 McCulloch Street, Glasgow G41 1SU

A monthly a social dreaming workshop (above right) and communal meal open to people of marginalised genders, including women (inclusive of trans and intersex women), non-binary people and gender fluid people. Hosted by Artist and Facilitator Mina Heydari-Waitel. Social dreaming is a reflective practice where people share their dreams and associated thoughts in a group, layering a collaborative collage of images, ideas, cultural references and feelings. It seeks to put our ‘rationally’ defined reality in conversation with our wider imaginative dreaming minds. You do not have to be a vivid dreamer to attend this workshop; while the session will involve sharing literal dreams, it will also be a dream-like space in which associations, memories, thoughts and feelings can also act as ‘dreams’. Support for public travel will be available. More details: tinyurl.com/mr4747h6

New Art Commissions for Govanhill Baths

At the end of March we will announce details for two commissions to create permanent public artworks for the refurbished Govanhill Baths building. The works will reference the recent and full history of the building and are placed in prominent locations: a wall at the front of the building and on glass fixtures around the main staircase. This is a Creative Scotland funded project that includes an already allocated third commission. We welcome applicants from groups that are under-represented in the arts sector.

Music From Anything – Ensemble Upvention

Wednesdays 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

A new community music project, transforming discarded objects (above left) into sounds and music. It’s part upcycling and part performance. The project will meet every Wednesday from 6:00 – 9:00pm at The Deep End, until at least August when we are aiming for a performance at the Govanhill International Festival. Whether you have existing musical skills or not, your energy and commitment to working in this new team will be very welcome. Membership is free but please complete the online form before attending. More details: tinyurl.com/4wu89jk4

Govanhill Baths Archive

Pandemic Picture Pastimes

Launch Fri 27 May 5:00 – 7:00pm
Runs Sat 28 May – Sat 11th June
Mon – Fri: Exhibition 10:00am – 6:00pm | Slide Show 4:00 – 6:00pm
Sat: Exhibition & Slide Show 12:00 – 4:00pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Alan Rorrison is a local activist. He was a member of the Save Our Pool campaign and involved in the occupation of Govanhill Baths in 2001. During lockdown he started an Instagram account where he began posting photographs of the many places he went for a walk: Govanhill; the Necropolis; Queen’s Park; Pollok Park; Bellahouston Park; Lynn Park; Maxwell Park and more. The exhibition features a set of prints from his collection and a slide show.

Foyles Foundation

Youth Club

Afterschool Club P4 to P7

Tuesdays 3:00 – 5:00pm

Arts-based activities and outdoor activities.

Drop-In S1 to S6

5.30 – 7.30pm

Arts-based activities, outdoor activities, cooking, employability and group work discussing young people’s issues.

Street Work

Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30pm

Look out for our Street Team in the area for information and support.

Thursday Club P7 and S1

Thursday 5:30 – 6:30pm

Arts-based activities and group discussions based around the emotional and physical journey from Primary school to Secondary school.

Learning and Outreach

Tales of Auld Govanhill

Thur 28 Apr | 7:00 – 9:00pm | Suitable for ages 12+
Bee’s Knees Cafe, 83 Bowman Street, Glasgow G42 8LF

Join us for a magical evening of tall tales, fabulous fables, and history that’s stranger than fiction. To commemorate Scotland’s Year of Stories, we’ll be voyaging through the mists of time, exploring the myths and legends that lie buried beneath the city streets. Our guides will be Rae McKinlay, spinner of tales and original Baths campaigner, together with local author and historian Bruce Downie. As fact and fiction intertwine, you’ll see a side of Govanhill and Glasgow that you’ve never seen before! This is also a chance to learn about the hidden history of storytellers, brave souls who at one time had to live as outlaws in order to survive.

This event is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.