What’s On: Arts and Events Programme September to November

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Welcome

Welcome to the latest edition of What’s On, your guide to all the events run by Govanhill Baths. Even though autumn is approaching with the nights drawing in, we have a host of events worth getting out and about for – join us!

For Doors Open Days we’ll take a pause from refurbishing Govanhill Baths so you can take a look around inside and get an idea of how wonderful the baths will be when it reopens next year.

Our Archive and Heritage project will run an interactive multimedia exhibition on the swimming clubs and communal activities held at Govanhill Baths during its first 80+ years, with rare archival footage.

In Ceramics, our popular Saturday Morning Pottery Club for adults and children returns for you to enjoy getting your hands on some clay together.

We celebrate Black History Month in October with three days of talks, a film screening and a photographic exhibition.

Experienced guide and author of a Loved and Lost – Govanhill’s Built Heritage, Bruce Downie will take you on a walk and introduce you to parts Govanhill and Glasgow you’ve never seen before.

And our Health and Wellbeing programme continues with a range of free activities to help improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Don’t forget, our Sponsor a Tile campaign is still running to raise funds to make Govanhill Baths fully accessible. Have your name, a family member’s or a friend’s included in a permanent artwork in the building. Click for full details.

Wellbeing Programme

Yoga

Mondays 22 Aug to 10 Oct, and 07 Nov to 28 Nov | 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

Beginners Tai Chi classes

Mondays 25 Aug to 13 Oct | 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

Improvers Tai Chi classes

Mondays 25 Aug Onwards | 10:30am – 12:00pm
The Larkfield Centre, 39 Inglefield Street, Glasgow G42 7AY

Suitable for beginners, this ancient martial art combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Practised around the world for its health benefits. More details: bit.ly/3QtqTtG

Cast Offs

Mondays 05 Sep to 28 Nov (not 26 Sep) | 12:15 – 1:15pm
Govanhill Community Centre, 6 Daisy St, 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! More details: bit.ly/3SOgP0z

LGBTQI+ Gardening Group

Join us for a series of workshops on growing food and gardening. More details: tinyurl.com/k4xpat4u

Wellbeing Heritage Walks

Mondays 19 & 26 Sept, 03 & 10 Oct | 12:00 – 2:00pm

Meet outside the People’s Pantry, 488 Cathcart Road, Glasgow G42 7BX

The first of two collaborations between the Wellbeing Programme and Govanhill Baths Archive and Heritage, these walks will introduce you to sides of Govanhill and Glasgow that you’ve never seen before! Experienced guide Bruce Downie will take you round some lesser-known paths through our wonderful borough. The pace will be relaxed, and there will be plenty of time to pause along the way. We will also stop halfway for a cup of tea and a chat. To book a place: bit.ly/3dldtSk

Explore the Baths through Pottery!

Thursday 17th, and 24th November, and 1st and 8th December, 10:30 – 12:30

GBCT Ceramics, The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street G41 2PZ

The second of our Wellbeing and Archive collaborations, this workshop series will combine beginners pottery techniques with an exploration of our baths building. Draw inspiration from a guided tour of the building, then learn different techniques to create a piece of work, which will be featured as part of an exhibition at the end of the project. No experience is necessary: come and have a go in a supportive and relaxing environment. To sign up, email wellbeing@govanhillbaths.com

Ceramics

Introduction to Raku

Sundays 04 Sep, 11:00 – 1:00pm & 11 Sep, 11:00am – 3:00pm | £100
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Book here

In the first session you will be guided in the creation of a tea bowl or small vase using pinch, slab or carving techniques. Once your piece is finished it will be left with us to dry and get bisque fired. In the second session you will glaze your works and watch as we fast-fire it live in our Raku Kiln. The works will then be placed in reduction burn bins and finished off in a water bath for your enjoyment. All your work will be ready to take home at the end of this session. Raku ware is for decorative use only. No experience necessary. All materials, glazes and firings included.

Handbuilding for Beginners

Mondays 6:30 – 8:30pm | £125
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Book here

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.

Throwing Pots for Beginners

Wednesdays 07, 14, 21 & 28 Sep | 6:30 – 8:30pm | £150
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Book here

The four-week beginners throwing course will go over the basics of wheel thrown ceramics. You will learn to centre the clay, build the walls, understand basic forms and how to make the shapes you want, helping you to train your eye for the fine details required to make a good pot. You will learn about the trimming process and how to finish the work by removing excess weight. By the end of the four weeks, you will have gained confidence on the wheel and be ready to develop your skill further.

Throwing for Improvers

Mondays 12, 19 & 26 Sep, 03 Oct | 6:30 – 8:30pm | £150
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Book here

An intensive four-week course for a maximum of four students aimed at improving your throwing technique under the expert tuition of Zoe Slater. She will teach you how to throw plates and bowls off the hump, a valuable way to learn to centre big pieces of clay, and how to graduate to throwing larger cylinders and bowls.

Saturday Morning Pottery Club for Adults and Children

Saturdays from 10 Sep | 11:00 – 1:00pm, The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ
£20.00 per adult and child, £10 per extra child

Book here

Get some hands-on experience, have fun with clay together and learn some basic techniques. Your pieces will be bisque fired to preserve them. We will not use the pottery wheels at these sessions.

Rags to Riches

This is Not a Craft Market

Sat 17 Sep, 15 Oct & 19 Nov | 12:00 – 5:00pm | Free
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 03 Jun, 01 Jul & 05 Aug | 12:00 – 5:00pm | Free
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 08 Sep, or 13 Oct, or 10 Nov | 6:00 – 8:00pm | £25
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Booking for October
Book For November

Jesmonite is a more sustainable alternative to concrete and combined with recycled plastics can make some really amazing designs for your home. All the plastics we use are sourced from our very own collection ranging from recycled sledges, packaging and toys! 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!

Woodwork Space

As our current woodworking space prepares for a big move into our new location in the lane, look to our website for updates regarding our regular Introduction to Hand Tools and Palette Challenge Workshops coming later in the year!complete beginner, try our Introduction to Woodworking course first!

This is Not a Craft Market

Sat 17 Sep, 15 Oct & 19 Nov | 12:00 – 5:00pm | Free
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 03 Jun, 01 Jul & 05 Aug | 12:00 – 5:00pm | Free
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 08 Sep, or 13 Oct, or 10 Nov | 6:00 – 8:00pm | £25
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

Booking for October
Book For November

Jesmonite is a more sustainable alternative to concrete and combined with recycled plastics can make some really amazing designs for your home. All the plastics we use are sourced from our very own collection ranging from recycled sledges, packaging and toys! 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!

Woodwork Space

As our current woodworking space prepares for a big move into our new location in the lane, look to our website for updates regarding our regular Introduction to Hand Tools and Palette Challenge Workshops coming later in the year!complete beginner, try our Introduction to Woodworking course first!

Carfin Street Gardens

Seed Saving Workshop in collaboration with Glasgow Seed Library (Free)

Fri 23 Sep | 3:00 – 5:00pm
The Base, 494 Cathcart Road, Glasgow G42 7BX

Glasgow Seed Library is a collection of seeds and a community of growers. Join us as we collect seeds from Carfin Street Gardens and learn how to store them to use the following season and about sustainable growing!

Weekly Gardening Sessions

First and third Tuesdays of the month | 11:00am
Carfin Street, Glasgow G42 7QA

Each week we will be carrying out general maintenance tasks like watering, weeding and harvesting to ensure our raised beds continue to flourish. New participants always welcome!

Soup Kitchen (Free)

Last Sunday of the month | 1:00 – 2:00pm
Outdoors on Carfin Street, Glasgow G42 7QA

Come along to our free soup kitchen on Carfin Street! We will be serving nutritious food that we have grown in our gardens this past year. If you would like to volunteer at the event please contact fiona@govanhillbaths.com

Govanhill Baths Arts

Storytelling Through Sound (Free)

Free but booking essential
Thursdays 03, 10, 17, 24 Nov & 01 Dec
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 2PZ

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A five-week workshop series for anyone interested in learning skills in storytelling through sound. You’ll explore practical skills in audio editing, recording, and sourcing sounds online, and start to learn the basics of how you can make your own podcast or radio show. You’ll also have the chance to meet and form connections within a group. Each workshop will start with a group lunch. Through listening sessions and group discussions, you’ll have the chance to reflect on how we can capture themes and issues important to us, and record our daily environments, using sound. These workshops are facilitated by Sound Artist Ros Fraser, a radio producer and member of the Culture Collective team at Govanhill Baths. Support for public travel can be made available. Interpreters can be provided for people speaking English as a second language. Childcare support can be provided for those with childcare responsibilities. Please indicate what kind of access support you would require to attend in the booking form. Note: location field recording on 24 November.

Dreamlands Pottery Workshops

Fridays 09 Sep, 07 & 21 Oct, 04 & 18 Nov | 11:30am – 2:00pm The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ
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Artist Mina Heydari-Waite will be hosting workshops for the continuing ‘Dreamlands Pottery’ project. The workshops are open to women from global majority backgrounds who will meet every two weeks for clay-based work exploring dreams and talismans as tools of resistance. The group is open to all abilities, with beginners very welcome. Lunch and travel costs will be provided, and support for childcare can be arranged.

Our use of the word ‘women’ is inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, and this project is also open to non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experience of women. ‘Global majority’ is a collective term that refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, mixed-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and/or have been racialised as ‘ethnic minorities’. So by this we mean everyone from recently arrived new Scots to third generation women.

‘In Walking Together We Make the Path’ Social Dreaming Workshops

Tuesdays 20 Sep, 18 Oct & 22 Nov | 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: Local venue to be confirmed

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Social dreaming is a reflective practice in which people share their dreams and associated thoughts in a group, layering up a collaborative collage of images, ideas, cultural references and feelings. At the heart of social dreaming is the idea that our dreams may speak of the social contexts we are embedded in – our groups, our communities, our cultures – as much as they may speak of our inner lives. The aim of social dreaming is not to interpret a dream for an individual dreamer; instead it asks, what are we dreaming as a people?

Each workshop will be followed with a communal meal and support for public travel will be available. For more details, questions or to let us know about your access requirements, please contact Mina at minacc@govanhillbaths.com

Open to people of marginalised genders: including women and trans, intersex and non-binary people. Languages other than English. Childcare support can be provided for those with childcare responsibilities.

Black History Month

All events at The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ
Festival of Resistance: Film and Photographic Exhibition
Launch: Mon 24 Oct, 6:00pm | Exhibition: Tues 25 to Sat 29 Oct, 12:00 – 5:30pm

As part of the Festival of Resistance celebrations in May 2022, to mark a year since the victory against the Home Office, Govanhill Baths commissioned Cameron Nicoll to produce a short film of the two-day festival. The film will be accompanied by a photographic exhibition by Marilena Vlachopoulou documenting the people during the two-day event.

How Wars are Fuelled by Climate Change
Wed 26 Oct | 7:00 – 8:30pm

Sarra Wassu, human rights and climate activist, in this talk explores how the struggle for migrant justice is linked to climate justice.

The Fashion House – South Asian Women and Resistance
Thur 27 Oct | 7:00 – 8:30pm

Zamard Zamid, writer and advocate for racial justice and equality within education, will be reading from her recent writings on East Asian women, resistance and community, explored through her mother’s fabric shop in Govanhill in the 1980s and 1990s.

Glasgow’s Colonial Legacy – Our Streets, Their Statues
Fri 28 Oct | 7:00 – 8:30pm

African-born Daniel Mwangi, cultural historian and anti-racist activist, in this talk explores the bloody history behind Glasgow’s public statues.

Art and Activism
Sat 29 Oct | 7:00 – 8:30pm

KengKeng has been immersed in producing art inspired by and for justice movements from Extinction Rebellion to BLM and migrant justice events for the past eight years in East London and Glasgow. She will be discussing how she creatively responds to community-based racial and social justice movements. There will also be an opportunity to take some of the art away with you.

Archives and Heritage

Archive Shout-Out
We are always looking for information to help us build a more complete picture of the Baths over time. If you have any memories of the Baths or Steamie from before its closure in 2001, the Save Our Pool campaign, or more recently, please get in touch. Maybe you have some photographs, trophies, medals, or any other objects relating to the history of the Baths and the activities that took place in them.
Please get in touch if you have anything that you would like to donate, loan or share or if you would like to visit the archive. Contact Paula on 0141 439 3919, or email archive@govanhillbaths.com

Thanks!

Hard Hat Tours

Sat 17 and Sun 18 Sep | 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm | Suitable for ages 16+
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder St, Glasgow G42 7RA

Our beloved baths building is currently closed for refurbishment. Visit us during Doors Open Days to see behind the scenes of this ambitious project, and get a sneak peek at this beautiful building as it is restored to its former glory.

At the Swim Club: Amateur Swimming Clubs and Competitions at Govanhill Baths, 1917 – 2001

Mon 12 to Sun 18 Sep | 2:00 – 6:00pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2PZ

This interactive, multimedia exhibition will focus on the life and times of swimming clubs and other communal activities at Govanhill Baths. There will be a chance to see some rare archival footage of swimming in Scotland, together with a wide range of objects from our building’s history. The exhibition will also feature an immersive soundscape by artist Ros Fraser. Exhibition co-curated by Beulah Ezeugo and Ghazala Ansar, Community Engagement Trainees. The weekend of the 17 and 18 September will see a wide range of other events at the Deep End as part of Doors Open Days, including open studios and a craft market.

Wellbeing Heritage Walks

September and October

See entry in Arts, Health & Wellbeing listings for details.

Explore the Baths Through Pottery!

Throughout November

See entry in Arts, Health & Wellbeing listings for details.

Youth Club

Tue: P4 to P7, 3:00 –5:00pm | S1+ 5:30 – 7:30pm Wed: S1+ 5:30 – 7:00pm / Thur: P7 & S1, 5:30 – 7:30pm
The Base, 494 Cathcart Road, Glasgow, G42 7BX

We run an exciting programme activities for primary and secondary school children. These include arts and crafts, graffiti, songwriting, cooking, outdoor activities and youth awareness workshops.

Learning and Outreach