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Art Projects led by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

We currently have a range of ongoing commissions and projects from working with schools, community spaces and public art, to working with vulnerable or elderly people.
These are just a few examples of our live projects and case studies of our previous work can be viewed below.

Gemmell Statues

Blind Fiddler East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Arts & Heritage Team arranged for Primary 6 pupils from Eaglesham Primary to attend a full day workshop with writer and illustrator, John Fardell to explore the history of Eaglesham's Gemmell Statue Collection and create their own graphic novel based on the characters. Copies of the novel will then be professionally printed and John will return to the school to show pupils the completed versions of their creations.

The Gemmell Statues were created in the mid-19th Century by local sculptor William Gemmell. The workshop is part of a wider project in conjunction with East Renfrewshire Council, which has helped to carry out essential conservation work on the statues and will also create a local heritage display in the recently refurbished Carswell Centre thanks to an £18,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. ERCL's Local Studies Librarian worked with pupils in advance of the workshop to teach them about the historical significance of the statues.

For more information on the statues, you can visit ERCL's heritage website

DIG presents - Oceanallover in association with Feral: Sea Hames 

Sea Hames is the latest performance project from leading physical theatre and street performance company Oceanallover. Inspired by Orkney's 'Festival of the Horse and Boys Ploughing Match' this multi-disciplinary performance fuses sonic composition, compelling performance and intricate costume design to explore the mythology and iconography of the horse, the plough and the land.

Inspired by Orkney's 'Festival of the Horse and Boys Ploughing Match' this multi-disciplinary project is driven by sonic composition, visceral physical theatre and bold costume design to explore the mythology and iconography of the horse, the plough and the land. The event was free to attend.


Travelling Gallery

ERCL provided funding for the Travelling Gallery to bring the exhibition 'EAT SLEEP WORK REPEAT' to East Renfrewshire. Pupils from St Ninian's High, Neilston, St Thomas's and Uplawmoor primary schools accessed the exhibition and received educational workshops and materials for free. The Travelling Gallery was also open to the public at Eastwood Park Theatre .


Artist in Residence
On behalf of Barrhead Water Works we have developed an Artist in Residence placement to aid community engagement and assist in forming an identity for the site alongside local residents. The Barrhead Water Works is an imaginative project that has transformed a derelict sewage works into inspirational park.
Barrhead Waterworks was chosen by public vote to be the Scottish flagship site for Grow Wild; administered by Kew Gardens and was winner of 'Best Environment Project' in the National Lottery Awards 2016.
Join artist James Gow on site to contribute to the design and community ownership of this community managed space. Visit his blog here to find out more, to track progress and get involved:

"We continued to work on our ideas we started on day one and the group continued to explore the site. Wood was sawn for signs to enable visitors to navigate throughout the site. We dug up a wheelbarrow load of muddy clay from the stream that cuts through the orchard. This is being used in a bird house and fairy house constructed from willow. The clay is mixed with straw and then applied to the willow frame to create surfaces for the houses. We also made a start painting signs using oil paints and spray paints. These are constructed from old palettes and other bits of wood we have gathered on site. We are also a capturing participants foot prints to be used as markers across the site. Highlight of the day was when we started a fire in the pizza oven and had toasted marshmallows on sticks we had collected."

The Water Works rainbow

Girls and Their Mothers Artist Talk and Workshop

On Monday 10th October 2016, Higher Photography and Art & Design pupils from St Ninians and Barrhead High came to view the exhibition 'Girls and Their Mothers' and 'Only Words' by photographer Kim Simpson. Kim gave the pupils a guided tour of the exhibition discussing its themes, her inspiration and working practice. Pupils then participated in a question and answer session before taking part in a short photography workshop.

St Johns Primary 3D Printers

In the Summer term of 2016, P6 pupils from St John's Primary in Barrhead worked with arts specialists to create designs for their own dream school using Tinkercad. The pupils then watched as their designs came to life using a 3D Printer. An exhibition of the pupil's designs is currently on display at Barrhead Foundry. Why not go and have a look for yourself?


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