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Govanhill Baths

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Deep Breaths exhibition, 2009 work by Rebecca Lindsay
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Deep Breaths exhibition, 2009 work by Nicki McWilliams
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Sonic Soak music event, 2010 © Biotron

Creative projects with the Govanhill Baths Community Trust 2008-2012

In a voluntary capacity I have worked with the Govanhill Baths Community Trust, developing creative projects around the history of the Govanhill Baths and the campaign to bring it back into use as a Wellbeing Centre for the whole community.

I was inspired to get involved as a local resident and an artist, seeing the potential of the building as a social and creative hub for the area as well as somewhere to swim, which is sorely needed. It is a stunning Edwardian building, substantially unaltered in the heart of an incredibly mixed and very densely populated area. The building for me is not derelict but charged with a ten year history of a tenacious and passionate campaign to keep it open to the community.

We have been looking at ways to activate the space, for people to make connections with each other and the building through music, art, dance, singing, plays, films and much more. The first major arts project I was involved with was Deep Breaths, in 2009, an exhibition of 25 artists responding to the building and creating site specific works. A second major event was Sonic Soak, in 2010 organised in collaboration with 85a, an artist collective. I was also involved in the creation of Streetland, an arts festival celebrating the streets of Govanhill, which the Trust played a key role in supporting.

My involvement in these creative projects feeds and develops my practice and it something I have a long term commitment to as there a huge challenges in developing and balancing relationships and partnerships.