Alberta Whittle :  How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth
Sep
11
2:00 PM14:00

Alberta Whittle : How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth

14 September - 24 November 2019

Open daily 10:00-18:00
(20:00 on a Thu)

This exhibition will mark Barbadian-Scottish artist Alberta Whittle’s first major solo exhibition in a UK institution, drawing together new and recent artworks in film, sculpture, print, installation and performance to reflect on memory, trauma, weather and tensions between the land and sea.

Whittle’s interdisciplinary practice aims to develop a visual, oral and textual language that questions accepted Western constructs of history and society. This work is undertaken with an acute understanding of how formal historical records produced by privileged white men have always sought to replace more ancient and informal ways of comprehending the past. The artist’s wider research questions the authority of postcolonial power, its implications and its legacy.

Whittle’s work often considers conditions in the afterlife of slavery where the racialised black body can become suspended in a state of stress that directly impacts upon physical, mental and emotional health. Within her work, the artist connects these ideas of black oppression with meditations on survival; championing the idea of healing as self-liberation.

How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth refers to Whittle’s current preoccupation with healing, writing, breath and orality. Writing has always been an integral part of her practice and the texts she produces are meant to be read aloud, to be heard as well as seen. She also works rhythmically in relation to writing and reading, particularly looking at punctuation marks as visual signifiers of shifts in breath and breathing. Looking at the relationship between historical written testimonies and ancestral knowledge shared through oral traditions, the artist will be using video and performance to create direct encounters with audiences, encouraging mutual empathy, learning, and understanding.

Alberta Whittle (b.1980, Bridgetown, Barbados) lives and works in Glasgow. Her practice-led research involves performance, writing, digital collage and video installation. Whittle received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2011 and she is a PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art. Whittle was also the 2018 recipient of The Margaret Tait Award. Whittle’s work has been exhibited in various solo and group shows within institutions including the 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2019), GoMA, Glasgow (2019), The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh (2019), The Showroom, London (2018), National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (2018), RAW Material, Dakar (2018), FADA Gallery, Johannesburg (2018), the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg (2017), FRAMER FRAMED, Amsterdam (2015), Goethe On Main, Johannesburg (2015), at the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015), and BOZAR, Brussels (2014). Several of Whittle’s digital prints were recently purchased by the Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art.

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V/DA (SCT) | Grin
Sep
11
2:00 PM14:00

V/DA (SCT) | Grin

Part of Dig International Glasgow

Grin is a contemporary performance of sound, visuals and choreography subverting hyper-sexualised notions of African and Caribbean dances. A masquerade of sculptures where body, costume and lighting unite, embedded in a pulsating soundscore. Grin is a thematic autobiographical story with no words.

Grin was originally developed as solo and was presented as a work-in-progess at Buzz Cut Double Thrills (Glasgow), OFFTA/La Serre (Montreal) then as a trio in 2017 at Tramway. This year, for DIG 2019, Grin features artists and choreographers Divine Tasinda and Levent Nyembo. They will work in collaboration to physically explore their voices through a redevised duet directed and choreographed by Mele Broomes.

"Grins all round, the very epitome of exuberance and black positivity." (Lorna Irvine, The Tempohouse)

Recommended for ages 12+

Image by Tiu Makkonen

www.variousdanceartists.co.uk
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A Tramway New Work Commission

Developed and Supported by: Dance Base, Dance House Glasgow, The Work Room, Sick of The Fringe and 'AMPS' (Jerwood Charitable Foundation / Nick Anderson), Project X and Creative Scotland

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 The Skeleton of a Name
Sep
11
1:30 PM13:30

The Skeleton of a Name

Opening Preview 20 September 7pm – 9pm
21 September– 26 October 2019 (11am-5pm, Wednesday- Saturday)
Transmission Gallery, 28 King St, Glasgow G1 5QP

Transmission is thrilled to present The Skeleton of a Name - a solo exhibition by Glasgow based artist Ashanti Harris.

Ashanti Harris is a visual artist, teacher and researcher, working with dance, performance and installation. Ashanti’s work focuses on themes of mobilities - the movement of people, ideas and things as well as the broader social implications of these movements, specifically in relation to the diaspora of West Africa and The Caribbean. Her current research is concerned with the body as a repository of incorporated histories which are communicated through dance and movement practices. As part of her creative practice, she also works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) – facilitating movement workshops, research groups and collaborative performances; and as co-lead artist for Project X – a creative education programme, platforming the dances of the African diaspora.

This exhibition stems from Harris’ finding the research of a Scottish historian which elaborated on the historical relationship between Guyana and Scotland and learning about a number of Caribbean women who came to have a presence in Scotland in varying ways over 200 years ago. Taking these women as a starting point, she has been thinking about how speculating on their existence can offer understanding of her present one. She says, “When researching these women, again I find that the words are barely there. Names, dates and events appear in letters, on census’ in legal documents and travel records but between these words there are only empty spaces; a mumble of ‘the skeleton of a name’. “

In The Skeleton of a Name, silence is made material and is presented as an “archive” in varying forms which are seemingly disparate but have potential for infinite routes of speculation.

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 Second Site by Ashanti Harris - Exhibition and Performances
Jul
11
to Aug 3

Second Site by Ashanti Harris - Exhibition and Performances

Second Site is a new, site specific installation and collaborative performance work re-imagining the female, African and Caribbean diasporic history which haunts the Mercantile era of architecture in Scotland. Performances made in collaboration with Sekai Machache, Titana Muthui , Libby Odai, Adebusola Ramsay, Natasha Ruwona, Naomi Shoba and Nabu White.

Exhibition opening Thursday 11th July 5-8pm

Durational performances happen on Saturdays at 2pm and last approximately 1 hour. Feel free to come in and out as you please.

https://www.facebook.com/events/309861846331512/?active_tab=about

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Chain Re:Action
Jun
12
12:00 PM12:00

Chain Re:Action

Chain Re: Action is a knowledge exchange day, following a series of crypto-knitting workshops looking at how we can combine feminist thinking and community economies with blockchain technologies.

We’ll be asking: do new digital technologies offer the potential to create fairer grass roots exchange networks?

Throughout the afternoon we will be presenting a range of talks, conversations, workshops and fun interactive artworks; inviting local residents, artists, academics and activists to exchange ideas on how we can use new technologies to create a different type of economy, designed for and by the people who would use it. If a cashless society is inevitable how do we create one that works for us?

The event will feature talks from Swap Market, The Wellbeing Economy Alliance and Ubuntu Women’s Shelter looking at how we put feminist economics into practice in the real world. We’ll have artworks and film from Vishwanath Pasumarthi, Ailie Rutherford, Padmini Ray-Murray, El Cambalache and Libby Odai & Chrissie Ardill. There’ll also be discussions on tech for social good with Common Good Awareness Project, Andy Garbett (Newcastle University) and Ella Tallyn (Edinburgh University). 

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FTP Issue 1 Zine Launch
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

FTP Issue 1 Zine Launch

We're so excited for the launch of Issue 1 of FTP Magazine!

FTP Magazine stands for Fuck The Patriarchy. We promote equal rights and opportunities for all people through the creative arts.

Our first zine launch will see our talented contributors speak about their artwork and perform their poetry on the theme of identity and belonging.

Come along and pick up a copy of our zine, a glass of wine, and join our fierce feminist chat!

http://www.ftpmagazine.com/

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Beige B*tch
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

Beige B*tch

Invited into the luxurious world of self-made icon Beige B*tch, the audience take their seats and tune in as the latest audience of Beige Nation TV. Star and host, BB, scrolls through the saturated reality of their all beige everything world. In a cultural blitzkrieg of artisan anecdotes, intimate interviews and bespoke adverts, Beige B*tch poses pointed questions about white accountability, Black Culture and what it means to belong.

Made and performed by Nima Séne, Beige B*tch makes its Scottish debut at Take Me Somewhere 2019.

Nima’s artistic practice is rooted in uncovering complexity and parody within stereotypes and mainstream media portrayals of cultural identity. Their practice is rooted in embracing a sense of belonging with the unknown and the unseen.

Nima was the 2018 recipient of the FST Assistant Director Bursary for End of Eddy (Dir. Stewart Laing). They received the BANNER award (Arts Admin & LADA) in 16/17 for an early development of Beige B*tch.

Film excerpts made in collaboration with Daniel Hughes.

Insta: @beigebiitch

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All, Entire, Whole
May
22
to May 27

All, Entire, Whole


A part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2019.

See Me presents work from a range of visual artists that encourage dialogue to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

Exhibition artists include:

Sekai Machache
Andrew Henderson
Lesley Antrobus
Siobhan McLaughlin
Martha Ritchie
Jamie Lee Love

Publications from Deborah Malcolm and Psyche Magazine.

The exhibition will also include work from Artspace participants,
an arts programme working with adult participants with diagnosed mental health problems across Stirling.

The programme is designed to support participants in a 'pathway to recovery' approach for their mental health.

LAUNCH: 22 May 5pm-8pm
EXHIBITION: 23-27 May 10am-5pm

https://www.mhfestival.com
https://www.seemescotland.org

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Sonic Seance
May
16
to May 18

Sonic Seance

This is an invitation to the séance. A vent of desperation, a call for empowerment from the ancestors. This is our language to describe our experiences; we stand together, we lose ourselves in musical rapture.

Looking at the past, present and future, subverting elements used to shape and manipulate us for the imperialist gaze, Sonic Séance is a passage through the minerals of our earth, ancient symbols, sexual leverage and colonial primitivist fantasies.

Created and performed by Patricia Panther, Letitia Pleiades, Ashanti Harris and Mele Broomes (Take Me Somewhere Constellation artist).

V/DA is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative collective; crossing the lines between dance, theatre, music and events.

www.variousdanceartists.co.uk

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PUSH IT X TMS: BOSS ASS WITCH
May
11
to May 12

PUSH IT X TMS: BOSS ASS WITCH

Witch, please.

PUSH IT is joining forces with Take Me Somewhere to give u the fiercest club night like no other! We’ll be invoking the spirit of the WitchBitch rituals of The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein & unleashing the bossiest performances, on top of the spellbinding femme focused R&B, hiphop & pop sorcery of PUSH IT. Get light as a feather, stiff as a board & use your muscle, carve it out, work it & hustle. Call ur coven. It’s gunna get witchin’!!

With performances from...
~*Ultimate Dancer & Michelle Hannah*~
~*CC-Time*~
~*Kevin Le Grand*~

2 FLOOR PARTY!
MRSBAXTER2U & MS. NICEBOY playin' the 1st deck, PUSH IT DJs on the 2nd floor!

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Yon Afro Presents (Re)Imagining Spaces and Raising Consciousness of Existence 
Apr
19
to May 7

Yon Afro Presents (Re)Imagining Spaces and Raising Consciousness of Existence 

Yon Afro Presents (Re)Imagining Spaces and Raising Consciousness of Existence 

If People Make Glasgow, which People will be allowed to Make a future Glasgow?

This exhibition seeks to amplify the lives of Black women and/+ Women of Colour in Scotland, and telling stories which are often ignored.

(Re) Imagining Self explores the private vs public spheres and the presentation of self and identity through the lens of Women of Colour (WOC) in Glasgow. The works shed light on how the Black Other is viewed.

(Re) Imagining Self challenges the concepts of positive initiatives, the performance of being ourselves and examines WOC and/+ Black women’s existence as resistance within social, political and geographical environments.

The selection of work on display reflects the artistic and eclectic talents of Najma Abukar, Layla Roxanne Hill, Sekai Machache, and Adebusola Debora Ramsay.

Whilst each of these artists approaches their craft in a different way, the thread that runs throughout their work is an exploration of issues related to the particularities of the lives of Black women and/+ women of colour, including in the form of paintings, photography, sculpture and text.

Abukar’s Black is the Colour of my Soul (2018) is a photographic portrait series. Each portrait is inspired by a line from the song Four Women by Nina Simone/ Laura Izibor/Ledisi: ‘My Skin is Black’, ‘My Arms Are Long’, ‘My Hair is Wolly’, ‘My Back is Strong’, ‘My Skin is Yellow’, ‘My Hair is Long’, ‘My Skin is Tan’, ‘My Hair is Fine’, ‘My Skin is Brown’, ‘My Manner is Tough’.

Hill’s work Mulatto Manifesto: The Re-Telling of Tragic (2018) uses experimental mixed media and text responsive to the changing spaces within Govanhill Baths reminding us of the ways interracial identities are always shaped by environments.

Machache present works from her photo-series Musoro (2016). Revisiting her previous video-piece Braiding Across a Room (2015), which is based on the tradition of braiding that is central to many African cultures and has been transmuted across many generations throughout the African Diaspora. Machache presents Braiding Across a Pool (2018) a sculptural performative work for made in response to the space at the Govanhill Baths.


Ramsay presents a series of abstract works rooted in her affinity with and use of vibrant colours. Through her pieces Origins (2014), Untitled/ Viscera (2017), Twists & Turns (2018) and obfuscation of reality (2018), Ramsay explores the concept of racialization, its intersection with other forms of oppression, and inter-generational trauma.
 

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