....Research Topics and Speculation about Art and Public Space by Scottish Citizen and artist Matt Baker

Monday, 14 February 2011

Gorbals - project archive now online

From 1999 - 2005 I worked on the project to involve artists in the wholesale reconstruction of the Gorbals neighbourhood of Glasgow. From 1999-2001 I was part of the Heisenberg partnership that conceived the vision for the project and then stayed with the project as Lead Artist till 2005. We aimed to interact with the physical and social momentums of change in the area and produced projects with more that 30 artists. This was the third time in 150 years that this iconic scottish community had been razed to the ground and completely rebuilt - each successive rebuilding has been presented as a new 'model' for housing development - creative response to this utopian ideal seen alongside the entrenched mythology of the Gorbals was the overall theme of the artworks project.

The workings of the Artworks Programme: Gorbals was recorded as a web diary. After being offline for sometime this web diary has now been restored and is now available in an archive form - HERE

With thanks to - Maja Bulatovic (web design), Juliet Sebley (AWP) and Barbara Irwin (TTPM for Scottish Enterprise)

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