WAVEparticle has developed and is delivering Art & Living: Laurieston, an art strategy for Laurieston and its environs, in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union.
Art and Living: Laurieston is an artist-led art strategy for Laurieston that presents twenty key opportunities for art and artists to engage with this significant area, located between the Gorbals and Tradeston, just over the river Clyde in the south of Glasgow. These opportunities emerged from a creative process of conversation and workshops with principal partners, community groups, local historians, artists and individuals, encountered during WAVEparticle’s research into this development. This ambitious and innovative art strategy is effectively a 10 year plan that aims to engage the community in shaping the immediate place they live in.
The twenty opportunities include for example: Touchstone- a constellation of over 100 stones carved & distributed by local people, celebrating local stars; Laurieston, Past, Present, Possible – the inaugural Gala Day for the area that took place in May 2015; Laurieston Arena- at Norfolk Court by Gorbals Street, a new circular ‘open space’, centred on the footprint of the tower block that once dominated the site, that has seen outdoor screenings, community gatherings, performance; Artists in Arches (AiA) - a series of 23 un-refurbished, vacant railway arches in Cleland Lane that is hosting a programme of artworks, events, exhibitions and workshops; Caledonia Road Church, a renowned Glasgow landmark, the ruins of Alexander Greek Thomson’s iconic masterpiece, which had been closed since 1962 but was made safe for use and opened in July 2014.