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A Reflection on Ellie Harrison’s Artist Talk

What can an artist/activist achieve in a place, given a year of not having to worry about money?

Livestream video of Ellie Harrison’s Talk

Even though she only revealed the tip of the iceberg of her research and activism  in her year of living within the boundary of Glasgow, I was impressed by the scope and scale of Ellie Harrison’s  investigations of the Glasgow Effect  She was inspired by   New Economics Foundation approach: Economics as if People and the Planet Mattered.  One of her themes was transport and the twin irritations of a city carved up by motorways and the sorry state of public transport, particularly the buses.  This in a city which has a lower than average car ownership.  Sometimes it takes a fresh eye to re-view what everyone else has stopped seeing,  just got used to. Pavel Buchler once said that one function of art is to stop and look after everyone else has moved on – wait a minute folks, look at this!  Not only had she looked – through her investigations, she had discovered that the monthly board meetings of SPT (Strathclyde Partnership Transport) are open to the public! She set herself up as undercover artist in residence at SPT and attended six Board meetings to learn and to lobby.

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Thought provoking and inspiring talk by artist Ellie Harrison after her year of what can be framed as  an artist – activist living a citizen’s income in Glasgow.

Diary 28th Nov – 23rd Dec 2017, then Holiday – 8th January

Mon 28th Nov – Sun 4th Dec: Pick up Frozen Charlotte website again, writing some of the content.  As well as starting this blog and writing for the website, I’ve been (sadly) called on to write two funeral contributions and (joyfully) one 30th birthday portrait.  Interesting how one art form can inform another. Similarities and differences can increase awareness e.g. rhythms and cadences in words compare with quality of line in drawing.  I remember noticing how learning Tai Chi enhanced my drawing.

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Radio Scotland @1:24,  Stephen Jardine Programme, 6th January 2017

Really articulate interview with artist Ellie Harrison, a year on from the rammy caused by the announcement of her Creative Scotland Award of £15000 to live and work within the boundary of Glasgow for a year, focussing on ‘the Glasgow Effect’. One of the triggers for getting me thinking about Citizen’s Income.


Who Are You? Conversation at Woodend Barn.

While meeting the folk at Woodend Barn I found myself telling the story of a coach tour  in Turkey a few years ago with my  sidekick Martin. Having dreaded the prospect, it turned out to be a fantastic mid winter holiday in the beautiful old southern city of Antalya and the  magical cave landscape of Cappadocia.  dsc02539 Continue reading “Who Are You? Conversation at Woodend Barn”

Diary 21-27 Nov 17

Wed 23rd: Head up from Heriot to Banchory to visit Heather at her base in Woodend Barn Arts Centre.  It’s thanks to her and funding from  Creative Producers project at Creative Scotland, I can continue the experiment till March. Predictive text on my phone once ‘corrected’ Banchory to Banchirpy, which is a good correction. The Barn is a really friendly place which has been on the go on a voluntary basis for 25 years and which has now secured funding for a small professional team to take it forward.

Two years ago I saw a dance piece ‘Journey’ there as part of Luminate Festival of Creative Ageing. Koen de Preter was a 31-year-old Belgian choreographer and performer, Alphea Pouget an 87-year-old dancer and pedagogue. In the piece they journey from being strangers to being lovers linked by a shared passion to dance till the end of their days. Amazing.


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