Author Archive for David Kerr

Whose Legacy? Public Walk

To continue the CG2014 theme this public walk may be of interest:

Glasgow Games Monitor are hosting a free public walk around the Games Village and in the wider area of the Dalmarnock, Parkhead and Bridgeton. On Saturday April 26th, meeting at Bridgeton Cross at 1pm.

There are currently frantic attempts by local government and its partners, spurred on by the Games, to create a “new east end”. This walk, or “territorial enquiry” will be a critical response to those efforts. We will be going to key sites of transformation in and around Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Parkhead to discuss and reflect in-situ, what these changes mean in the everyday, and in a wider political context for the city and for democracy. JOIN US!

It’s sunny in Dundee mostly


Tentsmuir WW2 Coastal Defences

In the spirit of inter-institutional caring and sharing:


Preview: Thursday 27th March 7pm
Exhibition Open: Friday 28th March 12 – 4pm, Saturday 29th March 12 – 4pm

The White Room project space, Tin Roof Studios. 38-40 Bellfield Street
Dundee DD1 5JD

Presenting an exhibition of work created by 3rd year Illustration Students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Come along to our show! It consists of hand printed posters and set designs for a series of imagined theatrical adaptations of plays exploring climate change, sustainability, urban planning and related social and political issues.

Exploring subjects such as:
Hydro Fracking, Gentrification, Micro-topias, Climate Activism, Nuclear waste disposal, Nuclear War, Social Housing, The melting ice caps, Surveillance, Community Gardening.

For more information please visit:

Kinning Park Complex Campaign

Campaign to Save the Kinning Park Complex (Artist Studio and Community Centre Complex on the Sth Side).

More info on the Kinning Park Website:

KPC Important update. Please read and Act. On 15 April, without any prior notice or discussion, City Property on behalf of Glasgow City Council sent us a Notice of Removal telling us to be out of the building by 27 May 2013. The first thing to say is – Don’t panic! We won’t be leaving. But please do take action.

For the last 15 months we have tried to talk to the Council / City Property, funders, other agencies and councillors about how we all might work together to secure the long term future of Kinning Park Complex as a community facility.

We are a strong community making good use of the building and intend to do so for the long term. We have written to City Property asking for urgent clarification of their intentions and asked our local political representatives for an urgent meeting. We will update on progress with that next week.

The number of building users has grown again enormously in the past 2 years and that is fabulous. We need now to ask you all to make your voice heard in support of KPC.

This City Property letter reminds us that despite the huge efforts made by many in the community to keep this building open and in daily use there is still a long way to go to secure our long-term future and fund the major repairs needed.

The main thing to remember is that it is business as usual at KPC. Future bookings are secure. Please continue to make bookings and conduct all business as usual.

But please act to support us – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

Contact local councillors, MP, MSP and MEP to ask them to support our call for City Property to withdraw this Notice and meet with us to discuss the situation (see contact list at end of this message).

Contact City Property directly. Ask them to withdraw the Notice. Feel free to raise any questions or thoughts with them – eg. you might also want to ask them why, while they claim to be the new landlord, they are not prepared to spend a penny on the essential repair work?

Sign-up as a supporter of KPC so that we can provide more evidence of the numbers of people who use the building. Please also encourage all of the people who attend your classes or events and all other building users and friends to sign-up as well.

Below is our new Supporter of KPC sign-up form. Please add your contact details and return it to us.

Become a KPC Supporter

Kinning Park Complex is an independent community centre, used for dance classes, theatre projects, benefits advice, art and music events, kids’ activities and much more.

We would like to be able to keep you up to date with what’s happening around the building. We’d also like to be able to include your name in a list of KPC Supporters.

Please sign up below. We need all the details if possible.

I want to be a registered supporter of KPC



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Your name will be added to our Supporters page – no other info is shared.

Please fill in your details and email this section back to us at

Please use the subject title: Another KPC Supporter

Studio Spaces for Illustrators

Studio spaces in Glasgow’s East End above Green City Worker’s Co-op only £50 per month.

Rent includes internet and access to communal facilities – Printer, A3 Scanner, Cutting Area, Storage, Kitchen, Gallery/ Project Space.

For more info email: or call 07952028509

Variant Magazine Suspends Publication

A dent to the plurality of Scotland’s media landscape – Variant Magazine suspends publication.

It is unfortunate that we have to inform you that Variant has been ‘unsuccessful’ in our funding application to Creative Scotland.As a result Variant for the first time since 1996, when Variant was relaunched as a free newsprint and online publication, is in the position of having to suspend publication.

We will continue to work towards Variant resuming publication as soon as possible, at which point we would hope to restart our current subscription commitments.

In the meantime we would like to thank you for your continuing support,
the Variant editorial group, July 2012

Meant to post a while back. Thankfully you can read the entire back catalogue from Variant’s 28 years in print online:

Document 10 Film Festival & Radiius 6 Exhibition

Document 10 Film Festival – 19 -28 October 2012

This year Document 10 is celebrating its tenth anniversary. We are preparing a special programme that will mark our birthday:

  • we are inviting directors and human rights activists from all over the world,
  • we have a competition for the best documentary of the festival awarded by an international jury,
  • we will honour an outstanding director with a special lifetime achievement award,
  • and we will be screening a retrospective of the best films shown in our programme throughout the years.

And, of course, we will have a great selection of documentary films, both by established directors and by emerging filmmakers, capturing the real meaning of human rights in a global civil society,

This is a glimpse of what happened at the last edition of Document, giving you an idea of what to expect this October.

Radiius 6 Exhibition – Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October 2012

As part of the Document 10 Human Rights Film Festival, Radiius will be showcasing a selection of works taken from the current and previous printed editions of their Zine. The exhibition brings together artists who through the use of painting, collage and illustration explore the themes of divide and inequality.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October 2012, 12pm. Exhibition will held at the Glasgow CCA, Saramago Terrace Café Bar.

Exhibition Opening Event: 3-6pm on Saturday 20 October

Alternative Art Schools and Plenary Discussions

A really interesting article on the AN Blog by Pippa Koserek exploring the relationship between recent occupations in art schools across the UK and various alternative art school models going back to the sixties.

Got me thinking about a great book about the use of plenary discussions during an occupation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Filozofski fakultet) at the University of Zagreb.

Another relevent resource is  the Carrot Workers Collective’s website. They recently organised an event at the now homeless Bank of Ideas.

Glasgow University Media Week

Includes a free screening of  How to Start a Revolution and Discussion with the Director.

6pm, Friday 20th January,
Andrew Stewart Cinema, G12, University Avenue
Free entry, open to all

Stone, Paper, Scissors – Drawing Glasgow

Stone, Paper, Scissors – Drawing Glasgow
11am – 1pm
Saturday 21st January
Pearce Institute Govan

Drawing and talking for all ages and abilities. The theme is Glasgow – what its like now, how it used to be and what’s going to happen to it. You might want to draw buildings, people, streets, parks, parties, weather, memories, stories,  anything and everything. Bring pictures, photos, objects, ideas or anything else that you think should be recorded in drawings about Glasgow.

Pens, pencils, scissors, paper provided

Any questions, speak to Bob, Village Square.

Political Illustration: Lebanon and Beyond

Another excellent article on the Design Altruism blog. This time an interview with Daniel Drenan about his work with the Jamaa Al-Yad collective. Here’s a short quote as a taster:

The academic design realm separates “designer” work from cultural manifestations that are just as much of merit, or it tries to recategorize former historical works as “graphic design,” which is wrongful in approach as well as being a tautological deceit. We need to give credit where credit is due, period. Most of the “big-name” designers/illustrators I’ve worked for in my lifetime have never had one minute of university design training; they are the first to recognize that “design” as we know it in terms of its underlying crafts and trades has very proletarian and commercial roots.

Students for a Democratic Society Conference

The Students for a Democratic Society Conference has been organised to bring students from across Scotland together who want to transform student politics and our student unions. The conference aims to come to an agreed set of policies for education that student activists across Scotland can support and participate in.

Students from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Paisley, Dundee and Edinburgh will be joining the conference, we would encourage you to put forward suggestions here and join the conference on the 21st.

January 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Art School
Glasgow School of Art Student Union,
468 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3LW

Graphic Scotland

Graphic Scotland is an independent Community Interest Company aiming to bring together Scottish-based writers, artists and publishers in international collaborations to create diverse and innovative new graphic fiction.

Radical Media Forum #2

2pm-5pm Saturday 14th January 2012

Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall Street
G41 1BA


FREE – donations to Kinning Park welcome

The Radical Media Forum is a regular meeting for left-aligned politically-engaged media practitioners, activists and researchers. Participants include those working with: film/video and television, online media and Indymedia, radio, books and print publication, community and media events, archives, and media research. It is open to individuals and groups working at any level across voluntary activist and community-based media to those working within mainstream and academic contexts.

The forum provides a space for networking, news exchange, skills sharing, discussion, debate, and building a more consolidated base for critical media in Scotland and the UK. Meetings take place every two months at various venues.

Each forum provides time for meeting and exchanging news, issues, ideas, etc., followed by a dedicated skills and discussion session.

For the January 2012 meeting, film and documentary maker Barbara Orton will facilitate a practical workshop to discuss issues and practices around engaging audiences through mainstream formats and alternatives to these. The debate around mainstream access is an important one in political film-making, whether to work with it, challenge, or reject it, and it is useful to understand how such positions may determine the ways in which work is realised. Participants are invited to bring along film and video projects they are currently working on to review and discuss as part of the session.

Mailing list:

Event Organised by the Strickland Distribution:

Robinson in Ruins

A trailer for Patrick Kiellar’s new film Robinson in Ruins can be viewed online here. There is also an interesting discussion about the film and the ideas it puts forward to be found on the BFI website here. To watch one of Kiellar’s other new films check an earlier post.

Radiius: Call for Submissions

Radiius (loosely based in Glasgow) is an expanding sphere of concepts centred on the critical exploration of philosophical, political and social issues. Radiius exists out with the constrained framework of mainstream institutions by providing a global platform for people to communicate creative ideas, therefore encouraging meaningful dialogue. Radiius explores the undefined parameters of our collective imagination through various forms and expressions. Radiius is a non-profit organisation that publishes zines for artists and writers.

Next Issue 01.02.12


If you would like to get involved and submit work to us for the next issue please contact us at: with your name, contact details and the title of your work.. For written work please send as a word document and images as high quality tiff or jpeg files. For multimedia work please send it to us either as an embed url or using dropbox service or similar. For submission of visual pieces please provide us with the dimensions and medium aswell as a short statement about your work.

Radical Media Forum

Radical Media Forum – Glasgow

1pm – 5pm, Saturday 29th October 2011

Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall Street
G41 1BA

The meeting is free, but donations to Kinning Park Complex welcomed.

An open meeting for practitioners, groups and individuals involved in
independent/radical/critical/activist/rebellious/oppositional media, to discuss the development of a broader support network, archiving, collaborations, future events, and encourage debate on current directions of ‘media from below’ in the UK.

Directions and map to Kinning Park Complex:

Organised by:

Whose Legacy?

Friday 21st October, 2-30-4.30. Clubroom, Upstairs at The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

The Commonwealth Games 2014: Whose Legacy?

Short introductory talk by Dr Libby Porter (Urban Planner and Researcher, Glasgow Uni) and Neil Gray (Writer and Researcher, Glasgow Uni) about the Legacy of Mega-Events,  and large-scale urban regeneration plans in the UK and worldwide.

A discussion will follow with a series of live accounts by residents – including carers from the Save the Accord centre, who are campaigning to retain a day care centre for people with learning disabilities, and Margaret Jaconelli, who has recently been evicted from her home. The residents will talk about about the impact the Commonwealth Games development is having upon their lives.

This discussion, focusing on media portrayal and the right of residents to ‘stay put’ in the face of large-scale urban transformation and displacement, will be interspersed with a series of short films that highlight recent  experiences on, and nearby, the site of the Commonwealth Games Village

Includes special screening of a short film about Margaret Jaconelli and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games  by Glasgow documentary photographer and filmmaker, Chris Leslie. (14 mins)

Riots by Design: Blaming the London Olympics

An interesting article on the Design Altruism blog by Daniel Drenan on the role designers and design education could play in helping communities to resist Gentrification and the numerous negative affects Mega-events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games have on their host cities.

Amongst many interesting observations the article gives an account of a series of workshops that happened in a college in Beirut in which students were given four groups to research in terms of particular Olympic games cities and their communicated messages: The Olympic Committee itself, the host city government, the design firm responsible for the corporate identity, and any protesters they could find. The article then goes on to discuss the information gathered by the students research and the work that was created in response to it.

For up to date  information on the London Olympics the Gamesmonitor site is worth a visit.  I would also thoroughly recommend watching Five Ring Circus a film about the Vancouver Winter Olympics available to watch free online and Olympicfield a film found in the year 2015 near the London Olympics site.

in 2015 near the London Olympics site

Dennistoun Drawing Lab

A drawing resource space bringing together a number of natural history artefacts from some of Glasgow’s finest public resources into a single location. Designed and facilitated by Anna Tanner and Simon Harlow, the Lab offers a meditative space to study, develop and improve your drawing skills. There will be a series of free drawing classes and lectures available for children, young adults and adults.

For more information visit:

1 October — 30 October 2011
Preview: Friday 30 September 6–9pm

Special Gallery Opening Hours:
Wednesday 11–8pm
Thursday 11–8pm
Friday 11–5pm
Saturday 11–5pm
Sunday 11–5pm

334 Duke Street | Glasgow | G31 1QZ
Tel: 0141 556 7276 | Email:

A drawing resource space bringing together a number of natural history artefacts from some of Glasgow’s finest public resources into a single location. Designed and facilitated by Anna Tanner and Simon Harlow, the Lab offers a meditative space to study, develop and improve your drawing skills. There will be a series of free drawing classes and lectures available for children, young adults and adults.

For more information visit:
1 October — 30 October 2011
Preview: Friday 30 September 6–9pm
Special Gallery Opening Hours:
Wednesday 11–8pm
Thursday 11–8pm
Friday 11–5pm
Saturday 11–5pm
Sunday 11–5pm
334 Duke Street | Glasgow | G31 1QZ
Tel: 0141 556 7276 | Email:

Blog Interlude

Blog Interlude by Helmut Smits is a blank image for blogs, meant as a moment of rest.