Scottish author James Kelman talks about his early life and loves, and the controversy around his 1994 Booker Prize win.
Another industrial eyesore removed from the historical conscience
The antiques warehouse that used to sit on the waterfront giving a bit of diversity of why folk would be attracted to the river side. Burnt to a cinder over a weekend. No doubt to be replaced by more sterile blocks of flats. Eyesores to the gentrifiers, or should we say cultural colonisers, is anything that might sit at a funny angle, never mind architectural or historical significance, to the grid mentality that builds, not so much flats, but rather, sells investment in cubic meters of walled concrete.[expand title=”trigger more text”]
If we didn’t have the shipyard museum in Govan, and the one lonely column, that stands outside the supermarket in Springburn, what would we have? Where is our industrial heritage? What was once the site of the engineer works that built and exported steam engines all over the world. (25% global market share) Only one single pole remains there, one stanchion from the Hyde Park Works in central Springburn, is what Springburn has physically to represent the industry sweat and labour of its steam engine building past. What an embarrassment. Maybe the city planners should sneak in of a night time and remove it, or it may internally combust on its own, if neglected long enough. With this kind of disregard towards our industrial architecture, it should be no surprise that another remnant of our industrial past is bulldozed after going up in flames…
“Glasgow continues to maintain its reputation as the city in which historic buildings “go on fire”, the latest victim of ‘spontaneous combustion being Scotway House in Partick, close to the river Clyde.
A large two-storey pile of polychromatic brick and sandstone, it was designed by Bruce & May and built as offices for the shipbuilders and engineers, David & William Henderson & Co. Many of the record-breaking yachts built in the Meadowside Shipyard were designed in the building, which was listed at Category B. Empty and derelict, however, it had long been on the Buildings at Risk register for Scotland.
With the decline of shipbuilding, Scotway House found itself isolated on cleared ground between the new Riverside Museum – that absurd, impractical shed designed by the late Zaha Hadid – and the new Glasgow Harbour flats. It was first proposed for demolition in 2002. Three years later, the Glasgow Harbour developers proposed re-erecting it on another site as a restaurant. In 2011 it was proposed to restore it as a rock ‘n’ roll hall of lame. Last year it was proposed to convert it into a bar and restaurant next to a planned complex of student flats. All in vain. Last January part of the roof was damaged by fire, and last month the whole building was gutted by a far worse fire. It now stands as a roofless shell, and no doubt what is left will soon be (is being) cleared away for development.” Piloty Private Eye.
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From: Variant <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 17 June 2008 11:10:21 BST
Culture Sport Glasgow bans art magazine
The arts & culture magazine ‘Variant’ has been banned from Tramway, a key cultural venue in Glasgow “that promotes public participation, education and debate, placing the building at the heart of local, national and international concerns, issues and innovation.”
It has been brought to Variant’s attention that Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG), the private company set up to take over the running of culture and sport from Glasgow City Council, has issued an order banning Variant magazine from Tramway.
The Summer issue of Variant features an article about the controversial creation of Culture and Sport Glasgow, which is based on an academic study undertaken by Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt at the University of Strathclyde.
Despite having been contacted earlier this year to input into the research for this article, James Doherty — Media Manager of Culture and Sport Glasgow, and President of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) — on publication threatened legal action over its content, and has since reneged on responding to Variant’s invitation to identify and correct any substantial inaccuracies he alleged existed.
Instead, Variant has learnt that Charles Bell, CSG Arts Development Manager, has issued an order to deprive readers visiting Tramway of access to the magazine.
Doherty’s immediate recourse to legal threats and the ensuing attempts at censorship represent an obvious conflict of interest with his role in the NUJ to uphold and defend the principles of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression, and the right of the public to be informed.
Ironically, Charles Bell was a key speaker at today’s conference ‘Raising the Art of Conversation’, billed as “a chance to discuss policy issues affecting the cultural sector”.
The article they don’t want you to read is:
‘The New Bohemia’
by Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt
Variant issue 32, Summer 2008
Text version: http://www.variant.org.uk/32texts/CSG.html
PDF version: http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue32/Variant32RGN.pdf
PDF of CSG structure diagram: http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue32/csg_diagram.pdf
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