An Industrial Pageant - The Govan Fair
Winning the RIAS Architecture Prize in 2013 for the Ghost of Water Row under the banner of Edo brought us into contact with part of the Industrial Cycle and a "fallen from grace" neighborhood of the CIty of Glasgow.- Govan . Its Industrial might is expressed annually on the first Friday of June.
Andrew McAvoy has been sitting on the Committee that is trying to save and enliven a 257 year old Industrial Pageant.That was possible via acceptance of the role of " editor of transactions for the Govan Fair's Annual paper Programme .
The practice built this Programme over 3 years into an identifiable asset of the Fair, A Progarmme that the best of Industrial expertise contribute to.
Here are the links to 3 years of that published.
Graphics + Playing with the Time continuum
Working closely with Liam o Sheah on graphics we unarchived, refreshed and published some vulnerable narrative and collective memory destined for the trash can.
A Sheips Heid pre-dating the constitution of - The Govan Weavers has been brought back out of time with some regalia.
Wider + Sir William Arrol
In 2012 we joined forces with The Friends of Seafield House FOSH who were raising debate on the imminent demolition of Sir William Arrols splendid home in Ayr. The house ; built as robustly as his Forth Rail bridge had functioned as a war hospital following his death . It lived in the minds of most of the population, yet it had been left to be set on fire.
In a small way we have added word and weight to the Campaign over 3 years to SAVE .
in spring 2014 Ayrshire and Arran Health Board transferred the National asset to the Trust who are now looking at returning it to Domestic and public use. Hoorah !
George Ralston Wyllie RSA
Andrew McAvoy is a trustee of the George Wyllie Foundation which looks to further the case for better recognition of the work of this great Scottish Artist.
Writing and contributing to exhibitions forms part of tat role.
The Foundation is releasing a new book about Georges life which will be available from Birlin books in spring 2016.
Meanwhile we look for a suitable space for a permanant collection of his work to be hosted.
Momentarily it seemed that George's Legacy might be found in the 18th Century Custom House that he worked for 3 decades in
But alas that was not to be.
Watch this space