COP26 at Glasgow Canal

Carnival Arts Yard

Shine a Light – Halloween Zombie Walk and Lantern Procession
Sunday 31 October
4pm – 6pm


To shine a light on the climate crisis on the eve of COP26, join Carnival Arts Yard at 4pm on the Forth & Clyde Canal by the Garscube Link bridge to prepare and enjoy live music, dance, installations and workshops. At 4.30pm the Zombie Walk and Lantern Procession will depart heading through Applecross Basin towards Rockvilla (National Theatre of Scotland).

Bring yourself, torches and lanterns, your best costumes and ideas, and we’ll celebrate the classic Scottish tradition of Halloween in style as the whole world watches Glasgow.

Highlights include dance routines choreographed by Manuela Benini and Indepen-dance. Soundtrack provided by Brass, Aye?

GETTING ONTO THE CANAL


For more details see – Carnival Arts Yard

Civic House

Day of Action After Party
Saturday 6th November
6pm-late

Free before 8pm, £5 entry after
Snacks and hot drinks served from 6pm

Join the Gathering at Civic House post the Day of Action marches across the city. Hot pies and snacks by Chef Madame Soleil, Music with Healthy and Friends. All welcome.

Delivered in partnership with the Land Workers Alliance and the
Democratise to Decarbonise Campaign.

National Theatre of Scotland

DEAR PLANET
Wednesday 10 November 2021

DEAR PLANET is a day of online activity where the National Theatre of Scotland will be handing over their channels to artivists and changemakers. On Wednesday 10 November they will share a programme of ecologically urgent video content on our social media platforms and website.

GET INVOLVED
If you have short video content that explores climate issues and would like your work to be viewed as part of this COP26 takeover, please submit a preview version and information to the team at the National Theatre of Scotland via the link below.
Submissions can be made from 08 to 22 October. Submit here.
Video content offered needs to be rights free and full permissions in place for broadcasting for free on the National Theatre of Scotland YouTube channel/Facebook for one day on 10 November.
Content can be in any artistic genre and language and needs to be maximum 15 minutes in length.
For all successful submissions we will be asking for work to be provided either with burnt in captions, an SRT file and or a full transcript.
The content will be viewed by a selection team at National Theatre of Scotland. Individuals/organisations will be notified by 28 October whether they have been successful. For further information or any questions please email COP26@nationaltheatrescotland.com

MILLIPEDE
Opening November 2021

Everyone has a carbon footprint so what does yours look like?
Millipede will be a playful, interactive digital art installation disguised as an online shoe shop. Digital art exhibits, relating to shoes and feet, will be displayed for visitors to discover as part of a specially created website. 
The artworks will be created through film, photography, sculpture, spoken word, poetry and song, reflecting personal responses to climate change and the participants’ carbon footprints. Millipede’s exhibits will encourage visitors to reflect on their own carbon footprints and those of others around the world using creative storytelling to inspire and engage.

Millipede is a whimsical celebration of the earth, revealed through a virtual display of shoes and footprints, based on the principle that the answer to climate change is not found in one large leap but the culmination of millions of tiny steps forward.

The project will bring together leading Scottish and Indian artists, and scientists from Edinburgh Science and Science Gallery Bengaluru, working with participants of all ages from community groups based in both countries, to create a digital shoe shop that reflects different responses, perspectives, and lived experiences of climate change.

100 shoes for the digital shoe shop will be created by approximately 50 schools and community groups across India and Scotland. National Theatre of Scotland will be engaging with Scottish groups including Viewpark Gardens Trust, Homestart, Bangladesh Association Glasgow and St Teresa’s Primary School, Glasgow and ThinkArts will collaborate with a number of community groups working with children and young people across Kolkata and Bengaluru.

Created by National Theatre of Scotland in collaboration with Kolkata based children’s arts engagement organisation ThinkArts, working with award-winning Scottish theatre makers Shona Reppe and Andy Manley, Millipede will form part of the British Council’s cultural programme.

For more details see – National Theatre of Scotland

Canal Days Out – Saturday 25th September – EVENTS PROGRAMME

Saturday 25th September – 11am – 3.30pm

Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, this fun-filled event will focus around an impressive flotilla of boats adorned with large-scale carnivalesque artworks as they travel along the Forth and Clyde Canal in north Glasgow between Firhill and Applecross Basins. The flotilla will set off from Firhill Basin at 2pm accompanied by live music and celebration.

Throughout the day enjoy artistic performances, walking tours, guided decorative bike rides, cultural food workshops and our community market.

We have added clear ‘PRE-BOOK HERE” beside all of the activities that require advanced booking. The programme of events on offer will include:

– Our Carnival Flotilla – created by Carnival Arts – Come and see our narrowboats adorned with large scale artistic sculptures moving down the waterways! Watch the artists create the beautiful flotilla and then be there as it departs Firhill Basin at 2pm. 

Circus Performers and Workshops – Watch our unicycling performer and roaming mermaid / selkie performers as they juggle and hula hoop around the canalside! Don’t miss our pop-up duo circus show featuring juggling and hula hoop performances with a ‘come and try’ circus workshop for visitors. The Circus Show will take place at 11.30, 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm whilst the Circus Workshops will take place at 11.45, 12.45, 1.45 and 2.45pm. Shows and workshops will be located at Hamiltonhill Claypits Nature Reserve (No need to pre-book, just turn up and join in). Unicyclist and costumed performers will be around all day between Firhill Basin and Applecross Basin.


– Live music with our brass band and steel drummers!

– Leisurely Led Cycle Ride with Sustrans departing at 11.30am. PRE-BOOK HERE Visit the SUSTRANS stall and fine out more about getting walking and cycling.

– Cycle Rides with Free Wheel North at 11am, 1pm and 2pm (45 mins). PRE-BOOK HERE.

Decorative Cycling Workshops with Carnival Arts. Bring your bike along and have it decorated with our artists!

-A Guided walking tour of the new Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve 1pm- 3pm. Meet the Management Committee who look after the site. PRE-BOOK HERE.

Family Outdoor Learning Workshops with Joni and Leigh from Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland. 30 min drop-in sessions at 11am, 11.40am, 12.20pm, 1pm, 1.40pm, 2.20pm, 3pm next to Applecross Basin. Workshop sessions will explore themes of sustainability, biodiversity and wildlife. Participants will have the chance to make botanical prints or wildlife creatures using clay and other natural resources, and bird feeder pizzas on wooden discs to help us look after wildlife in Autumn/Winter.

Middle Eastern flatbread making workshops with Gathering Ground at 11.30am and 2pm – Limited spaces

Outdoor Community Market at Rockvilla Car Park. Come along and build a birdbox with Boomerang Woodworking , take part in craft activities and learn about amphibians and reptiles with Froglife or meet the Canal Youth Forum. You can also visit the Claypits Stall to hear more about the fantastic nature reserve and take part in interactive demonstrations with Open Water Rescue! If you are a local organisation or group that are interested in hosting a stall please contact Anna at hello@glasgowcanal.com

Glasgow Wake Park’s Backyard Bonanza at 75 North Canal Bank Street. Glasgow Wake Park are hosting a competition for all levels and spectators are welcome. Watch wakeboarders at all levels doing surface tricks to big air flips. Free for spectators. A sandwich and cake stall will also be available. This event is on from 9am-5pm.

Come along for a great day out by the canal and explore the fun activities this area has to offer. Have a look at our event site map:

We will be monitoring government guidelines around COVID in the lead up to the event. On the day we will have extra staffing in place to manage social distancing and hand sanitisation stations dotted around the canal space.

FOOD AND DRINKS

A selection of food and drinks will be available at the event (located at Applecross Basin and Firhill Basin) including Mangiamo artisan pizzas, WJ Ices ice cream and Riley’s coffee truck.

HOW TO GET HERE

If you are planning to visit our event, why not consider reducing carbon emissions by travelling to the canal by foot, bike or public transport instead. Level access and exits to the canal can be found in the following locations:

Cowcaddens subway station is also a 5 minute walk away, south of Speirs Wharf.

Photography/Filming

Please note that photography and filming will be taking place throughout the event site between 11am – 3.30pm on Saturday 25th September.

Canal Days Out – Saturday 18th September – EVENTS PROGRAMME

Canal Days Out kicks off this Saturday 18th September for the first of two consecutive weekend events celebrating all that is great about Glasgow Canal. To help plan your day we have pulled together this handy list of event times and important information. We hope you have a great day and join us again next week for our must-see narrowboat flotilla!

Saturday 18th September 11am-3.30pm

CYCLING

Guided Cycle Rides led by Free Wheel North at 11am, 12noon and 1pm (45 mins) – PRE-BOOK HERE

Leisurely Led Cycle Ride with Sustrans departing at 2pm – PRE-BOOK HERE

Civic Street Bike for Good Cycle Hub Launch Day – 1-5pm, Civic House
Events include confidence building led rides by the canal, try out e-cargo bikes and find out how you can loan one, learn in a group cycling lesson for beginners and those returning to cycling, get your bike fixed by Dr Bike and find out about services for commuters. There will also be free street food, face painting, and henna. Please note some elements of the launch event are bookable activities and part of the Glasgow Women on Wheels Cycle Festival which means spaces are only available for women and nonbinary people. For more details and to book a space please see – Bike for Good

ARTS AND MUSIC

Pop-up opera performances by Scottish Opera at Edington Street – PRE-BOOK HERE
11am – A Little Bit of Bubble McBea – a magical, musical story for children aged 3 to 7 years.
1pm and 3pm – A Little Bit of the Pirates of Penzance – a mini 30 minute opera, perfect for audiences of all ages.

Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with intimate open-air performances brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists – and a sumptuous set of specially created illustrations.

Arts Yard Open Day – 11am – 3.30pm – No need to pre-book, just drop-in
124 Craighall Road

The Carnival Arts Yard is an arts and event space and studio facility, home to a thriving grassroots cultural organisation and talented artists and makers from around the world. Pop-in and see what goes on behind the scenes as preparations get underway for the narrowboat flotilla on 25th September.

WATERSPORTS AND SKATEBOARDING

‘Come and Try’ Kayaking (12noon – 1.30pm) and ‘Come and Try’ Stand Up Paddleboarding (1.30pm – 3.00pm)
FREE taster sessions at Pinkston WatersportsNo need to pre-book, just drop-in

25 minute taster sessions for ages 7+ No need to pre-book, just turn up on the day. Buoyancy aids will be supplied. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, shoes that cover your toes and stay on your feet (no Crocs or flip flops), a towel and spare clothes. Wetsuits not provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one.

Skateboarding lessons at The Loading Bay Skatepark at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm (60 mins) – Fully Booked

WALKING

Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve and the newly opened Garscube Link are great places to explore the area at your leisure. The Claypits Viewpoint provides stunning views across the city and there are plenty of paths and trails to follow across the 6.7 hectare site. Don’t forget to have a try on the new big slide at Garscube Link – this area is also perfect for a picnic.

KEEPING SAFE

We ask our visitors to please follow Covid-19 government guidelines by making use of our hand sanitising facilities situated throughout the event site and wearing a face covering when indoors. Please maintain social distancing when standing in busier areas. Thank you for your co-operation in making this a safe event for all to enjoy.

Due to social distancing and to keep visitors safe, most events and activities are pre-bookable. Glasgow Canal Days Out will continue to monitor and follow Government guidelines in order to take the appropriate safety measures and actions.

To pre-book tickets and keep up to date with the full Canal Days Out programme see: www.glasgowcanal.com/canaldaysout

HOW TO GET HERE

If you are planning to visit one of our Canal Days Out events, why not consider reducing carbon emissions by travelling to the canal by foot, bike or public transport instead. Level access and exits to the canal can be found in the following locations:

Cowcaddens subway station is also a 5 minute walk away

FOOD/DRINKS

Please note that there will be no food/drink stands available on Saturday 18th September so we recommend bringing a picnic with you. You can also help by reducing waste and leaving no trace by taking litter home with you to recycle.
Ocho Cafe is located at Speirs Wharf and there are a number of local food places nearby on Garscube Road and Maryhill Road.

#ClimateFringeWeek #YCW2021 #GDODF2021 #CanalDaysOut

Canal Days Out join Climate Fringe Week

Glasgow Canal Days Out are joining Climate Fringe Week by hosting events that encourage us all to consider our role in tackling the climate crisis. Planned events include exploring nature, learning how to protect our green spaces and reducing carbon emissions by considering more active travel options such as walking and cycling.

Climate Fringe Week will be a celebration of action on climate change throughout local communities and organisations across Scotland from 18th – 26th September, taking place in-person and online. These events will highlight what people all over the country are doing to take action to tackle the climate crisis and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved, too, ahead of COP26.

Canal Days Out are two consecutive Saturday events on 18th and 25th September packed with activity in a celebration of The Forth & Clyde Canal in the north of the city and its vibrant surrounding community. The full events programme for both days is now available here. Highlights include a narrowboat flotilla on Saturday 25th September departing at 2pm from Firhill Basin in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2021 and a wide range of taster sessions and workshops for all ages.

WALKING

As part of Climate Fringe Week, Canal Days Out will include walking tours around the newly re-opened Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. This inner-city parkland, is a 6.7 hectare greenspace, home to an array of plants, trees and wildlife including roe deer, peregrine falcons, whitethroat warblers and a host of waterfowl. The Claypits are now open providing access to new pathways, boardwalks and a pedestrian bridge which connects the west and east sides of the canal north of Applecross Basin. As well as wildlife, the Claypits also offer spectacular views over the city.

CYCLING

On Saturday 18th September, a number of free cycle rides will be led by Glasgow Canal Co-op members, Free Wheel North. Spaces on cycle rides are available to book here.

Each 45 min led ride will take participants down through the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve and alongside the Forth & Clyde Canal. Cyclists will see the extent of the impressive regeneration works which are taking place around the canal and how they improve active travel links around the city. The canal side offers a fantastic route for walking and cycling with wildlife, heritage and plenty of green spaces. Rides depart from Applecross Basin and are aimed at adults and children aged 10 years and over. Bikes can be arranged if participants do not have one of their own.

These led bike rides are part of the Glasgow Canal Co-op’s Getting North Glasgow Active project and are funded by Smarter Choices, Smarter Places, which is Paths for All’s programme to increase active and sustainable travel throughout Scotland. The programme is grant-funded by Transport Scotland. Paths for All’s vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all. The rides are also supported by the The National Lottery Community Fund which distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery.

Additional led cycle rides are also planned by Canal Days Out event funder and supporter, Sustrans. More details of these rides are to be announced soon. Sustrans will also have an information stand at the canal on Saturday 25th September.


CIVIC HOUSE

More cycling fun is planned for Saturday 18th September outside Civic House on Civic Street as they celebrate the launch day of their new Bike for Good Cycle Hub. Events include confidence building led rides by the canal, the chance to try out e-cargo bikes, and the opportunity to learn in a group cycling lesson for beginners and those returning to cycling. Dr Bike will also be doing bike repairs and information will be available on services for commuters. There will also be free street food, face painting, and henna. Please note some elements of the launch event are bookable activities and part of the Glasgow Women on Wheels Cycle Festival which means spaces are only available for women and nonbinary people. For more details and to book a space please see- Bike for Good

Civic House is Scotland’s first retrofit #PassivWareHaus, creating a case study to demonstrate the potential for post-industrial spaces to be energy positive and beautiful public spaces. Tours of the building as part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival on Saturday 18th September are now fully booked but places are still available for their online talk on Thursday 16th September at 6pm. Tickets are available to book here.



Glasgow Canal Days Out will take place on Saturday 18th September and Saturday 25th September. Due to social distancing and to keep visitors safe, most events and activities will be pre-bookable. Glasgow Canal Days Out will continue to monitor and follow Government guidelines in order to take the appropriate safety measures and actions in relation to the COVID-19 virus.

If you are planning to visit one of our Canal Days Out events, why not consider reducing carbon emissions by travelling to the canal by foot, bike or public transport instead. You can also help by reducing waste and leaving no trace by taking litter home with you to recycle.

To book tickets and keep up to date with the Canal Days Out programme see: www.glasgowcanal.com/canaldaysout

#ClimateFringeWeek #YCW2021 #GDODF2021 #CanalDaysOut

Canal Days Out are set to make a splash in Glasgow

Pictured Skateboarder Fraser McIlroy from Bishopbriggs with cyclist Omar Murray from Woodside meeting a mythical bird from Carnival Arts. Photograph by Martin Shields

Glasgow Canal Days Out are set to make a splash later this month as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 celebrations.

The Forth & Clyde Canal, in the north of the city, will be packed with activity in a celebration of the unique and iconic waterway and its vibrant surrounding community. Two consecutive Saturday events on 18th and 25th September will bring a whole host of events to the canal side for visitors to enjoy including tours, talks, pop-up opera performances, cultural food-making and creative workshops, community market stalls, and live music from steel drummers and brass bands.

On Saturday 18th September, local venues are throwing open their doors as part of Glasgow’s Doors Open Day weekend. Highlights include talks and tours at Civic House, a leading example in carbon reduction innovation as Scotland’s first retrofit ‘PassivWareHaus’ and guided cycle rides around the area with Free Wheel North, showcasing the canal as a hub for active travel throughout the city. With support from Sustrans, the events aim to promote the role walking and cycling play in reducing carbon emissions. Scottish Opera will also host a series of pop-up opera performances throughout the day from the Edington Street site and The Arts Yard will be running creative carnival mask-making workshops.

As part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, the event on Saturday 25th September will feature a vibrant canal flotilla of narrowboats adorned with creative sculptures. Produced by Carnival Arts, visitors will be able to enjoy a wonderful floating display as it travels down the Forth and Clyde Canal, accompanied by live musicians and performers.

The flotilla, comprising of boats from the Narrowboaters Glasgow community will make their way in procession along the canal from Firhill to Applecross Basin, passing the newly opened Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. Additional fun-filled events on the day include Lebanese cultural food-making workshops, a community market at Rockvilla and a tented family play area.

Hosted by Glasgow Canal Co-op, Glasgow Canal Days Out are nestled on the balcony to the city between Speirs Wharf and Firhill Basin, just ten minutes from the city centre.

Anna Young, Project Manager for Glasgow Canal Co-op, said “We are thrilled to welcome visitors to  our September events with this fun-filled programme celebrating all that is great about the area’s heritage and unique environment. Whilst the events this year will be smaller in scale compared to our previous canal festivals, we aim to bring celebration to the banks of the canal again this year with a wide programme of live music, artistic performances, workshops and sporting activities.

“Thanks to funding from the Years of Coasts and Waters 20/21, Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sustrans amongst others, we’re excited to work with Carnival Arts to bring something really special to the waterway so put the date in your diary and join us for this wonderful events in the heart of Glasgow.”

In 2021, Scotland continues to celebrate its coasts and waters with a programme of activities and events which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. From our beautiful natural features including coasts, lochs and rivers to our industrial heritage such as our canals, mills, and the creation of our national drink – whisky, Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said “Events play an important role in our communities and EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Canal Days Out through the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 and Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and Canal Days Out will give locals and visitors an opportunity to enjoy an engaging programme of activities and live performances against the backdrop of the Forth & Clyde Canal.”


Glasgow Canal Days Out will take place on Saturday 18th September and Saturday 25th September. Due to social distancing and to keep visitors safe, most events and activities will be pre-bookable. Glasgow Canal Days Out will continue to monitor and follow Government guidelines in order to take the appropriate safety measures and actions in relation to the COVID-19 virus.

To book tickets and keep up to date with the Canal Days Out programme see: www.glasgowcanal.com/canaldaysout

Photo Credit: Martin Shields

Take the North: A BMX Event at Glasgow Canal

A brand new BMX street contest series starting in August 2021, on a purpose-built course under a huge tent at Live At No.40, Glasgow!

A multi-day BMX event, Take The North will run from the 5th – 7th of August and will include free BMX lessons, the chance to ride the event course, and a BMX contest on the final day with a £3000 prize purse.

August 5th : Free BMX Lessons

A unique chance to enjoy free BMX lessons with coaches from The Loading Bay Skatepark, on the competition course for Take The North.

As part of “Take The North”, we are offering a limited number of free BMX lessons. Simply select a timeslot which suits you and show up at least 10 mins early to your slot.

Lessons will be suitable for beginner and more advanced riders, with everyone getting the opportunity to hone their skills and come away with something new.

Under 16s must have a parent or guardian present. Under 16s must also wear a helmet. All participants will have to sign a waiver form before participating.

August 6th : Ride The Course

Get the chance to ride the course the day before the main event.
About this event
This is the only period during which the general public will be able to ride the Take The North course. Sign up early to avoid disappointment as there are limited spaces available!

Under 16s must wear a helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Less experienced riders are recommended to join the “Free Lessons” sessions on Thursday instead. All riders will be asked to complete a waiver form.

August 7th : The Main Event

Over 15 invitation-only BMX street riders from the UK and beyond will go head-to-head on a purpose-built, 280 square metre course designed by Vision Ramps, in an incredible venue by the Forth & Clyde canal in Glasgow. £3000 in prize money is up for grabs.

The Venue “Live At No.40” is situated on Edington Street and will have space for over 200 spectators to enjoy the finals under the canopy. Scotland hasn’t seen a BMX event of this size for a few years due to the pandemic and we are stoked to be able to deliver one in such an exciting space. Live at No.40 will be serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and a limited number of alcoholic drinks.

The final course design will be launched next week, and we will be posting regular updates on our Instagram page as other details are finalised: @takethenorth_

This event is being delivered in partnership with Glasgow Life and the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to celebrate the #PowerOfTheBike.

Join in and celebrate with Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

Come and join canal side community groups and Scottish Canals as we celebrate the opening of the Claypits Glasgow!

Saturday 31st July 2021, 10am-2pm
Free entry

Enjoy a fun-filled day of healthy, outdoor activities both on and off the water, with fun for everyone. Try your hand at paddle boarding or pond dipping, biking and boating, or just enjoy the live music and spectacular views!

Can you help us?

We will have two information stalls as part of the Claypits Official Opening. We want to speak with everyone who visits, and will be inviting people to join us and get involved. If you have any time to spare between 10am and 2pm and want to help us out on the day, then please email us at claypitslnr@gmail.com to find out more. Even if it is just a short time on the stalls, it all helps!

Everyone on the Hamiltonhill Claypits LNR Management Group is a volunteer and, like you, we just love the Claypits! So come along on Saturday 31st July, bring your family and friends and come say hello to us.

August events

A massive thank you to everyone who has joined us over the last few months on our Litter Picks, Birdwatching walks and Zoom meetings. We are only just getting started, there is a lot of work to be done but with your help we can care for the site into the future.

Litter Pick, Sunday 22nd August, 11am, Ellesmere Street entrance
Birdwatch Walk, Saturday 28th August, 10am, Applecross Basin

Register here for one or both events.

Out and About Meeting is on Tuesday 31st August 7pm, via Zoom
Register here with Eventbrite.
Come along and let us know what you think and hear what is planned for the coming weeks and months and how you can get involved.

Photography Competition

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding we will have a Claypits Youth Artists group providing arts workshops and activities to young people over the coming months. Please email claypitsyouthartists@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved.

To celebrate the opening of the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve, the Claypits Youth Artists group is holding a photo contest open to all ages.

Head out into the Claypits and let your imagination come to life – be creative, be thoughtful, be silly – we want to see the space from your perspective!

Prizes will be given for:
Most Scenic Photo
Funniest Photo
Selfie Excellence

Photos must be taken from July 30th – August 1st 2021 in the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. To enter, send your photo along with your name, age, phone number and email to claypitsyouthartists@gmail.com by midnight on August 1st.

Winners will be notified and announced on August 7th.

About Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve is an urban oasis, just a mile from Glasgow city centre. An inner-city parkland, the Claypits is a 6.7 hectare greenspace, home to an array of plants, trees and wildlife including roe deer, peregrine falcons, whitethroat warblers and a host of waterfowl.

Originally the home of a clay quarry used when the Forth and Clyde Canal was first built in the late 1700s, it was also the site of a foundry, glassworks and boat-building yard.

The Claypits are now open providing access to new pathways, boardwalks and a pedestrian bridge which connects the west and east sides of the canal north of Applecross Basin. As well as wildlife, the Claypits also offer spectacular views over the city.

Glasgow Allotment Forum: Online Meeting

The Glasgow Allotment Forum is holding an online meeting tonight, Tuesday 27 October 2020, to discuss allotment access and green growing space in the city.

The Action for New Allotments meeting will be held at 7.30pm and speakers include the Green Party Councillor for Hillhead, Martha Wardrop, and Glasgow City Council Landscape Design and Development Manager, Rachel Smith.

Increased demand

The event has been put on in response to a shortage of growing plots in Glasgow and the large increase in demand as a result of the pandemic. 

At the moment there are 32 allotment sites across Glasgow including one at Hamiltonhill.

People will have the opportunity to hear about and discuss:

Open to all

The event is open to the public, particularly to people who don’t have an allotment and those who would benefit from a new allotment site closer to home.

For more information about the event and agenda visit: https://glasgowallotments.org/2020/10/01/action-for-allotments-meeting-tue-27-october-at-1930/

To register for the meeting and put forward any questions for discussion email GAFForum@gmail.com

Image credit: Hamiltonhill Allotments

Sculpture Club at Home

Glasgow Canal Co-op members Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Queen’s Cross Housing Association have teamed up to launch an exciting new programme – Sculpture Club at Home.

People are invited to join in with the free family-friendly creative workshops at home, which give children and grown-ups the chance to spend time together, try new things, get creative, and stay connected. 

Materials and worksheets are delivered to folk locally through Queens Cross Housing Association and anyone is welcome to join in at home too.

Led by experienced professional artists from Glasgow Sculpture Studios, each session is always unique and a great introduction to new ways of thinking and making.

New activities weekly

To kick-start the programme, people are being invited to create their own mail art postcard:

The Sculpture Studios will collect all the postcards and display them in the windows of Windsor Community Hall so that people can all see each other’s work even though they can’t see one another right now. 

Every Tuesday, a new activity will be posted at : www.glasgowsculpturestudios.org/sculpture-club-at-home

Share what you make

Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Queen’s Cross Housing Association would love to see what you make. 

You can share your artwork on the Sculpture Club Facebook Page, using the hashtag #sculptureclubathome, or by emailing kirsty@glasgowsculpturestudios.org.

Support others

Sculpture Club is, and will always be, free but they ask if you can to consider supporting and making a donation to some of these organisations who fight for racial justice and support some of the most vulnerable people and families in our local community:

New night market for North Glasgow

A local night market is set to light up north Glasgow this January when it lands on Friday, 31 January.

Hosted by Carnival Arts Yard, the event will kick off at 6pm, giving people the chance to spend the evening exploring a local flea market and enjoying food, drinks and live music.

Local community

Driven by the talent found within the Glasgow canal community, local businesses, artists and makers will be selling artisan goods including arts, crafts, clothing and soaps. 

People looking to sell some second-hand gems will also be part of the market and bartering and swapping will be encouraged, while MASA will serve up some tasty Mexican-inspired street food.

Find us

Hosted in a warehouse accessed via a secret entrance on 1 Borron Street, visitors will be guided to the boutique market on arrival.

The market is located close to Glasgow canal, the balcony to the city, located 15 minutes from Cowcaddens Subway Station.

For more information visit the Carnival Arts Yard Facebook page.