4 artists, 4 textile panels for Parkhead

19-23 June, 10am-4pm

Weave Parkhead! is a collaboration between schools, community groups, weavers and archaeologists to create a series of four woven panels celebrating the history and heritage of Parkhead as part of the Parkhead Cross Townscape Heritage initiative.

Over the past 2 years the Weave Parkhead! team have run a series of workshops and events in and around Parkhead, combining weaving , creative craft skills and historical research with the aim of revealing the spirit of Parkhead – the stories, people and places that make it unique. The conversations we had during these sessions informed and inspired the final designs by textile artists Angharad McLaren, Shielagh Tacey, Lauren Day and Bespoke Atelier. Each panel evokes a unique aspect of Parkhead’s story - mixing materials and technology from sculptural honeycomb weaves, through to woven wire, embroidery and screen printing. The project was led and produced by Northlight Heritage.

The panels were completed in the summer of 2016 and will be installed in the foyer of the former Parkhead Primary School on Westmuir Street. Renovation works on the Cateory B-Listed school are currently underway and the building is due to open as a local enterprise centre in 2018.

In THI’s City: Breathing New Life Into Urban Heritage

The exhibition also features work from other Glasgow Townscape Heritage Initiatives (THI’s) based in Govan and the Merchant City. The Townscape Heritage programme (as it is now known) is a Heritage Lottery Fund grant giving programme that helps communities’ to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.

Schemes don't just help to create attractive, vibrant places that people want to live, work, visit and invest in. They also inspire communities to find out more about their townscape heritage, and give local people the chance to learn new skills.

Image credits: Photographs by Julia Bauer