Heritage and Waterfront Regeneration, 31 August -1 September 2017, Gdansk, Poland

Creative Europe funded project planning meeting and workshop for R//C network and partners in Gdansk in the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk,  organized by Fablevision in collaboration with UWS, BSCC and River//Cities.

The participants of the seminar will be members of the abovAe organisations and artists-in-residence from Scotland.

Primarily, the event is for partners and potential partners in a consortium developing a Creative Europe bid for submission in November 2017. The project will explore the role of artists looking at futures in post-industrial waterfront heritage zones across European cities. We want to address questions of local heritage, diverse eco-systems, social, economic and ethnic cultures at each location.

THURSDAY 31 August 2017

VENUE: Gdansk, St. John’s Centre, 50 Swietojańska St.

10.00 am – 1 pm

Introductory sessions

10.00- 10.10 - Welcome: Magdalena Zakrzewska Duda (BSCC)

10.10 -10.20 - Govan-Gdansk in the Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage zone network - Introduction Prof Katarzyna Kosmala (UWS)

10.20-10.30- Gdansk shipyard, with an introduction to the artist's role in the Gdansk shipyard regeneration and planning process, Roman Sebastyanski (UWS)

10.30 – 11.30

Introduced by Liz Gardiner (Fablevision), four artists residencies: presentations from artists on our current Creative Scotland funded Govan-Gdansk exchange project: Dr TS Beall and Anna Miler (Metropolitanka) , John Mullen, Andrew McAvoy, Dr Ben Parry/Lee Ivett

11.30 -12.00 Partners Presentations (organisation’s potential, local waterfront heritage) Pecha Kucha Style

12.- 13.00 Routable one Taking the research and activity  forward – November bid (led by Graham Jeffery and Liz Gardiner)

Next day, Friday 1 September, the participants will meet at another venue of the BSCC, the Old Town Hall (33/35 Korzenna St.) to continue their discussions.


The artists who take part in the seminar also participate in an exciting artist residency project (Riverside Solidarity), coming all the way from Govan, Glasgow, in Solidarity, to help local citizens celebrate here in Gdansk the anniversary of the Solidarity movement.The Scottish delegation will present their projects to the public and engage in live interventions between 26th August and 2nd September 2017. You can meet the artists and get involved in their work by coming to and of the following events:


On the 26th August, artist John Mullen will set up a display of his memorial sign design for the shipyard at the European Solidarity Centre's event ‘Solidarity of the Everyday’ open for a public consultation and inviting people to leave a comment. The display will be located at the 3rd floor of the ESC building for a whole day on the 26th August.

Between 28th and 31st August, artist Ben Parry and architect Lee Ivett will recreate the form of a recent sculptural intervention delivered in the historic Graving Docks in Govan, Glasgow. The installation will be on a derelict site within the Gdansk Shipyard and the artists will use the act of live making and utilise found material to engage with local people and place.

On Sunday 27th August, Ben Parry will also lead the International Peripatetic Sculptors Society’s workshop at the shipyard’s premises with Gdansk residents and visitors between 10.30 and 16.00, departing from Plac Solidarnosci near the Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers.

On the 31 August, artist and architect Andrew McAvoy will showcase his Detonation Shed’s film project (in collaboration with Kris Kesiak) to the local audience at the St John’s Centre in Gdansk.

1.      On the 2nd September, artist  TS Beall will lead a walk with members of Metropolitanka around the Gdansk shipyard area, highlighting and celebrating the use of poetry and song during the Solidarity movement. This event will also share songs and poetry from industrial actions in Glasgow. Join a poetic walk around the Gdansk shipyard between 11.00 and 13.00, departing from Gate No 2, Gdansk Shipyard.

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