Brownton Abbey

Where: The Art School
When: Sat 25 May 2019, 8:30pm – Late
Price: £10

Celestial beings from queer dimensions transform the historic Glasgow School of Art into a kaleidoscopic, off-world temple as Brownton Abbey, the Afro-Futurist performance party with a Space Church theme, hits Glasgow.

Created by and centering queer people of colour, especially those with d/Disabilities (s/Super Powers), Brownton Abbey features an international collective of UK  based artists.

The genre defying event fuses a dance party, performance art and the personal/political, as a catalyst to celebrate intersectional identities.

Take up space, drench yourself in contemporary ritual, and get transcendental on the dance floor, as Brownton Abbey take you to church!

Additonal Info: 18+ / BSL Interpreted, Wheelchair Accessible, No Strobe or flashing lights will be used. Haze and smoke will be used.  Further access info will be released with the programme. If there is anything we can do or provide to make your experience more enjoyable please email karl@takemesomewhere.co.uk.

“It was nothing short of breathtaking and we all screamed for more” — BRIGHTON SOURCE

“★★★★★ – welcome and much needed… the joys and beauties of diversity in all its forms”— ARGUS

Cuckoo

Jaha Koo (South Korea)

PRESENTED BY OUTSPOKEN ARTS AND TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL.

Where: Tramway
When: Wed 22 May 2019
Price: £8/£12

A bunch of talkative rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history

One day when his electric rice cooker informed him that his meal was ready, Jaha Koo experienced a deep sense of isolation. ‘Golibmuwon’ (고립무원) is an untranslatable Korean word expressing the feeling of helpless isolation that characterizes the lives of many young people in Korea today.

Twenty years ago there was a major economic crisis in South-Korea, comparable to the financial crash in the United States and Southern Europe in 2008. This crisis had a huge impact on the young generation to which South Korean artist Jaha Koo belongs. He witnessed many endemic problems including youth unemployment and socio-economic inequality. Rising suicide rates, isolation, acute social withdrawal and a fixation on personal appearance are but a few of the symptoms.

In bittersweet and humorous dialogues, Jaha and his clever rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history, combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises and death.

www.campo.nu

Additonal Info: 60 mins / 16+ (deals with themes of suicide) / 
Korean with English subtitles / Captioned / All TMS venues are wheelchair accessible.




“A week later, I’m still haunted by the show’s sounds and images. Food for thought indeed.”— TOTAL THEATRE

Images: Radovan Dranga

Listening Party

Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, Iceland

PRESENTED BY OUTSPOKEN ARTS AND TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL.

Where: Plat-form
When: Fri 24 May, 7pm, Sat 25 May, 4.30pm and Sun 26 May, 4.30pm
Price: £8.50/£5/£4

Listening Party is a party on stage, the hosts are a big group of teenagers, aged 13-17 years old. They play their favourite music. Sometimes they sing along or dance along or cry along or whatever. They talk about their music and about themselves, ideas, worries, thoughts and dreams. They hang out, listen to music together and listen to each other with their audience. They support each other, celebrate each other and their teenage years. The stage is theirs, the words are theirs, they have the power – even though it’s just during the show – it’s their party and they do whatever they want.

www.asrunmagnusdottir.com


Commissioned and produced by Reykjavík Dance Festival and Lókal in the frame of “Into the City onto the Stage” with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Education and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Residency: Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon. Listening Party was premiered at Everybody’s Spectacular 2017, in Kúlan the National Theatre of Iceland. 

Additional Info: 60 mins / 13+ /BSL Interpreted / Hearing Loop / All TMS venues are wheelchair accessible



Images: Owen Fiene


The P Project

Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria)

PRESENTED BY OUTSPOKEN ARTS AND TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL.

Where: Tramway
When: Sat 18 May 2019, 7:30pm
Price: £10/£15

A Performance based on ‘P’ words (such as Piano, Pray, Pussy, Poetry, Poppers), where Ivo Dimchev invites willing members of the audience to write improvised Poetry on stage – in return for hard cash – as he transforms it into a live song at the Piano.

After the Performance the Public is invited to Play with the complex Pussy catalogue and construct their own Pussy and Print it on a Postcard.

Additional Info: 18+ (may contain nudity) / 60 mins / Hearing Loop / All TMS venues are wheelchair accessible / other access tbc

Notorious

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein (USA)

PRESENTED BY OUTSPOKEN ARTS AND TAKE ME SOMEWHERE FESTIVAL.

Where: Tramway
When: Sat 11 May 2019, 7:00pm
Price: £10/£15

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein plunges into the ghostly underworld of popular culture, examining the myth of Medusa, Nicki Minaj and her own legendary self(ie), to interrogate pop culture’s take on the female monster, blurring the lines between live art, dance and theatre.

A pioneer in the field of performance and live art, Holstein’s irreverent blend of music, dance and witch-bitch ritual searches for redemption in the face of promiscuity. Combining pop culture with striking physically embodied visuals, The Famous continues to take risks with this new interdisciplinary performance following on from Splat! which sold out at the Barbican in 2013.

www.thefamousomg.com

Additonal Info: 90 mins / 16+ (contains nudity) / BSL interpreted / Hearing Loop / all TMS venues are wheelchair accessible

“Holstein’s shows are a riot of shameless showmanship and live-art provocation” — TIME OUT

“‘I’ll be ResurrecDEAD as your ultimate fantasy – a sexy dead virgin’ ”— THE FAMOUS LAUREN BARRI HOLSTEIN


Images: Timothy Fluck
Video: Claire Nolan and Charlie Cauchi

Consultation: Paisley Youth Arts Festival

The Paisley Youth Arts Festival idea is one of those magical community driven initiatives that brings together passionate actors and young minds to create one of the most genuine experiences and maybe, shape some of their future life decisions. We want to bring this atmosphere to life: a happy end of summer festival, jumping about, sitting in cafes, playing music and games, acting, taking part in workshops and seeing people fall in love with all things Paisley.

An independent arts consultation is taking place at
PACE Youth Theatre, on Monday 18 February 2019 at 6-8.30pm
The Wynd Centre, School Wynd Paisley PA1

The consultation will be to discuss a new YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL for Paisley to take place mid-late September 2019. The festival is open to young people, under the age of 25, and will take place at various venues throughout Paisley. The programme will include: gaming, indoor activity and outdoor activity; workshops, pop-up events, theatre, music, film and dance.

The festival is being supported by arts leaders from:

• PACE Youth Theatre
• Erskine Music & Media Studios
• Brick Lane Studios
• Create Paisley
• Loud and Proud
• Renfrewshire Leisure
• Outspoken Arts Scotland

We are looking for collaborators, acts, youth workers, potential sponsors and partner organisations to take part in the event.

All local organisations and interested individuals are invited to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Refreshments will be served. 6-6.30pm

Note: Certified and accredited youth leaders from partner organisations will co-host the event.
Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones if they wish.
Facilities for the disabled are provided.

There will be a media photo opportunity during the consultation event.

FREE NO TICKET REQUIRED – sign up here

Our History

Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd is the legacy of a movement that began with the foundation of the Glasgay! Festival in 1993, founded as a direct response the Section 28 legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.

Glasgay! launched on Saturday 30th October 1993. This lesbian and gay arts festival was the innovation of Cordelia Ditton, well known in national arts scene as a performer, writer, and co-director of Gay Sweatshop. The introduction of Section 28 in 1988 galvanised a whole new era of political and public agitation and resulted also in the founding in 1989 of the influential national lobbying group Stonewall.

Ditton herself had been involved in the campaign against Section 28. Ditton recognised that important local organisations such as the Glasgow branch of Switchboard already existed. However, it was her idea that a lesbian and gay arts festival, would make the lesbian and gay communities of Glasgow more visible. In 1991 she joined forces with Glasgow-based freelance arts administrator Dominic D’Angelo. Both were determined to to produce an arts festival that would show gay lifestyles and performers and work in a very, very positive light. The mission was to change public opinion about lesbian and gay people and to show the wealth of amazing work that was out there.

The 1993 Festival opened to huge acclaim garnering audiences of just over 26,000 attenders. However, there were hateful campaigns in the press, from Tory Councillors and members of the public de-crying the use of public money on such gay art. This backlash and the difficulties it faced caused two years of festival blackout – 1994 and 1996.

In 1995 Cordelia and Dominic stepped down and a new board of directors was convened and the charity Gala Scotland Ltd established. This company then carried forward the legacy and produced the festival from 1995 to 2014.

In its history the festival worked with many of the top gay and lesbian artists in the world. Names such as Sir Ian McKellen, Simon Fanshawe, Donna McPhail, Edwin Morgan, Jackie Kay, Rhona Cameron, Annie Sprinkle, Penny Arcade, Bette Bourne, Diamanda Galas, Neil Bartlett, Scott Capurro, Pam Ann, Four Poofs and a Piano, Lypsinka, Louise Welsh, Marc Almond, Alan Carr, Zoe Strachan, Stewart Laing, and John Waters are amongst the many others that have graced the festival stages.

The work of the festival was always dominated by the prevailing social climate in terms of acceptance, tolerance and understanding of LGBT rights, equality and the march of progress. That social progress has resulted in the repealing of Section 28 of the Government Act 1998; the Civil Partnership Act (2004) and The Equality Act (2010).
Glasgay! artists across the generations have presented work in various artforms that continually reflect social attitudes, behaviours and experiences of the LGBT community. The Glasgay! Festival was a place where LGBT life was acknowledged, celebrated and understood.

Over the 21 years of its history the festival was funded mainly on a year to year basis by the Scottish Arts Council and, subsequently its successor, Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council. From 2007 to 2014 it enjoyed regular 3 year funding agreements from the Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland. In 2015 the Company was unsuccessful in its bid to become a new RFO client and the Board was asked to consider the future of the festival without the support of Creative Scotland.

The Company was also asked to consider its national role as a promoter of equality and the broader protected characteristics. It was clear that whilst the festival clearly enjoyed strong support in Glasgow the need to spread the message of equality, particularly to outer-lying communities was the principal challenge. The Company agreed to enter a period of funding transition and the board took the bold step of retiring the festival and renaming the charity, rebranding and re-purposing the mission.

The name Outspoken Arts Scotland was chosen to reflect the campaigning roots of the festival as legacy of a movement. A new mission was adopted to work in outerlying communities and to work across all, or most, of the protected characteristics. This transition period lasted for nearly two years 2015-2017 and the Company delivered a number of projects across that period.

The Company continues to be funded by Creative Scotland & Glasgow City Council and since 2018 by Renfrewshire Council.

Archives

The entire administrative, artistic, press & PR archive of the Glasgay! Festival 1993-2014 was transferred to Glasgow University’s Scottish Theatre Archive in Spring 2018.  This archive is still being catalogued and documented but reference to it should eventually appear at this link. http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/STA/search/

 

See this link for Commissions, productions, presentations and a list of artists/companies who appeared.

Appendix N – Our History 1993-2014

Disability Resource Centre

Disability Resource Centre

 

renfrewshire.gov.uk/drc |  facebook.com/DRCentre

 

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is a day centre providing services for physically disabled and sensory impaired people living in Renfrewshire. We actively promote independent living through various leisure, social, educational and employment activities and services. The DRC is in a light, airy, purpose-built building, surrounded by an accessible garden, close to the centre of Paisley. We aim to be a welcoming, supportive and inclusive place, where people come to socialise and network as well as taking part in activities. We are flexible to peoples’ needs. Some people choose to come to the DRC for the whole day, while others take part in specific activities.

The centre has a range of specialist facilities including an accessible kitchen, library and club room. A hot meal is available at lunch time with snacks & drinks available throughout the day.

Some of the activities on offer include: Art, tai chi, yoga, knitting, history, computing, film making, photography, woodwork, web design, gardening, social sciences, cookery, creative writing, relaxation. We also run some activities out with the centre, including: swimming, sailing, music making and Gaelic classes.

Various disability groups and organisations use the centre for meetings and activities.

RENFREWSHIRE LEISURE

Renfrewshire Leisure

 

renfrewshireleisure.comtwitter.com/RL4Leisure | facebook.com/RL4Leisureinstagram.com/renfrewshireleisure

 

Renfrewshire Leisure provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation, sport, cultural, social or other leisure time occupation as are beneficial to the community, for the general public in, or in connection with the Renfrewshire area and its neighbourhood in furthering the interests of social welfare.”

History:The transfer of Renfrewshire Councils indoor sports centres and swimming pools in January 2003 through the creation of Renfrewshire Leisure was the direct result of an earlier strategic study on sports provision in the local area. From the 1 July 2015 Renfrewshire Leisure took on the management of assets such as Town Halls, Libraries, Museums and Paisley Arts Centre along with Sports Development, Active Schools functions and playing fields.

Working in a collaboration with Renfrewshire Leisure to co-produce a number of different creative programmes.

QUEER TIMES 2019

Queer Times 2019

 

https://galleryofmodernart.wordpress.com/

 

queer timɘs school is an opportunity for LGBTPQI citizens – and their allies – to participate in history-making by chronicling some of the complex controversies, breakthroughs and experiences that have shaped queer Scottish life over the past 50 years. It is for those who feel that their daily experience, or a specific experience, however small it may seem, has been uncharted or unrecognised.

A programme in collaboration with Outspoken Arts Scotland and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

Featuring LGBTPQIA+ artists who will present thought provoking works addressing the main themes, issues and context of the centrepiece exhibition at GOMA.