Latest Press Release (September 2021):
LOCAL COMMUNITY SHAPED FREE GUIDED TOUR OF GLASGOW’S WEST END
With the help of the local community, Tricky Hat has designed and created Round Our Place – an immersive guided tour of Partick East and Kelvindale. This free audio walk is available on demand until Thursday 30th September and can be accessed via the Echoes mobile application. Participants living in Partick East and Kelvindale shaped the route and contributed their favourite tales about the area, and Tricky Hat brought their ideas to life. Round Our Place was created by the community, for the community.
To take part in Round Our Place, all you need is a smart phone and earphones. The route begins at The Alchemy Experiment on Byres Road, which is a bustling creative hub with an internal coffee shop. To begin, simply download the free Echoes application, find Round Our Place on Echoes, collect a map from The Alchemy Experiment and begin your walk. The guided tour will take approximately 3 hours to complete. There are eight locations on this journey and a location-specific sound will play as you move through each of these spaces, so make sure your GPS is enabled in order to trigger the audio. Keep an eye out for the specially-designed waymarkers dotted at each location on the map. As you explore the route, make sure to take your time: think about what you can see, smell and hear as you wander around the area.
Louise McVey, a local ceramicist, made the ceramic waymarkers located at each key point on the map. Reflecting upon the impact Round Our Place has had in Partick East and Kelvindale, McVey says:
“Round Our Place reinforces a sense of community and belonging.”
Maeve Dixon, an artist living in Kelvindale, took part in Round Our Place with her son. They were recorded for “The Sneaky Way” segment. Thinking about the impact that Round Our Place has had on her, Dixon says:
“I really enjoyed taking part in the project as it encouraged me to reflect on my life in Kelvindale especially during lockdown. It made me realise what walks and places brought real joy to myself and my son. It made me look further and closer at local places and stories connected with them. I’m going to read up more about Jock Cunningham. I also found out what was important to my son in our neighbourhood. He was over the moon to see Balgray Row being ‘renamed’ The Sneaky Way, his name for that hidden path.”
Round Our Place was created as part of Creative Communities: Artists in Residence, where Tricky Hat were Artists in Residence for Partick East and Kelvindale. Creative Communities: Artists in Residence was a citywide project for Glasgow, employing an artist in residence for every community. This phase of Creative Communities: Artists in Residence was devised and delivered at a time when there were national restrictions in place to combat the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Tricky Hat’s activity followed Scottish Government guidelines at all times. Creative Communities: Artists in Residence was funded by Glasgow City Council and managed by Glasgow Life.[ENDS]
Notes to editor:
Tricky Hat Productions:
Tricky Hat is a Glasgow-based theatre company which takes a multimedia approach to participatory and professional work. It makes theatre with and about people who live on the margins of society, and works with them to find a creative and credible voice to create high quality, collaborative, cross-arts events, with established artists.
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Bios for Creative Team:
Fiona Miller (Director)
Fiona Miller is the Artistic Director of Tricky Hat Productions and the Director of The Flames.
Having previously worked at theatres such as Cumbernauld Theatre, she now develops all of her work through Tricky Hat.
An advocate for collaboration across art forms, she works with arts organisations, councils and the third sector to create projects that connect with groups, who often feel disconnected within society.
Mick Slaven (Music/Composition)
Mick Slaven is a musician and composer, and created original music for Round Our Place. As a musician, Mick has worked with many artists including Deacon Blue and Del Amitri.
His theatre portfolio includes Passing Places by Stephen Greenhorn, and Gagarin Way by Gregory Burke. Alongside creating credits and writing and performing in shows, Mick immerses himself within community projects; using music to connect with elderly people, children and mental health groups.
Kim Beveridge (Audio Visual Design)
Kim Beveridge is a freelance digital artist, documentary film maker and Audio Visual Designer for Tricky Hat.
Alongside Tricky Hat, Kim has worked with companies such as the National Theatre of Scotland, Tramway and the Arches. Her portfolio includes creating audio and visual work such as The Missing Audio Journey for the National Theatre of Scotland, and Roadkill by Stef Smith, directed by Cora Bissett. Kim is also a Film and Television Lecturer in the New College Lanarkshire in Scotland.
Aya Kobayashi (Dance Artist)
Aya is a Glasgow-based Japanese independent dance artist working in the field of performance and movement exploration. Aya began her training in Japan before enrolling at the Rambert School in London. She gained an MA in Dance Performance at the University of Chichester.
She now teaches, performs, and works as a choreographer with different companies and communities. Aya enjoys creative work within both community and professional settings, in collaboration with artists working with different mediums.
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Candice Harvey, Digital Engagement Artist