Doors Open Day 2016: Westmoreland Rocks
by Siân Collins
Preview: 6pm – 8pm, Thursday 15 September 2016
Exhibition: 12pm – 5pm, Friday 16 to Thursday 22 September 2016
For Doors Open Day Scotland 2016, Civic Room is delighted to present Westmoreland Rocks by Glasgow School of Art MFA graduate Siân Collins. A film about a cluster of rocks in a communal park in Govanhill on Westmoreland Street, the work explores what these rocks mean to the local community and people that live within direct view of them.
Filmed from the homes of the residents who over look them, the rocks are seen from multiple perspectives, with voices of the residents heard over the footage. During the development and research of the project, the artist interviewed the residents, and then months later invited them to say their words again. The second recordings are the audio heard in the film. By showing an artwork that explores Govanhill and it’s residents relationship to their communal park, Civic Room aims to offer new perspectives for Doors Open Day visitors. How do we interpret our cities architecture and what do we learn when we hear other peoples interpretations of the spaces we occupy?
Launching during Doors Open Day 2015, Civic Room will be celebrating our first birthday during this years event. By showing an artwork that explores Govanhill and it’s residents relationship to their communal park, this artwork offers visitors the opportunity to see a new perspective of their environment coinciding with the launch of the High Street Fayre 2017.