Role of artists colony in Gdansk shipyard 2000-2017. Kosmala/Sebastyanski

event apr 2018

Dziedzictwo kultury w działaniach Kolonii Artystów w Stoczni Gdańskiej, 2000-2017 – prof. Katarzyna Kosmala i Roman Sebastyański, Uniwersytet Zachodniej Szkocji

Riverside Solidarity Exhibition at the QEUH – Glasgow 9th Dec 2017



The joint Fablevision-UWS project, Riverside Solidarity, culminates in a final exhibition of works at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) running from 9 December 2017 to 10 June 2018 (09:00-17:00). A introductory seminar will be held between 13:00 and 16:00 on Friday, 2 February, 2018, followed ny an exhibition preview event which will run from 16:00-18:00.



Being Human-Digital/Analogue? 23rd – 24th Nov 2017 CCA, Glasgow

Matías López Iglesias. In my head. 2017

Matías López Iglesias. In my head. 2017

A symposium and exhibition exploring the concept of being human and the digital-analogue divide through sound/image will be held on Thursday 23 November 2017, 2pm – 5pm, in the CCA cinema. New works by UWS artists, researchers and students will be featured alongside screenings, talks and demonstrations. The symposium will close with a live performance by Saint McCabe and Robert Motyka.

The associated programme of screenings, exploring themes of ‘Being Human’ by artists from across Europe and beyond will be showcased on Thursday 23 November between 5pm – 7pm and Friday 24 November between 11am – 7pm in the cinema.

Being Human screening programme:

Featuring artists:
Anina Brisolla, Sam Firth, Emma Hall, Matías López Iglesias, Luise Kloos and Roanna Rahman, Andreja Kulunčić with Vedran Štefan and the EQUALS Collective, Rimantas Plunge, and Jovana Popić


New project at UWS


Storytelling, film, and engineering come together in a new Ingenious project at UWS.

‘A Car for Women and Other Stories’ takes up the story of Dorothée Pullinger, a pioneering motor engineer in the 1920s. Dorothée is most famous for designing and building a “Car for Women” at her factory in Galloway, Scotland.  As the director and manager of Galloway Motors, Dorothée recruited a large female workforce to train as engineers and build the cars at the end of World War I.

The UWS team, made up of Professor Katherine Kirk and Dr Evi Viza of the School of Engineering and Computing, along with Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and Tony Grace of the School of Media Culture and Society, are joining forces with Pullinger expert and independent researcher, Dr Nina Baker, to explore the story of Dorothée’s life and achievements.

The Social Fabric – Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft and Industry, is a novel research initiative that was awarded funding by the UWS Vice Principal’s scheme in January 2017. The scheme launched a new multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Media, Culture and Society, led by Professor Katarzyna Kosmala, and the School of Engineering and Computing, led by Professor Katherine Kirk, on the interaction of people and materials in research, industry, art, heritage, education and leisure.

From this starting point, the project team obtained a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in May 2017 for “A Car for Women, and other stories” led by Professor Katherine Kirk in collaboration with Professor Katarzyna Kosmala, Tony Grace, and Dr Evi Viza of UWS and independent engineering historian Dr Nina Baker.



PhD opportunity

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Project Description

Project Ref: PHDEC1718. In this project we would like to explore the public response and engagement in areas of post-industrial regeneration. The engagement of the public between the former industry, present and future industry on artistic, social and scientific levels, including tangible and intangible impacts, for example on health and wellbeing. The project may examine ways of documenting the effects of industry and its decline on people’s lives in areas of post-industrial regeneration. A topic of interest is engagement with industrial materials during the industrial, post-industrial, and regenerations phase and with positive and negative, tangible and intangible effects on the population.
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PhD opportunity at UWS

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International Conference 20-21 January 2017, Riverside Museum, Glasgow



Top down meets bottom up in post-industrial regeneration:

Good practice and challenges in participatory approaches to community engagement in city planning


International Conference organized by the University of the West of Scotland, School of Media, Culture and Society, in association with RSE-funded Interdisciplinary and Cross-Institutional Research Network Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe

At policy level in Scotland, the Community Empowerment and Community Land Ownership acts are looking to support local community initiatives to acquire and develop derelict land which communities could be potentially managed better and bring about changes in response to community needs, ecology of the place and local heritage.

The conference is aimed to exchange knowledge and share creative ideas, bringing experts, academics, artists, policy makers and activists interested and engaged in research in post-industrial development. Participants will discuss current policy initiatives as well as debate what they might mean in practice, reflecting on the case studies of Gdansk and Glasgow, Govan, in the wider European context, featuring good practice examples from Gothenburg, Sweden, Vela Luka, Croatia, Edinburgh, Leith, Bristol and London Docklands. We will explore how we could approach planning, in a more creative and democratic way as well as inform policy making on historic sites, preserving rich heritage at waterfronts.

This conference and the programme of associated events, is being run in association with a Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded international research network  Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones that explores participatory approaches to waterfront regeneration in urban spaces in transition in Northern Europe.

Conference runs at Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS:

20 January 9.30 -17.00

21 January 10.00 -16.30

There will be Civic Reception on 20 January at 18.00 in Glasgow City Chambers, Satinwood Suite, George Square, Glasgow G2 1DU


Conference: History of the Gdansk Shipyard. European Solidarity Centre, Gdansk, Nov 3rd-4th 2016

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Cultural heritage of the Gdansk Shipyard: Diving into histories, imagining futures

While intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization, there is still little appreciation of its value. UNESCO endorsed the importance of intangible cultural heritage not only as a cultural manifestation but also, and more importantly, as a wealth of knowledge and skills that are transmitted through generations.

The Gdansk shipyard is dealing with the consequences of the post-industrial demise of the shipbuilding industry, trying to find a transition into a new economy and community. The experts in diverse fields will address the questions of its future, examining both deep and more recent histories associated with the Gdansk shipyard’s rich cultural heritage.

The panel is organized in association with the interdisciplinary network for knowledge exchange that examines cultural heritage issues in the contexts of waterfront urban regeneration of Northern European cities:


Dr Waldemar Affelt; Neglected or unknown historic environment of Gdansk Shipyard

Prof Jacek Dominiczak: Local Identity Code as the Tool for Intangible Heritage Advanced Continuity

Prof Katarzyna Kosmala and Anna Miler: Gendering cultural heritage of the Gdansk Shipyard: Diving into histories, imagining futures

John Mullen: Choosing histories in the shipyard,HISTORIA_STOCZNI_GDANSKIEJ,pid,1054.html

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