Upcoming events…23rd October, 2015

Message from the Unity Centre23rd October, 2015


We – The Unity Centre – are a No Borders and non-hierarchical collective run completely by unpaid volunteers in Glasgow. The collective is a mix of people with papers and people struggling for their own. Unity began 9 years ago, born out of the community resistance to dawn raids that were taking place. We organise out of a small office round the corner from the local Home Office, 5 days a week, with a 24hr phone-line, and little resources or money. We work to provide unconditional practical and emotional support to people seeking asylum, refugees, and all migrants affected by the racist and brutally oppressive border and immigration controls that operate in the UK and across the world. We believe in and try to enact solidarity, not charity. This is not necessarily easy or simple, but we believe we should be fighting to change fundamental injustice, not just bandage wounds. We aim to enable people to navigate the system how they want, and to be empowered to make their own choices.

We support people inside and outside of detention. Recently the continual privatisation and funding cuts of 3rd sector charities working in asylum and migration mean that we are increasingly supporting people with housing and destitution issues, unable to give the most time and energy to supporting people in detention centres who are due to be removed from the UK.

There are also a few campaigns we’re working on at the moment: challenging the legitimacy of charter flights which forcibly remove high numbers of rejected refugees and migrants to specific countries en masse. We’re campaigning to bring attention to criminal deportations: the racist double punishment which targets certain groups with deportation, regardless of the number of years they’ve lived in the UK and the life they’ve built up. A “foreign criminal” first serves their full prison sentence, and is then – unlike British nationals – detained in immigration detention and subsequently deported to their “country of origin”. We’re also looking to challenge the ‘deport now, appeal later’ policy of the Home Office, which dictates that those seeking to appeal a decision made by the Home Office must make the appeal from the country they are first deported to. Currently this is only applicable to criminal deportations, but the Tories have pledged to subject all immigration appeals to this unjust logic.

Unity also runs peer support groups for asylum seekers and refugees: one for women, and the other for LGBTQ folk, to empower and support each other through the process. We have links with lots of other organisations in Glasgow (including several charities who are actually very nice people!), and are sistered with the Govan Community Bike Workshop that provides free or cheap work on bikes for the local community.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in getting involved, get in touch. Find us on Facebook or unitycentreglasgow.org. If you can support us financially- thank you! We run on shoestrings, luck, and donations. We need all the help we can get.

You can show your support for the centre by attending their fundraiser with Cooly G, JD Twitch, Eclair Fifi, Klaus, Bake, Cleoslaptra and Letitia Pleiades at The Art School.

PVC introduce… Deep Brandy Album Cuts21st September, 2015

Art School in Action3rd September, 2015

Poster Designs by Jessica Taylor

7 – 10 September, 11am-5pm
Project Space 3

Art School in Action (1970-1986) looks at the approaches to teaching at Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition centres on a series of podcasts produced as part of GSA’s research project, New Wave: Materials, Methods and Mediums, Glasgow School of Art 1970-1986 alongside artefacts, ephemera and documentation from the School’s archives.

From the 1960s onwards art schools across the UK underwent a shift in emphasis in approaches to teaching visual art following the first Coldstream Report in 1960. Radical and alternative teaching practices begin to emerge in art schools such as Hornsey College of Art, Ealing School of Art and Central St Martins. Appearing at a time of fundamental change in the framework of art school education as colleges gradually shift from awarding diplomas towards awarding degrees. These two factors contributed to an increased critical reflection, external engagement and interdisciplinary working within art schools at this time. The 1970s and 1980s marked a crucial turning point in pedagogy at Glasgow School of Art. Art School in Action explores this especially fertile period in GSA’s history and considers its legacy. Particular attention is paid to extra-curricular activities, first-year pedagogy and the introduction of new courses in Fine Art that no longer exist.

This exhibition is curated by Debi Banerjee and Susannah Waters. It received partial funding from the Design History Society.


Visual Perception Workshop has been formulated in response to Debi Banerjee’s archival research into the experimental practices emerging from Ted Odling’s Section 5 of First Year Studies at Glasgow School of Art from 1965-1982. The workshops are inspired by Odling’s perspective exercises, and seek to explore ways of looking and seeing through apparatus and devices. The workshops aim to recontextualise Odling’s methods in light of recurring discussions surrounding film and moving image practices at GSA and contemporary technological advancements.

The first workshop will take place during the Material Culture in Action conference, taking as its starting point an exercise devised by Odling that had students animate basic geometric shapes to music. The workshop aims to address this haptic relationship to filmic material by utilising low-fi animation techniques and materials.

Using the animations generated during the first workshop, the second Body Language workshop, will take place during Freshers Week and will function as an interpretation of Odling’s initial exercise. Developed in collaboration with current GSA student MollyMae Whawell, this movement based workshop will explore the spatial and material capacities of Odlings research drawing upon notions of embodiment, exploring how we calibrate our bodies in space.

These workshops are devised and will be led by Debi Banerjee, Research Assistant, Susannah Waters, Archivist and Kirsty Hendry, Student Engagement Co-ordinator, GSA Students’ Association

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