The Govan tribute to females carers in the pandemic – as a result of artwork

IT is the special Scottish venture that aims to give voice to the females carers who served the country overcome Covid-19.

It comes by way of a group of artists who have joined forced to generate functions by way of tribute to people functioning in health care.

The artworks are aimed at illustrating the amplified treatment stress of gals for the duration of the pandemic.

The commissioned artists have produced Woven in Govan – a task that has had a big airing at the Wheat Cafe in Linthouse, Govan.

BAFTA award successful actor Iain Robertson, who portrayed Lex in cult Glasgow gang movie, Tiny Faces, was on hand to start the Innovative Scotland-funded initiative’s event.

The idea commenced in February when 7 artists commenced functioning together with each and every other on six commissions, developing get the job done right after speaking to local people today operating inside of healthcare or the treatment sector.

Audrey O’Brien, Donna Rutherford, Deirdre Nelson, Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, TS Beall, Alex Wilde & Ailie Rutherford’s have all established their personal particular tributes to girls all through the Covid crisis.

TS Beall, an American artist dependent in Dumfries and Glasgow, employed the Mary Barbour statue outside Govan underground station for her have tribute, dressing the statue in nursing uniforms and PPE.

The statue was the consequence of a long struggle by Labour MP Maria Fyfe and the Govan neighborhood to have the legendary determine of the 1915 Rent Strike recognised in all her glory.

At first intended by Andrew Brown, the statue celebrates Mary Barbour in her element on the day in November, 1915 when she led a 20,000-solid protest by way of the streets of Glasgow to the sheriff court docket.

She campaigned to make improvements to housing and ailments for performing persons, exposing and protesting from the greedy landlords who took gain of the wartime economy to hike up rents for personnel.

With landlords trying to find to evict these who would not fork out, a co-ordinated reaction by Glasgow’s gals, who turned recognised as ‘Mrs Barbour’s Army’, ensured bailiff’s officers had been thwarted at every single switch. The city-broad rallies and demonstrations forced a improve in the Government’s rent legislation.


Organisers of the new exhibition claimed: “In the historical past of Govan and Glasgow, Barbour rose from obscurity to prominence by a blend of an indomitable spirit, humanity and acumen, but until eventually somewhat a short while ago, she was a figure pretty much missing to history.”

Performance artist Donna Rutherford, a different of the artists to take component in the venture backed by community cultural development corporation Fablevision, produced an audio piece identified as Organic Born Carers showcasing interviews with gals on their ordeals over the past calendar year in the Covid climate and the impact the pandemic has experienced on them and their life.

The drop-in event in Govan will be followed by a comprehensive exhibition later this 12 months at the Queen Elizabeth College Hospital’s new exhibition space.

Mr Robertson stated: “I arrive from a household of formidable Govan females who are activists and I have liked viewing an exhibition that acknowledges all the tricky operate done in our communities throughout the pandemic and in our previous. It is also fantastic to see the Wheat Cafe re-opening as a centre for neighborhood tradition. I am happy to be a Govan boy and proud to celebrate our matriarchs.”

Liz Gardner from Fablevision reported that that Woven in Govan is a portion of the more substantial international exhibition platform, Woven Network – with theirs getting the Scottish contribution.

She mentioned: “Each and every of the artists have shipped in their individual model of story-telling to capture the essence of women’s contribution during the pandemic.”

Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng established an set up featuring quotations and important themes relating to the treatment burden placed upon gals with the use of what is described as “wonderfully made” graphics on milk cartons, leaflets and posters.

Audrey O’Brien produced a sequence of curated Respiration Earth Walks to emphasize how mother nature and acquiring outdoors was our preserving grace throughout the pandemic and highlights how folks have reconnected to mother nature.

Deidre Nelson has made soaps with text embedded to capture the choreography of hand washing for treatment givers and household carers.

Alex Wilde & Ailie Rutherford have, in the meantime, developed a series of napkins that element a feminist manifesto for needs and requirements for gals to survive, covering inexpensive housing, parenting rights, group activism and self-treatment.