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Cultural Equality with Rachel Thain-Gray

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July 28, 8:30am • Glasgow Women's Library • part of a series on Equality

Meet July’s Speaker

Heading up the ‘In Her Shoes’ project at Glasgow Women’s Library, Rachel Thain-Gray is a woman out to fight for equal rights for women in culture, creativity and society. A mission that resonates with all who value equal and fair access for all, we took some time out to fire five quick questions Rachel’s way ahead of what’s sure to be a pretty awesome talk this month.

1. What does equality mean to you?
Everything!! It’s my raison d'être because it’s the right thing to fight for - now more than ever!

2. What have you got in ze pipeline for 2017?
During 2017 we’ll be further developing and delivering our innovative ‘Equality in Progress’ training programme for cultural organisations. It builds on GWL’s feminist activist approach and we’ll be developing qualitative evidence that positions women with protected characteristics as experts and problem solvers by supporting them to critically analyse cultural access.

3. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would it be?

4. What value can creativity or the creative process add to equality?
A creative feminist approach challenges the ‘passive, paternalistic benevolence’ of the cultural offer to communities and the hierarchy of knowledge and expertise. This places women at the centre of interventions to positively influence the usefulness and relevance of museum in their lives.

5. Lastly Tunnocks Teacakes or Caramel Wafers?
Caramel Wafers! Lovely, chocolaty, chewy! Yum.

Set your reminders and join us on Friday 28th July as Rachel shares a culturally rich talk on equality.

Proudly Presenting Equality & Adobe

We imagine a world where we’re seen and heard, respected and valued, not for our appearance and privilege, but for our work and character. A world where anyone, anywhere, has equal access to opportunities and resources to become the person they dream about. The formula for equality is a work in progress, and this work is not done from the few with power but rather through the power of community.

Equality is harmony. Harmony isn’t achieved through one instrument; it’s a collaboration, a symphony of sounds that adds richness and texture to the bigger picture. The pursuit of equality is a long-term game, an unraveling of outdated processes that no longer serves the future we imagine or deserve.

This month’s global exploration of Equality is chosen by our Johannesburg chapter, illustrated by Katt Phatlane, and presented by… Adobe! Yes, you read that correctly.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with Adobe to stretch our collective mission in connecting and empowering creative communities around the world.  

With Adobe’s indispensable tools and decades of experience in enabling creatives to bring their ideas to life, along with CreativeMornings’ unwavering commitment to unite and inspire cities with face-to-face connections, we’re honored to be partnering with another company that is eager to champion the future of creativity and add fuel to the engine of generosity. Read more about it!

Meet May's Speaker

She’s the boss-ass lady, running an equally boss-ass freeform radio station that's been bigging up creativity since 1995 with yep you guessed it a boss-ass team. Ahead of our #CMSerendipity event at The Art School we sat down with Subcity Radio’s Hannah Read for a quick fire round of questions to get to know our speaker.

1. What springs to mind when you think of the word serendipity? That it’s probably down to hard work by someone somewhere!

2. What have you got in ze pipes for 2017? My role as manager draws to a close soon (it’s a year long position), so I’m looking forward to committing myself to the aspects of radio that first drew me to it again and removing myself a little from the invoicing side of things, as well as being able to work more on my own radio shows + deejaying.

3. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would that be? Human

4. How do you see the relationship between radio & creative expression? Whilst most people’s experience of radio is generally through commercial channels, Subcity has shown me the undeniable chance for creativity that radio offers. Many (but not all) of the shows on Subcity feature people mixing on air, and in the case of people who usually mix in a club environment, radio is a lot more freeing and left field. People take more chances and have the space to incorporate different music and techniques than they would otherwise get the opportunity to.

5. Lastly chocolate digestive or shortbread? Shortbread

Come hear Hannah speak this Friday 26th May and grab your tickets here.

Welcome to the CreativeMornings Glasgow Team Renée

We’ve been mega busy at #CMGlasgow HQ… from visiting some pretty dope creative studios to working on projects, planning the next few events & whipping our event management admin skills into shape (ok we confess that’s just our Sophie on that last one). However one of the things we’ve really been getting down with is growing our wee team.

So it gives us great joy to introduce our new Instagram Social Media Manager Renée Gorman (hey girl).

She was a regular at CreativeMornings in her hometown of Charlotte, USA and it’s awesome that she’s now found a slice of that CreativeMornings magic over here in Glasgow.

Boy & gals give it up for Renée!

1. Welcome to the CreativeMornings Glasgow family, tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Renée Gorman and I'm from Charlotte, North Carolina. But now I call Glasgow home. Currently, I am studying for my MSc in Media Management from the University of Glasgow. In my free time, you can find me exploring the city and surrounding areas. I live for adventure and caffeine. I am feminist. Always trying to learn more. I’m massively into weight lifting (you can catch me at the Uni gym!). I am always searching for the perfect pint. I am self-proclaimed badass. Lucky for me, Glasgow has all I ever wanted in a city. 

2. What’s one of your favourite hidden spots in Glasgow? This is such a hard question as I am still searching for hidden gems in Glasgow. But, if I had to choose I definitely would say, Kelvingrove Park. I found my perfect tree to sit under and read a good book, weather permitting!  I am still searching for the best brunch and coffee spots!  

3. What would be your dream creative project? I have to say working with CreativeMornings is a dream. But, I would LOVE to work with a social media company or for myself (#bosslady) while traveling. There is so much to explore, and so many stories to tell and I would love to do it on the road.

4. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would it be? ADVENTURE! Glasgow for me is a dream come true. A massive, marvellous, magical, adventure. And I believe, that for anyone who lives here or visits, Glasgow provides so many opportunities for adventure.

5. Lastly, Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram for the win

Follow Renee on Instagram & Twitter

CreativeMornings Glasgow x Foodbanks

Say hello to our Barry Da Burrito our wee lovechild who’s been brought to life by Russ Kyle in our bid to help Glasgow food banks using some ‘Creativity for Good’.

With a national shortage of food in the UK hitting Glasgow’s North West branch a conversation on Twitter led to us thinking about ways we could help support and of course one of the easiest ways is by all you lovely creative folk bringing some items to our mornings which we can then arrange to be collected by the food banks.

It’s an idea from our hearts and we hope with all our creative minds we can come up with some really cool ways to help Barry raise awareness, funds & donations for Glasgow’s food banks.

We love you ruddy amazing lot.

To find out what items are needed most head to their website and we’ll see you all at the last Friday of every month.

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He's taking us beyond streetart on Friday and he's the sign painter dude that works in THAT listed building on West Regent Street but who's the man behind the signs? Read on as we fire five quick questions at Ciaran Globel.

1. What springs to mind when you think of the word beyond? The word Beyond makes me think of the phrase “to go above & beyond…”, the idea that you could tick all the boxes on a job but you choose to put in that extra bit of time and effort to turn an acceptable outcome into an amazing one.

2. What have you got in ze pipes for 2017? I’m excited for summer 2017. Just started the planning of a group exhibition and drawing up some ideas for a few fun murals in-between commercial jobs. Also looking forward to my 2nd year of hosting a workshop at the Graphic Design Festival Scotland.

3. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would that be? Developing

4. How do you see the relationship between streetart and sign painting? The principles and practice of signpainting are almost identical to street art, the only difference is permission and monetary gain.

5. Lastly, chai or lassi? Black Coffee, no sugar

Tickets are still available for Ciaran's talk on Friday so grab them while they're hot.

Tell a love story with your denim on Friday as Glasgow based artist & illustrator Alice Dansey-Wright hand paints these exclusive designs onto your pre-loved denim for a suggested donation of £5 for Glasgow based award winning upcycling project

Photographer | Ciorstaidh Monk

Ahead of our April CreativeMornings Glasgow breakfast we catch up with artist & Illustrator Alice Dansey-Wright who’s designed two prints that you can have painted onto your denim on the day for Fashion Revolution. In exchange for a suggested donation of £5 in support of award winning Glasgow upcycling project Rags to Riches.

1. What comes to mind when you thought of beyond?

I took it to mean beyond the sky, beyond Earth: stars, space, galaxies and the unknown! This is reflected in the motifs that I’ve designed for the Fashion Revolution garments.

2. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would that be?


3. Tell us a little bit about your creative practise?

I took an 8 year break after graduating before returning to my creative practice. I did a fine art degree but realised that I really loved design and saw it as a way to turn my creativity in to a business, which I’ve done- slowly but surely since 2011.

4. What’s one tip you’d give to a new creative for going beyond any limits they’ve faced with their work?

I would say that when you feel like you’ve hit a wall or if you have a problem finishing a piece of work or a project there is usually always a creative solution to turn things around. It’s helpful to collaborate with another person generally but also to bring in friends, family and peers to offer ideas and solutions!

5. Lastly pakora or samosa?

Love both, but I’d say Samosa.

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Ooh get involved.

For this month’s CreativeMornings Glasgow Beyond event the lovely peeps at TukTuk have fresh mango lassis awaiting us.

So keep your eyes peeled and sign up to our Beyond events to snap up your place.

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our March CreativeMornings events around the Taboo of mental health in creativity.

It was an open & honest discussion with many of us sharing our own personal experiences of mental health and the creative work we produce.

Hugh McCue of Theatre Nemo was an inspiring speaker who broadened all of our understandings on how creativity helps tackle this taboo.

We’ll be sharing more quotes from the event over on our Instagram page so be sure to follow us at @cm_glasgow.