Reflections on Gdansk through a Govan lens.

Some personal reflections from Govan based cultural planner, Liz Gardiner who is the Scottish partner on this Memory of Water project, is in charge of the communications for the project and is an artist turned academic in the Scottish context.

Whilst the production residency in Levadia had resonance for Govan in its links to textile making with its focus on the stories of local people and their ordinary traditions like washing cloth in the river, the Gdansk situation has more of a mirroring with Govan. Govan and Gdansk share histories in the development and decline of shipbuilding accompanied by protest. All of our six city artists reflected these aspects of Gdansk shipyard’s industrial history in their interventions. Read more

Siegfried Vynck at Open Monuments Day

This year too, the City of Ostend put a historic axis in the spotlight on Heritage Day. On September 8, 2019, the seawall, from Kursaal Westhelling to the Wellington Racecourse, and the sea, due to its immediate proximity, received full attention.

By doing activities, lectures, guided walks and visits, we highlight three social and climatic themes in which the City and its inhabitants and the sea are central. We initially looked at the effects of climate change and the rise in sea level. What consequences will this have for our coastal city and its heritage heritage in the future?

Also Siegfried Vynck made a construction for Open Monuments Day. As if a tsunami has been ravaged by Ostend, the beach is littered with small and large utensils. The white color with which they have been painted is a symbol of innocence and emptiness. Siegfried Vynck will partially repaint the installation during the day. Images from under the water will “flood” the objects. Together with Siegfried, write messages of hope on the installation.

Ostend projects

sustainability: Proper Strand Lopers

‘Proper strand lopers’ is a citizens’ initiative that is active on social media and wants to make society aware of the waste problem in the world, but especially in one’s own environment.

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Gdansk second artistic residency (14 to 19 October 2019)    

Memory of Water: Shipyard Anew

The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre will host the second artistic residency curated by Agnieszka Wołodźko and produced by Katarzyna Szewciów and Veronika Uziak for the Creative Europe project, Memory of Water. Artists from Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Sweden will carry out artistic actions and interventions related to local cultural heritage: the former Gdańsk Shipyard will be both the subject and location of their work.

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Govan Urban Lab (6th September 2019)                                                  

Memory of Water’s first international urban lab in Govan (the second one is scheduled for June 2020) took place in Film City which is located in the magnificent (and fairly newly refurbished) old Govan Town Hall. The organisation running the building now rents offices, production and post-production spaces to creative media companies ( Our urban lab was a hugely successful full day of exploration of the main themes of Memory of Water.  read more


MoW Artists Residencies Levadia – February & April 2019            (Film by Jonas Myrstrand)



Artists Residencies Levadia – February & April 2019                   (Trailer by Jonas Myrstrand)



Govan Research Residency 2 – 8 September 2019                                                                       

Govan has both prehistoric and historic roots. The River Clyde flowing through its midst was essential to its development. At the confluence of the rivers Kelvin and Clyde, Govan was always an important fording point. Later it was a ferry route (after the river was dredged and embanked to allow ocean-going ships to dock in the heart of the city). Further down river was Merlin’s ford, whose mythologically-inspired name takes us into another era when Govan was part of the Brythonic Kingdom of Strathclyde (5th century AD) which fought the Vikings for control of this vital trade route and meeting point. Read more


Govan Local Lab – 27 June 2019      

The River Clyde has the label “post industrial” in the 21st Century, as vast swathes of derelict land peppered with fading ship building and other industrial infrastructure compete with crumbling quay walls and silted basins to ensure the image is decaying heritage rather than future building. Turning the Tide On the Clyde is a Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative project designed to address how the River and Firth of Clyde could be better connected and more active as a diverse maritime region. Read more




Govan Local Lab – 8 June 2019 

The second Govan Local Lab took place on Saturday 8th June 2019 with funding from various partners including Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative, Govan Docks Regeneration Trust, Creative Europe and the Universities of Strathclyde and the West of Scotland. Twinned with a matching event in Gdańsk where students from the Architecture Department of Gdańsk University of Technology took on the task of revisioning the future of the shipyard, third year architecture students from the University of Strathlyde took on the matching task of revisioning the future of Govan’s Graving Docks. Read more


Govan Local Urban Laboratory – 1 May 2019

The first Govan Local Lab: Wednesday1st May 2019 exploring the themes of Memory of Water and trying to discover what are the possibilities and limitations of the artist interventionist approach to planning and policy making on post industrial heritage zones.

What better qualified group could we have chosen to interrogate this question than a group of PhD participatory action researchers wanting to make a real difference in their community/community of interest?. Twenty researchers from all over Scotland joined Govan artists, activists urban planners and media artists to explore together, share ideas, findings, problems, issues and barriers. Read more


Levadia 2nd Artists Residency 15 -20 April 2019

The Lore of Water: 15-20 April 2019 in Levadia, Greece

Tuesday 16 April, 7-8pm

Open door at Neromylos: the Memory of Water artists are delighted to be back in Levadia! We are looking forward to reconnecting with the citizens and communities we met in January and to making new friends this week through the artistic actions and co-creations along the River Erkyna. This is a casual get together – so please come along and say hi.Read more



Gdansk City Lab 2 – 14 March 2019

Sharing visions on the development of YOUNG CITY (MLODE MIASTO) was the main topic of the second meeting within CITY LABS’ programme of„Memory of Water” project (MemoryofWater-EU Creative Europe). It took place on 14 March 2019 in the Old Town Hall in Gdansk (the venue of the BSCC).

Our CITY LABS offer the space for public discussion on forms and directions for developing post-shipyard area in Gdansk, taking into consideration its cultural heritage value both tangible and intangible. This proces, initiated by people connected to art, culture and science fits , so popular in Europe nowadays, method of culture-led regeneration. Read more



Levadia Partners Meeting 31 January – 1 February 2019

Agenda “Memory of Water”

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Partners Meeting, Levadia 31 January – 1 February 2019

Venue: Old Town Hall, 1 Karagiannopoulou str.  Read more


Levadia 1st Artists Residency 29 January – 2 February 2019

Funded by Creative Europe and partner cities, Memory of Water, a six city artist led collaboration focused on post industrial Waterfront Heritage zones started in July 2018 and will continue for two years. The purpose is to engage local communities in post-industrial cities – Gdansk, Gothenburg, Govan, Levadia, Limerick and Ostend – sharing and informing the regeneration process. What does it mean to be a ‘post-industrial’ location? How can the reclamation of lost, ignored or disregarded histories empower local people to imagine and create a different future for themselves?  Read more


Gdansk City Lab 1 – 26 January 2019

The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre is proud to launch the public debate STOCZNIA OD NOWA (Shipyard Anew) in Gdańsk: collecting dreams for a new vision.

Under this slogan STOCZNIA OD NOWA, a group of independent artists and cultural activists in Gdańsk want to jointly develop a complex social vision for the regeneration of post-industrial shipyard waterfronts, in conjunction with the Creative Europe Memory of Water project and local partner, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre. This process is seen as the legacy of the long-term activities of Kolonia Artystów (Colony of Artists) in the former Gdańsk Shipyard area.  Read more


Kick- offmeeting Ostend 28- 30 November 2018


Kick- offmeeting Ostend 28- 30 November 2018

Report 28th of November 2018

Present: Mary Conlon, Mary Conroy, Iwona Preis, Jonas Myrstrand, Magdalena Zakrzewska-Duda, Dorota Hryniewicz, Roman Sebastyanski, Agnieszka Wolodzko, Martine Meire, Virginie Michils, Gretel Vanmeert, Siegfried Vynck, Skarlas Lampros, Rafika Eleni Saouis, Liz Gardiner, Tara Beall  Read more