Around 200 people gathered last night in the heart of the Barras at the Barras Art and Design Centre to see, for the first time, the vision of the three finalists in the design competition to produce a fitting and lasting monument to An Gorta Mór and to the memory of those who died and those who came to Glasgow and elsewhere. The multi-generational Irish community gathered together to see the designs and to hear from the artists. There was a fantastic atmosphere as people went between the three models debating, deciding, changing their minds and going round again! For those who missed their chance, the models will be on display at St Mary’s on Sunday (13th) during the day but, in the meantime, here are the designs as introduced by the individual sculptors. The winning entry will be decided by 21 November so please email us your views by the first week in November. Then it will be full steam ahead to raise the necessary funds. Donations can be made via PayPal or by sending a cheque. Anyone who wishes to organise a fundraiser in their local area please let us know and we can provide merchandise or a speaker and help to publicise it. We are Building It!
On Wednesday 10th October between 7 and 9pm the community is invited to come along to the Barras Art and Design complex at 54 Calton Entry, Glasgow G40 2SB to see models/maquettes of the three final designs for the memorial to An Gorta Mór which will be erected in front of St Mary of the Assumption Church in Abercromby Street, Calton. These are the final three designs from which the final design will be chosen.
The models will be available to view over the two hours and the sculptors will be there to discuss their work. The three sculptors will be saying a few words around 7.30pm so come along by then if you want to hear their views on the concept/vision they have tried to incorporate in their design.
There will be an opportunity to indicate your views/preferences in the form of a closed container in front of each sculpture in which you can put a card with either a few words or just blank to indicate that it is your preferred model. The committee will take the views of the community into account when making the final selection. The selection will be made and announced in November.
This is a very exciting time in the project and we want as many people as possible to have their say.
Thank you for all your support so far and remember We are Building It!
We are delighted to announce that we will be at the St Patrick’s Festival (details here http://www.glasgowstpatricksfestival.com/family-fun-day ) in the Merchant City on 17th March.
We will have a fundraising stall with a full selection of merchandise (t-shirts, polo shirts and hoodies) and commemorative badges.
If there are items/sizes that we don’t have then orders can be taken on the day
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!
We are delighted to be able to say that the call for design ideas for the memorial has been very successful and we now have a range of artists who have indicated their interest and their initial ideas. These are artists working in sandstone, iron and glass and many of them have a clear track record of delivering on public realm artwork.
The committee now have the difficult task of whittling down the entries to 6 artists who we will then invite to come and talk to us. That should take about 3-4 weeks. Thereafter, we will commission 3 of them to produce a fully costed and modelled proposal with a detailed plan for delivery.
This is a very important stage in the project and the first time we have actually been able to look at the ideas of interested artists. More information to follow over the next month and more details of the fundraising efforts which are running in parallel will be available on this site over the next few weeks.
We Are Building it!
The details of a design competition which will produce a design for a permanent memorial to An Gorta Mór in Glasgow has been lodged with Creative Scotland today. Subject to any discussions with Creative Scotland the competition brief will be as outlined here Project Brief for Memorial to An Gorta Mór January 2018
The schedule for the competition is as follows:
The initial stage of the competition will run from 8th January 2018 to 16th February 2018. Artists will be expected to provide the following:
- a statement of intent with regards approach to the commission and engagement with the community. (A4 max
- Some photographs of previous work (up to 12 photographic images or digital images on a CD)
- A CV which should provide evidence of the ability to bring the project to completion
These should be delivered by post or hand to St Mary’s RC Church, 89 Abercromby Street, Glasgow G40 2DQ by 4pm on 16th February 2018. If the item is too large to be posted through a letterbox then please contact us in advance to arrange acceptance.
- From these applications a short list of 6 will be invited to interview to present their approach to the brief concept and community engagement
- From these interviews, three will be chosen. The chosen three artists will be asked to produce a fully specified and costed monument design, a model of the design, and full details of timescale and all necessary instructions and details regarding groundworks and installation. The models produced will be owned by the Committee.
- The payment for this work will be £2000 each. The designs and other materials specified must be delivered by 27th April 2018
- The winning design will be announced at a gala fundraising event in May/June (the precise date to be arranged.
- Relevant drawings of the front of the site are shown here Site drawing 1 and here Site Drawing 2 . The relevant area is the corner of Abercromby Street and Forbes Street.
Today members of the committee met with two senior academics from the Glasgow School of Art in what was a very informative and productive meeting. We discussed the scope of the project, the detail of how the design competition might be structured, ways in which we could involve the community in selecting between the designs and some resources which would help to guide us through the commissioning process.
The Dr Alastair Payne, Head of the School of Fine Art and his colleague, Dr Gina Wall, who is Deputy Head, very generously gave their time to give us the initial guidance that we needed.
The next step in the process if for a further meeting to be held with experts in the field of sculpture and environmental art who will be able to assist us further in designing the competition in detail. Dr Payne kindly offered to facilitate this meeting and we hope to be able to do that very soon.
We are very pleased to be moving forward after such long delays into what will be a very exciting stage.
Watch this space!
With the announcement yesterday in the Irish Voice of the site for the planned memorial (see links below), the project now moves into a new and exciting phase. The first priority is to get the design commission brief ready and out to interested artists and sculptors. We are seeking the required technical advice now and, as soon as we have that, we are good to go. The funds are in place and the site specifications are available so we do not anticipate any significant delay.
We are building it!
Thank you all for your patience but after more than two years of working away in the background to find a suitable site for a permanent memorial in Glasgow to An Gorta Mór, we are very pleased to say that the Irish Voice on Wednesday of this week (20/9/17) will carry the good news that a site has been chosen. This breakthrough in a two year logjam means that we can now press ahead with the long-awaited design competition and the programme of fundraising and educationals which we have been unable to progress in the absence of a site.
We were happy to give our friends in the Irish Voice this ‘exclusive’ and we hope many of you will snap up the print copy as a nice souvenir as well as get online early on Wednesday to find out the news.
After Wednesday’s announcement there will be nothing between us and a permanent and fitting memorial except a lot of fundraising and hard work. We are up for it and we know you are too!
Just a quick update to let you all know that we are still waiting on permission for a site we are looking at. This is holding up the whole project as we cannot proceed with the design competition until we can tell the artists the site for the memorial. We have genuine hope that this will be resolved very soon so please be patient and we will be back with you as soon as we can.
In the meantime, we are taking orders over the next week – until 9am Friday 25th – for merchandise to be delivered in time for Christmas (estimated delivery date 16th December). If you do want to buy anything (badges, hoodies, t-shirts etc) please get your order in in time. If you placed an order over the past month then that will be included here and you don’t need to contact us again. Place your order using the ‘Shop’ button at the top of the home page at http://angortamorglasgow.com/
Thanks again for all your support so far and hopefully we can start the new year with a site in place and a winning design by the summer!