D.I.Y. / skateboarding

Cultural Canons and Kickflips

If you happen to find yourself on the west coast of Scotland in early March you could do a lot worse of an evening than heading along to the Cultural Canons and Kickflips exhibition taking place at the Govanhill Baths in Glasgow, itself one of the cities most under appreciated cultural treasures.

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Govanhill Baths just prior to recent renovations.

The event is being curated by the group behind Glasgow’s Re:ply Skateboards that take old worn and discarded skateboards and turning what would otherwise have been discarded, and turn them into unique hand crafted cruiser boards. This coming together of artistic, musical and skateboard communities is a rare occasion to witness first hand the interconnectivity between these worlds and in a space that is at the centre of a cultural revolution all of its own, it is not to be missed. Check out the press release below for details on all of the events.

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Exhibition 7thth-21st March 2014. Govanhill Baths
Cultural Canons and Kickflips captures the creative minds of Glasgow and Scotland’s Skateboarding culture with Photographs, Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures and Skate Obstacles. Cultural Canons and Kickflips is hosted by re:ply Skateboards and The Govanhill Baths, Community and Arts centre on its 100th Anniversary year. The exhibition will be open for Skateboarders to skate the pool and for the general public to take view the art, music and films at the Launch Party and Film night.

Launch Party -(Saturday 8th March-8pm)
In launching the installations, local Skateboarders involved in the music industry will be out to play. These musicians are:

  •  PAWS – highly successful , recently selling out their previous Glasgow shows, Paws will be playing and also submitting artwork to the exhibition prior to their forthcoming American and European Tours.
  • BESSA and Mr Turner – Local Skateboarders with numerous appearances on BBC Radio One and part of local record label Handpicked.
  •  DJ Greenman – Another local Skateboarder and a member of Glasgow’s successful Chungo Bungo Collective.

Skate Video Night – (Saturday 15th March-7pm)
Following his highly successful documentary Overcast, the second Saturday of the exhibition will see Scottish Skateboarding filmmaker Iron Giraffe (Paul McConnach) showcasing a skateboarding film made especially for the Cultural Canons and Kickflips exhibition. The film night will also include a best trick Competition on the Skate obstacles.

Govanhill Baths is situated at 126 Calder Street, Glasgow G42 7QR http://www.govanhillbaths.com/

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