New exhibition goes underground
The Red Road flats are a big part of the Glasgow story and anything which shines a light on the people and community that called the Red Road flats home is going to be of interest. Glasgow has changed a great deal in recent times, in a lot of ways for the better, but it is good to have regular reminders of where we have come from and the way we used to live.
Youngsters today are amazed looking at footage of Glasgow in the 1970s and 80s and even the people who lived through this era may be taken aback by some of the memories that come flooding back after looking at pictures and images. This means that any Glasgow look back is going to garner some interest and you can bet there will be plenty of people flocking to the Red Road Underground Exhibition. The exhibition will be running between the 1st of February and the 2nd of March at the New Glasgow Society, found at 1307 Argyle Street.
The exhibition focuses on the work of Chris Leslie and Mitch Miller, a photographer and illustrator team, who have worked tirelessly in the past two years to pull together a number of images and works. Their work has been carried out as part of the wider Red Road Cultural Project. This project came to life when Glasgow Life and Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) decided that it was important to commemorate the flats before they were demolished.
Some of the most visually striking images focus on the bingo hall which was found under the car park at 10 to 30 Petershill Court. This bingo hall had a capacity of 1,000 and was a great source of entertainment and a social hub for the local community. The history of Glasgow social life in the past 100 years should have bingo written large through it.
Glasgow was a city that really took to the cinema in a big way but when television started to impact on the number of people attending the cinema on a weekly basis, bingo helped to provide halls with a reason to keep people coming on a regular basis.
Bingo was an integral part of everyday life for many Glaswegians and with this bingo hall being so close to where many people lived, there was no need for the people of the Red Road to get the bingo bus, it was right there on their doorstep!
With interviews from Red Road residents and a feature from Alison Irvine, a 2011 Saltire Society Literary Awards finalist, there is a lot to see. If you lived in or spent time in the Red Road flats, this exhibition should be a must see but if you have any interest in the story of Glasgow, it should be worth looking at.
If you would like to learn more about the work of the New Glasgow Society, please visit the New Glasgow Society website