An exhibition showcasing the forgotten work of women has been hailed by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The show, which just opened in Govan, shines a light on women and their caregiving roles during the pandemic as well as the daily injustices and discrimination many face.
Woven In Govan is the Scottish contribution to the Woven Art Network, a larger European project led by Platform TU of Mariupol which was left in ruins by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“The Mariupol partners face unimaginable adversity and seeing Woven in Govan given this platform is even more poignant,” said a spokesperson for cultural social enterprise Fablevision, the Scottish organizers of the project.
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Wovan In Govan is also supporting the renovation of the Kinning Park Complex, which has been at the heart of the community for over 100 years and was restored after a long campaign by local women.
Sturgeon, who is MSP for Glasgow Southside, said: “I am, as always, so proud of the community I represent for addressing these issues and bringing this exhibition together.
“By expressing the stories of local women through art, it brings a different and unique perspective and I’m sure it will lead to a better understanding of the roles the women involved play in their families, workplaces and communities. .
“I will never be able to express how grateful I am for the work of our paid and unpaid carers, especially over the past two and a half years.
“We know that unpaid care roles are disproportionately taken on by women – and this has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. However, the pandemic has shone a spotlight on society’s carers, whether paid or unpaid, and brought new recognition and appreciation for the vital work they do.
“Working with and welcoming other countries and cultures has always been part of the history of the Kinning Park Complex, and partnering with Platform TU in Mariupol must have been an incredibly moving experience given the impact of war there- down, especially on women.”
Sturgeon added that the exhibit was particularly special as it was being held in the newly refurbished Kinning Park complex, as she had been involved in the campaign to save the building for almost 30 years.
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“From the earliest days of the sit-in, women have led the campaign to save the Kinning Park Complex, and I couldn’t be happier that it is now community-owned, beautifully renovated with a long, bright future. and on. ahead,” Sturgeon said.
The traveling exhibition was first shown at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament, where the project contributed to parliamentary debates on the structure of a national care service.
It was created by commissioned artists responding to the stories and voices of women working as caregivers and/or in health care and includes pieces by Ailie Rutherford, Alex Wilde, Audrey O’Brien, Deirdre Nelson, Donna Rutherford, ts Beall and Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng.
“Woven in Govan is a hugely important project for the health service,” said Jackie Sands, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS arts and health strategic co-ordinator.
The exhibition runs in Govan until July 21.