Carnival Club and Tunes Up collaborated to perform Creative Collusion, a dramatic mix of visual arts and music, at the Hub at Gartnavel Royal Hospital. The piece began with a procession of lanterns down the hill and into the performance space. The audience enjoyed the music and our participants enjoyed showcasing their talents.
Our wonderful Carnival Club creations became part of the Bearsden Festival (10 - 19 May 2019) which 'celebrated the positive impact of arts on our mental health and wellbeing'. For over a week our flowers, animals, characters - and totem pole - graced the proceedings bringing their own colourful charm and sense of fun.
Our bike engineer provided a Dr. Bike service for the Thorn Park Fun Run/Cycle Fest on the final day, and fixed loads of bikes of all sizes.
A big thank you to the Bearsden Festival for a great partnership, and well done to all our fabulous participants.
This new composition by Andrew Cruickshank, using lyrics written by people in and associated with Gartnavel Royal Hospital, was performed in the Hub at GRH. Feedback from the audience was very positive. There is a recording on SoundCloud.
A variety of Carnival Club creations were on display in the Christmas Parade on Sunday 25 November. The weather was fine, and it was quite busy. We would like to thank Neil for bringing Big Trike from Maryhill, our artist Jane for masterminding the display, the staff and volunteers who came along to help, and of course the clients who created the exhibits.
Our 10 hour Sponsored Music Improvisation marathon took place on Sat 24th March 2018. There is a recording of the entire event on YouTube. Some interesting and exciting music was played and we have raised over £1,000 so far, with more to come. Thanks to everyone involved.
203 Journeys was the third in a series of pieces for Gartnavel Royal Hospital – following 200 Years in December 2014 and 2:02 two years later. This time we asked folk to think about journeys they have taken: physical, emotional, spiritual, holiday trips or any other kind of journey, and then write some words about it. Gartnavel Royal Composer in Residence, Andrew Cruickshank, incorporated the words into this new composition,
which was performed in 'The Hub' at Gartnavel Royal Hospital on Saturday 15th December 2017 in front of a full house. There is a recording of the event on SoundCloud.
Carnival Club clients, staff and volunteers had a wonderful time at the Glasgow Style Mile Christmas Carnival on Sunday 26th November 2017. The annual Carnival brings music, dance and spectacle to the heart of Glasgow. It was an afternoon of amazing performance, thrilling costumes and enchanting acts. We braved the cold to display Carnival club's most recent artworks along the city centre streets and finished up among the Christmas lights of the very festive George Square. The crowds were lining the streets, and the group's various creations - including a huge planet, Jack Skellington, and a variety of elves - were a huge hit! This year we were able to go bigger and better, as the team from our bike workshop in Maryhill brought their tricycle to carry the rather large Christmas tree!
Special thanks go to Gregor Murray of Man with a Van Glasgow who very kindly donated his services and enabled us to get our precious artworks safely back to the Common Wheel arts workshop, where they are now on display. Thanks also to Iain G. Farrell who acted as our official Common Wheel photographer for the Carnival and got us some wonderful pictures of the afternoon.
Common Wheel participated in the Merchant City Festival procession in Glasgow city centre on Saturday 22nd July. We displayed our most recent Carnival Club creation ... a giant Mr Kibble, inspired by our trip to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens! He was definitely a huge hit - even featuring in a number of selfies!
This year's sponsored music improvisation marathon on Saturday 25 March was the best yet! We are grateful to Glasgow University for the use of their Concert Hall again. We had a few new participants including 'The Buddy Beat' - a whole group of drummers - as well as some familiar faces. You can listen to the music on YouTube. Some spectacular fundraising including one really generous donation saw us hit a record total for this event; not all added up yet but it will be over £3600 including the gift aid! A huge thank you to all the musicians and sponsors :-)
Common Wheel musicians worked with Gartnavel Royal Composer in Residence, Andrew Cruickshank, on a new composition . The work was performed in 'The Hub', Gartnavel Royal Hospital on Thursday 15th December 2016 in front of a full house. 2:02 explores the theme of Time, and the lyrics are taken from the many pieces of creative writing submitted from hospital patients, visitors and staff. The themes include reminiscence, memory, religion, working life, stillness, recovery, age, youth, mortality, nature, medication, dementia and philosophy. We owe a debt of gratitude for the huge amount of creativity and thought contributed via these writings. The Gartnavel Royal Composer in Residence project is running from 2016–2018 and we anticipate to premier another work in December 2017. This years piece can be heard on soundcloud.