The Pollokshields Pantoum (2021)
If you are interested in participating, please email Martin on email@example.com.
As part of Creative Communities: Artists in Residence, funded by Glasgow City Council and delivered by Glasgow Life.
Martin O’Connor has been appointed as the Artist in Residence for Ward 6: Pollokshields and is aiming to create a series of community poems with residents of the area, which will be printed in 2021.
Creative Communities: Artists in Residence is an ongoing Glasgow-wide initiative placing 23 artists and organisations into the 23 wards of the city. In the first phase, from March – June 2019, artists connected with local groups and individuals, using a whole variety of art forms. They have enabled conversations with thousands of Glaswegians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Right now, a new series of residencies is underway, bringing arts activity across Glasgow from now until June 2021.
The Pollokshields Pantoum
Martin is proposing to create a series of short poems in the form of Pantoums - a Malaysian verse form that has been adopted throughout Europe. The structure is made up of a series of verses, where two lines from each verse are repeated in the next verse and so on. This gives the opportunity to translate the lines in repetition to represent all of the many languages spoken in the area. Martin would be very interested to engage with people with second languages to translate these lines.
Martin is seeking people who are living and working in Pollokshields to contribute to the poem. Engagement can happen in person or online. Martin would have a one-to-one creative conversation with each participant around the themes of Pollokshields such as home, family and identity. From that conversation, each participant would write two lines of verse that will then be added to the larger poem. If the participant has a second language, they will be asked if they would like to translate an existing contribution.
Martin will also be working with schools and other community groups, restrictions permitting. All related activity will follow Scottish Government guidelines at all times, as it is everyone's first priority to keep communities safe.