On The Pathway For Progression

Creative Collision: A Pathway for Progression, was an exhilarating event which took place in Drygate and was organised by Glasgow Youth Arts Hub. Around the room visual art pieces by young artists were on display, including an interactive piece by ZeL ViZ. The event brought together young aspiring artists with industry professionals – who get paid for doing what they love. Each artist gave a PechaKucha style presentation, showing 20 slides with photos, talking for 20 seconds per slide, this PechaKucha style worked well for holding the attention of the audience. Each of the professionals who make a living from their art spoke about how they made the leap and got started in their industry.

Photo by Kevin Main

FK Alexander most notably known for being part of the Buzzcut Festival, a Glasgow-based performance art festival which has been running since 2011. FK Alexander’s art includes but is not limited to Noise Music, Public Vulnerability and Aggressive Healing, her art usually centres around recovery and radical wellness. FK Alexander spoke about her time growing up and the struggles she overcame including those involving substance abuse. She told of how she struggled in school and ended up working in bars and waitressing, however she attempted to get into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was successful accepted. She expressed the sense of achievement she has having pictures of her degree show displayed on the walls of that university.

This Second artist to give a PechaKucha style presentation was Patricia Panther, a Glasgow-based Electronica composer, producer and singer. She spoke about how being both Scottish and Nigerian has influenced her identity as an artist. She spoke about her musical influences from Nigerian Electronica to Scottish Hip Hop. She was in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Glasgow Girls, and even produced some of the songs for it. Patricia Panther also spoke about Chakra, and electricity flowing through the human body and how she is in the very early stages of creating some art around it.

Drew Taylor a theatre maker, who direct theatre as well as writes, designs, produces and choreographs, often doing more than one of these on each production, as he has a variety of experience.Taylor spoke about his career path to where he is today. Which included going back and forth between London and Glasgow, and spending hours handing out leaflets at the Edinburgh festival, and eventually getting his own show. He put a strong enthuses on how much he enjoys working with young people. He also spoke about making cushions as being his relaxing creative outlet that has nothing to do with theatre.

The final guest speaker was DJ Matthew Ward, the presenter of Sunny Govan Radio’s Saturday Night Show: Rave Ward. Ward gave a talk on the importance of accessibility in music. Ward is part of Senseatronic Lab a non-profit organisation that works with the charity Sense Scotland to design and build new digital instruments, with funding from Creative Scotland’s Time to Shine Fund. Ward spoke about his own personal experiences and history in music, learning to sync beats by ear, performing live gigs and the atmosphere and how important that is and how he got to where he is today. Ward ended his talk by performing an impressive solo drum set.

Along with these inspiring talks, there was also Live Music to break up the night, which included the very very loud Samba band: SambaYaBamba, who performed multiple songs, many people at the event took this opportunity to get up and dance to the rhythms they produced. Other Live acts included a very talent singer and guitar player Russell Stewart who performed his set solo. There was another performance from three piece rock and roll band TMC – the Miscellaneous Collective.

Photo by Kevin Main

Free Pizza was also included, it was fresh and cooked properly – delicious. Creative Collision: A Pathway for Progression was an excellent opportunity for creative young people, and the reason it worked so well is because it was organised by young people, it wasn’t older people telling young people what kind of event they wanted. It was arranged by creative young people for creative young people, to help answer the big questions on our minds, how can we overcome the barriers we face? How can we make a living from art? In my opinion the four speakers at this event helped to answers these important questions, by sharing their stories of how they done it.

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