Artistic Director Victoria Beesley introduces us to Terra Incognita’s latest project.

You’ve probably seen an awful lot of them. The Duke of Wellington sitting on a horse with a traffic cone on his head. La Passionara on the banks of the Clyde with her arms in the air. A group of Gorbals boys wearing oversized stilettos. Glasgow has a lot of statues; a celebration of the city’s heritage, a collective remembering, a projection of hope for the future. But there are so many stories missing from the city’s landscape. People and events have been forgotten, erased, ignored.

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A few members of Terra Incognita’s visually impaired arts group with La Passionara.

Our latest As I See It project is inspired by these missing stories. We’ve been working with our regular group of visually impaired adults, the Women’s Creative Company, young carers at Glasgow South West Carers Centre, and Govan Community Project to create four new statues for Glasgow. Working alongside four visual artists, each group is creating an artwork that reflects their passions, history and experiences.

Made from cardboard, textiles, papier mache (and even sponge!) these new artworks offer a fresh perspective on Glasgow and its people, celebrating lesser known stories from the city’s past and present.

It has been fascinating watching the concept for each statue emerge, and a total pleasure to see visual artists Rosemary Cunningham, Charlotte Duffy-Scott, Jen Smith, and Alice Dansey-Wright at work as they play with different ideas for making each group’s ideas a reality. The final statues promise to be unique and intriguing works of art.

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A workshop with the Women’s Creative Company

Over the next few weeks we’ll have blogs from each of the artists working on the project. They’ll provide an insight into the workshops, the journey they have been on with their group – and you might even get a sneaky peek of the statue as a work in progress!

As I See It: Missing Statues culminates with a special event at South Block on Saturday 17th June where the statues will be unveiled. They will then be exhibited at South Block from 19th – 23rd June. For more info visit the Facebook event page.