Recollective is a group of three artists dedicated to telling the stories of people in relation to the places in which they live and work. We use words, photographs, illustrations, dialectograms and film.
We were delighted to work with Aberlour Youthpoint in Govan and to document the work of the charity, its young people and its relationship with the African Arts Centre. We spent several months shadowing Aberlour’s youth workers and interviewing the young people about their experiences. Our research took us to the African Arts Centre itself where we observed Amu at work with the young people creating their art. We also watched the progress of the plastering and tiling project in the African Arts Centre kitchen. We spent time at Govan High School and at Aberlour’s clubs in Elderpark Community Centre. We spent time on Govan Road, Elder Park and the Graving Docks.
Our thanks go to all the people we interviewed for this project whose ideas, insights and experiences make up the very fabric of our work. And thank you to everyone who assisted us along the way: Aberlour staff, African Arts Centre staff, Govan High School, staff and students at City of Glasgow College. Special thanks to Johnny Hendry, Chief Amu, Andy Masterson and the young people of Govan.