We had a lovely launch last week to celebrate the work done by the brilliant filmmakers as part of the Ripples on the Pond – Artist’s Interviews project. This work is now officially launched and available in Gallery 4 as part of the Ripples on the Pond exhibition. It presents a series of engaging and enlightening short films made by a group of volunteers, from Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL), interviewing artists whose work feature in this exhibition. The project was developed by GoMA and GWL to create an opportunity for women to learn documentary filmmaking skills and contribute to ongoing research of each institution. For the project the group worked with Helen de Main to identify the artists and coordinate the interviews and final films.
During the course of the project the group has received training and support, developing skills and confidence to enable them to produce these films. This has included bespoke tours of the exhibition and the GWL’s archive developing their research skills and knowledge about the artists, as well as hands on film making training covering all aspects of practical production, from cameras to sound to editing. This dynamic group of women has worked together tirelessly, bringing their individual skills and personalities to the project. As first time filmmakers, they have supported each in other in the production of this impressive series of films.
The films provide a fascinating insight into each of the artist’s working practices, told in their own words, and reveal some of the inspiration behind works featured in Ripples on the Pond. They make a valuable contribution to recording and archiving women’s creative practice, a core aim of GWL and this museum’s collection.
The films will be also released on the GWL website between January and April 2016, along with interviews with the filmmakers by a GWL intern Camilla – the first one with Morgan Fraser is online , along with the interview with Helen de Main here.
We would like to thank all the artists for their generous and thoughtful contributions, Jacqueline Donachie, Helen de Main, Sarah Forrest, Shauna McMullan, Ciara Phillips and Jacki Parry.
Project was supported and funded by Glasgow Life / Glasgow Museums and Glasgow Women’s Library