Albert Drive neighbours grow closer

Above: a letter to neighbours, on display in the hope of engaging more Albert Drive residents. Below: the neighbourhood watch team are meeting and greeting the people of Pollokshields. Photos by Abigail Howkins.
Above: a letter to neighbours, on display in the hope of engaging more Albert Drive residents. Below: the neighbourhood watch team are meeting and greeting the people of Pollokshields. Photos by Abigail Howkins.

ALBERT Drive is the place to be these days – and so say all of you.

The Tramway-based Albert Drive arts project is in full swing, engaging with residents and businesses on the Pollokshields street in preparation for a street party performance on July 6 and 7.

The project began in October 2012, and has been gathering and publicly posting letters exploring the question who is my neighbour?, along with pictures of people proudly stating “I’m on Albert Drive”, collected by the Neighbourhood Watch patrollers.

Jess Thorpe, lead artist of the group responsible, Glas(s) Performance, explained: “We’re really thrilled with the response on the drive so far, specifically around the Letters to Our Neighbours and also Neighbourhood Watch.

“People love reading the letters on lamposts – they have become a real talking point.

“As we move into the spring phase of the project, we’re now inviting local people to take part in making the final Albert Drive performance, which will take place in Tramway in July.

“We’re also looking forward to building relationships with the people we’ve met so far, and also meeting new people. If you’d like to take part, please get in touch.”

A Letter to Our Neighbours workshops continue throughout April at various venues, including every Thursday at Albert Drive Studios – all are welcome along to join in.

Groups can also invite the workshop to them, by contacting 0845 330 3501, 07934150530 or participate@albertdrive.com.

Residents can also keep an eye out for the Neighbourhood Watch gang (pictured), and give them a wave – contact them at neighbourhoodwatch@albertdrive.com, or follow them on Twitter @NeighbourhoodW2.