A TEA party for 80 people might sound like a lot of effort — but it’s all in a day’s work for the Albert Drive project team, launching the latest in a series of community arts initiatives aimed at showcasing the Pollokshields street’s best bits.
The artists at Glas(s) performance continued the community-driven participation project — which will end in a street party and showcase at Tramway in July — by setting up a giant tea caddy house on Albert Drive, and inviting neighbours in to find out more.
Everybody’s House will be popping up along the street in the coming weeks, exploring the idea of neighbours — and allowing you to meet yours.
The transparent wendy house — designed by Andy McAvoy of southside firm EDO Architecture — is lightweight and portable, and has been dishing out tea, cake and even pizza donated a by local business.
Project coordinator Abigail Howkins told The Extra: “Everybody’s House has been inspired by the joy of manufacturing inherent in the history of the show people, and reflects a similar skilled manufacture that once took place in Tramway when it was a coachworks.
“On its first outing, Glas(s) took it to sit outside Londis in the heart of the shopping area. They waited to see if any of their neighbours would visit — and they did.
“Over the day they met with over 80 people out and about on Albert Drive, shared tea and cake, talked about the shops, flats and their families, their hopes and fears and things they care about.”
The Albert Drive project will culminate in a huge event in July featuring theatre, film, photography, dance, performance and visual art all made in collaboration with the residents of the Pollokshields street.
It’s not too late to be involved, and you can find out more by popping into Everybody’s House, visiting www.albertdrive.com or following the team on Twitter @albertdrive.