Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Free Comic Book Day

You know that May the 4th is International Star Wars Day right? But did you know that this year, May 3rd is also Free Comic Book Day. No really. It's a thing.

Pop into the Green room at Dutch Gable House on Saturday May 3rd, for one day only, you can get a FREE copy of Magic Torch's Tales of the Oak comic, and free badges from their new 13 Commonwealth Tales project.

We'll also be showing some comic documentaries in the Secret Cinema and showcasing some classic comic images on our screens.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Gies Peace - Radio Radio

Check out Gies Peace on facebook

And check out the work of the volunteers so far at next weeks showcase event in The Beacon Arts Centre, on Saturday 3rd May from 5 - 7.

Monday, 14 April 2014

White Gold Open Event - Tonight!

White Gold is an ambitious, site-specific performance set in Greenock’s iconic Sugar Sheds. Brought to the warehouse for storing, sifting, refining and presenting, White Gold is woven together from vivid and touching stories gathered across Inverclyde.

As audiences walk through the show, artists, performers and 200 volunteers will bring narratives to life through drama, movement, original music and breathtaking aerial performance. Surprising, poignant and deeply moving, White Gold gives the community of Greenock top billing as the nation’s stars.

An original creation conceived and overseen by Mark Murphy, directed by Simone Jenkinson and Joseph Traynore of Cuerda Producciones. It is produced by Iron Oxide and includes Cuerda Producciones from Argentina, All or Nothing Aerial and DJs/musicians Tigerstyle. Part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.


Volunteer cast and crew

Volunteers are currently being sought to join the White Gold cast and crew, working with a talented team of artists and theatre professionals.

Cast Members, Assistant Stage Managers, Runners, Lighting Design Crew, Site Crew and Stage Crew are all required. The positions are accessible to anyone 16+, with a willingness to learn and there are a number of roles available, depending on how much time each volunteer has to give.

To find out more please come along to our Open Evening at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, on Mon 14 April from 7.30pm-8.30pm. You’ll have the chance to talk to the team, see the aerial performers in action and find out how you can get involved with White Gold.

For further information or to request a pack on the opportunities above please email

We have been helping the White Gold project with their story collection for this performance, you really want to get involved with this unique event.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Gies Music @ The Dutch Gable

Contact laura.mathieson@the-trust.org.uk for more information and to get involved...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Absent Voices vs Dutch Gable House

Meredith Lawder by Alastair Cook

If you made it along to the Absent Voices pop up exhibition at The Beacon last Friday, you would have been lucky enough to see some of the progress made so far by the artists and community volunteers in documenting the social history around the Sugar Sheds. We were especially taken with Whinhill Primary and Yvonne Lyon's new Greenock folksong classic The Swanky Docker.

As part of Absent Voices, we are really pleased that photographer Alastair Cook will be running a short residency in The Dutch Gable House. Alastair will be working throughout the summer demonstrating and working with an antique photographic process called wet plate collodion, dating from 1851. An entirely chemical process, many of Greenock's great and good have been historically captured using the process, and hopefully we'll be showing a few of those photos as well. So come and meet Alastair, talk about Greenock's history, then become part of it. If you are interested in getting involved contact alastair@absentvoices.com.

You can see more examples of Alastair's work in photography and film on his blog and facebook page
Alastair has also offered to dress up in a traditional Victorian Photographer cape and top hat during the project just to make it all even more authentic. But we probably won't make him do that. We'll see.

And if photography isn't your thing, there's plenty other ways you may wish to get involved. A range of other workshops are taking place across Inverclyde, including introduction to stained glass and glass painting. These 6 two hour classes will introduce participants to basic stained glass techniques such as glass cutting, pattern making, leading and glass painting - each participant will design and fabricate a design of their own choice. There's also an introduction to glass casting and a series of urban sketching classes and drawing trips. All overseen by local treasure Alec Galloway. If you are interested in any of these workshops, email Alec@absentvoices.com for further information.