TILDA Swinton playing David Bowie, a re-enactment of the Black Friday riots, conversations with foxes in Tesco’s car park, a mass "Taps Aff" dance for all genders in the city centre, and a Willy Wonka-inspired promenade performance through the Tunnocks Teacake Factory are all part of a new post-Arches "imaginary festival".

Following the closure of The Arches in 2015, former Artistic Director Jackie Wylie has been leading on a period of research and development to consider the legacy of its arts programme, with support from Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life.

Three winning proposals, chosen by Wylie and an arts industry panel, include Andy Field's Glasgow-wide festival of imaginary events taking place in streets, car parks, schools, swimming pools, factories and homes. The festival programme will consist of 20 curated ideas from former Arches-affiliated artists, which will be represented on citywide street posters until July 20, supported by TPA (The Poster Associates).

Tours of the sites will be arranged where audiences will be invited to imagine the event taking place before them.


A FESTIVAL of the Solstice, a festival of music, art and science on the 55-acre Crawick Multiverse artland, takes place this weekend. On Sunday a mosaic by Charles Jencks entitled Sun Flare-Earth Shield will be unveiled, while there will also be performances by Alex Rigg and his theatrical dance company Oceanallover (pictured), The Sanquhar Pipe Band, the Gala Queens of Kirkconnel and a fire display.

entitled Collision of the Galaxies/Burning of the Multiverse.


A MAJOR new survey of workers in the TV and film industry reveals clear barriers for parents and carers who work in the sector. These barriers do not only affect women, the report by Raising Films, revealed at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, finds.

More than 600 respondents participated in a survey, with over half living outside Greater London. Almost 80 per cent of respondents reported their career felt a negative impact from their parenting and caring responsibilities.

The report finds that financial uncertainty and the economic impact of family life are a major concern, particularly for freelancers, as childcare is expensive and pay can be low.

Tax relief is high on the agenda for carers, as is flexible childcare that can fulfill often ad hoc or last minute needs. Legislation for gender equality and for fair hours would also be welcome, the study finds.