Opening Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-12midnight, Sun-Mon: Closed

Common Ground Festival

Monuments for the Present

Fri 7 June — Wed 26 June 2024

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

A collaged image making use of fragmented photos of a sculpture.

Image credit Sadaf Syeda

Monuments for the Present is an open-ended project that invites dialogue around equalities and public space. The works on display were co-created by participants from Maryhill Integration Network’s Museum of Things Art Group with the Monuments for Equality creative initiative (Paria Goodarzi, Mia Gubbay and Francesca Zappia). In recent years, public monuments in the UK have been the focus of debate and action that have questioned dominant narratives of national identity that glorify violent imperialist extraction and white supremacy. Complex power struggles around these contested sites have made room for new forms of representation within the public realm. The project relates temporal experience to social and structural inequalities and explores potentialities for different value systems to be represented in the public space.

Monuments for the Present has come together through collaborative dialogue and artistic creation that unfolded over a nine month period through a series of participatory action research workshops. The exhibition presents works created with different media and techniques, such as video, collage and monuments made with the soap. These forms disrupt values intrinsic to traditional Western European monuments, providing space to re-imagine them as platforms for the diverse voices that make up Glasgow’s social fabric.


Join us for the opening Thursday 6 June 7-9pm as part of Glasgow International.


The Monuments for the Present project will also hold four participatory workshops on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 June. These workshops are free to attend, but ticketed. Learn more and book your tickets here.

Please note the exhibition will be closed, other than workshop participants, during this time.

Friday 21 June
Session 1 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session 2 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Saturday 22 June
Session 1 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session 2 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Part of Glasgow International




Event Type




Creative Lab


11:00am — 6:00pm


All ages


Free and unticketed


Wheelchair accessible

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