GAS Bookfair first planning meetingThursday, February 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Glasgow Autonomous Space
53 Kilbirnie Street, G5 8JD Glasgow, United Kingdom
Come along to find out more about the last GAS bookfair and create this years together. This is the first meeting so we will be focussing on getting to know each other, what skills and interests we have, and developing a plan to move forward. It will be an interactive meeting rather than a sit around in a big circle one!
We can cover bus fares
If childcare is an issue please let us know and we will support you to join us.
Going from strength to strength, the GAS printmaking collective meet regularly on a Tuesday evening. Once you get to know them there is also opportunity to drop in at other times. For more info check out their facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/GAS-Print-Collective-309391203050034/
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8 PM – 2 AM
A fundraiser for the Herbal Unity Garden extension - turning waste ground into a Hedgerow Herb Garden with people affected by the immigration system.
We are fund-raising for the Herbal Unity Garden. For those of you who are regulars at GAS you will know how important the garden is - a beautiful, calm and colourful space in the middle of an industrial estate! Maintained by a fantastic group of volunteers. As well as making a space for nature, It grows herbs which are then used in herbal teas by the Herbal Unity Collective and in the GAS kitchen.
The fundraiser has an amazing line up of day time gigs, stand up, poetry and DJs.
WE NEED HELP! JOIN IN THE FUN :)
Can you help on the night? We will need a help with warming up the food, putting out the food and clearing up afterwards between about 7.30pm and 9pm. We also need help with the bar and the door. A couple of hours work with these would really help.
GAS will be hosting a Book Fair in March, and we are excited to get the Ball rolling already with some great stalls already lined up. If you are interested in running a stall please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The dream is for the bookfair to reflect the ethos of GAS, non-hierarchical organising and the diversity of the people and organisations who use GAS, but also about things unique to Glasgow.
If anyone is interesting in joining in with an organising group we would welcome that, and suggestions for stalls, speakers, meetings and workshops would be great. So far we have suggested workshops from Herbal Unity ( navigating the NHS workshop for people caught up in the immigration system), a printing workshop, and badge making. We want to get away from some of the habitual things you get at Anarchist/Radical type bookfairs that have made them not very diverse in the past.
Given recent events at these bookfairs we want to stress here at GAS that we don't support transphobia and are explicitly in support of reform to the gender recognition act and of people's right to self identify their gender.
We are looking for volunteers for the supervising a creche, the social in the evening and the food at the event.
Facebook event can be found here at glasgow autonomous book fair
Action, Friends, Fun, Childcare, Talks, Food, Stalls, Loads Of Books!, So Many Books!, Screenings, Discussions, Workshops, Tea Coffee Cafe, Zines, Rattle Library.
We are excited to be hosting the next Social Centre Network (Uk & Ireland) Gathering at GAS in September (22nd to the 23rd). This event is for all those involved in social centres (or aiming to set one up soon) around the UK. Activists form across the UK will come together to discuss, debate, skillshare & plan in relation to our social centres.
We would encourage people from Glasgow to come! Never been to GAS? Come join in the fun. Want to influence and change GAS? This is going to be a great forum to do that. Its a great opportunity for anyone who interested in creating their own social centre or getting involved with an existing one.
It is going to be FUN / INSPIRING / ACTIVATING / POSITIVE / EXCITING / with a wee bit of nitty gritty problem solving thrown in.
This event has a suggested donation of £10 per person for the weekend, to cover refreshments, meals and programme. However you are welcome to donate whatever works for you, or nothing at all.
10am Coffee and tea served,
10.30 Tour of GAS and welcome
This first session will be a chance ot introduce ourselves, get to know one another and have a think about what we want to achieve over the weekend.
11am. This session will be based on small groups exploring the subjects of Fundraising, Sustaining energy, The physical Space, and how we organize. Each group will have a chance to tackle all the topics.
12.00. Tea break
12.15. Working groups - based on previous discussion, move into working groups based on what you are interested in contributing too. If you are itching to do something practical at this point the there will also be a chance to spend some time helping the Rattle Library to categorise their zines.
1.00. Vegan Lunch – Rattle Library, Printmakers workshop and Garden will be open to explore
2.00. Group defined session- what do we want to discuss? Perhapss working with the idea of designing the ‘perfect’ social centre. Potential topics of discussion:
– Setting up social centres
– Making social centres last
– Making autonomous spaces in unusual places
as well as:
– Safer spaces
– Conflict resolution and solving general disputes
– Getting started / Problems and pitfalls when starting a social centre
– Making Social Centres in unusual places
– Building networks of support / Developing connections between Social Centres
– Issues around maintaining a Social Centre (visioning, decision making)
– Social centres and the neighbourhood / engagement or colonization?
3.30. Round up, how are people feeling, learning from the day. 4.00. Finish day activity
7.00 till 1am
Dinner, Music and social
GAS's Autumn Fundraiser!
By donation Barbershop with Barber GABRIEL LGBTQI+ Trans friendly Barber. Get a fresh cut! Printmaking collective out in force / Banner making / Rattle Library Open
TASTY FOODZ, mocktails cocktails
Performances and DJS
10.30. Coffee for all
11.00. Inhaler making with Herbal Unity. The Herbal Unity Collective was set up in response to restricted access to healthcare for people without papers. They run a free clinic for people in the asylum process and their allies. The collective is made up of qualified & lay herbalists, grass roots campaigners and people in the asylum process. Our politics are aligned with the Unity Centre, and No Borders. In this session we will be helping to restock supplies of remedies which the collective hand out during clinics.
12.00. Reflections on yesterday, making a plan for going forward as a network. Working on the Social centres Network zine
2.00pm One group will work on Clearing waste ground for woodland fringe extension to the herb garden or herb processing if heavy rain
another will continue work on the social centre Network Zine
3.00 Finish and Thankyous
Accommodation wise, there are some spaces at shared houses nearby GAS who are up for hosting, let us know if you can host!
GAS is partly wheelchair accessible and the majority of activities will take place downstairs. If you would like to discuss this with someone please email email@example.com
There is GAS a agreement which will be upheld during the event and which attendees you are asked to agree on before entering the space.
Please let us know if you would like to attend so that we can plan lunch numbers, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Please let us know if you would like childcare or if there is anything else we can do to support your attendance.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to cook, tidy, support, be a friendly face. let us know if you want to get involved.
Donations of £10 for the weekend are gratefully received for food and drinks, but everyone is welcome regardless of money!