The ‘Golden Tenement’
The ‘Golden Tenement’ art project will investigate urban regeneration and displacement in Dalmarnock. A collaboration between graphic designer Neil McGuire and jeweller/goldsmith Marianne Anderson, the project will investigate urban regeneration and displacement by exploring how ideas of a city and a nation are perpetuated through mega-events such as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
The Golden tenement project refers to Margaret Jaconelli’s tenement home in Dalmarnock. Mrs Jaconelli and her family were the last residents to be evicted from their Dalmarnock homes (by over 100 police officers) so that land could be cleared for the Commonwealth Games. The Golden Tenement tells the story of Mrs Jaconelli’s eviction, comparing her treatment to that of Willie Haughey, owner of City Refrigeration. While Mrs Jaconelli still awaits any payment at all from the City Council, Haughey, (a good friend of former City Leader, Steven Purcell, key member of ‘Team Glasgow’, and the largest Scottish donor to the Labour Party), received a huge sum for a plot of land in Rutherglen from Clyde Gateway Developments, an arms-length external organisation (ALEO) run by Purcell’s former political advisor, Iain Manson. So much for ‘Legacy’ – it seems there is one rule for the rich and connected and another one for the poor.
The project will mass produce, low cost, replica Golden Tenements (just like Mrs Jaconelli’s home in Dalmarnock) to be sold as souvenirs outside sporting grounds as part of the Creative Scotland initiated ‘Scotland Can Make It!’ retail plan in 2014. These replica’s will connect the games (as it happens) to Mrs Jaconelli’s story and other stories of displacement through regeneration. Profits from the sale of the Golden Tenements will be used to fund the creation of a single gold casting of a Dalmarnock tenement.The Golden Tenement will in turn be donated to a community-based East-end charity.
Glasgow Games Monitor 2104 will be following this story with Neil and Marianne. We think it effectively and ironically exposes the hypocrisy around the Games Legacy, and intend to support the artists in their attempt to keep up the publicity around the negative aspects of the Commonwealth Games that the City Council and Scottish Government would prefer you didn’t see.