Glasgow’s East End is synonymous with poverty – some of the worst in Europe. With Glasgow’s winning bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games came a promised legacy of change and regrowth, of rebuilding, economic and cultural investment – of a new East End, where gap sites were filled and populations returned.
Nothing is Lost: Recollective set out to document the East End before, during and after the Commonwealth Games. We met market traders, travelling showpeople, playworkers, community activists, cafe owners and local children. We gathered stories and sought out images from the places changed by the Games, those largely untouched, and those left behind.
Nothing is Lost is offered both as a question and a statement – Are things better for the East End? Worse? Much the same? Nothing is Lost offers no neat answers or comforting fictions. It offers up hope, complexity, nuance and doubt – a way for the reader to work out the truth of the post-Commonwealth city for themselves, through words, photographs and dialectograms.
The story Recollective tells takes us from the glamour of the Barrowland Ballroom to the hidden communities caught in the crossfire of major regeneration. It taps into the hopes, fears and dreams of East End youth and the fading memory of demolished districts and East End entrepreneurs. We meet Games volunteers and visit the Adventure Playground built by Assemble Architecture in sight of the new Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock. We find an East End of many faces, and many possible futures.
Nothing is Lost – Box Set of Books
Schipka Pass / Barrowland Park – 6 mins
Barrowland Ballroom – 4 mins