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Carrolup Exhibition of Aboriginal Child Artists 1940s - 1950s, Thursday 6 October – Thursday 10 November, Glasgow University Memorial Chapel.

       

 

Carrolup Exhibition of Aboriginal Child Artists 1940s - 1950s

Memorial Chapel

Thursday 6 October to Thursday 10 November 2022

Viewing times:
Monday – Friday 14:00 – 17:00
Tuesday & Friday 09:00 – 12:00

This remarkable artwork and stories provide opportunities for truthful conversations about the impact of colonisation, the Stolen Generations, and the rights of children today. 

Chapel Events in association with Carrolup exhibition generously funded by the Ferguson Bequest:

  • Monday 24 October, 7pm
    Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse Trio Live

    Tickets available via Evenbrite 

  • Thursday 3 November, 7pm
    Jessie Lloyd: Mission Songs Project
     
    Tickets available via Eventbrite

  • Monday 7 November, 7pm
    Alastair McIntosh: ‘Decolonising Lands and Minds’
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    Tickets available via Eventbrite

 

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse Trio, University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel. Monday 24 October, 7pm.

Ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, poignant stories and guitar brilliance from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse.

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse use music to bring healing and highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages on the planet; the Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia.

Generously funded by the Ferguson Bequest, Gina and Guy perform in association with an exhibition by the Child Artists of Carrolup on display in the University of Glasgow’s Memorial Chapel, this is deeply personal for Gina; her grandmother was taken from her family as a four-year-old and made to walk 600km before being put on a boat and sent to Carrolup Mission. Her mother was also part of the Stolen Generations and (like so many others) was beaten for speaking Noongar language.

Gina’s story is incredible in itself. A a product of the Stolen Generations, she often tells the story of her four families, saying she has; “family that made me (Biological family), family that chose me (adopted family), family that rescued me (Foster family) and family that showed me tough love, because by the time I came to my second foster home, I was a pretty angry, very damaged little girl.

As conduits of a fractured past, Gina and Guy have made it their mission to become agitators for a hopeful future, by rewriting the script through song. Because the only way to address intergenerational trauma is to bring healing and invite everyone back to the campfire.

And music brings healing the most beautiful way. With less 400 speakers of Noongar language left (it is considered critically endangered), their work has always been about what connects. You don't need to understand the words; love, loss, joy all means the same things no matter how you say it.

“...Gina Williams, she’s like a modern Edith Piaf: she takes this old, ancient language and she makes it beautiful and we all fall in love with it.” Archie Roach, Singer-songwriter

Tickets available via Eventbrite 

 

Thursday 3 November, 7pm, Jessie Lloyd: Australian Aboriginal Music

Join us in the Memorial Chapel on Thursday 3 November at 7pm to listen to Jessie Lloyd, an Australian Aboriginal singer, social historian and cultural practitioner of Indigenous song.
Generously funded by the Ferguson Bequest.

Jessie Lloyd is the founder of her award-winning Mission Songs Project. As a cultural ambassador, Lloyd takes audiences on a profoundly-moving musical journey into the depths and diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal culture, history and identity.

“ profoundly moving… the entire collection is sublime” – The Australian newspaper

Jessie’s work continues the songlines of Aboriginal Australian, a body of traditional songs that carries the 60,000-year history of the world’s oldest living culture. She engages her audiences through intimate storytelling, moving harmonies and historical insights, using her humour and truth to share the voices of her elders, just as they would around a warm campfire or kitchen table.
Tickets available via Eventbrite

 

Alastair McIntosh: Decolonising Lands and Minds. Monday 7November, 7-8.30pm

The University of Glasgow Chaplaincy and Interfaith Scotland are thrilled to welcome Scottish author and activist Alastair McIntosh.

Scottish human ecologist, researcher, and activist Alastair McIntosh, ‘a Quaker with an interfaith outlook’, explores decolonisation in a way that probes its deeper effects and implications. The colonial project profoundly impacted people’s relationship to land.

He is an honorary professor in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Alastair grew up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. This background, with time in the South Pacific, shaped his life’s work in land reform, community empowerment and the spirituality of the human condition. His books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (Aurum) and most recently Riders on the Storm (Birlinn 2020).

Generously funded by the Ferguson Bequest, this event is an opportunity to reflect on the Australian Aboriginal relation to ‘country’, vividly portrayed in the exhibition: The Child Artists of Carrolup at the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel from 6 October - 10 November.

Part of the Stolen Generation, these children’s stories and drawings invite truth-telling about loss and alienation, but also the possibilities of healing.

The Chapel will be open from 18:00 for attendees to view the exhibition.

Generously funded by the Ferguson Bequest.

What's On September - December 2022

Chapel Music: Concerts and Organ Recitals

 
Photo credit: Harry Campbell
The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir provides music for services and events in the chapel and elsewhere, as well as giving concerts and recitals throughout the academic year, such as the weekly "Choral Contemplations" series in the first and second terms. It also records and tours nationally and internationally, has recorded several CDs, and is available for weddings and memorial services. 

Friday Celebrity Organ Concerts and Wednesday Lunchtime Organ Concerts 2022-2023

  • Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts: 1.10 - 1.50pm
  • Friday Celebrity Concerts: 6 pm

Funded by The Ferguson Bequest, the first concert of 2022-23 is on Wednesday 5th October with Colin Mark Andrews (USA)

October 5        Colin Mark Andrews (USA)

October 12      Kevin Bowyer

Programme:
L’Orgue Mystique, Suite 3                 Charles Tournemire

Christmas Rhapsody                           Camil van Hulse

Prelude, Toccata and Chaconne         Brian Brockless

October 19      Anthony Gritten (London)

Programme includes Jean-Jacques Grunenwald’s Organ Sonata.

October 26      Rory Moules 

Friday, November 18 at 6pm Tom Bell

Programme:
Livre du Saint-Sacrement           Olivier Messiaen

The Chapel Organ was built by Henry Willis III in 1927 and was most recently refurbished by Harrison & Harrison of Durham in 2005.
Please see Chapel Organ Specification

 

 

 

Calligraphy Sessions as Meditation with the International Study Group: Interfaith Room, Tuesdays 12-2pm, 23 August - 29 November 2022

Honorary International Chaplains, Yushin and Fumi from Japan Desk Scotland will be delighted to welcome you to the Interfaith Room on Tuesdays 12-2pm for free Calligraphy as Meditation August - November 2022. All materials provided.

To find the Interfaith Room: from the West Quadrangle, enter door adjacent to the Chapel (where the Chaplaincy welcome sign is), then turn immediate left and down the stairs. We look forward to seeing you! 

 

Calligraphy as Meditation

 

View previous Chapel Services

Chaplaincy You Tube Channel

2021 - 2022

Tuesday 15 February
Taizé Music and Prayer
A reflective service or prayer and music, led by the University Chaplain and the Chapel Choir. Our monthly Taizé services offer a reflective, inclusive and meditative space at the end of the day.

Tuesday 2 February
Choral Evensong
Led by The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth and The Rev Canon Oliver Brewer-Lennon, Honorary Anglican Chaplains

Tuesday 18 January
Taizé Music and Prayer
A reflective service or prayer and music with Father Stephen Reillyand the University Chapel Choir.

20 November 2021
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR): An online service reflecting upon the tragic loss of life of those who identify as Transgender.

Tuesday 2 November, 6pm
Choral Evensong for COP26
Led by the Honorary Anglican Chaplains with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music accompanied by Kevin Bowyer, University Organist. 

Including the first performance of a new work for choir by Harold Thalange, commissioned by the University of Glasgow as part of the ‘Dear Green Bothy’ project. 

Tuesday October 19 , 6pm
Taize Service: prayer, reflection on scripture and music for contemplation
Led by Rev Dr.Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music

Tuesday 5 October, 6pm
Choral Evensong
Led by The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth and The Rev Canon Oliver Brewer-Lennon, Honorary Anglican Chaplains

 

2020-2021
Tuesday 23 March, 6pm
Choral Contemplations
University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

March 16 Tuesday, 6pm
Vespers: prayer, reflection on scripture and music for contemplation 
Led by Rev Dr.Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music

March 14 Sunday, 11am
University Cathedral Service 

March 9 Tuesday
Choral Contemplations
University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

Tuesday 2 March
Taizé Music and Prayers
Led by Rev Dr.Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

Tuesday 23 February
Choral Contemplations:Bute Hall Windows-Doctors of the Church
Online via Chapel Choir YouTube and Facebook

Wednesday 17 Feb 
Ash Wednesday Service Coronach: Lenten Lamentation
A service of music and reflection to begin the Christian season of Lent

Tuesday 16 February
Vespers: prayer, reflection on scripture and music for contemplation 
Led by Rev Dr.Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

Tuesday 9 February Choral Contemplations
Online via Chapel Choir YouTube and Facebook

Tuesday 2 February Taizé Music and Prayers
Led by Rev Dr.Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

Tuesday 26 January Choral Contemplations: Bute Hall Windows I - Robert Burns
University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

Tuesday 19 January Vespers: prayer, reflection on scripture and music for contemplation
Led by Rev Dr.Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

Tuesday 12 January Taizé Music and Prayers
Led by Rev Dr.Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

Sunday 13 December Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday 6 December  Madrigirls Advent Service

Tuesday 1 December Taizé Music and Prayers
Led by Rev Dr.Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the University Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music.

Tuesday 17 November, 18:00 Vespers: prayer, reflection on scripture and music for contemplation

Sunday 15 November 08:10 Sunday Worship Radio 4
Rev Dr Doug Gay, Principal of Trinity College, Glasgow, and Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly, Chaplain to Glasgow University explore the mixed feelings experienced when faith has to reckon with the complexities of life on Radio 4 at 08:10 Sunday 15 November.

Tuesday 3 November 18:00 - Taizé Music and Prayers.     
Led by Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music
Explore Taizé 

Tuesday 20 October 18:00 - Vespers: prayer, reflection on scripture and music for contemplation. 
Led by Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly, University Chaplain with the Chapel Choir conducted by Katy Cooper, Director of Chapel Music. 

The Road to Emmaus: part 1.
Online service from the University of Glasgow Chaplain, Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly.

This Too Shall Pass: Reflections on the Emmaus Road, part 2
Online service from the University of Glasgow Chaplain, Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly.

Stay With Us: Reflections on the Emmaus Road, part 3
Online service from the University of Glasgow Chaplain, Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly.

 

Archive of Chapel Art Exhibitions

  • Festival of Science: Using Photography to Explore Social Issues
    16 November - 7 January 2022
    A Photographic Exhibition on the topics of 'End of Life' and 'Financial Hardship'


  • 7 DAYS by Carol Marples, artist for the Soul Marks Trust
    Monday 1st November - Friday 26th November 2021

    7 DAYS aims to cause us to reflect on the gift of creation. Our role and our place in it, what past and present effects our actions or inactions have caused, and the choices we now make in caring for and repairing it.   

    Taking as a starting point the ancient Hebrew text of Genesis, Chapter 1- telling of the seven days of creation - seven panels, (1M x 1M) were created from re-purposed fabrics, gold-leaf, emulsion, candle wax and thread. From Mid-July to mid-October the panels were installed in seven different gardens therefore handing the works over to the various situational and elemental environments of these places. Changes to the panels over these eight weeks are being documented by the artist – available to see on Soul Marks social media sites and Website. The seven panels will be exhibited during COP26 – in whatever state they have evolved to. 


    Carol gave a talk on the work's conception and process on 25 November 

    http://www.soulmarks.co.uk/7-days-a/ 
    Soul Marks Trust is a registered Scottish Charity: SC 034403

  • Gardner and Gardner : From time to time….’
    Monday 13 September - Friday 15th October 2021


    In the unique, contemplative environment of the 1929, University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.  The kinetic installation was a visual meditation on text found in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes.  Originally written in Hebrew, sometime between the 5th and 2nd Century B.C, the ancient text catalogues in fourteen couplets the times and seasons of human experience, not instructional but observational. 
    Listen to:
    Ecclesiastes ch3 vv1-8 read in Englishby Ishbel McFarlane, performer and theatre maker: You Tube link   
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Kohelet) read in Hebrewby Rabbi Aharon Lemberger: You Tube link: You Tube link
    The couplets, transposed onto paper, are set within the tension and balance of a mobile; its movement causing the perforated words to be both revealed and obscured. 
    ‘From time to time…’ invited us to pause and consider the world as it is. There is wisdom in giving such attention and doing so can help us navigate the sorrows and the joys of human experience.
    gardnerandgardner.co.uk

 

    • Tears of Gold - Stories of Women Displaced from Home
      Friday 11 - Thursday 17 June 2021

    In Hannah Rose Thomas’ portraits we come face to face with the grief and loss of bodily integrity, with the integrity of human lives lived within the environment. In the portraits we come face to face with women (and men) who have been displaced and we see into a future that we have a chance to change, into suffering that might be prevented.

    Supported by The Dear Green Bothy, a collaborative cultural programme from the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts showcasing creative and critical responses to climate emergency

    #TheDearGreenBothy @UofGArts

    Should you have any questions please email unesco-rila@glasgow.ac.uk

    Part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2021

    refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk

    #RefugeeFestScot

    The History of University Memorial Chapel

     

    The History of University Memorial Chapel 

    Download PDFs : 

    History of the Memorial Chapel 
    Chapel Decoration and Stained Glass Windows

     

     

     

     

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