Barrowland Ballads

13th September- 17th October | 10am-5pm | 54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ

Behind the blinking neon, at the very back of backstage, the artists of Recollective (Mitch Miller, Chris Leslie, Alison Irvine) engaged with the untold stories of Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom.

Bringing together photography, text and graphic art, the award winning trio collaborated closely with the venue, the east end community that surrounds it, and more widely, the gig-goers, dancers and musicians whose experiences are woven into the very fabric of the building.

Barrowland Ballads (also available as a book, published in July 2019 by Graphical House) conveys the sweat-drenched, electric atmosphere of the venue. Musicians, stewards, cleaners, bar tenders, cloakroom staff, maintenance men, kids at their first gig and veterans who have lost count contribute to this unique behind-the-scenes portrait of one of Glasgow’s most beloved institutions.