Women and Sport in Interwar Scotland



Wednesday 1 May 2019
6 – 7pm

We’re excited to announce a series of talks that have been programmed alongside Callum Rice’s solo exhibition The Failing Light but Polmadie Shines on display in the Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover. This series delivered by a variety of academics, writers, artists and historians aims to expand upon some of Callum’s research interests as well as provide an insight into a variety of subjects touched upon by the exhibition.

We kick off the programme with Dr Fiona Skillen on 01 May 2019.

‘She hits the golf ball as far as a man and is equally good at tennis: Women and sport in interwar Scotland.’

Dr Fiona Skillen will talk about the rich history of women’s participation in sport in Scotland and debunk the myth that women’s sport is a modern phenomenon. Focusing on the period 1919-1939, a time when women arguably took up new sports in greater numbers than ever before she’ll discuss how women of all different backgrounds and ages were playing sports as diverse as hockey, tennis and even football in locations all over Glasgow, from factories to local swimming baths and from schools to local parks. Her talk will also touch upon the effective ban of women playing football for almost half a century and bring us to the present-day success of the women’s game.

Image: Glasgow Bar Kochba gymnastics club late 1930s. (Image copywrite of Brenda Brown from Speaker’s Family Archive).

Dr Fiona Skillen is a Senior Lecturer in History at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research
interests concern aspects of sports history, gender and changes in popular culture. She is particularly interested in the influence which dominant discourses concerning gender and modernity had on women’s popular culture. Her monograph, Women, Sport and Modernity focused specifically on the ways in which these discourses impinged on and were negotiated by women who wished to participate in sport within the interwar period.

Refreshments will be served at the event.

This event is FREE, however booking is essential.
To book a place visit Eventbrite

This talk has been generously supported by The WM Mann Foundation & Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

More events have been programmed as part of this series, to find out more visit:

Simon Inglis, Tuesday 28 May 2019, 6-7pm Archie Leitch – Man of Steel and Concrete

Neil Clements, Tuesday 4 June 2019, 6-7pm Contemporary Art’s Relationship to Industrial Space

Fergus Sutherland, Tuesday 11 June 2019, 6-7pm Football is the Ballet of the Masses

Or if you prefer you can give us a call on 0141 427 9557 or email arts@houseforanartlover.co.uk

Find out more about Callum’s exhibition here: The Failing Light but Polmadie Shines

Both the Studio Pavilion gallery & House for an Art Lover are fully accessible venues. All entrances to the gallery and house have ramped access and there is a lift to allow access to the other levels of the House. All paths around the house and gallery are tarmac which are flat and accessible. There is an audio induction loop in place for use by people with hearing aids. Assistance dogs are welcome. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding access. We have four blue badge parking spaces available on site.

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