Glencoe Rally

Buchanan, Roderick
"Glencoe Rally is a video following Pollok & Thornliebank Republican Flute Band as they take part in the Annual Glencoe Commemoration Rally in the Scottish Highlands. In 2004 the municipal art gallery in my home city of Glasgow invited me to engage with their biennial social justice programme and to tackle the subject 'Sectarianism'. Identity politics in Scotland is often attached to whether you're perceived to have, or consciously project, a Roman Catholic or Protestant identity. Scotland is a modern multicultural country. However the legacy of population shifts, due to the demand for workers in Scottish cities during the industrial revolution, saw the arrival of many Catholic families from Ireland. Glasgow being the most populous city with the largest demand for labour, many working class communities today maintain a pride in their roots and celebrate their different heritages. Events regarded as Catholic celebrations or Protestant parades can lead to tension between communities. However, despite the rude health of Scottish Protestant and Loyalist culture and the continued support for Irish Republicanism in Glasgow many leaders of civic society; business people, teachers, churchmen, politicians and journalists would like these expressions of identity to disappear."
  • Artwork Details: running time: 15 minutes
  • Edition: 1 of 3
  • Material description: video
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC12/2012



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