#CommonDebate: Your thoughts on the #GlasgowEffect art project at its conclusion

Maxine Blane

Today via CommonSocial, Twitter and Facebook we asked for your responses to our #CommonDebate feature

AS part of Scotland’s new media, what you think about the news is a top priority for CommonSpace – we want to know how you feel about major news stories, and what events you think should be getting attention.

Your views on news issues are incredibly important to us, and we want you to be involved every step of the way. Whenever there’s a big question or issue drawing public attention, we’ll use the #CommonDebate hashtag to make sure your voice is heard.

Activist and artist Ellie Harrison’s controversial Glasgow Effect project reached its conclusion yesterday with a seminar livestreamed from the Glasgow Film Theatre. The project spanned a year and raised fierce social media discussion upon launching, which Harrison addressed by saying “If it hadn’t been for the controversy, the art’s funding process wouldn’t have been demystified in the way it was,”.

With these events in mind, today on #CommonDebate we asked for your thoughts on the Glasgow Effect project. We’ve collated them below, along with some tweets we recieved about the project during the livestream yesterday (8 January).

One respondent on Facebook expressed their view with a succinct playground metaphor:

On twitter, confusion with the purpose and goal of the project was a recurring theme:

One user suggested that yesterday’s seminar demonstrated a lack of focus from the project:

The issue of funding for the Glasgow Effect project was also raised on twitter:

Finally, one user highlighted the importance of subsidising the arts but questioned the purpose of the project:


We’d like to thank everyone who responded, and encourage you all to get involved in our next #CommonDebate on CommonSocial, Twitter or Facebook, or even tell us what you think in the comments below.

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