Introducing SCAN Decades, our new event series


Marking our first ten years of activity by looking to the next ten years, DECADES is SCAN’s new programme of free conversational events. Matching friends, collaborators and alumni in Scotland with the thinkers, activists and organisers who inspire them, each 90-minute event will centre an issue prescient to the lives of artists, art workers and the wider public.

We know that the past few years have seen our contemporary art community work harder than ever in navigating the compound challenges of COVID-19, Brexit and an unfolding cost of living crisis. DECADES marks a conscientious pivot for SCAN, making a space away from the present tense to envisage futures with expertise summoned from across disciplines, experiences and borders.

DECADES is an invitation to think laterally about the world we want to build and what tools we’ll need to do so. With topics expected to include the future of arts education, artists and the housing crisis, new visions for civic space and institutional power, each event will ask what conditions are needed to make a liveable world for all and a thriving environment for contemporary art in Scotland.

DECADES will take place over a number of weeknight sessions, online and in venues across Scotland, between February and April 2023.


Left: Imandeep Kaur; right: Adele Patrick

‘Visioning Possibilities, Incubating Change’ with Imandeep Kaur and Adele Patrick

Thursday 9 February, 7pm
5 Florence Street, Glasgow
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SCAN launches its new public programme with a discussion between Birmingham-based civic organiser Imandeep Kaur and Adele Patrick, co-founder and director of Glasgow Women’s Library. Considering creative leadership, endurance, exhaustion, and reflective practice, this session will draw from Kaur and Patrick’s shared experience of changemaking in post-industrial urban contexts, offering strategies for working with communities to envisage and build futureproof public resources in an unfair world.


Imandeep Kaur is a Co-Founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE, a public square, neighbourhood lab, and creative + participatory platform focused on regenerative civic and social infrastructure within neighbourhoods. Throughout her decade-long career, Kaur has focused on convening and building community, the role of citizens in radical systemic change, and how we together create more democratic, distributed, open source social and civic infrastructure. Through this work she has discovered much about economic justice and broader injustices, the pivotal role of land and social/civic infrastructure in neighbourhoods, and the value extracted from communities through our broken investment models.

Dr Adele Patrick FRSA FRSE has devised and collaborated on innovative equalities-focused cultural projects and community learning for over 30 years. She co-founded Glasgow Women’s Library in 1991 and is currently a Co-Director. Having trained as a designer at The Glasgow School of Art, Adele’s work spans the development of innovation housing projects including Take Root and Raising the Roof, research (including ongoing work on Feminist Leadership), publishing, collaborations with a wide range of creatives and work as a movement leader focused on cultural justice. Adele was Scotswoman of the Year in 2016 and currently sits on the Board of V&A Dundee. | @dradelepatrick


The venue is located in the southeast of Glasgow with adequate public transport connections, we encourage participants and attendees to travel sustainably.

5 Florence Street is an 18 minute walk from Glasgow Central Station, 12 minutes from Argyle Street Station and is on the 65 bus route.

The room is accessible from street level by ramp and elevator for those with mobility needs.

This event will be live captioned.


We are able to offer a small number of travel bursaries. To apply, please send an email to [email protected] with a note of your travel costs and circumstances by 1st February 2023.



Left: Dont Rhine; centre: Kirsten Lloyd, photo courtesy Neil Hanna; right: Emma Saunders.

‘I love you, you pay my rent’ with Dont Rhine, Kirsten Lloyd and Emma Saunders

Thursday 23 February, 7pm
Glasgow Women’s Library
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Join SCAN for a conversation about the complex interfaces of contemporary art and the global housing crisis with Los Angeles-based artist and organiser Dont Rhine, curator and lecturer Kirsten Lloyd, and Emma Saunders, National Organiser with Living Rent. Artists, art workers and culture have long flourished where housing is affordable and the cost of living low. As economic hardship intensifies and cultural life seems increasingly instrumentalised by developers, this session asks what’s at stake amidst unchecked gentrification and how resistance might be imagined.


Kirsten Lloyd is a Senior Lecturer in the School of History of Art at The University of Edinburgh and an organiser with Living Rent (Leith Branch). She has taught, presented and published on the topic of contemporary art and housing from a feminist perspective, including a chapter on Martha Rosler’s 1989 exhibition ‘If You Lived Here…’ (2017) in the book Feminism and Art History Now. Kirsten is a Research Fellow with the ‘Feminism, Art, Maintenance’ (2019 – 2022) project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, and the Academic Lead for the University’s Contemporary Art Research Collection. She is currently working on the next phase of the collaborative exhibition and research project Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism with Glasgow Women’s Library and a book called Contemporary Art and Capitalist Life.

Dont Rhine is a Los Angeles–based artist, organiser and popular educator. He is a member of the international sound art collective, Ultra-red, which he co-founded in 1994. He began his political education in ACT UP Los Angeles and then the needle exchange, Clean Needles Now, presently Community Health Project Los Angeles, founded in 1992. Since 2015, he has been a founding organizer of the L.A. Tenants Union. In 2023 Ultra-red will publish the first issue of their own journal on militant sound inquiry through Rab-Rab Press in Helsinki.

Emma Saunders is a community organiser and geographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was a founding member of Living Rent, Scotland’s tenants’ union, and is currently the national organiser for the union, supporting members to build local branches and national campaigns to fight for genuinely affordable, quality and secure housing. Emma was previously a labour organiser in France supporting precarious workers to organise in their workplace, wrote a PhD on international labour solidarity and took part in a collective fighting against slum clearances notably involving visual and performance artists.


The venue is located in the East End of Glasgow with good public transport connections, we encourage participants and attendees to travel sustainably.

The Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the mezzanine and archive.

There are power-assisted doors in to the Main Library space, from the Main Library to the lift, and from the lift and Gallery to the Community Room.

Please note that Bridgeton train station is currently not wheelchair-accessible. The closest wheelchair-accessible station is Dalmarnock Station, which is approximately 3/4 mile (1.2 km) from the Library. There is level access from nearby bus stops on London Road and Bridgeton Cross to the Library.

More information about accessibility at Glasgow Women’s Library can be found here:

The room is accessible from street level by for those with mobility needs.

This event will be live captioned.


We are able to offer a small number of travel bursaries. To apply, please send an email to [email protected] with a note of your travel costs and circumstances by 15th February 2023.


Left: Sarah Munro, photo courtesy Mark Pinder; right: Laura Raicovich, photo courtesy of Michael Angelo.

‘Instituting Disobedience’ with Laura Raicovich and Sarah Munro

Tuesday 28 February, 7pm
Online, via Zoom
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SCAN continues its new public programme, DECADES, with a discussion between New York-based curator and writer Laura Raicovich and Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. Reflecting on their experiences of leading institutions through times of political turmoil, this session probes the question of what’s at stake when arts organisations uphold an image of neutrality. Sharing different approaches to supporting the survival and resistance of culture across contexts, Raicovich and Munro will offer their thinking on the pressures imminently facing the global contemporary art community.


Sarah Munro is the Director of the UK’s largest contemporary art producing institution, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Since 2016 she has led a powerful vision, enhancing the organisation’s artistic, social and civic mission, and ensuring that relevance and impact is embedded across the organisation. She has developed a new approach to the programme and engagement that responds to the expanded practice of artists and needs of communities. Previous to BALTIC, Sarah was Artistic Director of Tramway, Glasgow (2008–2015) and Head of Arts at Glasgow Life (2013–2015). She was Director at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, for a decade and began her cultural practice at Artlink, Edinburgh, where she was Projects Director.

Laura Raicovich is the curator and editor of Protodispatch, a new digital publication she initiated for the Istanbul and New York based non-profit, Protocinema. She is a writer and curator whose book, Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest was published by Verso Books June 2021. She recently served as Interim Director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, and previously was Director of the Queens Museum, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the Bellagio Center, and the Tremaine Curatorial Fellow for Journalism at Hyperallergic.


This event will be held online via Zoom. AI-generated captioning will be available to attendees through an plugin.


Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.