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Janice Kerbel


The Western Baths Club, Glasgow

3 August 2018

Friday 3 August 2018

Janice Kerbel’s major new artwork 'Sink’, has been commissioned by The Common Guild as part of Festival 2018, the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

‘Sink’ takes the form of a synchronised swimming routine, using the language of synchronisation to explore the tensions between body and language, movement and stillness, the individual and the collective. Synchronised swimming is marked by a unique history infused with the magic of cinema, the discipline of dance, and the precision and athleticism of contemporary competitive sport. ‘Sink’ will explore contradictions inherent in the form to imagine a compositional choreography that is both austere and extravagant, performed by specialist, elite female swimmers.

The first live performances of ‘Sink’ will take place in the distinctive surroundings of The Western Baths Club, in the west end of Glasgow, on Friday 3 August. Established in 1876, The Western Baths Club is one of a handful of Victorian-era swimming pools in the UK that continue to be in active use. Operated as a private members’ club, ‘Sink’ offers a rare opportunity to visit the building, and to experience the remarkable pool environment through a unique event.

'Sink' is Kerbel’s largest project to date, and builds on her existent relationship with The Common Guild and Glasgow, where her work ‘DOUG’ was commissioned and first presented in the Mitchell Library in 2014. Kerbel was shortlisted for the 2015 Turner Prize for this work, which was re-configured and re-presented in the Turner Prize exhibition at Tramway.


'Sink' will be viewed from the swimming pool balcony and poolside seating. As a historic building The Western Baths Club has some access restrictions. There is stepped access from the street (3 shallow steps) and an internal staircase to the poolside (8 steps). Staff are on hand to assist less able visitors and The Common Guild aims to provide step-free access to the poolside if indicated at time of booking (please allow 48 hours notice). Please call The Common Guild on 0141 428 3022 to discuss specific needs or any questions or concerns arising regarding access.

About The Western Baths

The Western Baths was established in 1876 as a recreational club, mainly but not exclusively, for gentlemen. To this day it continues to provide services for health and wellbeing for all its members and visitors. It is one of a handful of Victorian era swimming pools that continue to be operational, including functioning gym apparatus (travelling rings and trapeze) above the pool, one of only three pools in the UK to retain such features.

‘Sink’ is commissioned by The Common Guild and part of Festival 2018, the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and is supported by The High Commission of Canada.

Performance Times

6.00pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm

Tickets cost £5 and are bookable on Eventbrite. This event is free for under 16s and the unemployed. Children must be supervised at all times by an accompanying adult.

Project / 'DOUG'
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