Franki Raffles, Margaret Salmon
Home Economics

Chapter Thirteen presents an exhibition that focuses a close lens on women at work in Govan, before and during COVID-19. Home Economics draws attention to feminist economic theory, considering the gender disparities in waged and unpaid labour that underpins society. The exhibition includes photographs by Franki Raffles from 1989, archival material related to women working in local shipyards and Surplus, a new project by Margaret Salmon that generates – in the artist’s words – ‘an emotive, intuitive discussion of value, production and hope’ with the audience.

Produced over the last two years, Surplus is a presentation of objects, photographs and a 35mm film, Icarus (after Amelia), that reflects on narratives of gender, race, class and labour in contemporary Britain. The film has been produced through a long process of conversation, observation and creative collaboration with people including musician Tracyanne Campbell, Professor Sara Cantillon, writer Maria Fusco and workers from local businesses and social enterprises including Govan HELP, Morris & Spottiswood and Starter Packs Glasgow.

Curated by Kirsteen Macdonald

Supported by Glasgow International. With thanks to University of St Andrews Libraries and Museums and University of Glasgow Library


Margaret Salmon’s film runs for 58 mins. It starts at 5 mins past each hour until 4.05pm.

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