Paddy’s Market as Art

A film about Paddy’s Market in Glasgow, which is under threat of closure, is to feature in two art exhibitions in Oslo and London starting this weekend.

Artist Silje Eirin Aure, originally from Norway, has made a nine minute film called Four Fur A Fiver, which depicts some of the characters and daily routines of the regular traders at Paddy’s Market in Glasgow’s Shipbank Lane. And the film is now to be showcased in her home country as well as being part of a design festival in London later this month.

Silje Eirin Aure, 29, chose to come to Glasgow School of Art to study, having spent a good deal of her life travelling the world.

She said: “Glasgow to me is a very diverse city, which I think personally is part of what I really enjoy about it. I felt very well taken care of when I was making the film. It was a gradual process. I had quite a tight deadline, but it was important to me to spend time researching by just observing, chatting and getting to know people. Parts of the media have been quite negative in their portrayal of the market, so you’re not necessarily very welcome with a whole lot of camera equipment. However, as word went around as to who I was and what I was doing, I found that most people were up for a chat and also warmed up to the idea of being on camera. Paddy’s is like a little community, and the two things that I probably came to appreciate the most was the generosity and I always seemed to have a full cup of tea or coffee, and a biscuit, as well as the great banter.

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