Girls rock Glasgow is a volunteer run, volunteer led grassroots DIY organisation.
Our committee is made up of musicians, mothers and artists who are passionate about feminism, creativity and helping young women find their voice and confidence. Each year we have 20-30 talented volunteers who run and organise our workshops alongside the help of the committee below:
Jude Stewart is an artist BA (Hons) Fine Art Bath University 1994; a trained Psychotherapist - Post Grad Diploma, University of Strathclyde 2011 and has been working in community arts and mental health for the past 18 years. She's been a dedicated volunteer for the British Red Cross's Refugee and Asylum Seeker project, with training from Freedom from Torture, and has more recently been a counselor in the field of Perinatal Depression with Bluebell at Crossreach/The Tom Allen Centre.
Projects include Frock On Glasgow 2003 - a year of empowering weekend workshops and music events for/ lead by women; Cafe Boo Edinburgh 2003-2005, a community food and arts project for under 5's and their carers promoting nutritional health and providing emotional support for new parents and The Power Cut Choir 2010 on, a community choir reinterpreting contemporary independent music.
Jude was inspired to set up Girls Rock Glasgow by pals from former projects and the idea caught fire, with artist, musician and music fan friends jumping on board to give their support in fundraising for, promoting and delivering the rock school. Not a musician herself, she's overseen the project's development to include a strong health and well-being agenda - co-delivering LGBT, Body Positivity and Mindfulness workshops as well as the new, well received Consent Workshops this year. She's passionate about making connections and committed to facilitating a creative, feminist community for young women from all backgrounds and experiences who are interested in music and it's communicative possibilities.
Sarah Glass is a Glasgow based artist and musician working predominantly in video, sound and performance art. She has been the singer, guitar player and songwriter for the band The Fnords for over 10 years. She also performs with various other musical acts including Opaque, and Okishima Island Tourist Association, as well as performing solo electronic/experimental music as Grimalkin555. Her video work has been shown at venues around the UK, including the CCA, Summerhall and London Southbank Centre. She has also provided live sound for touring theatre productions, including the award winning performance '(I Could Go On Singing) Over The Rainbow'.
She has been involved in Girls Rock Glasgow for 3 years, taking an active interest in programming/timetabling the summer school, as well as leading guitar, musical history and electronic music workshops. Previously she studied Sociology of Music at the University of Glasgow as part of an MA Social Sciences (Hons). She is the mother of a teenage daughter.
Kirsty has been with Girls Rock Glasgow from its inception and is a founding member of the management committee. She has an honours degree in Information Management and her day job is as a researcher/librarian in Edinburgh. Much to her disappointment she has no musical experience but has a huge enthusiasm for a wide range of music and is keen to give as many girls as possible the chance to get involved in it. Kirsty deals with various aspects of the administration and arranging of the annual rock school and the fund raisers we hold throughout the year that ensure we can run the school each summer. She is involved with arranging the programme, filling the applicants places, sourcing venues, interviewing and managing volunteers as well as liaising with parents who have concerns or questions and making sure children with any health issues are catered for and looked after. Kirsty is one of the points of contact during the Rock School week for both girls and volunteers.
Katrina Mitchell has been drummer, songwriter, vocalist and instrumentalist in The Pastels since 1989, playing gigs worldwide. The group has released several albums including 2013’s SAY Award shortlisted Slow Summits, and made music for theatre (12 Stars) and film (David Mackenzie’s The Last Great Wilderness).
As well as her work with The Pastels, she has written, performed and recorded with Melody Dog, Tenniscoats, Teenage Fanclub, Future Pilot AKA, Kid Loco, Jad Fair, Stevie Jackson, Al Larsen, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Bill Wells, Spinning Coin, Jarvis Cocker, and many other friends.
She is active in Glasgow’s independent music scene, and co-runs the record label Geographic Music. She enjoys design and often makes sleeve artwork, posters and merch.
She was invited to Tobermory’s An Tobar to mentor and produce songs for a local 16 year old girl through the Youth Music Initiative, and worked with local children to make music at Govan Pals and Dowanhill Afterschool Club.
She has a degree in European Civilisation from Glasgow University and currently works for both LGBT Health & Wellbeing and Waverley Care. She sometimes gives informal drum lessons to friends, receiving payment in kind (usually cheese or art).
Katrina is super proud to have been involved with GRG since its launch, and of what has already been achieved. She helps with planning the summer school, running drum workshops, mentoring the bands, supporting younger volunteers, putting on gigs and driving the occasional transit. With other volunteers, she’s begun a series of open and fun GRG rehearsal jams. She has found GRG to to be an incredibly uplifting and inspiring experience.
Rachel is an artist working predominantly with performance and music. She graduated with a BA(Hons) Fine Art Practice from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2009. Since then she has worked across many creative projects as a producer for exhibitions, events and festivals as well as an educator across the arts with children, young people and adults.
She currently runs a Creative Learning Project in schools across Glasgow and plays drums, bass, some guitar and sings with Fallope’ & The Tubes as well as others. She is passionate about supporting and empowering young people to realise their potential and gain confidence through creative practice!
Nadia Rossi is an artist based in Glasgow. Her practice is activity driven, deriving from visual art and leading to the production of interdisciplinary and collaborative projects. Nadia plays in Fallope & the Tubes and is one half of Pester & Rossi who make live art and participatory projects in response to people and places. Their work harnesses a DIY approach and is informed by working with young people. Nadia is currently working with Artlink, an arts and arts and disability organisation based in the East of Scotland.
Nadia is interested in self-organising and alternative ways of learning. She was involved in the organising committee (2011-15) at Kinning Park Complex – an independent community centre in Glasgow and joined the Girls Rock Glasgow (GRG) committee in 2016 with an interest in expanding visual arts and performance within it’s already diverse programme of activity. She is interested in the development of GRG; exploring ways that it can continue to grow whilst sustain. Nadia is thrilled to be a part of the growing GRG community of women and girls who support each other in accessing and finding ways of flourishing through music and the arts across Scotland.
Hullo! I'm musician, sound designer and music producer based in Glasgow working in music and theatre. I love playing music, performing music, songwriting, listening to music, teaching music.. I should probably get some other hobbies...
I've toured all over the place performing with Tuff Love, Pictish Trail, Malcolm Middleton, The Pastels and Tracyanne & Danny. I found bands really hard to get to get into when I was younger as the music scene in Glasgow seemed to be very male dominated. I'm really keen on empowering young women with technical and musical skills to help increase confidence.
I've taught music workshops and helped sort the technical stuff at Girls Rock Glasgow since its first year and am now very pleased to be on the committee and involved in organising the week. I wish Girls Rock had existed when I was younger!
Helen has been playing, performing and songwriting both on her own and as part of a band for fifteen years, and has played venues in Glasgow regularly as part of bands Voodoo Mind Control and Killer Bangs. She has an HND in Computer Art & Design, focusing mainly in the areas of digital imaging, video art and sound art.
She joined the Girls Rock Glasgow team in 2015, where she helped lead guitar workshops; thereafter she joined the committee and assisted with the behind the scenes details also. Since then she has assisted with the administrative side of our organisation, including compiling a rota for all volunteers and workshop leaders, liaising with volunteers and workshop groups, and overseeing the running of the week of Girls Rock Glasgow in conjunction with the other committee members. She has also helped out at fundraisers, budgeting and running the bar for our June 2017 fundraising event, and continues to lead and assist workshops (both musical and creative) during the week of Girls Rock Glasgow."
My name is Trudi, and I run a feminist merch brand in Glasgow and I have been involved as a committee member since 'Girls Rock Glasgow's 2nd year running. Although I don't play any instruments (well), I have been into the punk rock and riot grrrl genre since my teens. I have actually recently decided I'd like to learn the drums after being so inspired by watching the girls develop throughout the week and perform the showcase each year at Girls Rock. I have a BA hons in Fine Art, so my experience and skills are in the 'craft' side of 'being in a band', so I am involved in the organization, planning and running of the 'arts and crafts' based workshops. These workshops include badge making, zine making, posters and banners, t-shirt printing, merch and costume design. I have been able to organize donations of art supplies for these workshops in the past, as well as helping plan, organize volunteers who are helping run them as well as running them myself. I also help with publicizing and the running of fundraising events, and I try to donate my own merch to sell at events whenever I can.
Gemma Matthews is a 20 year old musician and student at Stirling University who has been a volunteer with Girls Rock Glasgow for two years now and was asked to join the management committee because of her outstanding contributions to the project.
Gemma has a brilliant way of engaging with the participants and is very experienced in working with young girls through her past leadership role with the Brownie Guide Program. She is skilled in mentoring bands who are lacking in confidence and is observant, thoughtful and patient in her support. Participants and their parents have appreciated her commitment and valued her kindness.
As a gigging, female musician she is exactly the kind of feminist role model our project aims to present young women with. She is an all rounder - facilitating our arts, music and well-being agenda and being attentive to the needs of all involved.mma bio
A freelance studio engineer, youth worker and founder/project manager of That’s Sound, Carolann has volunteered and worked with various community projects centred around music. A passionate advocate of music activities as a means of building young people’s confidence and raising aspirations, she regularly supports young people to organise and stage their own gigs and is pro-active in optimising opportunities for them in various roles and settings, whether performance, sound or event management and promotions. Carolann’s project That’s Sound is aimed at highlighting careers within sound to more girls and young women. By encouraging interaction with the technology used in audio through workshops and events, she hopes to demystify it at an early stage and build confidence in girls so that more are able to recognise roles in sound as viable study and career options.
She joined us last year to deliver the sound and tech workshops at the summer school and will be delivering these again as part of 2018’s GRG.
Hiya! I’m Yana and I’m a cool edgy Youth Representative for Girls Rock Glasgow. I heard about GRG in 2015, which I participated in as a student that year. Since then, I’ve been a volunteer and member of the GRG community and committee, which is a lovely thing to be a part of!
During the weeks, I’ve helped to write and deliver wellbeing workshops; LGBT, body confidence and consent, as well as helping out with bass workshops.
Being part of GRG has increased my confidence, my social skills and introduced me to some really talented, positive women that have inspired me to be as creative as possible.