Wasps Artists' Studios
Tel: 0141 553 5890
Fax: 0141 554 7330
The Briggait, Merchant City
The Briggait is a magnificent building which had, except for temporary use, lain empty for the best part of 20 years. Wasps Studios set out to redevelop the building back in 2001 and finally completed the project in late 2009.
The Briggait now houses over 5,500 square metres of public and private space including:
- 45 studios for visual artists
- 24 offices for cultural organisations
- 4 shop-front units for creative industry companies
- A beautiful public Courtyard that dates back to 1873
- 2 street-front exhibition spaces
- Meeting spaces & a heritage interpretation room
- An area set aside for a public cafe
A great deal of work went into repairing the Briggait’s historic fabric to
make the building habitable again. The stunning 1873 Courtyard, perhaps the
most impressive space architecturally, is open on a daily basis between 9.30
and 5.30 Monday to Friday.
The areas of the building which house the private workspaces are open to the
public at monthly guided tours from 1pm on the last Friday of each month.
A great deal of work went into repairing the Briggait’s historic fabric to make the building habitable again. The stunning 1873 Courtyard, perhaps the most impressive space architecturally, is open on a daily basis between 9.30 and 5.30 Monday to Friday.
The areas of the building which house the private workspaces are open to the public at monthly guided tours from 1pm on the last Friday of each month.
The Briggait has two shop-fronted gallery spaces looking out onto Bridgegate. These spaces are programme by a panel of artists and programmers who are tenants within the building. The spaces are programmed through open call submission for more information on how to apply please see the exhibition and project spaces section of our website.
Briggait Creation Centre
We aim to revamp a currently undeveloped area of the Briggait to form The Briggait Creation Centre for circus, dance, physical theatre, street arts, trapeze and aerial performance, thanks to a provisional £1 million capital grant announced by Creative Scotland.
Creation Centres are spaces for multi-disciplinary art making, often focusing on outdoor performance but mixing visual art, performance, circus and other artforms. They are relatively common in Europe but less well known in the UK.
The Briggait Creation Centre will become home to the activities of our project partners Conflux, Dance House, Indepen-dance and YDance – allowing them the space and high-quality facilities they need to develop and thrive.
The Briggait will be open as part of Wasps Open Studios 2015
Date/Times: 19th & 20th September, 10 am - 4pm
Claash Class by Helen MacVey & Clash Collective
Saturday 19th September, 11am - 12pm
Sunday 20th September, 2pm - 3pm
Participants of all ages are welcome. Come along and learn how to make paper bead bracelets from recycled newspapers and magazines.
Life Drawing Session with Graham McGivern
Saturday 19th September, 12pm - 2pm
Graham will provide the model and partcipants are kindly asked to bring their own materials. Please be advised that this workshop is not suitable for children.
Children's Treasure Hunt
All children (and any interested adults) are invited to come along and hunt down some very special pieces of art. If you manage to locate all of the works by the Hanson Street artists you can claim a tasty treat for your hard work! This activity is suitable for children of all ages and will take place throughout the weekend.
Dear Green Coffee Shop
Dear Green Coffee's fantastic pop-up cafe will be open throughout the weekend offering coffee and delicious cakes and sandwiches.
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th of September
12pm - 2pm
A member of the Wasps Team will host guided tours, offering visitors the chance to hear all about the history of the grade A listed building. Tours leave at midday and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and last approximately half an hour. No booking necessary and visitors of all ages are welcome.
Daniel from The Village Story Telling Centre will lead an entertaining and unique tours of the building, weaving fact with fiction and leaving you to draw your own conclusions. Participants of all ages are welcome and tours will take place regularly throughout the day. No booking is necessary.
Exhibition by Laurie Figgis
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th, all day.
Laurie Figgis is a Glasgow based visual artist and his latest project attempts to explore the temporal and ideological displacement of objects and images seen in a comtempory fashion's endless recycling of the past.
Glasgow and Turin Mini Open Studios Exchanged
Saturday 19th September and Sunday 20th September, all day
The Briggait is in Glasgow city centre and is around 10 minutes walk from Queen Street Station. Just walk diagonally across George Square then down miller street into ingram street. Turn right onto Stockwell Street and keep walking until you see the Briggait on your left hand side. Alternatively, many bus routes that cross the river to the south of the city from Buchanan Street bus station stop on stockwell street. We are also directly next to the main cycle path that follows the river clyde.
The Briggait is fully accessible. Car parking is available directly across the road on King Street car park.