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Hanson Street Studios, Glasgow
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The Wasps Factory
77 Hanson Street
G31 2HF

Hanson St, Dennistoun

A former tobacco factory, Wasps' largest building was redeveloped in 2001 to become Scotland's first purpose-built studio and events complex for up to 200 artists each year.

The complex has excellent facilities including:

  • 77 studios ranging from 175 sq ft to 1000 sq ft
  • A 4000 sq ft Project Space
  • Residential Accommodation (two three bedroom flats available for both short & long-term hire)
  • Full accessibility throughout the building
  • Free Car Parking
  • On Site Cafe
  • Artists’ kitchen and showers
  • Open Plan workspace for ceramicists and glass artists with a dedicated kiln room

We are eternally grateful to all the funders who made this £2.2 million project possible including the Scottish Arts Council Capital Lottery Fund, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, The Gannochy Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Craignish Trust and the Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund with corporate support from Park Systems Furniture and Soluis Technologies.

The factory cafe is a community based initiave that provides, tea, coffee, baking and affordable vegetarian food to our studio tenants and the public. Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.

Hanson Street Studios will be open as part of Wasps Open Studios 2015.

Event Information:

Dates/Times: Sat 3rd and Sun 4th October 2015, 12noon - 5pm

Additional activities:

Children's Treasure Hunt - All day both days.

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.

Felt in Art, Wet Felt Workshop with Moira Buchanan - Saturday 3rd October 12noon - 1pm, Studio 117

Felt in Art practitioner Moira will show participants how to make a small wet felt picture of their own design. This workshop will consist of a demonstration and tuition in felting wool using only soap and warm water and is an ideal recreation for kids and adults. Suitable for participants aged 6 and over.

"Saw-Your-Child-In-Half" with Oliver Braid

11am - 4pm 

Join artist
Oliver Braid and WASPS staff to learn about and help construct a magicians
illusion box to ‘saw-your-child-in-half’ culminating in a magical, macabre
family photo-shoot. This workshop accompanies Oliver’s exhibition The one
where we wonder what Friends did
currently on show at WASPS Hanson Street.

Workshop is
free and all materials are provided. 

Drawing Workshop with the Hanson Street Life Drawing Group

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October

All day in half an hour blocks

Studio 2

Participants of all ages are welcome. This workshop has an informal drop-in format. We provide a model - colorfully dressed for poses for about half an hour. All materials are provided. 

Copper Spoon Forging Demonstration with Hamish Dobbie

Sunday 4th October, 2 - 3pm

Studio 119

Join Hamish as he shows you how a copper spoon is made and all the steps he has to take. Visitors of all ages are welcome but small children should be supervised.

Exhibition: 'The One Where We Wonder What Fiends Did' by Oliver Braid

Hanson Street Project Space

All weekend 


38, 42, 138 bus from outside Queen Street Station to Alexandra Parade. Get off at the stop after Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Hanson Street is the next street on the right.

Alternatively, the studios are a 20-25 minute walk from the city centre. From George Square walk up to Cathedral Street and continue until you reach the Cathedral and Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI). Follow the road to the left around GRI onto Alexandra Parade. Hanson Street Studios is the first building on your right after the GRI.


The Hanson Street studio building is fully accessible. Car parking is free, with disabled parking spaces available.

Wasps is a registered Scottish charity SCO01351

Social Enterprise Scotland Payroll Giving nfasp member Heritage Lottery Fund Creative Scotland Lottery Funded