Wasps was founded to provide studio space to enable artists and creative organisations to flourish in their work.
Wasps has been supporting the arts community for over four decades and has grown to become the UK’s largest studio provider. We currently house approximately 1000 artists and creators and 33 creative organisations, at 20 sites across Scotland.
As Scotland’s national provider of creative spaces, Wasps has raised over £30m, invested in buildings for the benefit of the cultural sector in Scotland. Wasps owns approximately two thirds of its property portfolio, providing additional security for its tenants.
In its development capacity, Wasps contributes a positive role to the regeneration of deprived communities across Scotland. As part of its remit, Wasps redevelops historic yet redundant buildings, converting them into ideal and much needed facilities for artists, creators, creative industries, social enterprises and charities, generating employment and improving the physical appearance of local communities.
At this time, Wasps has two live development projects. The Briggait Clydeside Market Halls, which will be transformed from the currently empty and unused spaces that were part of the city’s fish market. We are converting this 1000sqm space into an area that communities and visitors can enjoy and visit the full complement of spaces and activities in the building for many years to come. Our plans are now focused on saving these halls and developing more space for creativity, more markets, more places to meet and more things to do, for the people of Glasgow and visitors to the city.
In Edinburgh, the former Granton Station Gas Works is in development to be restored and made into a 600m2 creative hub offering affordable, high quality workspaces, co-working desk spaces, a gallery/workshop space and meeting room provision, set in a newly landscaped public realm and outdoor events space.
Wasps completed its major project in Perthshire in 2020, creating the largest creative hub in Perth. The former St John’s School site was identified for the building, and Wasps worked in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council to deliver Perth Creative Exchange. Extensive refurbishment work commenced in January 2019, with the project completed in November 2019. Perth Creative Exchange, Wasps 20th building, is an inspiring home for artists, makers, creative industry professionals and the general public. The project won Regeneration Project of the Year at the 2021 Scottish Property Awards.
Wasps would like to thank all those who have generously supported our work over the years, including: