South Block is a vibrant 50,000 sq.ft. studio complex in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City/Trongate area. 

Designed by award-winning architects, NORD, South Block provides 96 studios for Glasgow’s creative community including:

  • 64 studios for visual artists and makers
  • 25 offices for creative companies
  • 7 offices for social enterprises working in the cultural sector
  • Meeting rooms and project spaces available for external hire
  • Public Cafe
  • Beautiful reception/exhibitions and events space

64 artist spaces
32 offices
meeting rooms
exhibition spaces
disabled access
event hire


The South Block project renovation costs amounted to £3.5 million, met with generous support from the following funders, who recognised the value of this facility in the area: Creative Scotland; Scottish Investment Fund; Scottish Enterprise; European Regional Development Fund; Glasgow City Council; Glasgow City Heritage Trust; and Merchant City Townscape Heritage Initiative. The building has recently been awarded The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland prestigious Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2013.

For more information about exhibitions and events coming up at Patriothall Gallery and other Wasps venues visit our arts page here.

South Block Project Space

South Block has a flexible exhibition and projects space on the ground floor of the building, featuring a cafe and space for the public to relax, meet and enjoy the exhibition programme. In programming this space, Wasps has a focus on works with design based processes.

The space is substantial, integrated with the cafe/building reception, and gets lots of natural light from a large full length window which looks out onto Osborne Street. This space lends itself for exhibitions, evening events and gatherings and talks. There is also a meeting space to the rear, which can be used for small screenings, projections, and workshops.

Bookings and notes of interest for the space are taken by the reception team at South Block. If you are interested in using this space for your creative event or exhibition, please contact

being a wasps tenant

With over 40 years worth of expertise, we are the UK’s largest provider of affordable studio space for artists and creative industries.

Tenants of the Wasps community receive the following benefits:

  • Affordable studio prices with no hidden costs – utilities and Wifi are all inclusive in artist studios (rates apply for creative offices)
  • Building security – all our buildings are either owned or on long term rentals
  • 24/7 secure access all year round
  • Part of our community of almost 1,000 artists and creatives in our 20 buildings across Scotland
  • Exhibiting and selling opportunities through our Arts & Enterprise programme including:
    • Exhibitions – over 50% of artists exhibited in our gallery programmes are tenants
    • Makers Markets
    • South Block shop
    • Open Studios
    • Art Fairs
  • Ability to join our Own Art scheme
  • Support and expertise from Wasps’ staff team
  • Promotion on our website with an artist profile

accessibility & getting here


The building has recently been redeveloped and is largely accessible. The meeting space on the ground floor however has some steps leading to it so visitors with disabilities may require assistance. If you need to hire a meeting room space with full access, then please speak to reception about the meeting room on the first floor on 0141 271 4700. Please note, we are currently working to improve this situation.


60-64 Osborne Street
G1 5QH

getting here

South Block is a couple of minutes walk from Argyle Street train station and sits parallel to Trongate, directly behind Trongate 103. It is also a five minute walk from many of the bus stops situated on Stockwell Street. There is no free car parking but there is an NCP car park directly across the road.

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