Wasps redeveloped and opened The Briggait as a cultural hub in 2009, following its closure as the city’s fish market in the 1970’s.

The Briggait now houses over 5,500m2 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 market hall that dates back to 1873
  • 2 street-front exhibition spaces, 2 meeting room spaces, and a heritage interpretation room
  • A unit on the Clyde facing side of the building which has been used for several purpose, most notably as a public cafe
  • The Briggait is fully accessible with designated entrance, lift, and bathroom facilities, except for first floor studios on the Bridgegate elevation of the building

The stunning 1873 Market Hall, perhaps the most impressive space architecturally, is open to the public on a daily basis between 9:30am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

creative offices
meeting rooms
exhibition spaces
disabled access
event hire

Meeting Room Hire

We have two meeting rooms available for hire on an hourly, half day, and full day basis. They are bright rooms on the ground floor, adjacent to the main 1873 Market Hall.

  • Meeting Room 1 can sit 12 around a large table
  • Meeting Room 2 can sit 6-8 around a table
  • Projector (to hire) and flipchart available on request
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available on request
  • We are unable to cater but can recommend local suppliers

For meeting room booking enquiries please email us here or phone 0141 553 5890.

Event Hire

Event hire at The Briggait is handled by Inhouse Events CIC. To check availability of dates and submit a hire request go to the 1873 Hall booking website here: http://1873hall.inhouse.scot.

If you’d like to discuss a booking please call 0141 816 9989.

the briggait exhibition/project space

Exhibitions and arts activities are programmed in house by our Arts Enterprise Officer. There are occasions when Wasps invites calls for proposals for the spaces.

If you are interested in exhibiting or hosting a creative project at The Briggait please contact proposals@waspsstudios.org.uk.

The Briggait Project Spaces
The Briggait has two shop-fronted gallery spaces looking out onto Bridgegate, both well sized and flooded with natural light. They feature floor-to-ceiling sized windows and are appropriately lit. These gallery spaces are painted a fresh white with grey flooring.
The Briggait Steeple Space
This space is situated in our building and serves as project/exhibition space for all types of artists. The Steeple Space is suitable for trying out new ideas and projects before showcasing them to a wider audience and has been used by a number of prominent artists over the years.
The 1873 Hall
This large and captivating space is the jewel of the Briggait and has hosted many high profile events since Wasps renovated the Briggait, including cultural festivals, large scale exhibitions, markets, ceilidhs and food and drinks events.

To enquire about hiring the 1873 hall and for details on availability and costs please contact our event management partners Inhouse via their 1873 Hall website 1873hall.inhouse.scot, by email hello@inhouse.scot or by calling 0141 816 9989.

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 Briggait is accessible, except for first floor studios, from the Bridgegate elevation of the building.


141 Bridgegate
G1 5HZ

getting here

The Briggait is in Glasgow's city centre. We are directly next to the main cycle path that follows the river clyde. If travelling by train, the Briggait is around 10 minutes walk from Queen Street Station or 5 minutes from Argyle Street Station. From Queen Street 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 stop on Stockwell Street, two minutes from the Briggait. Car parking is available directly across the road in King Street car park.

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