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

The Briggait houses over 5,500m2 of public and private space including:

  • forty-five studios for visual artists
  • twenty-four offices for cultural organisations
  • a beautiful public market hall that dates back to 1873
  • two exhibition spaces that face out onto the main road and a heritage interpretation room
  • 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 Monday–Friday, 9:30am–5:30pm.

creative offices
meeting rooms
exhibition spaces
disabled access
event hire

hiring for an event

The Briggait 1873 Hall hosts a multitude of different events including flea markets, the Glasgow Coffee Festival, fashion shows, COP26 meetings and large-scale exhibitions. Hiring of the space is managed by In House CIC, and you can check availability of dates and submit a hire request for the 1873 Hall on their website by clicking the yellow tab below, or you can call In House on 0141 816 9989.

the briggait exhibition/project space

Exhibitions and arts activities are programmed in house by the Wasps’ Projects team. If you are interested in exhibiting or hosting a creative project at The Briggait please contact proposals@waspsstudios.org.uk.

The Briggait has two gallery spaces that look 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.

being a wasps tenant

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

Tenants of the Wasps community receive the following benefits:

  • An inclusive rent for artists
  • Studio security – all our buildings are either owned or on long term rentals across the estate
  • 24/7 access all year round (excluding hot-desking memberships)
  • Being part of our community of almost 1,000 artists and creatives based in 20 buildings across Scotland
  • Ability to join the Own Art scheme through Wasps – Own Art allows for an artist’s clients to spread the cost of an artwork priced from £100 to £25,000 over 10 months with no interest. Using Own Art can help you close that extra sale – turning a £500 artwork into a more affordable proposition of £50 per month, for example
  • Support and expertise from Wasps’ staff
  • Promotion on the Wasps website (receiving tens of thousands of visitors per month) with an self-managed artist profile and shop through the community page
  • Access to the Wasps Tenant Portal – an exclusive online platform for tenants to find out about updates and opportunities from across the network
  • Exhibiting and selling opportunities through our arts programme including exhibitions across the network, discounted rates for market stalls, Open Studios events and inclusion in art fairs

accessibility & getting here


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


The Briggait
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 approximately a ten minute walk from Queen Street Station or five minutes from Argyle Street Station. From Queen Street walk diagonally across George Square then down Miller Street onto 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 which is two minutes from The Briggait. Car parking is available directly across the road at King Street car park.

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