The Briggait, a beautiful Grade A listed building in Glasgow’s Merchant City, has been transformed into a new home for visual artists and cultural organisations. Originally built in 1873, the Briggait was the city’s fish market for over 100 years. It’s been described by Historic Scotland as ‘Scotland’s most important collection of surviving market halls’.
The Wasps Trust and Wasps Artists’ Studioshave redeveloped the building to create over 80 affordable workspaces. Wasps’ philosophy is that art can inspire, educate and transform people’s lives. Many artists struggle financially so Wasps was set up to provide good quality, affordable studio space to enable artists and arts charities to carry out their work.
Wasps Studios is Scotland’s only National Studio Provider that provides affordable studios to support artists and arts organisations
There are regular public exhibitions in the courtyard and the building is open to the public for monthly guided tours from 1pm on the last Friday of every month.
A second phase of work to create workspaces for dance, circus and street arts is in the early planning stages, including plans for a café.