Wasps believes that art can inspire, entertain, educate and transform people’s lives. Artists and arts charities have the unique talent and ability to create great art that can do this. Yet many survive on low incomes and struggle to make ends meet. So Wasps was set up to provide good quality, affordable studio space to enable artists and arts charities to carry out their work.
They now have a 34 year track record of supporting the arts community and have grown to become one of the UK’s largest studio providers. They currently house 750 visual artists and 22 arts charities at 19 sites from the Scottish Borders to the Shetland Islands. Their work in turn touches the lives of thousands of people across Scotland and beyond.
To date Wasps has raised c.£15 million to invest in buildings for arts use across Scotland and now owns approximately two thirds of their property portfolio, securing permanent studios for 400 artists.
In addition, their activities support the regeneration of many deprived communities across Scotland. They redevelop redundant, historic buildings into beautiful facilities for artists and charities, attracting jobs and improving the physical appearance of local communities.
Wasps is delighted that its work has been recognized with a number of awards. This year they were runner up for the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ Award in Scotland. Their most recent project, the redevelopment of Glasgow’s historic fish market, The Briggait, into studios for over 80 artists and charities, also made the National Lottery finals and won the coveted ‘Special Award for Scotland’ from the UK-wide Civic Trust Awards.
For more info`, contact:
The Briggait Head Office
Tel:. 0141 553 5890
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