Artists Open Studios

Artists Open Studios

Briggait is part of Wasps Studios and contains 45 studios, offices, large courtyard and exhibition spaces. The building used to be a fish market for over 100 years and had been empty for 20 years before the Briggait was renovated in 2009.

On the 12th and 13th October 2013, artists at the Briggait opened their studios as part of Wasps Open Studios 2013. I went along today, spoke to couple of artists and took few photos. I enjoyed taking in all the details from brushes and collection of fruit stickers to books (to some of the artists’ surprise) and from back of canvases to floors covered in paint stains.

There are also a couple of photos from Sarah J Stanley’s exhibition.

Govanhill Baths

Govanhill Baths

I visited Govanhill Baths few weeks ago, on Glasgow’s Open Doors Day when many buildings that are usually closed were open to the public to visit. I’d been to the baths before on open doors day, but I’ve also swam in one of the pools in 1998. I remember being excited that the sauna had a bucket and I was able to throw water on the stones. It was the first and also last time I’ve been able to do that in a sauna in UK.

Govanhill Baths opened on July 3, 1914, and the trust which is now looking after the building are hoping to have one of the pools open next year for its 100 year anniversary.

The campaign to save Govanhill Pool formally began in January 2001 when Glasgow City Council informed the community and the users that it was to close the baths on March 31st that year. There had been no local consultation and none with the users. Council had also given no consideration to all the people in the neighbourhood who still, in 2001 did not have proper washing facilities in their homes.

Community members occupied the pool from March 17th until August 7th that year making it the longest occupation in UK.



















Here’s a great wee tour of the baths.