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The Yard Works Studio on Eastvale Place.  Picture: SWG3
The Yard Works Studio on Eastvale Place.SWG3

SWG3 begins work on urban art studio

The new space will be home to hundreds of artists, as well as youth and community organisations.

Work has begun on the next phase of a masterplan to create a world-class cultural hub in Yorkhill.

Arts venue SWG3 has been granted £1,531,180 through a combination of funders to make its vision a reality.

A new space will provide a home for hundreds of artists, as well as youth and community organisations.

The purpose-built Yard Works Studio will also allow SWG3 to grow its widely-respected arts programme based around street art and the Yardworks Festival.

Andrew Fleming-Brown, founder and managing director of SWG3, said: “SWG3 is absolutely delighted with this funding support.

“Yardworks has been a big part of our arts programme over the past few years and having the opportunity to develop a purpose-built facility to grow the programme will not just benefit the area culturally, but also have wider social and economic impact through the community.”

'Milestone'

Paul Burns, at Creative Scotland, said: “The Yard Works Studio is another significant milestone in the development of SWG3 and importantly to the regeneration of Glasgow’s riverside.

“Combining a creative hub, quality outdoor exhibitions and public murals in local neighbourhoods, the proposal will bring more art into the streets, improving how local people live, learn, work and play and attracting visitors to the city.

The Yard Works Studio is part of a £7m masterplan for the cultural venue.
The Yard Works Studio is part of a £7m masterplan for the cultural venue.

“The redevelopment demonstrates a clear understanding of the role that art, design and creativity can play in community development.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, we are pleased to be able to support SWG3’s ambitious vision for the space.”

Scottish Enterprise’s Elaine Morrison said: “This project is a great example of how Scottish Enterprise is working with partners across the country to make places for communities, creating jobs and helping us become a net zero emissions economy.

“The SWG3 masterplan is really helping transform that part of Glasgow into a cultural hub, and more importantly using arts, creativity and nature to tackle poverty in neighbouring communities.

“As part of the regeneration of the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District, this is creative placemaking in action and we are really excited to be part of it.”

Yardworks has been a big part of our arts programme over the past few years and having the opportunity to develop a purpose-built facility to grow the programme will not just benefit the area culturally, but also have wider social and economic impact through the community.

Andrew Fleming-Brown

Chris Holloway at Foundation Scotland, said: “The social investment team at Foundation Scotland were inspired by SWG3’s creative and innovative plans for a dedicated Yard Works Studio at their cultural hub in Glasgow.

“This new development phase is a real boost for the local community, providing an exciting new venue and creative space for groups and individuals to convene and collaborate.

“As Scotland’s community foundation, we’re delighted to offer our investment of £300,000 for Yardworks and look forward to seeing the development come to fruition in 2022.”

The total development cost of the Masterplan project is £7.1m (with £3.75m raised to date) which will come from a combination of private and public sector investments.

The first phase which was major infrastructure works to improve public access and connectivity with funding from Clyde Mission will complete this month.

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