The Briggait is a beautiful Category A-listed building that served as Glasgow’s fish market for 100 years. It is now the home of Wasps, providing workspace for 80 artists and cultural organisations, as well as regularly hosting exhibitions and events.
During Doors Open Day Festival, Wasps will be offering tours of the building, exploring parts of the building usually closed off to the public. A unique opportunity to see some of our undeveloped parts of the building as well as meeting some of our artist tenants, and getting a look inside their studios.
Booking for tours is essential, and done through Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival. Click here to book.
Tours will run:
Monday 16th September - 11am & 2pm
Tuesday 17th September - 11am & 2pm
Wednesday 18th September - 11am & 2pm
Thursday 19th September - 11am & 2pm
Friday 20th September - 11am & 2pm
Closed Saturday 21st September
Sunday 22nd September - 11am & 2pm (fully booked)
The Briggait is a beautiful Category A listed building in Glasgow’s medieval quarter, the Merchant City. One of Glasgow’s most enduring and endearing landmarks, The Briggait has been a part of the River Clyde skyline since the Nineteenth Century. Built in 1873, the Briggait served as the city’s bustling fish market for over 100 years. The building also incorporates the ‘Merchant’s Steeple’, built in 1665, notable for being one of the few remaining parts of Medieval Glasgow.
After the closure of the fish market in 1977, The Briggait was set for demolition. To save the building, The Briggait Shopping Centre was created, but only lasted for 5 years. The Briggait then lay in a semi derelict state for almost 25 years. By the turn of the millennium it was clear the building was in severe need of restoration. In 2001, Wasps Artists’ Studios set out on the long road to redevelop the building into a studio complex and arts venue, which was finally completed in 2009.
Wasps is one of the UK’s largest studio providers housing 900 visual artists and arts charities at 19 sites across Scotland, transforming multiple at-risk historic buildings into beautiful art facilities. The Briggait now provides studio space for over 80 visual artists and office space for 25 cultural organisations and charities. The impressive 1873 Hall remains largely unchanged since its inception and now plays host to a diverse programme of exhibitions and events.
Visitors to the Briggait will have the chance to take in the building’s stunning and unique architecture, to learn more about its fascinating history and take in some fantastic visual art at the same time.