At the end of June 2019, we were delighted to officially launch our Meanwhile Space units on St Andrew’s Street in Glasgow. As part of Glasgow City Council’s ‘High Street Area Strategy’, which aims to both increase the vitality of areas by increasing footfall and support new and growing businesses, Wasps obtained five shop-font units on the street which previously sat vacant. We were able to offer these spaces to both existing creative tenants in need of space to grow their enterprise, and to individuals and organisations on our waiting list that we knew were in desperate need of space.
Our Chief Executive Office Audrey Carlin said of the Meanwhile Space initiative: “Wasps is delighted to be taking on five units as part of the Meanwhile Space project. This initiative offers something that doesn’t already exist in the city – a transition space in which we can support creative people to move from an artist studio into a more public facing shopfront, ultimately allowing them to develop a sustainable business and contribute to Glasgow’s economy long term.”
Angus Millar, chair of the High Street Reference Group at Glasgow City Council, said: “The Meanwhile Space programme is a key part of what we are doing to revitalise the High Street and Saltmarket area, providing space for new and growing businesses to develop in this historic Glasgow quarter. Given the great heritage of this area its right that many of the spaces in this project are being used by organisations from the creative industries, and I am sure they will make the High Street and Saltmarket an even more attractive place to work, live and visit.”
Following a six month renovation project, our brand new tenants are already settling in, and proving the vibrancy, transformation and life they bring to the street. We can’t wait to see what they get up to in their spaces!
Meet our Meanwhile Space tenants
Good Press, Lunchtime Gallery & Sunday’s
Good Press is a volunteer-run-informal-organisation dedicated to the promotion and distribution of independently published printed matter with a focus on visual arts and writing; occasionally music and artist objects. Good Press had approached Wasps looking for a shop-front unit having outgrown their previous space in Glasgow which wasn’t allowing them the collaboration and growth they wanted to achieve. Good Press moved into their St Andrew’s Street unit in June, allowing them to also introduce Sunday’s print service and the brand new Lunchtime Gallery to the space. Lunchtime is a new gallery space and opened their first exhibition ‘Some Pictures’ from artist Isobel Neviazsky at the launch. Sunday’s is a risograph printing service run by Good Press, offering both commercial and open access membership printing. Good Press’ unit is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, 11 – 6.
Passenger Press design and print Hand-Crafted Letterpress cards, prints and bespoke stationary that celebrate images found in archives and collections, old sayings & traditional techniques and printing methods, run by Rhian Nicholas. Having run from her studio in the Wasps' South Block studios, the new Meanwhile space unit gives The Passenger Press the opportunity to have a public face. In Rhian's words "A space to create, make, share & sell our wares." The Passenger Press unit will comprise of a studio & workshop, where visitors can see the presses in use and understand the letterpress process, as well as a gallery & shop space where the cards, prints and stationary produced is displayed and available to buy. The space would be open to visitors interested in learning more about letterpress and facilitate monthly workshops to the public.
Projects OPEN, Squid Ink Co., Flowers Vermillion
This unit has three artists working within it, with three different projects working collaboratively. All three have an interest in the relationship between art, design and craft, and a desire to build sustainable practices that exist across these disciplines. Projects OPEN is a new venture from artist Angus Wolf who will be running specially designed projects, brief led open calls and commissions that are “designed to stimulate the production of new work, ideas and opportunities.” Alongside Angus Wolf will be Flowers Vermillion, a floristry studio run by artist Terri Hawkins, set up to combine her skills as a set dresser, artist, gardener and florist. After struggling to continue to work from home, the Meanwhile Space is allowing Flowers Vermillion the space they need to run professionally, as well as the ability to offer workshops and take advantage of passing trade. Also within the unit is Sarah Henderson, the founder of design company Squid ink Co. and co-founder of Spot Design Market. The new space is allowing Squid Ink Co. further professional growth through offering the space of photography, collaboration and workshops. As co-founder of Spot Design Market, Sarah also sees the potential for 'mini Spot events' as well as a meeting place for makers & creatives to organise their own events.
Pavilion Pavilion is a new project from artist Jack Brindley. Using the unit as a mixed workspace and exhibition space, Pavilion Pavilion combines his research as an artist and his interest in design and architecture. Developing affordable objects and furniture in tune with the Bauhaus and the Arts and Crafts movement Pavilion Pavilion will also host a series of exhibitions and events exploring the relationship between contemporary art and objects of use.
A Library of Olfactive Material
A Library of Olfactive Material is run by artist and fragrance designer Clara Weale, who before taking on the Meanwhile Space, ran her small perfume studio from her Wasps space in the Briggait. With the knowledge that scent and perfumery historically being both an expensive and secretive or hidden business, Clara is setting up the Library of Olfactive Material to drop these barriers. She will use the unit as a dedicated space for public interaction with scent. She will host drop in sessions and specialised workshops, as well as displaying her materials library and collection of rare scent material. On top of this she intends to run an events programme.