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Project information

Glasgow Sculpture Studios Big Move Appeal

We are moving to a new long term home and need to raise vital funds to provide quality production facilities for our studio holders and members. In addition, the building will be a centre for all people of Glasgow and beyond to learn about, participate in and see world class contemporary sculpture.

2 years

Charity information: Glasgow Sculpture Studios

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  • Need


    The current studios premises is temporary and as a result little investment can be made in improving its physical structure. Although the studios provide substantial artist facilities an upgrade will be required. Similarly, there is limited space and access for the general public to engage with the work of the studios. This impacts upon the organisations ability to deliver community engagement programmes, run public courses in contemporary sculpture or involve schools in the exhibition programme


    The move to new, improved premises will address both the physical and intellectual needs of artists and audiences. It will create opportunities for artists practice development via access to a sustainable base, where specialist equipment, not available at any other location in the city, will enable them to create new work.Similarly the centre will be purpose built to expand the public course programme, provide workshop space for schools and community groups and have a fully accessible gallery.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To secure a sustainable long term home for the organisation.


    » As part of our fundraising actions, we intend to run an individual giving campaign to source and sustain supporters of Scottish sculpture.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... increased opportunities for artists to make work and improved understanding and appreciation of contemporary sculptural practice amongst the broadest audiences

  • Impact


    This project will fulfil a key part of our mission; to enhance the awareness of national and international contemporary sculptural practice, through an accessible programme of participative, critical and creative projects. It will be a lasting resource for Glasgow and Scotland for years to come. Success will be demonstrated by the increased number of artists who benefit from the facilities, new audiences who will see world class exhibitions and the uptake of creative learning opportunities


    The main challenges for this appeal will be raising the required investment to fully resource our ambitions. In the current financial climate, this effects not only us but the contribution of our external partners. However, a process of risk management is in place to identify, delegate and track potential risks. This involves an ongoing series of targets, at which point the campaign is reviewed by a wider advisory group. This is effective in reducing the impact of external and internal risk.


    In order to ensure that the needs, aspirations and opinions of our donors are considered, GSS will embed evaluation throughout all benchmarking, research and consultation carried out throughout the project to analyse how effective proposed initiatives are at realising targets and objectives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £600,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £80,000 Ceramics Area A dedicated area for the preparation and production of ceramics
      £150,000 Woodshop Including extensive woodworking facilities
      £80,000 Education For work with schools, community groups and the general public
      £80,000 Gallery For the presentation of a public programme of contemporary sculpture
      £150,000 Metalshop For the preparation and fabrication of a range of metal works
      £60,000 Studios Individual units for artists to make contemporary sculpture
  • Background


    GSS are in an advanced stage of negotiation with an urban regeneration company to secure a property that can provide sufficient space to expand current provision and services whilst developing additional or complementary services to cater for artistic, engagement and income generation aspirations.


    This project will help to expand access to our Public Programmes, enabling GSS to act as the bridge between artists and communities.The project will enable GSS to become more 'audience -focused', helping to formalise relationships with education sector partners to increase access and participation for diverse audiences.It will also assist in developing relationships with community groups to conceive and deliver in-reach and outreach programmes, whilst contributing economically to the area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Glasgow Sculpture Studios is the only sculpture facility in the west of Scotland, and the largest organisation in the United Kingdom providing expertise and facilities to develop understanding of and participation in contemporary sculptural practices. No other organisation would deliver a project of this nature, making our organisation unique in that respect.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Watt

    David is Director of Glasgow Sculpture Studios and will lead the Big Move Appeal.

    Amy Sales

    Amy is Programme Development Manager and will lead all artistic aspects of the organisation in its new endeavour.