Glasgow Sculpture Studio is is a unique centre for research, production, presentation and dissemination of contemporary sculptural practice.
Glasgow Sculpture Studio is unique in the UK as the only facility dedicated to providing opportunities for the research, production, presentation and dissemination of contemporary sculptural practice under one roof. They provide workspace and staffed workshops alongside a programme of exhibitions and projects in their purpose built gallery space and offsite.
Established by artists in 1988, in a building they were given on a peppercorn rent, Glasgow Sculpture Studio was volunteer run for ten years before moving from being artist run to artists led with the appointment of staff in 1998. In 2008 they had to move out of their original premises and, after 4 years in an unheated warehouse, in 2012 they moved into a purposely renovated space in the Whisky Bond, a large warehouse on the edge of the city centre. They provide studios for 60 artists who range from recent graduates to Turner Prize nominees, and have a membership of over 120 who pay for different levels of access to wood, metal, resin, casting and ceramics workshops, a small digital fabrication facility, a media suite with licences for rhino and sketch up, an external yard, large social space with kitchen and small café. Their workshops are staffed by a small technical team, who also take on commercial fabrication work.
Key stakeholders include Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council and a partnership with Glasgow School of Art sees students housed in the building on another floor accessing facilities under supervision of their own technical teams. GSS also has a lively learning programme which creates opportunities for children, young people, community groups, schools, students and adult groups to engage and participate in contemporary sculptural practice through projects, workshops and courses.